WILTON — Look out, FCIAC baseball teams. Those cleats you’re hearing belong to the Trumbull Eagles.
Ryan Gomes threw 6.2 innings of three-hit shutout baseball Friday, leading the Eagles to their fifth straight victory, this one a 3-0 decision over host Wilton.
“We still have teams to hop in the (FCIAC) standings, but today was a good step in the right direction,” Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said. “That’s five in a row for us. We’re starting to play our best ball right now.”
Gomes, who retired the first eight batters he faced, struck out seven and walked four.
“Everything was on,” Trumbull catcher Kevin Bruggerman said. “He was locating his fastball. Slider was working well, curveball was working well. He was using it all to get ahead of counts and just competed out there. Once he’s in a groove, he’s pretty much unbeatable.”
Gomes only found himself in trouble twice.
In the third, Wilton loaded the bases on a hit and two walks.
An inning later, the Warriors went second and third thanks to a hit, walk and wild pitch.
Both times, Gomes dug deep and got out of the jams.
“My mindset was just throwing that first strike,” Gomes said. “Once I’m ahead, I can do whatever I want with any pitch.”
The Trumbull offense, meanwhile, scraped out a trio of runs to back him up.
While Wilton twice failed to get a big hits with two outs, Trumbull was able to come through in the clutch.
The Eagles staked Gomes to a 1-0 lead in the second when Chris Briganti walked and stole second.
Beau DeMelo, hitting out of the No. 9 slot, then delivered a two-out RBI hit to make it a 1-0 game.
“Any lead is a good lead,” Gomes said. “I’ll just do my job (on the mound) and we’ll come and do our job (at the plate).”
Trumbull added single runs in the fifth and sixth on RBI singles by Jay Chiappetta and Tim Lojko, respectively.
Both those runs came with two outs, as well.
“It’s a fine line between winning and losing,” said Pacelli, whose team was playing its fourth game of the week. “A big two-out hit can make a difference. We had some big two-out hits today.”
Chiappetta had two singles for Trumbull while Bruggerman and Briganti both doubled.
Wilton has scored just five runs in four games, but only one was a win— 2-0 over Bridgeport Central.
“We’re struggling at the bat,” Wilton coach Tim Eagan said. “We’ve had a rough week and what happens when you’re inexperienced, the panic sets in.”
Lucas Uriarte, a transfer from Fairfield Prep making his first start of the season, went six-plus innings for the Warriors and pitched well, scattering eight hits. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter.
“We’ve been getting good enough pitching to win,” Eagan said. “We’re just not getting enough hits in clutch situations.”
Wilton left eight runners on base in the game.
Cole Judelson had two singles for the Warriors while Will Holmquist had the other hit.
“We’re a young team, so experience helps,” said Pacelli, whose team improved to 9-6 overall, 6-5 in the FCIAC. “We’re getting some games under our belt and we’re clicking on all cylinders—hitting, pitching and defense.”
TRUMBULL 3, WILTON 0
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Records: Trumbull 9-6 (6-5 FCIAC), Wilton 10-5 (6-5 FCIAC); Batteries: T—Ryan Gomes, Evan Warner (7) and Kevin Bruggerman; W—Lucas Uriarte, Angelo Passaniti (7).