Post 143 bounces back after rough stretch of games

Jack Germain awaits the throw from pitcher Joe Tamucci to get Carl Johnson at first base when Fairfield Post 143 played Trumbull in a Zone IV doubleheader. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Jack Germain awaits the throw from pitcher Joe Tamucci to get Carl Johnson at first base when Fairfield Post 143 played Trumbull in a Zone IV doubleheader.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

The Fairfield American Legion Post 143 baseball team defeated Bridgeport, 11-0, on Tuesday, July 1, when manager Tyrone Kingwood’s team improved to 3-16 on the Zone IV season.
Dan Schmedlin pitched six shutout innings. He will compete in the Rawlings Futures Showcase game to be held on Tuesday, July 8, at Central Connecticut State University. Schmedlin’s Zone II-III squad will play the combined Zone IV-VI team at 1:30 p.m. The Zone I-V team plays Zone VII-VIII at 9:30 a.m.
Post 143 had gone through the most difficult portion of its regular season schedule earlier in the week.
After knocking off Darien 6-4 to salvage the third game of the three-game series, Fairfield matched up with Zone IV kingpins Trumbull (14-3) and Stamford (16-1).
Trumbull’s pitching staff, coming off three straight shutout wins versus Ridgefield, boosted its streak to 39 innings without allowing a run with wins of 8-0 on Saturday and 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Post 143 got on the board earlier in the second game of the twinbill, before losing 11-7. Stamford then bettered Fairfield, 13-1, on Monday.
In the second game with Trumbull on Sunday, Fairfield took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on four walks and two errors. Trumbull went in front, 4-3, in the bottom of the inning and added a run in the third.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Kyle Cavadi, Mark Schwartz and Justin Consoli all singled for Fairfield to load bases.
Tommy Luckner, who had three hits in the opener, drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-4. Schwartz scored on an errant pickoff throw to third by catcher Zach Sagar to tie the game.
Trumbull went back on top, 8-5, in the home fourth on a couple of hits and two Fairfield errors.
It was 10-5 when Fairfield came to bat in the sixth. With one out, Jack Germain and Schwartz singled. A fielder’s choice RBI by Luckner plated Germain, and Schwartz was part of a double steal with Luckner and came home to draw the locals within 10-7.
Trumbull built an insurance run in the seventh.
It was all about stretching the shutout skein for Trumbull in the seventh inning of the first game.
Germain drew a one-out walk off Brian Hnatuk and looked to score when Luckner doubled up the gap in right-center. Matt Fasoli made a throw from the fence to Simon Whiteman, who made a straight relay from deep in the outfield to Sagar, who made the tag for the second out.
After a walk on a 3-2 pitch by Sean Homa, Trumbull’s Luke Waldek came in to get the last out on strikes.
Fairfield will host Wesport (11-6) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Field. Ridgefield will visit for a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 9 a.m.

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