St. Joseph baseball tops Trumbull, stays perfect

TRUMBULL -- This was St. Joseph senior pitcher Quinn Irwin at something less than his best Friday, losing the strike zone once in a while.

Even that wasn't so bad.

Irwin pitched a three-hitter, losing his shutout in the seventh off a couple of wild pitches, leading the second-ranked Cadets to a 9-1 win over Trumbull in FCIAC baseball.

"I didn't feel I had my best stuff," said Irwin (4-0), who hit a batter and walked two. "Granted, they hit the ball well. They played really well."

But the Eagles couldn't get the big hit to get back in the game while the savvy Cadets took advantage of everything Trumbull gave them, a run or two at a time.

"We hung with them for a while," Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said. "Our youth and inexperience showed up. It got away from us. St. Joseph has good defense, good pitching, got timely hitting."

The Cadets, behind only Pomperaug in this week's state writers' poll, are 11-0 (9-0 FCIAC). Torrington, also 11-0, is the only other unbeaten baseball team in the CIAC. Trumbull fell to 6-6, 5-5.

St. Joseph scored its first run without a hit, then put together 11 hits against three Trumbull pitchers. Leadoff hitter Chris McCormack had three of those hits.

"We've been trying to get up early, to get the lead," St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves said. "We feel we have a good pitching staff, and if we get a lead, we put pressure on the other team.

"It's been a pretty good formula so far."

It took St. Joseph a couple of innings to get that going, and in a crosstown rivalry game, there's always a sense that things could go either way.

"Trumbull, no matter how good (the Eagles are) or how good we are, it's always pretty tight," Irwin said. "In football, it's always pretty tight."

Alexis Guadalupe did score the first run in the bottom of the second under odd circumstances: He struck out swinging but reached on a wild pitch. He took second when C.J. Angelo hit Jason Holcomb with a pitch, took third when Angelo threw a belated pickoff try into center field, and scored on a Conor Crouse groundout.

It was 4-0 after four (Crouse laced an RBI double the other way to the fence) and 7-0 after five (Joe Burns led off with a double).

"Pretty much 1-9 in the lineup, every single guy, we think, can hit," Chaves said. "We've got a lot of depth, and I don't think many teams have that. We've got a lot of senior leaders who've won championships in other sports."

Brendan Moore had two of Trumbull's three hits, including an infield single to lead off the seventh. He moved up twice on ground balls and scored on a wild pitch.Irwin got one more grounder to end it.

"It's a good experience for us," Pacelli said. "Hopefully. it helps us out our last eight games."

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Records: Trumbull 6-6, 5-5 FCIAC; St. Joseph 11-0, 9-0 Batteries: T--C.J. Angelo (L, 1-2), Gerard Spiegel (5), Pat Fairfield (6) and Thomas Fox; SJ--Quinn Irwin (W, 4-0) and Joe Burns.