Battling 74s split twin bill

The bench was a little undermanned when Fairfield Post 74’s Senior American Legion baseball team took on Trumbull Post 141 in a Zone IV doubleheader at Tunxis Hill on Saturday.

Without a lot of options, coach John Servilla’s club let the games play out, and Fairfield showed its mettle in splitting decisions. The locals took game two, 7-6, after falling 9-5 in game one.

Trumbull, now 12-4 on the season, took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game before Fairfield rallied back to score five runs and win a 7-6 decision.

Lance Kreizer went the distance for the victory.

Dario Pugliano had three hits and knocked in three runs.

Avery Ford got the start in the first game and was the victim of a four-run first-inning uprising by Trumbull.

Fairfield struck back in the home first on consecutive singles by Pugliano and Steve Brunetti and an RBI hit from Tim Moran.

Steve Zadravec singled to center with one out to load the bases, but Trumbull’s Matt DeReinzo put the next two batters in the book on strikes.

Post 141 added a run in the second without benefit of a base hit, before Ford struck out Will Velez and retired Casey Mack on a fly ball to Zadravec in center.

Brian Allen reached on a Trumbull error to open the second, and Moran tacked on his second hit of the game in the fourth, but neither crossed the plate.

Shane Goven came on in relief in the third inning and held Post 141 at bay while his club got back into it.

He handled a comebacker to help strand a runner in the third, and Peter Detrik made a fine play on a pop up over his head at second base to leave the bases loaded in the Trumbull fifth.

Fairfield tied the game with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

Pugliano singled with one out, stole second, and went to third on Brunetti’s single to right.

Post 74 was awarded for their patience down four runs, when Moran powered a triple to deep right field to make it a 5-3 game.

Detrik’s sacrifice fly scored Moran and a Trumbull error on Zadrevic’s grounder kept the inning alive.

Kreizer came up and hit a ball as far as it can go to left field, just in front of the fence on Villa Place.

Zadrevic scored easily on the double to tie the game at 5.

Jay Sullivan’s single put runners on the corners and chased DeReinzo.

Trumbull brought in Mike Yerina, and the Southern Connecticut State University-bound right-hander got out of the jam with a three-pitch strikeout.

Fairfield gave the lead back to Trumbull in the sixth on an inning-opening error and three one-out hits.

Again, Fairfield challenged.

Sam Kivell singled and Pugliano’s reached when his hard grounder into the hole at shortstop was unplayable.

A wild pitch advanced the runners before Yerina notched a strike out.

Moran completed a perfect game at the plate with a walk to load the bases, but Detrik’s grounder up the middle was hauled in by Trumbull shortstop Anthony Matera and turned into a 6-6-3 double play.

Trumbull pulled away with two runs in the seventh and Yerina struck out the side to end the game.

Trumbull took the series two games to one when Stanley Wolpiuk pitched a no-hitter and struck out six batters on Monday night.

Tommy Luckner pitched well, but was hurt by three errors and Trumbull scored four times in the third inning.

Fairfield (4-11) will host Ridgefield (9-6), a 12-0 loser to Trumbull on Tuesday, today at 5:30 at Kiwanis Field.

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