Trumbull scores all five runs with two outs in win over Darien
DARIEN -- Behind some timely two-out hitting and a seven-strikeout performance by starting pitcher Ryan Bayuk, Trumbull picked up its second straight victory, a 5-1 decision at Darien High School Monday morning.
Bayuk was rarely in trouble, mixing his pitches and consistently working ahead to keep the Darien lineup off balance during his five and a third scoreless frames. Bayuk allowed only three hits and a pair of walks.
"Basically, all I wanted to do was go out there, show my team a good effort, throw my fastballs. I had a couple curveballs working together," said Bayuk, who allowed only two runners to get into scoring position. "Me and (catcher) James (DeNomme) are good friends. We have nice chemistry, and he's been catching me for a long time."
Darien starting pitcher Mack Glavin also turned in a quality outing, logging five innings of four-hit, five-run (one earned) baseball. Glavin fanned five and walked three.
Trumbull plated all four of its unearned runs in the top of the third to break the scoreless deadlock. With a runner on first and two outs, Trumbull loaded the bases when Jake Levison singled and Chris Masi reached on an error. A pair of consecutive two-run, two-out singles by Casey Mack and James DeNomme gave the Eagles a 4-0 lead.
Earlier in the inning with a runner on third and one out, Darien shortstop Bobby Fitzpatrick, who played sharp defense all day, fielded a ground ball and threw home to catcher Jack Travers to keep the game scoreless for the moment.
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"It came down to extending the inning for one extra out, and Trumbull made us pay," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "MacKenzie made some good pitches. Even on the balls that fell in, they were hitting good pitches. All three of his outings have been quality starts."
Trumbull's fifth run was also of the two-out variety, as DeNomme picked up his third RBI on a single in the fifth for the 5-0 lead.
"That's the name of the game: Timely hitting. I say it all the time but it's true," Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said. "We got a couple big two-out hits by Mack and DeNomme there to give us the four runs early and set the tone for the game."
Bayuk recorded an out to begin the bottom of the fifth, but he was lifted from the game in favor of reliever Avery Santos after allowing a single by Darien leadoff man Brendan Donahue and a walk by Nick Pettit. Santos was greeted by a Carl Stowell single to load the bases, but the Trumbull reliever notched a strikeout and a lineout to keep Darien off the board.
"We have two games (Bassick and Bridgeport Central) this week that become more or less must wins. They're teams that we feel we certainly should beat, but we've got to turn it on real quick," Scott said. "We have confidence in this group and we feel like we have what it takes here to win ball games. We've got to start doing the little things that keep us in ballgames and keep us on the winning side."
In the bottom of the seventh, Fitzpatrick walked and Jack Travers singled to put runners on second and third with one out. After Santos recorded a strikeout, Donohue picked up an RBI infield single to close Trumbull's lead to 5-1. The game ended one batter later, however, as Santos induced a groundball to first and covered the bag for the final out.
"We're off to a decent start," Pacelli said. "We don't feel like we've totally hit our stride yet, but I'm sure a lot of teams say the same thing."
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TRUMBULL 5, DARIEN 1
TRUMBULL 004 010 0--5 4 0
DARIEN 000 000 1--1 6 2
Records: Trumbull 4-2, 3-1 FCIAC; Darien 2-4, 1-3 FCIAC.
Batteries: T--Ryan Bayuk (W) and Avery Santos and James DeNomme. D--Mack Glavin (L) and Andrew Nault and Jack Travers.