Handshakes: Trumbull is FCIAC champions

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Trumbull surprised us all.

Seriously if you were not an Eagle player or coach or Eagle fan you had no thought of Trumbull being crowned FCIAC champ, but here we are.

How did we get here?

May 7 Trumbull lost to Ridgefield and its chances for a FCIAC playoff spot seemed long, at best.

Then the Eagles rattled off 5 straight wins, including a walkoff win over Trinity on the final day to secure their spot in the tournament.

Trumbull treated the opportunity like the precious gift that it was, allowing an incredible 1 run over 25 innings, beating No. 2 St. Joe’s and No. 1 Greenwich along the way to its first title since 2005.

Unreal.

Goes without saying, but the pitching was everything for Trumbull.

Mike Yerina shutout St. Joe’s for eight innings as the Eagles won 1-0.

They then shutout Staples for 10 innings before holding the No. 1 team in the state to 1 run with Colin Keyes starting and Yerina coming back on three days rest to pitch the final three innings.

Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said nobody mentioned his team in the preseason and that fired up his squad.

Eagles were also playing for former coach Jerry McDougall, who died in October, and that can be a powerful thing.

* Amazing season by Greenwich but a bad day to play its worst game but as anyone that follows baseball knows it can happen at anytime and today was the Cardinal’s turn.

Too bad because it was really the worst game of the entire tournament which had been very well played until that point.

The rainout killed their pitching but it is no excuse for the sloppy play in the field and on the bases today.

Good news for the Cards, the states start pretty quickly, so, after a holiday weekend licking their wounds they can get right back at it Wednesday in the state tournament.

Other things we learned today:

* McMahon coach John Cross reads our blog.

* They have an original Nintendo in the press box at Harbor Yard, seriously, here is a picture of it.

* After everyone had cleared out and it was just a few reporters banging out stories in the box, one guy did all the post game field maintenance at the Ballpark and he was working pretty damn hard.

Apparently they deal with the trash left behind by letting a swarm of seagulls have at. There were about 20 having a feeding frenzy behind the third base dugout an hour after the game.

That’s all, great season of FCIAC baseball and now, on to states.

Categories: FCIAC, General
Scott Ericson

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