Whiteman leads Post 141 to sweep of doubleheader
Matt Fasoli came to the plate with the game tied in the bottom of the sixth inning and Trumbull American Legion Post 141 looking for a sweep of its twin bill with Zone IV rival Bridgeport on Saturday.
Fasoli’s second hit of the game gave Trumbull a 3-2 lead, and Stanley Wolpiuk stranded two runners in scoring position with a strikeout in the seventh, as manager Brett Conners team improved to 7-2 on the season.
Bryan Hnatuk allowed only one hit and struck out nine batters in the opener, when Trumbull scored an 8-2 triumph.
Simon Whiteman was the catalyst for Post 141 in both games.
Whiteman had three hits, including two rally-starting doubles in the first game. Zach Sagar had two hits, including the first RBI in a five-run third inning.
Mat DeRienzo, Luke Waldek, Wolpiuk and Carl Johnson also drove in runs during the frame.
Johnson came on in relief of DeRienzo in the third inning of the second game and pitched shutout ball the next three frames.
Whiteman was hit by a pitch in the first inning, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the play.
Mark Hirschbeck plated him with a grounder.
Bridgeport took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second fueled by four walks.
Trumbull tied the game in the third. Whiteman walked with one out and moved to third on a stolen base and another throwing error.
Hirschbeck’s sacrifice fly brought him home.
Whiteman was hit by a pitch to open the decisive sixth. Hirschbeck walked and Waldek bunted both runners up a base.
DeRienzo was intentionally walked to load the bases for Fasoli, who took the first pitch into center field for an RBI single.
After striking out the first two batters in the seventh, Wolpiuk gave up a pair of hits before putting the final out in the book with another strikeout.
Trumbull will play at Bridgeport on Monday at Seaside Park #1. First pitch is 5:30.