In the first inning Wednesday, Staples sophomore pitcher Mike Fanning was in a jam with the bases loaded, nobody out and a run already across the plate. A reliever was warming up in the bullpen in and both teams seemed destine for double digits.

Fanning induced a 1-2-3 double play from visiting Trinity Catholic, escaping the inning a batter later with the damage limited to just the one run before settling in and giving his team much needed length, going five innings to pick up the win in an 11-5 victory.

"The double play in the first inning really took the air out of them," Staples coach Jack McFarland said. "To only get one out of that was big. Mike's a sophomore and for him to go deep in this game was huge. Today was the first day he was able to get into the sixth inning."

The win vaults Staples (9-4, 7-4 FCIAC) over Trinity (8-5, 7-4) in the standings as the teams begin the home stretch heading to the playoffs.

Trinity coach Tracy Nichols said failing to get more runs on the board in the first inning set a tone for the game which was difficult to escape.

"The first inning told the whole game," Nichols said. "We are sitting here bases loaded and nobody out and we only get one run out of it and if we put a few up there, we get him out of the game and it makes all the difference in the world."

After getting shut out by Trumbull Monday, the Staples bats came through in a big way, collecting 11 hits with eight of nine starters crossing the plate with runs.

For Staples, Nate Panzeer was 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and two runs; Noah Yokoi drove in two and scored one and Eric Hawes had two hits and a walk, scoring two runs and driving in one.

Hawes said the team was focused on keeping their approach at the plate simple.

"I think we just didn't try to do too much," Hawes said. "We didn't try to hit home runs, we hit the ball into the gaps, especially Nate (Panzeer) he did a great job doing that and played leadoff very well today. We just want to keep the intense attitude we've had all year but some games don't go our way but I think we are turning it around right now."

With four runs in the first, one in the second, five in the third and one more in the fourth the Wreckers built up an 11-1 lead after four.

Trinity got two in the sixth but left the bases loaded before getting two more on a Cam Greig home run in the seventh inning.

Against Trumbull, Stpales sophomore Ryan Fitton threw a complete game, allowing two runs in a 2-0 loss. Eagles starter Joe Nemcheck pitched five innings, striking out 10 batters and working in and out of jams each inning.

The Wreckers had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the first, but Nemcheck settled in and struck out the side. The teams combined for seven hits.

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

Staples 11, Trinity Catholic 5

TRINITY CATHOLIC 100 002 2--5 10 3

STAPLES 415 100 X--11 11 2

Records: S 9-4, 7-4 FCIAC; TC 8-5, 7-4 FCIAC

Batteries: TC--Anthony Hoegemann (L), John Hazzard (3), Matt Fraioli (5), Cam Greig (6) and Thomas Costigan. S--Mike Fanning (W, 2-0), Sam Arciola (6), Danny Ewert (7) and Phil McGovern.

Highlights: TC--Cam Greig 2-run HR, 2 runs; Dan Bernard 2-3 RBI; Fraioli single, walk, run. S--Nate Panzeer 4-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Noah Yokoi 2 RBI, run; Eric Hawes had two hits.