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Staples baseball has had an up and down week

Wreckers third baseman Noah Saed makes a play in Wednesday’s game against Trumbull. / Photos by Andy Hutchison
Staples’ Bruce Schlegelmilch, a freshman, pitches in relief for Trumbull.

By Andy Hutchison

WESTPORT – The Staples baseball team defeated visiting Fairfield Ludlowe 11-2 on Tuesday, but fell to Trumbull 5-2 the next night.

In the win over Ludlowe, Andrew Oppenheimer pitched six strong innings, allowing four hits and five walks while striking out four. Nick Porzio pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

Cooper Brundige went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Luke Oakley went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Jake Goldshore had two singles and drove in a run.

Staples freshman Cole Landgraf is congratulated by Coach Jack McFarland after reaching third base on one play after hitting a double for his first varsity hit in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Trumbull.

“Big win. It puts us in a really good position for the FCIAC,” said Staples Coach Jack McFarland, whose team improved to 7-4 in conference play. Staples holds sole possession of fourth place in the FCIAC standings with four games remaining.

McFarland said one more win may or may not get his team into the FCIAC bracket, while two more wins for a total of nine will likely clinch the squad. A tenth win could give the Wreckers a home first-round match. Staples, which has already clinched a berth in the state playoffs, also hopes to improve its ranking for that tournament.

In the loss at Trumbull, Jack Farnen had two singles and drove in Staples’ lone run.

The Wreckers have been boosted this spring by contributions from varsity newcomers. They include freshman Cole Landgraf, who doubled for his first varsity hit, and freshman pitcher Bruce Schlegelmilch, who pitched a strong inning in relief.

“We have a lot of new kids playing for the first time,” McFarland said. “The future looks bright.”

The Wreckers visit Danbury on Saturday at 11 a.m. The regular season concludes with a pair of home games, Monday against St. Joseph or Trumbull and Wednesday when Westhill or Stamford visits – both at 4:30 PM (game schedules are subject to change; click for the latest updates.)

Andy Hutchison has covered college sports – including Staples athletics – as well as news and feature stories in Fairfield County since the 1990s.

Andrew Oppenheimer scores in Staples’ 11-2 win over Ludlowe on Tuesday. Oppenheimer was the winning pitcher. / Photo by Mark Sikorski