Legion: Trumbull holds off Milford in states

Trumbull’s American Legion baseball team built a five-run lead and held off visiting Milford for a 6-4 win in the state tournament opener on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Trumbull advances to host Westport (15-13) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Trumbull High School.

Simon Whiteman put down a two-out bunt with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and not only drove in a run by beating out the play for a single, but sparked a wild rally. Milford (17-13) committed a pair of throwing errors on the play, unloading the bases as part of a four-run inning.

Trumbull (20-8) carried a 6-1 lead into the ninth inning and saw Milford push across three runs and put the potential tying run on base before relief pitcher Matt Fasoli closed the door. Trumbull starting pitcher Nikko Arganese pitched eight innings of three hit ball. He allowed one unearned run and struck out five batters.

Fasoli contributed at the plate with four hits – a double and three singles – and teammate Kris DiCocco doubled home a run for one of his two hits. Milford leadoff hitter Cheech Giustino walked three times and scored a run.

In the ninth, Mac Taylor doubled to plate a run, R.J. Jackson knocked in a run with a single, and Ryan Muir drove in a run on a groundout.

Milford pitcher Adam Antonini threw eight innings, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. He struck out four.