Trumbull has enough to return to postseason
Ryan Fritz drove in five runs, James DeNomme four, and coach Phil Pacelli’s Trumbull High baseball team went on the road and defeated non-league rival Bunnell High, 13-7, on Thursday.
Trumbull jumped in front by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
Jake Levison walked, stole second, and Chris Masi singled him home.
Casey Mack was hit by a pitch and DeNomme followed with a line-drive two-run double up the gap in left-center field.
Willy Velez beat out an infield single to shortstop, and with runners on the corners, Fritz pulled a grounder to first base to plate DeNomme.
Bunnell scored four runs, two earned, as it sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first against Trumbull starter Colin Keyes
Velez created the go-ahead run for Trumbull in the third when he doubled, stole third, and scored on Luke Waldek’s RBI grounder.
Trumbull broke the game open with three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Brandon Liscinsky opened the fourth with a single, but was gunned down stealing by Bunnell’s Brian Valerino, who threw out two runners.
After Bunnell starter Justin Lasko notched his second strikeout of the game, Masi reached on an error before the floodgates opened.
Mack shot a single through the hole into right field and DeNomme knocked home Masi with a solid single to center.
Velez worked out a 3-2 walk to load the bases for Fritz, who hit a two-run single to make it an 8-4 game.
Steve Petrahai came on in relief and left runners on the corners on a first-pitch fly out to left.
Trumbull advanced the score to 13-4 in the fifth inning.
Carl Johnson singled inside the third base bag, only to be forced out at second by Liscinsky.
Levison singled to center and a pitch hit Mack with two outs to load the bases.
DeNomme walked home a run, and when Velez’ infield grounder was misplayed two more runs crossed the plate.
Fritz greeted the relief pitcher with a ringing two-run double into the right-field corner to complete the scoring for the Eagles.
Keyes pitched out of a bases-loaded jam when he caught two batters looking at the third strike.
Avery Santos came on in relief in the fourth with two runners on base and Liscinsky started a 4-6-3 double play turned by Waldek at shortstop. Mack threw out the next batter from his third-base position.
Trumbull opened its season with a 7-4 non-league loss to Masuk High and its talented outfielder Thomas Milone on April 3.
Milone hit a two-run home run and added a triple, as the Panthers jumped in front 5-0 after two innings.
“Milone is such a difference-maker,” Pacelli said of the UConn-bound player. “Intentionally walking everybody in front of him might be the only way to stop him once he’s on base.
“We had a ball go about two feet away from James (DeNomme the Eagle catcher) and Milone came in from third to score.”
Trumbull advanced to 2-1 on the season with a 10-1 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday.
Liam Moore pitched into the seventh inning when Santos came on to complete the four-hitter.
Johnson led the 11-hit attack with a single, double and a triple.
Levison and Mack each singled and tripled.
Trumbull dropped to 2-2 after a 10-2 loss to New Canaan (4-0) on Monday.
Keyes had two hits and Liscinsky knocked in a run.