TRUMBULL — The Fairfield American Express keeps on rolling.

Michael Iannazzo allowed just three hits in four innings and Troy Ashkinos’ two-run homer sparked an 11-hit attack as Fairfield American ripped Trumbull American 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy-rule game Wednesday night at Unity Park.

“They’re a good ballclub,” Trumbull American manager Brian Csizmadia said of Fairfield American, which is 8-0 this summer. “They made plays, we didn’t. We gave away a lot today, we dug ourselves a bit of a hole. That’s baseball. We’ll go back and start the process all over again here tomorrow against Fairfield National and we’ll see.”

Trumbull American falls into the loser’s bracket, where they will play Fairfield National on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. The winner gets another shot at Fairfield American on Saturday at 2 p.m. A Fairfield American loss on Saturday would mean the “if” game will be played Sunday at Unity at a time to be determined.

“We still like our chances,” Csizmadia said. “We didn’t play well today. We’re still alive and we have to go one game at a time, but instead of winning one, we have to win three in a row. But we still think we have a lot of good pitching left. Hopefully, we’ll see them (Fairfield American) again.”

The key in all of Fairfield American’s wins to date has been the ability to score first, grab the momentum and hold onto it. That scenario played out in the first as Matt Vivona reached on a two-out error, advanced to second on a walk to Tyler Bauer and scored on Ashkinos’ single to put Fairfield ahead 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, Trumbull’s Tim Pearson singled with one out and Jack Arcmone doubled him to third. Iannazzo got Kevin Katragadda to strike out and Scott Gell lined a bullet to third, but Leo Randazzo was there to make the catch and keep Trumbull off the board.

“That was huge,” Viviona said of Randazzo’s catch. “We battled (Westport’s) Hiro (Wyatt) on the mound, and now everything else seems a lot slower, more hittable speed and that helped us out today.”

In the third, Randazzo and Ethan Righter singled with one out. Iannazzo then singled to left and Randazzo scored on a throwing error to make it 2-0 with Righter and Iannazzo advancing on the play. Righter scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 and Iannazzo scored on another error for a 4-0 Fairfield lead.

Run-scoring singles from Vivona and Tyler Bauer in the fourth, along with Ashkinos’ blast pushed Fairfield’s lead to 9-0. Back-to-back doubles from from Iannazzo and Vivona in the fifth gave Fairfield a 10-0 lead.

“When I got up I was looking to get into a good count, get a first pitch fastball, swing at a fastball and get a full swing when I hit,” said Vivona, who had three hits. “I just wanted to put the barrel of the bat on the ball and make something happen.”

“That’s what I keep talking to them about, a game where our top three guys don’t drive in every run,” Fairfield American manager Mike Randazzo said. “And we got some production from up and down the lineup, that was nice. We teach our hitters aggressiveness, we want them to hit the ball hard and get a good pitch to hit and drive it.”


Matt Vivona, who had three hits, two runs scored and RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings as Fairfield American put the game away.


“We feel like this team has just as good a chance to as last year’s team (to win the New England Regional) and maybe even better chance.” — Vivona, who played on the Fairfield American team last year that fell one game short of going to the Little League World Series.


FAIRFIELD AMERICAN 103 51— 10 11 1


Records: Fairfield American 8-0; Trumbull American 5-3. Batteries: FA—Michael Iannazzo (W), Troy Ashkinos (5) and Aidan Rivera; TA—Tom Pearson (L), Logan Huzi (4), Scott Gell (5) and Jack Arcmone. HR: FA— Troy Ashkinos