Staples High School’s 2024 varsity baseball team and coaches. / Photos, Staples Baseball
Captains of the 2024 Staples High School baseball team are, from left, Jack Farnen, Nick Porzio, Luke Oakley and Max Jossen.
Captains of Wreckers baseball this year are, from left, Jack Farnen, Nick Porzio, Luke Oakley and Max Jossen.

WESTPORT — The Staples baseball team’s spirited season, which saw the underdog Wreckers battle all the way to the state championship game, ended with a 9-1 loss to Amity in the title game Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field in Middletown.

Going into the Class LL State Tournament championship, the Wreckers — ranked No. 19 for the playoffs — were buoyed by their thrilling 4-2 extra-inning semifinal victory over No. 2 Fairfield Warde on Tuesday.

But Staples, who lost to Amity of Woodbridge earlier in the season, could not gain traction Saturday against the No. 4-ranked Spartans.

The Wreckers scored in the first inning when Max Jossen drove in Jack Farnen. Amity answered with a run in the bottom of the first, took a 2-1 lead in the third and scored five times in the fourth to create some breathing room. Amity scored another run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Cooper Brundige, Luke Oakley, Andrew Oppenheimer, Farnen and Jossen all had hits for the Wreckers, while the Spartans clubbed a total of 14 hits.

It was the second year in a row that Staples made it all the way to the state championship game, but fell short of winning the crown. Last year, the Wreckers were beaten for the title by neighboring rival, Fairfield Warde.

Staples had defeated Amity for the championship seven years ago, while Amity beat Staples for the crown in 2015.

The Wreckers won their last state baseball championship against Fairfield Ludlowe in 2019.