Trumbull's Keckler shuts out Greenwich in Super Regional

Trumbull's Tony Socci scored a run and had an RBI. — Bill Bloxsom photo
Trumbull's Tony Socci scored a run and had an RBI. — Bill Bloxsom photo

Trumbull’s Dan Keckler pitched a two-hitter when Post 141 defeated Greenwich, 8-0, in their Connecticut American Legion Senior (19U) Southern Division Super Regional Tournament elimination game at Palmer Field in Middletown on Sunday.

Trumbull will play No. 2 Cheshire on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Palmer Field.

No. 4 Stamford defeated Cheshire, 6-1, on Sunday to earn a bye into Tuesday.

Keckler went the distance, allowing a first-inning single to Kevin Woodring and a base hit to Colin Kelly in the seventh.

Vin DeRubeis drove in four runs, as head coach Jack McFarland’s third-seeded team scored three runs in the top of the third inning and five runs in the sixth to oust top-seeded Greenwich.

Dan Cellini walked and Dustin Siqueira was hit by a pitch, before DeRubeis lined a two-run double with no outs in the third.

DeRubeis went to third on Alex Rauso’s ground out.

Tony Socci walked and DeRubeis scored when a ball off the bat of Jack Lynch was misplayed.

Trumbull broke the game between Zone IV standouts open in the sixth.

With two outs, Jake Teixeira and Cellini worked out walks.

Siqueira singled one run in and Andrew Lojko followed with an RBI single.

DeRubeis delivered a two-run single and Socci ended the scoring with Trumbull’s third consecutive single.

“That was a great baseball game,” Trumbull head coach Jack McFarland said. “It was a high level game with great defense. Cheshire made every play and both kids threw the ball well. They were able to get a man to second base and then get him in.”

Second-seeded Cheshire will play No. 4 Stamford, a 5-2 winner over top-seeded Greenwich, on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Third-seeded Trumbull will meet Greenwich in an elimination game at 1 p.m.

Cheshire scored the lone run in the bottom of the third inning.

Eli Battipaglia led off with a single to center, one of five hits allowed by Trumbull pitcher Andrew Lojko who didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Lojko got the first out on strikes, but not before Battipaglia advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Ryan Strollo sent a soft single to center and the speedy Battipaglia raced home ahead of the throw from Tony Socci.

The run was all Cheshire’s Michael Hickey needed, as the righthander gave up only two hits, issued two walks and struck out a pair of batters.

Lojko was backed by stellar defense, including a diving grab by Danny Ruchalski in right field on a ball hit by Dan Cyr. Ruchalski made the catch and then threw to Vin DeRubeis at first to double off Connor Davey, who had singled.

Alex Rauso singled to start the second inning and went to second on a wild pitch. He advanced no further.

Dan Cellini walked to open the third, but was thrown out attempting to steal. Cheshire shortstop Altrin Kabashi then robbed Dustin Siqueira of a base hit with a great play to the right of the second base bag.

Cheshire got two singles in the fourth, but Rauso picked the runner off first base to end the rally.

With two down in the home fourth, Rauso hit the ball into the hole at first and was safe on an off-balance throw. Socci followed with a walk, but Hickey got a fly ball to center.

Lojko singled deep into the hole at short to start the fifth. Cellini sacrificed him to second, but Hickey got a foul pop and a flyout to center.

Jack Lynch was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth, before Battipaglia robbed Rauso of a hit with a fine play toward the line and doubled off the runner.

Hickey set Trumbull down in order in the seventh.