Late rally not enough for Darien-New Canaan Senior Legion team

TRUMBULL -- The Trumbull Senior Legion baseball team scored a 6-4 win over Darien-New Canaan Monday at Trumbull High School by plating four runs in the bottom of the fifth and holding off a late comeback bid.

The big blow of the inning came courtesy of Mark Hirschbeck, whose RBI triple plated Anthony Matera from second base and put Trumbull on top for good.

"We did a great job of hitting the ball today and (Trumbull starting pitcher Christian) Hock did a great job too," said Hirschbeck, who had a perfect day at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a pair of triples and a walk. "We were all hitting the ball the second time (through the lineup)."

Trumbull stole a total of five bases in the inning, including two each by Brendan Moore (3-for-3 on the day) and Casey Mack. A pair of Darien-New Canaan errors also contributed to Trumbull's four-run frame.

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Down 5-1, Darien-New Canaan answered back by beginning the top of the sixth with a walk by Bryan Previte, a double by Matt Sammarco and an RBI single by Tommy Forese. Carl Stowell and Kevin Love each picked up an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-4.

"I think we played a good game today. We were a little short-handed and had some guys out of position, Darien-New Canaan coach John Miceli said. "The clutch hitting has not been there for us this season. It has in a few games, but we just haven't been consistent. We've pitched well and played pretty good defense, but we need that clutch hit."

Trumbull added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Fritz launched a triple to right field and scored when the Darien-New Canaan relay throw got away, boosting the lead to 6-4.

Hock went the distance for Trumbull, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

"I figured runs were going to be pretty hard to come by, but we were able to break through in the fifth," Trumbull coach Jimmy Chaves said. "Give credit to them. They mounted a rally and got back in the game, but our pitcher was able to hold it down when he needed to."

Darien-New Canaan cracked the scoreboard in the top of the first when Tom Carruthers led off the game with an opposite field double to right-centerfield, stole third base and scored when the throw went into left field.

In the bottom of the first, back to back two-out walks by Trumbull's Anthony Matera and Mark Hirschbeck set the stage for an RBI single by Moore, tying the game at 1-1.

Darien-New Canaan starting pitcher Dillon Duncan pitched all six innings while allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits, four walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts.

With Tucker White on third base as the potential go ahead run for Darien-New Canaan in the third, Kevin Love hit a sharp line drive off the leg of Hock, but shortstop Matera got to the ball and fired to first in time for the out.


DARIEN-NEW CANAAN 100 003 0--4 6 3

TRUMBULL 100 041 x--6 8 3

Records: Darien-New Canaan 6-16, Trumbull 17-6.

Batteries: D-NC--Dillon Duncan (L) and Kevin Love; T--Christian Hock (W) and Casey Mack.

Doubles: D-NC--Tom Carruthers, Matt Sammarco; T--None. Triples: D-NC--None; T--Mark Hirschbeck.