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Wednesday, June 28 Sports

Baseball: Staples pulls away from Trumbull

WESTPORT—When it rains, it pours.

For the Trumbull baseball team Wednesday against Staples, this was both literal and figurative.

Not in a position it’s usually in, Trumbull dropped to 2-7 as host Staples used a big fourth inning that included a 3-run homer by Chad Knight to win 9-3. The Wreckers had 11 hits in their biggest offensive output of the season.

The Eagles lost starting pitcher Ben Fero after three innings with Trumbull leading 3-2 when he took a ground ball to the head. With a steady rain falling, shortstop Jack Lynch then took a Ben Casparius fastball to the hand and had to exit the game.

“We were feeling pretty good when we took the lead,” said Eagles coach Phil Pacelli. “Our pitcher took a blow to the head and we had to take him out for precautionary reasons. We’re getting banged up, getting some unlucky breaks, but no one is feeling sorry for us right now.”

Combine this, the fact that all six of its losses before Wednesday came by three runs or less, and facing the dominant tandem of Casparius and Knight on the mound, it’s been a nightmare season for the Eagles, who reached the FCIAC final and Class LL quarters a year ago.

“We have to keep plugging away here,” Pacelli said. “We’re all frustrated here, we’re a little banged up. We have to keep fighting.”

Casparius struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings while Knight got the final five outs by yielding one hit. Casparius started off particularly strong, striking out six while pitching a perfect first three innings.

“I was lucky that my curveball and slider were working well so I could work backwards in the count,” Casparius said. “Matt Stone did a great job behind the plate and I thought we had a great tempo during the game.”

Though the Wreckers have struggled to hit at times so far this spring, the bats came alive in a big way Wednesday. With runners on first and second and two runners already in, Knight connected on a pitch that flew high over the left-center field fence to give Staples a 7-3 lead. The Wreckers added one each in the fifth and sixth innings to push the edge to 9-3.

“We had a great practice yesterday and even today we hit a couple balls — they’re a great defensive team — that against other teams are gappers,” Staples coach Jack McFarland said.

Chris Drbal went 3-for-4 at the top of the lineup for the Wreckers, while Max Popken went 2-for-3 with a double. For Trumbull, Tyler Zikias had a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and the Eagles trailing 2-0.

“We’re just getting started,” Casparius said. “We got some new guys and a lot of great seniors who are in the lineup now. We’re really coming together as a team.”

The win got the Wreckers back to .500 at 4-4, but more importantly put them at 4-1 in the FCIAC with a chance to go to 5-1 against Central on Friday. Staples missed out on the playoffs last season for the first time in a decade.

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“We’re really laser-focused on league baseball,” McFarland said. “Unfortunately we played some tough teams in the middle of our league season because of the rainouts.”

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STAPLES 9, TRUMBULL 3

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STAPLES 002 511 X — 9 11 0

Records: Trumbull 2-7, (1-4 FCIAC); Staples 4-4 (4-5 FCIAC).

Batteries: T—Ben Fero, Jake Begnino (L) and Jack Teixeira. S—Ben Casparius (W), Chad Knight and Matt Stone.

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