Beset by a shrinking roster, the Darien-New Canaan Senior Legion team brought its 2014 season to a close Saturday with a 7-0 loss at Greenwich. The defeat simultaneously wrapped up a 16-game losing streak dating back to late June, which played a large role in the squad's 6-21 final overall record.
Two days earlier, Darien-New Canaan suffered a mercy-rule-abbreviated shutout loss at second-place Trumbull, 10-0. Early on, the bats of Brian Moran and Henry Lavieri forecast a much more competitive, offensive game with first-inning singles sandwiched around a Matt Toth groundout. Third baseman Erik Jager then stepped in with runners at first and third and cracked a perfect double-play groundball that erased his team's best scoring chance of the afternoon.
In the following half-inning, Darien native Andrew Nault took the hill and promptly walked the first three Trumbull batters, one of which came around to score on a pass ball. Nault then induced his own double play from clean-up hitter Matt Derienzo, as another runner crossed home for a 2-0 edge.
Once catcher Zach Sagar grounded out to short, Trumbull starter Matt Baccaro returned to the mound and sat down 11 of the remaining 12 Darien-New Canaan hitters. In fact, Baccaro didn't allow a single hit ball to leave the infield until the game was called in the middle of the fifth.
Meanwhile, Trumbull scored another run in the home half of the second via a wild pitch. Nault went on to strike out the side, before eventually getting pulled in the third frame. Facing a 6-0 deficit, first baseman Mason Propper toed the rubber and produced a quick groundout to end the rally. However, he surrendered consecutive base hits to open the bottom of the fourth, and three Darien-New Canaan errors ensued, helpeing to spur on another Trumbull scoring stretch, which yielded four more runs.
Back at the plate, rising college sophomore and Darien native Andrew Maley tapped a groundball back to the pitcher in the final at-bat of his Legion career and received a standing ovation from his teammates in the dugout upon his return.
Trumbull 10, Darien-New Canaan 0
Darien-New Canaan 000 00--0 2 4
Trumbull 213 4X--10 6 1
Records: Darien 6-21, Trumbull 20-6. Batteries: D-- Andrew Nault (L), Mason Propper (3) and JR Anderson; T--Matt Baccaro (W) and Zach Sagar. Highlights: T-- Brian Hnatuk had two hits, including a double. Simon Whiteman and Stanley Wolpiuk had two hits each.