BASEBALL: Trumbull eliminates Hamden from Senior Legion tournament
HAMDEN—There are few better ways to ease the nerves of playing in an elimination game than scoring four runs before your opponent gets a turn at bat.
That is just what No. 3 Trumbull did, scoring four times in the top of the first en route to a 13-0 trouncing of No. 1 Hamden in an elimination game in Pod E in the Senior American Legion State Tournament.
Trumbull moves on to face No. 2 Southington in the Pod final Wednesday in Southington
If Trumbull beats Southington in the first game Wednesday, the two would play another immediately following to see who advances to the Southern Super Regional beginning Saturday.
Southington beat Trumbull 5-4 in the opening game of Pod play, sending Trumbull into the losers’ bracket.
For Trumbull, it was the top of the order coming through in both the first inning and the second where Trumbull added three more runs.
Leadoff hitter Dustin Siqueira scored three runs and drove in one, No. 2 Jack Lynch scored two runs and stole a base, Vin DeRubeis drove in two and scored two and No. 4 hitter Dan Ruchalski was 4-for-5 with 6 RBI and two runs scored.
“We are playing the top team in the Zone but we are coming from a tough Zone and our kids are ready for this,” Trumbull coach Jack McFarland said. “Jumping out in the first inning, it is nice to get those four runs. Then when you can get tack on runs with the wood bats, it’s huge. I thought we swung the bats well, ran the bases and our pitching was excellent.”
Trumbull pitcher Evan Warner was on point, allowing just two hits and no runs before being lifted in the bottom of the sixth.
Hamden, which won Zone 2 for the first time in over 20 years, did not play the way it had all summer according to coach Ray Guarino.
“Tough first inning with four in the first then they come back with three in the second and before we are even through six batters on our side it’s already 7-0 and we are in a big hole,” Guarino said. “Unfortunately for us, that was our worst effort of the season in the biggest game. It’s a tough way to end but this was a great group of guys we had that came every day ready to play.”
Trumbull added one run in the fourth and left no doubt with five more in the seventh.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dan Ruchalski, Trumbull. Ruchalski had a bases-loaded double in the first, a RBI triple in the second, RBI single in the fourth and a RBI-double in the seventh.
“It was an elimination game and we haven’t been hitting that well and we all had big hits today,” Ruchalski said. “We have been playing with each other, some of us since we were 8-years old in Little League and we have known each other for ever. This is really our last time together playing with everyone on the same team.”
TRUMBULL 13, HAMDEN 0
TRUMBULL 430 100 5—13 16 1
HAMDEN 000 000 0—0 2 2
Batteries: T—Evan Warner (W), Jared Rosen (6) and Robert Goldsmith; H—Frank Niro (L), Henry Bielen (4) Jacob Michaud (5) and Stephen Richetelli