Trumbull Babe Ruth takes home 15U state crown
Trumbull defeated East Lyme 5-1 to capture the U15 Babe Ruth state championship and advance to the Regional Tournament in Lynn (Mass.) starting this Friday night.
"It is not every day you find a group of fifteen-year-old kids that understand how to not only learn the concepts you teach them, but to apply them regularly,” Trumbull manager Jeff John said.
“From wacky tie-breaker rules, to injuries, this team has been so close so many times. It just makes this so much sweeter for them and I am extremely proud to be their coach. When you do things the correct way like they do, on and off the field, you tend to get rewarded like this.”
East Lyme (5-2) had dropped Trumbull (6-1) into the elimination rounds before the locals knocked them off on consecutive nights.
Stephen Ioli pitched all seven innings and was in control the whole game, with the help of some outstanding defense.
Trumbull scored two runs in the second inning and doubled its lead in the bottom of the fourth.
The teams traded runs in the fifth.
Chaz Stolba had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs.
Evan Warner and Ioli each had two hits.
Andrew Koch doubled and drove in two runs.
Beau DeMelo singled and had an RBI.
Tim Seymour and Zack Brace had base hits.
East Lyme loaded the bases in its first at bat before Ioli got a fly ball to Stolba in center to end the inning.
Stolba doubled home Warner, who had led off with a single, in the second. He scored on a single by DeMelo.
Brace and Stolba started the home half of the fourth inning with consecutive singles, before Koch smacked a long double to make it 4-0.
score Brace and Stolba.
East Lyme scored its run in the fifth. Drew Menghi singled and scored on a throwing error.
Trumbull would add an insurance run in the fifth.
Ryan Vawter reached on an error and stole second. Warner’s single moved Vawter to third. Stolba picked up his second RBI of the game with a ground ball to short.