Staples beats Trinity to reach FCIAC baseball final
BRIDGEPORT -- Staples starting sophomore pitcher Ryan Fitton was battling an illness all week which left him questionable to make his scheduled start in the FCIAC semifinals.
After a two-day postponement because of rain, Fitton was feeling well enough to go Friday and after the game it was the Trinity Catholic bats that looked ill after Fitton went 6 2/3 innings, picking up an 8-2 win.
No. 2 Staples will face No. 5 Wilton in the FCIAC championship game later Friday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
"(Fitton) has been doing that all year pitching to contact and getting a lot of groundballs," Staples coach Jack McFarland said. "He is still a little sick but he's feeling better now and we were lucky to get one game out of him."
Trinity put two runners on the corners in the first inning but Fitton escaped thanks to a 4-6-3 double play.
"Staples is an outstanding baseball team with an outstanding program," Trinity coach Tracy Nichols said. "I thought we made two key errors in that second inning which hurt us. We needed to score in that first inning and I think that would have boosted our confidence."
The Wreckers took advantage of two errors in the second inning, scoring five runs of which four were unearned.
Ross Poulley drove in Zach Azadian with a shot off the left-field fence for a double and the game's first run.
Poulley later came home on a single by Nate Panzer to center field. A dropped line drive by the right fielder allowed two more runs to come in, making it 5-0 after two innings.
The Wreckers added another in the third when Poulley singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on an attempted pickoff at first base.
Staples 8, Trinity Catholic 2
TRINITY 000 100 1--2 7 2
STAPLES 051 002 x--8 10 0
Records: S--18-4; TC--15-7
Batteries: S--Ryan Fitton (W), Sean Clarke (7) and Phil McGovern. TC--Cam Greig (L), Anthony Hoegemann (5) and Thomas Costigan