Staples beats Trumbull

Behind the superlative pitching of senior captain lefty David Speer, the Staples baseball team raised its record to 6-1 with a 7-4 home win over Trumbull

The Wrecker ace went 6 2/3 innings against a tough Eagles squad before being lifted with two outs in the seventh. Speer was on the mark all day giving up three runs, striking out nine and allowing his only walk of the game in the seventh.

Staples senior captain catcher Grant Moss said, "David was really on today. He was hitting his spots and had great control."

Backed up by a balanced hitting attack, the Wreckers blew the game open in the fifth when they batted around and scored five of their seven runs.

Head Coach Jack McFarland in discussing his ace pitcher said, "David has flawless mechanics. You don't see that a lot in high school pitchers. He throws every pitch from the same position which makes it very hard on the hitter to recognize what's coming."

Speer said, "I felt like I had great control, but did get a little tired after the long fifth inning." He was pulled in the seventh with two outs and replaced by senior Justin Honigstein as much to rest him a bit for the grueling upcoming schedule this next week.

The Wreckers did their part at the plate as junior Brendan Bernstein had three of the team's 11 hits. Junior Colin McCarthy, senior captain Jack Hennessy and freshman Bryan Terzian each had two hits and all had RBIs.

Staples was leading 2-0 when the fifth inning began and put the game out of reach with 5 hits, a Trumbull error and a walk to close out its scoring. Trumbull, for its part didn't quit.

With two runners on in the top of the seventh, Eagle star P.J. Santilli cracked a long homer to right center off senior righty Justin Honigstein who had just entered the contest. The Wrecker reliever retired the next hitter to end the game.

The defending FCAIC champions start a tough schedule next week with a game at home Friday against always tough Danbury. The Hatters beat Staples twice last year and look to be strong again in 2010.

McFarland said, "There won't be any undefeated teams in the league this year. There are so many good teams and we have to be ready for each one."

The Wreckers travel to Norwich Free Academy and to New Canaan on Monday.

Barring any injuries, the Wreckers are looking good to become the first "three-peat" FCIAC champions. With their strong pitching and balanced, consistent hitting, Staples is off to a great start.