Calhoun's bats silent in 'AA' state semifinal loss

Class AA semifinals between Calhoun and Kingston. (June Class AA semifinals between Calhoun and Kingston. (June 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Chuck Haupt

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- No one thought it would end like this. After scoring more than 200 runs this season, Calhoun was shutout in its state Class AA semifinal game Saturday with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Kingston at NYSEG Stadium.

The Colts managed just three hits and left four runners on base, as Kingston (20-5) capitalized on timely hitting and two costly Calhoun errors.

Calhoun, in its first state semifinal appearance since 2002, finished 23-4.

"Kingston's a good team, and we just didn't have it [yesterday]," Calhoun starter Frank Trimarco said. "We came out flat, didn't have energy. We hit the ball hard sometimes but it's baseball, everyone loses."

Said Calhoun coach Joe Corea, "We didn't play good defense and we didn't hit. That's unusual for a Calhoun team. We just didn't live up to our expectations."

Calhoun's best chance to score came in the bottom of the second when trailing 1-0, as Thomas Viverito singled and Tommy Joannou was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Both advanced on a wild pitch, putting runners on second and third with no outs, but two pop-outs to the left side and a strikeout by Kingston starter Sean Debrosky ended the threat.

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Debrosky pitched a complete game with four strikeouts, and dominated the middle innings by retiring eight Colts in a row through the third, fourth and fifth innings. Only two of the four runs that Trimarco allowed in 5 1/3 innings were earned, as the Calhoun ace pitched on three days rest after starting the Long Island championship against Connetquot on Tuesday.

"I was pitching on short rest so I felt pretty good," Trimarco said. "They took advantage of our mistakes and it shows, that's how you lose baseball games."

Kingston's first run came in the top of the second on an RBI double by Zach Chilcott, scoring Chris Saitch who had walked to lead off the inning. After Zach Short walked and stole second with one out in the third, Chilcott came up again with two outs and hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield that he turned into a hustle double to score Short.

In the sixth, Kingston put runners on first and second with two outs and scored a run on a throwing error by shortstop Zach Goldstein to go up 3-0. The Tigers scored their second unearned run of the inning on Pat Dorrian's run-scoring single to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Chilcott reached on an error with one out, stole second and third, and scored on Brandon Kuster's two-out single off reliever Jon Goldberg to go ahead 5-0.

Goldstein singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth with Calhoun trailing 4-0, but Debrosky retired six straight Colts to end the game.

"We put the ball in play almost every time but it was just positioning and hit right at people," Trimarco said. "It's just how sports work sometimes."

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