Ellington All-Stars State Runners-Up

On Monday evening, the Ellington 10-11 All-Stars fought right to the end, but fell 5-2 to Trumbull American in the final game of the state championship series.

“I’ve gotta tip my hat to that team, they earned everything they got,” said Ellington manager Chris Mateya. “We didn’t give them an inch this game. It was a battle right to the last inning.”

With the game scoreless in the third inning, Trumbull’s Ray Leonzi led off with a double and tried to score on a single by Brandon Buda, but was thrown out at the plate by Ellington left fielder Garrett Phelps.

Then up to the plate stepped Ryan Teixeira with two outs and Buda on base. Teixeira hit one over the fence to give Trumbull a quick 2-0 lead.

As the Ellington players had all tournament, they battled right back.

In the top of the fourth, Ryan Shaw singled and Logan Macaluso walked. With the runners now on second and third, Nathan Pyne grounded out to shortstop, scoring Shaw for Ellington’s first run. Alex Maningas then singles in Pyne to tie the score.

In the bottom of the fourth, Trumbull had a runner on first, but Ellington pitcher Mike Wearne quickly erased him when the ball was hit to him and he went to Shaw at second. Shaw then threw to Aaron Pyne at first to finish the double play. The next batter hit a ball to Shaw at shortstop and he threw him out at first, ending the inning.

In the fifth inning, with the score tied 2-2, Ellington made two quick outs, but then started a rally. Phelps walked, Shaw singled, and Macaluso walked to load the bases, but the team couldn’t get another run across.

Trumbull came back out in the bottom of the fifth inning and got back to work quickly. Leonzi hit a double and with one out, Buda hit a two-run homer to give Trumbull a 4-2 lead. Teixeira then came up and also hit a home run.

Chris Wrona had a hit in the top of the sixth inning, but Ellington couldn’t get any closer and Trumbull closed out the game.

Brandon Csizmadia pitched 5 and 2/3 inning for Trumbull, giving up two runs, five hits, four walks, and striking out four.

Wearne pitched well for Ellington, going five innings, giving up five runs, nine hits, two walks, and striking out two.

While Trumbull may have won the game, Ellington played well and battled right to the end.

“The kids played unbelievable,” said Mateya. “What can you do? We were one or two hits away. You don’t get to this level by mistake. When they won [on Saturday], the momentum started going, they started believing, and we gave them a great game. They made a couple good hits in the last inning and that’s how it goes.”

Ellington won District 8 last year, and set the bar even higher this year. Mateya said they really wanted to win the state championship, but was pleased that the team got to an IF game and did win a state championship game.

“That alone will give these kids a lot of world experience for next year,” he said. “These guys are unbelievable. I’m so proud of these guys. They were the better team today, but I think our kids are champions nonetheless.”


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