Trumbull hands New Canaan first loss
TRUMBULL — This week, baseball teams around the state will pass the season’s halfway point.
For New Canaan and Trumbull, the first half of the season could not have gone any differently.
As the week began, the Rams were the last unbeaten team in the FCIAC while Trumbull found itself near the bottom of the standings with just one league win.
The Eagles viewed their game against the Rams on Monday as a golden opportunity to turn the season around and the way they played against the front-runners should have the rest of the league on notice that Trumbull is not dead yet.
Trumbull (3-7, 2-4 FCIAC) had 10 hits, including four doubles and a home run, scoring in every inning except the first on the way to an 8-1 win over New Canaan (8-1, 6-1).
“I felt like we were going to wake up all season and this game is just going to start it for us,” Trumbull pitcher Ben Fero said. “I felt like everything was working today. I was staying low in the zone, especially early and we got the win.”
Fero pitched a complete game, striking out eight and allowing just the one run on five hits.
Trumbull made New Canaan pay for a passed ball and a wild pitch, putting up three runs in the second inning.
New Canaan was not sharp all day, allowing another run to score on a wild pitch in the fourth and another on an error by the right fielder in the sixth.
“We came out a little flat and when you come out flat to Trumbull, perennially they are always good, they make you pay,” New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. “We knew this was a way for them to turn their season around and they would be motivated. We didn’t come out with our best and it showed.”
New Canaan’s lone run came in the fourth on a RBI single by Pat Pelli.
Sam Montalvo, in the first varsity at-bat of his career, scalded a double to left-center field, driving in two Trumbull runs in the second inning.
Montalvo had two hits, a walk, 2 RBI, a run and a stolen base.
The Eagles got one run in the third, two in the fourth and one apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
“We have had some injuries and (Montalvo) was the next man up and he delivered today,” Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said. “It has been a rough first half for us in a lot of ways, but to the kids’ credit, they remain upbeat and are still working hard. It was nice to see them get this win today.”
TRUMBULL 8, NEW CANAAN 1
NEW CANAAN 000 100 0—1 5 1
TRUMBULL 031 211 X—8 10 1
Records: NC—8-1, 6-1; T—3-7, 2-4