Baseball: Babe Ruth All-Stars advance
The Trumbull Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Star team advanced in the District 2 Tournament with a 9-0 victory over Fairfield at Unity Park on Saturday.
Norwalk defeated Wilton, 4-3, in the other opening round game. Trumbull will play Norwalk Sunday at 3 p.m. Wilton will play Fairfield at 6.
Ricky Mariani went the distance for manager Zach Philippas’ ballclub, allowing only one hit and striking out 11 batters.
Trumbull, behind a 10-hit attack, scored a run in the first inning, four in the third, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Andrew Tivadar had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
Shane Paolozzi had two singles and plated two runs.
Dan Finizio had a two-run double.
Brian Hance, Robert Goldsmith (RBI), Bobby Capone and Eric Harvey had singles.
Tivadar turned liners to right field into third outs with throws to first base in the Fairfield fifth and sixth innings.
Fairfield threatened in the first when Christian Homa and Jack Scholl drew two-out walks, but Mariani knocked down Dylan Pomer’s hot shot up the middle and fired to Peter Weaver at first for the third out.
Goldsmith reached on a two-out outfield error in the home first and went to third on Hance’s perfectly placed hit-and-run single to the right of second base.
Paolozzi’s infield single gave Trumbull the 1-0 lead.
Michael Nanai walked to open the Fairfield second before the righthanded Mariani struck out the next three batters.
Nania, who didn’t give up an earned run in his three innings of work, stranded Harvey, who had singled and stolen a base, in the Trumbull second.
Mariani hit Elliott Routhier with a pitch in the third inning. He stole two bases before Goldsmith caught Homa’s liner to shortstop to end the inning.
Routhier made a fine backhanded snag of Chandler Green’s shot up the third base line to open the Trumbull fourth.
Fairfield’s defense then deserted it and a pair of infield errors around Goldsmith’s RBI single took the score to 2-0.
Paolozzi followed with an RBI single to right, and with two outs, Tividar doubled home two more.
Ben Zeisler, who had come on for Fairfield to pitch, and Mariani, breezed through the fourth inning.
Zeisler opened the fifth with a single and stole second. Mariani put two batters away on strikes, before Tivadar robbed Ian Holmber of a base hit to right.
Finizio reached on an error and Hance on an infield hit, before a double steal drew an errant throw and Finizio came home to make it 6-0 after five innings.
Mariani made it six straight Fairfield batters retired when Tivadar tossed out Homa after his hit to right.
Tivadar singled, Harvey walked and Capone singled to load the bases for Trumbull in the bottom of the sixth.
Weaver walked to force a run home.
Zeisler enticed a comebacker to the mound, which the righthander turned into a 1-2-3 with Homa at the plate throwing to Justin Krebs at first for the twin killing.
Finizio rescued the rally with a two-run double to left-center.
Green at second base knocked down Scholl’s rocket and got the first out in the seventh.
Mariani took care of the next two batters with strikeouts.