Trumbull wins District 2 baseball title
Bobby Capone singled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Trumbull defeated Norwalk, 5-3, in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old District 2 championship game played at Unity Field on Tuesday.
Trumbull, which went unbeaten in District play, will now advance to the state tournament that gets underway on July 11 in Danbury.
Capone’s two-out single which took the score to 5-2, scored Robert Goldsmith, who had led off the inning with a base hit, and Shane Paolozzi, who had walked.
Peter Weaver got the start and earned the win for manager Zach Philippas’ team that had defeated Norwalk by a score of 10-6 earlier in the double elimination event.
Ricky Mariani pitched the final two innings to get the save.
Weaver and Norwalk starter Sean Buzzee each pitched out of trouble in the first two innings.
Norwalk left runners on first and third in the first and second and third in the second; Trumbull had the bases loaded in the first and men on second and third in the second.
Norwalk broke through in the third. Sean Warde led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a fielder’s choice, and scored on Jack Fitzpatrick’s unplayable infield hit.
Trumbull shortstop Brian Hance got the assist on the third out for the third straight inning, this time leaving runners on first and second.
Earlier in the second inning, Hance made a great backhanded stop and Capone showed fine footwork at first base to get the key out.
Dan Finizio led off the home third with a single and used his base-running ability to spark a run-scoring rally.
Buzzee looked to pick Finizio off first base, but he took off and reached second safely. When the throw was off line, he slid under a relay to third.
Hance did his job here, hitting a 1-2 pitch into center field for the game-tying sacrifice fly.
Norwalk put two runners aboard in the fourth, but the lefthanded Weaver reached back and notched his first two strikeouts of the game to thwart the threat.
Trumbull came in to bat and used inning-opening walks by Eric Harvey and Capone en route to taking the lead.
Mariani came in to pinch hit, but relief pitcher Kevin Hanzlik snagged his liner up the middle.
Jack Welch loaded the bases to turn the lineup over to Chandler Green, who saw his comebacker result in an out at the plate.
Finizio worked out a run-scoring free pass and the second run in the frame scored on a wild pitch.
Norwalk got one run back in the fifth, but with on second and third, Hance made the smart play and traded an out for a run when he went to first base on Patrick Coulter’s RBI grounder.
Mariani then left a runner on third with a strikeout and Trumbull pushed its lead from 3-2 to 5-2 in the bottom of the inning.
Norwalk came back in the sixth.
A leadoff double by Buzzee and a single by Ryan D’Amico brought the tying run to the plate, but Goldsmith threw out D’Amico trying to steal as Buzzee scored.
Mariani then struck out the next two batters.
Green had a putout and three assists from his second base position, including the game-ending throw with two runners aboard.
Team members are Chandler Green, Bobby Capone, Dan Finizio, Robert Goldsmith, Andrew Tivadar, Brian Hance, Jack Welch, Peter Weaver, Ricky Mariani, Eric Harvey and Shane Paolozzi. Philippas is assisted by Steve Plosch and Brandon Nugent.