New Canaan/Darien drops third straight to Trumbull
TRUMBULL -- The New Canaan/Darien Senior Legion summer baseball team (7-8) took on Trumbull (7-5-1) for the third straight day on Wednesday afternoon, and the for the third straight day, New Canaan/Darien lost a competitive game, this time being blanked by a score of 2-0 at Trumbull High School.
Trumbull starting pitcher C.J. Angelo was in control all afternoon, expertly mixing his pitches to keep the New Canaan/Darien lineup off balance. Angelo went the distance, hurling seven shutout innings on two hits while striking out three and walking none.
Angelo never permitted a runner to get as far as second base, although New Canaan/Darien did hit several hard line drives which were right at the Trumbull fielders.
"[The hard-hit outs are] are pretty frustrating, but at least we know we're hitting the ball. We just have to find the holes," New Canaan/Darien shortstop Tom Carruthers said. "I feel like we have more talent than them, but they just straight outplayed us the last couple days. I feel like their focus was a lot better than ours during the games, and if we can improve on that, then I think we can be a really good team."
New Canaan/Darien's Andrew Hurn also went the distance on the hill, throwing six innings of two-run ball while yielding three hits, a pair of walks, hitting a batter and fanning four.
"Today we just got beat by a great pitcher," New Canaan/Darien coach John Miceli said. "Andrew threw a great game and you can't ask more from him. The first two games we had offense and no pitching and today we had the opposite. We've got to have it all come together and that's what happened during our five-game win streak."
After the teams traded two scoreless innings to begin the game, Trumbull notched its first run in the bottom of the third when Trumbull's Anthony Matera reached on an error which also scored Tak Santiago from second base. Santiago had reached after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a fielder's choice.
Trumbull went on to add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff single by Frank Piazza. Piazza went from first to third on a wild pitch by Hurn, thanks in large part to Trumbull High School's exceptionally deep backstop. Hurn induced a groundout to Carruthers off the bat of Scott Von Stein to record the first out, but P.J. Santilli drove in Von Stein with an RBI double to right field to increase Trumbull's lead to 2-0.
New Canaan/Darien got a one-out single by Will Preziosi in the top of the seventh, but Angelo rebounded to retire the next two batters to complete his gem. Preziosi's single broke up a streak of 11 straight batters sat down by Angelo. Carruthers recorded New Canaan/Darien's only other base hit of the contest.
The two teams met on Monday and Tuesday at Darien High School with Trumbull claiming wins of 3-2 and 7-4, respectively.
It's been an up-and-down summer for New Canaan/Darien, which started the season 2-0, lost five straight, then reeled off five consecutive wins before dropping the last three to Trumbull.
"The first two games we really struggled with our pitching; we didn't throw strikes in either game and we kind of gave them runs," Miceli said. "It's hard [losing three straight to the same team] because there's as much talent on this side of the field as there is on that side, and all three games really could have gone either way."
On the bright side, New Canaan/Darien finally gets a break on Thursday, the squad's first "scheduled" off day in 17 days.
New Canaan/Darien will seek to get back to the .500 mark and begin a new winning streak when it travels to take on Stamford at Cubetta Stadium on Saturday at 10 a.m.
"It's going to be really nice to recover, I guess," Carruthers said. "We've just had ups and downs. We just have to keep playing how we're playing, and I think we'll do well."