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On Wednesday, at Cheshire High School, Cheshire American Legion Senior baseball (fourth seed, 24-10) lost the first game of the Southern Division Sectional finals in unusual fashion. Cheshire led 8-2 in the top of the eighth inning before Trumbull coaches approached the umpires.
Cheshire was deemed to have an ineligible player (Adam vonFischer) and had to forfeit the game to Trumbull. VonFischer had played in a showcase in the morning, something not allowed during states. He can't play again in the tournament.
Cheshire had scored eighth of nine runs after Trumbull took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
Dan Schock (run scored) had three hits and four RBIs. Cheshire also received two hits from Pat Downey (two singles, RBI) and Ryan Pierpont (double, single, two runs scored, walk). Jon Koski (two-run triple, two walks) and Jay Schaff (single, walk) scored twice. Mike Purcell hit a home run to make the score 8-2 in the seventh inning.
Kyle Waldron pitched the first seven innings for Cheshire. He gave up four hits, three walks, two hit by pitches, and struck out two.
Thursday's game two starts at 2 p.m. If Cheshire wins, there would be a double-header to decide the series.
Photo of Waldron taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.