Winning streaks collide
Trumbull Post 141 went on the road and lost to Stamford, 2-1, in a battle of the top two teams in Zone IV at Cubeta Stadium on Tuesday, July 1.
Tim Keckler had three hits, including a double, for Trumbull, which scored in the top of the fourth inning.
Stamford (15-1) won for the ninth straight time after tying the game in the fifth and taking the lead in the sixth.
Trumbull (14-3) had six hits. Stanley Wolpiuk went the distance and allowed eight hits.
Simon Whiteman threw a runner out at the plate in the fourth inning, with Zach Sagar holding on in a collision at the plate. Trumbull stranded seven runners.
One streak ended and another continued for manager Brett Conner’s team on Sunday. Post 141 defeated Fairfield by scores of 4-0 and 11-7 at Trumbull High.
The first victory extended Post 141’s shutout streak to five straight games, 38 innings in total. The second game stretched Trumbull’s unbeaten streak to nine.
Brian Hnatuk pitched three-hit ball into the seventh in the first game with Fairfield. After Post 143 drew two walks, Luke Waldek came in to strike out the last batter.
Wolpiuk, Nikko Arganese, Mike Keckler and Matt Baccaro put together the previous gems on the mound.
Sagar had two hits, including an RBI double to score Whiteman, who had also doubled, when Trumbull made it a 2-0 game in the fourth inning.
Wolpiuk made a good play in left and Mark Hirschbeck charged a slow roller and got the out from second base with two runners on board in the third. Post 141 took the lead in the bottom of the third after singles from Mat DeRienzo, Matt Fasoli and Wolpiuk.
In the Fairfield fifth, Hirschbeck made a spinning stop and throw in the hole to retire Eddie Grella. He did himself one better on the next play on Jack Germain’s hit by the second-base bag. Hirschbeck used the hardened dirt to make a turf-like bounce throw to DeRienzo at first.
Trumbull doubled its lead to 4-0 in the fifth. DeRienzo and Wolpiuk singled. After a forceout at the plate, a double steal plated Whiteman before Keckler drove in the final run with a single.
It was all about stretching the shutout skein in the seventh. Germain drew a one-out walk and looked to score when Tommy Luckner doubled to the fence in right-center.
Fasoli made a throw from the fence to Whiteman, who made a strong relay from deep in the outfield to Sagar, who made the tag for the second out.
After a walk on a 3-2 pitch by Sean Homa, Waldek came in to get the last out on strikes.
Game two was a back-and-forth contest.
Fairfield scored three runs without benefit of a hit in the first inning.
Trumbull took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the frame, with Waldek and DeRienzo earning RBIs.
Post 141 scored in the third on Sagar’s squeeze bunt, and then one-upped Fairfield 3-2 in the fourth inning, with Hirschbeck plating a run.
It was 10-5 on Jeff Hage’s RBI going into the sixth. Fasoli drove in the final run.
Whiteman had three hits, including a double, and stole three bases. DeRienzo and Fasoli had two hits each.
Carl Johnson got the win with help from Joe Nemchek.
Matt Baccaro tossed a four-hitter in Trumbull’s 8-0 win over Fairfield on Saturday.
Baccaro needed only 69 pitches, 49 of them for strikes, to boost the Trumbull pitching staff’s shutout string to four straight games.
Luke Waldek had three hits and drove in four runs Zach Sagar had three hits and three RBIs. Simon Whiteman scored three runs. Stanley Wolpiuk and Whiteman had two hits each.
Post 141 completed a three-game series sweep of Ridgefield and did it with another outstanding pitching performance on Thursday.
Tim Keckler tossed a two-hitter, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 10 in the 3-0 victory. Keckler’s gem followed consecutive shutouts posted by Stanley Wolpiuk and Nikko Arganese.
Trumbull took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Carl Johnson singled home Wolpiuk, who had singled and stolen a base. In the fourth, Wolpiuk tripled to score Sagar.