Senior Legion wraps up 2014 on losing skid
Updated 2:33 pm, Monday, July 21, 2014
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.
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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.