Trumbull American stars win state title
The Trumbull American Little League 11-year-old All Stars defeated Ellington, 5-2, in a winner-take-all state championship game on Monday, July 27 in Southington.
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Raymond Leonzi doubled off the outfield fence and Brandon Buda then got hold of a 3-1 pitch and drove it over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run.
Ryan Teixeira followed with his second home run of the game. Trumbull shut Ellington down in the sixth to claim the title.
Teixeira’s first homer scored Buda, who had singled, to give Trumbull a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Ellington tied the game in the fourth.
Brandon Csizmadia pitched the entire game except for the last batter after reaching his pitch limit. Buda came on in relief to get the last out.
Leonzi had a single and two doubles. Buda, Jackson Vicente, Robert Goldstein, Christian Van Zyl and Csizmadia each had singles.
In the best-of-three series opener, Trumbull scored a 5-3 victory on July 26.
All the scoring came in the sixth inning, as the battery of pitcher Goldstein and catcher Vicente held Ellington at bay.
Luke LaSala led off the decisive frame with a single and moved to third on an error and a passed ball.
Leonzi hit a sacrifice fly to left field to put the first run on the board for Trumbull.
Csizmadia and Buda each worked a walk and then Teixeira hit a three-run home run to take the score to 4-0.
A double by Vicente followed by a single by Goldstein drove in the fifth run of the inning.
Ellington rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but were stopped short by the relief pitching of Leonzi and Buda.
The second game was played on July 27, and again pitching and defense controlled the game as the score was 0-0 going into the fourth inning.
Ellington put together a couple hits and scored two runs. The game was then suspended due to weather and after a 1.5 hour delay the game was called giving Ellington the four-inning win.
Trumbull captured the Section 1 championship with a 4-3 win over Southington South.
Brandon Csizmadia and Robert Goldstein did the pitching.
Raymond Leonzi in center field and Andrew Harvey in right field made diving catches.
Luke LaSala at second base started a 4-6-3 double play that was turned by Brandon Buda at shortstop to Ryan Teixeira at first.
Csizmadia had two hits, and Buda, Teixeira, Goldstein and Ryan Carroll one each.