Frank Trimarco had to pitch out of constant trouble. The leadoff batter for Massapequa reached in four of seven innings and three errors were committed by Calhoun putting Trimarco under more duress.
It didn't matter. Trimarco escaped unscathed on each occasion except one and stranded six runners in scoring position. The lefthander threw a six-hitter, walked one, hit three batters and struck out six to help visiting Calhoun defeat No. 1 Massapequa, 3-1, Wednesday in Game 1 of the Nassau Class AA best-of-three baseball semifinals. No. 4 Calhoun (19-3) will host Game 2 Thursday at 4:15 p.m. "When I was down in the count, I always threw the right pitches," said the Monmouth-bound Trimarco. "We were able to turn a couple of double plays. It's just trusting your pitches and having the confidence in yourself. You can't be scared of them making contact."
Trimarco took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh after Calhoun scored two in the top of the frame. Trimarco hit the leadoff hitter before getting a 4-6 fielder's choice and then hit another batter. A grounder to first moved the tying runs into scoring position before second baseman Alex Vargas made a leaping catch of a liner to end the game.
"[Trimarco] did what he had to do," Calhoun catcher Alex Rodriguez said. "He always finds a way to end the inning without damage. He keeps his cool no matter what."
Ryan McCormick threw a six-hitter, allowed two earned runs, walked none and struck out four for Massapequa (18-3), which led 1-0 going to the sixth. Nick Savarese led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Pilotti and scored on a single by Zach Goldstein to tie the score.
With one out in the seventh, Tommy Joannou and Robbie Rosen singled for Calhoun. Zach Mastrangelo pinch ran for Rosen and the runners advanced on a wild pitch. On the same play, Joannou scored on a throwing error to give the Colts a 2-1 lead. Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. "I just wanted to get the run in and extend the lead," said Rodriguez, who went 1-for-2 with a stolen base.