SOUTH WINDSOR - It took a failed double play in the bottom of the ninth inning for South Windsor, the No. 2-ranked team in the state, to get past the Bristol Central baseball team on Wednesday afternoon, as the Bobcats beat the Rams 3-2.
With the game tied at two, one out and the bases loaded, South Windsor hit a double-play ground ball to shortstop. If successful, it would have ended the inning and extended the game into the 10th inning but the South Windsor batter beat out the throw to first and the runner on third reached home safely to give the Bobcats the walk-off win.
Bristol Central took the first lead of the game in the first inning, when Dathan Hickey got on base with a double and Noah Plantamuro drove him in with a single. South Windsor scored a pair in the third to take its first lead of the game but the Rams bounced back to tie the game in the next half-inning. In the top of the fourth, Jeremy Ganavage hit a single, Plantamuro’s double put two men on and advanced Ganavage to third and Jacob Santiago allowed Ganavage to score with a sacrifice fly.
According to Bristol Central coach Bunty Ray, the Rams loaded the bases twice after tying the game but could not take advantage.
Kevin White took the loss on the mound, despite not starting. White entered the game in the fourth inning and helped shut the Bobcats out for five consecutive innings.
Bristol Eastern 3, East Catholic 2: The Lancers went on the road and beat the Eagles to claim their postseason-clinching eighth win of the season.
East Catholic opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single run and Bristol Eastern answered back with three in the top of the sixth. After James Dauphinee drew a leadoff walk, Anthony Lozier got the Lancers’ first hit of the game with a single to put runners on first and second. MacGregor Goulet hit into an infield error that allowed John McPhee, running for Dauphinee, to score but the Eagles recovered to get Lozier out at third.
With two outs and Goulet on second, Zach Marquis launched one over the left field fence to put Bristol Eastern up by two. East Catholic scored once in the bottom of the sixth but, despite both teams threatening to score in the last inning, neither did.
Jake Violette got the win on the mound, improving to 4-2, while Cory Fradette picked up the save.
St. Paul 4, Wolcott 0: In a matchup of two defending state champions, the Falcons got the better of the Eagles, holding them to just three hits. St. Paul pitcher Wes Lahey was a big part of that, pitching a complete game and striking out seven, while only walking one.
The Falcons opened the scoring in the top of the second with three consecutive singles. Ryan Greene’s led off the inning, Zach Parent’s moved Greene to second and Tom Houle’s drove him in.
The pitching duel between Lahey and Wolcott’s Dan Hassan and Nick Baldwin kept it a one-run game until the top of the seventh. With one out, Houle sent one over the left field fence to put the Falcons up by two. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded later in the inning, Andrew Owsianko hit a two-RBI single to all but clinch the game for St. Paul.
Terryville 13, Housatonic Regional 3: Every starter for the Kangaroos got on base in the win against the Mountaineers, with all but one recording at least one hit.
Terryville came out of the gates quickly, scoring four runs in the first inning. After Housatonic put up all three of their runs in the top of the second, the Kangaroos pulled away. They scored two in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 11-3 lead and tacked on another pair in the sixth.
Jessica Dupont led the Terryville offense, going 4-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored. Amy Ieronimo and Martina Trovato each hit a team-high three RBI and both did so on three hits apiece. Alycia Calabrese and Maisie Festa also each recorded three hits.
Calabrese got the win for the Kangaroos, pitching a complete game. She struck out eight batters, gave up nine hits and walked three in seven innings of work.
Bristol Eastern 19, East Catholic 0 (5 innings): Erin Girard pitched a gem for the Lancers, going the full five innings while facing just one batter over the minimum. She allowed one hit, hit one batter and struck out nine.
Bristol Eastern scored 10 of its 19 runs in the bottom of the third inning, quickly putting the game well out of reach. Each of the Lancers’ starters recorded at least one hit, with Girard being the only one to be held to just one.
Jillian Maghini led the way, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with a team-high four RBI and two runs scored. Makenzie Jankowski put up four hits on five at-bats, recording a triple, one RBI and three runs scored. Mikayla Martin and Lauren Aparo tied for second on the team with three RBI apiece.
St. Paul 11, Wolcott 7: The Falcons scored in each of the first five innings on their way to a win over the Eagles. After just the second inning, St. Paul already led 6-2 and, while Wolcott tied the game in the top of the third, the Falcons pulled ahead in the bottom of the same inning and did not trail again.
Alessandra Milardo got the win in the circle for St. Paul, in addition to picking up a double and a single at the plate. Janessa Gonzalez led the St. Paul offense with four hits - including a double - and two stolen bases, while Brigid Johndrow contributed three hits.
Wethersfield 6, Bristol Eastern 1: Hannah Langlais was the only Lancers player to defeat her Eagles opponents as Bristol Eastern fell on the road.
Langlais only dropped three games on her way to a straight-set victory over Wethersfield’s Megan Lauzon. None of the other Bristol Eastern singles players were able to win even a set.
On the doubles side, Wethersfield swept with all three wins coming in straight sets. Three of the six doubles sets played ended with a 6-0 score, including both in the No. 1 doubles match.
Bristol Central 6, New Britain 1: All four Rams singles players - Ava Gorneault, Emily McAllister, Abby Goralski and Abby Gorneault - won to help Bristol Central cruise past the Hurricanes. On the doubles side, the pairings of Amanda Warner with Emilie Dube and Mercedes Chaleman and Katherine Ross were also victorious. The win improves the Rams’ record to 6-4.
Mercy 177, St. Paul 264: Natalie Millerick led the Falcons with a 53 in the loss to the Tigers. Preawa Treekul’s 37 earned her medalist honors for Mercy.
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