LONDONDERRY — Londonderry HIgh School’s Rob Del Signore was outstanding Monday afternoon, but Trinity of Manchester’s Carmen Giampetruzzi was a little bit better.
Del Signore, a left-handed pitcher, held Trinity to five hits and struck out 14, but it was the Pioneers who came away with a 1-0 victory.
Giampetruzzi, who also pitches left-handed, allowed a double to Londonderry leadoff hitter Brett Evangelista in the bottom of the first, but didn’t surrendered another base hit the rest of the way. His complete-game effort featured 11 strikeouts and two walks. He faced two batters over the minimum, as Londonderry had two runners thrown out on the base paths.
“I’d say it’s one of my best performances, especially this year,” Giampetruzzi said. “Defense played great behind me though. I was throwing strikes, pounding the zone and keeping the pitch count down. We got one run and that’s all it took.”
Giampetruzzi, who has committed to play for Boston College, threw 86 pitches in the game.
“Probably the best I’ve seen him throw in the time he’s been at Trinity,” Londonderry coach Brent Demas said. “He commanded the strike zone and he’s tough to hit when he does that.”
Trinity came up with the game’s only run when Aidan White doubled with two outs in the sixth, and Ryan Boldwin followed with an RBI single on a ground ball that made it to right field.
“Ryan’s been hitting well for us all year,” White said. “I knew if I could get on base I was confident he could get me in.”
Trinity raised its Division I record to 4-9 with the victory. Londonderry fell to 9-5.
White had two of Trinity’s five hits. The Pioneers also received a single from Giampetruzzi and a double from Zach Szczechowicz.
“You couldn’t afford to give either team a baserunner,” Trinity coach Paul Lemire said. “Two great pitchers going at it. Just timely hitting.
“(Giampetruzzi) didn’t walk many and when they hit him we made the plays behind him.”
Del Signore, who entered the game with a 4-0 record and a 0.23 ERA, struck out the side in the first, third and seventh innings. He has 69 strikeouts in 37 innings this season.
“Rob was his normal self today,” Demas said. “He threw the ball well. We supported him with the glove, but we didn’t support him with the bats.”
Trinity began the day as one of four teams tied for 15th in the Division I standings. Sixteen teams will qualify for the Division I tournament.
“Every game for us is a playoff game now,” Giampetruzzi said. “We just want to win and get in. Anything can happen from there.”