Trumbull starts out season strong

Avery Santos pitched a complete-game two-hitter and the Trumbull High batters slugged 12 hits when coach Phil Pacelli’s Eagles opened their season with an 8-0 victory over visiting Masuk of Monroe on April 9.

Trumbull followed that win up by taking a 4-3 decision from Bunnell High in Stratford on Thursday. Ridgefield knocked off the Eagles, 8-7, on Friday, but the locals moved to 3-1 on the season with a 12-0 win over Trinity Catholic on Monday.

In the opener with Masuk, which went on to win its next three games, the right-handed Santos allowed only singles in the third and fourth innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Trumbull took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, after Jake Levison doubled and Colin Keyes singled him home.

The Eagles scored two more in the third.

Liam Moore opened the rally with a one-out double and he scored when Levison ripped a one-hopper off the fence in left field for an RBI triple. He scored on Keyes’ single.

The Eagles built a run in the fourth to go up 3-0. Mat DeRienzo doubled, Zach Sagar hit behind him to get him to third, where Matt Fasoli plated him with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

Trumbull made it 6-0 in the fifth with some heads-up base-running.

Connor Broderick led off with a single and Moore and Levison worked Masuk starter Chris Rubis for consecutive walks to load the bases.

Keyes hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but both Broderick and Moore hustled home to score.

Sagar and Fasoli opened the home sixth with singles off relief pitcher Cameron Kovachik.

They advanced a base when Masuk’s Anthony Amoroso robbed Chris Masi of a base hit. Broderick drove them both in with a single to center.

Leading the defense in the win over Masuk were Broderick at second base, with a fine play to erase a runner in the fifth inning, and Fasoli in right field, who made a diving grab of a liner to end that frame.

In the win over Bunnell, Levison slugged an RBI single with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the go-ahead run. Nikko Arganese got the win in relief of Billy Stickle.

Zach Sagar had three hits in the loss at Ridgefield, in a game that saw the victorious Tigers score five runs in the fourth inning. Moore, Levison, Santos and Fasoli had two hits each.

Trumbull will host Darien High on Wednesday at 4 p.m.