MERIDEN — Big first innings were the order of business for the home teams as Cheshire and Wilcox Tech opened their respective conference baseball tournaments on Monday.
But while the Indians finished their quarterfinal business in the Connecticut Technical Conference against Norwich Tech, the Rams have to come back on Tuesday and look to finish off Wilbur Cross in the SCC.
Wilcox got its 8-0 shutout in the books before Monday afternoon’s rain started falling. Cheshire, however, was still only in the top of the fifth when its game was suspended.
The top-seeded Rams are in good shape, leading 5-1, though Cross does have the bases loaded.
Another bit of good news for the Rams: They won’t have to play a second game on Tuesday as initially feared.
With both quarterfinals on Cheshire’s side of the bracket suspended on Monday — North Haven and Notre Dame-West Haven are knotted 3-3 in the last of the sixth — the SCC has bumped the semifinals from Tuesday to Wedneday.
Amity and Daniel Hand have already reached the semifinals and will face each other in Wednesday’s first game at West Haven’s Piurek Field at 4 p.m. Tuesday’s survivors will meet in Wednesday’s second semi at 7 p.m.
As for Monday’s action, the top-seeded Rams jumped all over the No. 8 Governors with five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Paul Villecco singled and Ryan Strollo reached on an error to set the stage for Matt Costello, who cracked a two-run single.
Rob Roles followed with a one-run knock and Eli Battipaglia bopped a RBI double.
The Rams batted around. By the time Villecco came back to the plate, the bases were loaded, and he got hit by a pitch to bring in the fifth run.
Over in Meriden, meanwhile, the Indians erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first and pitchers Brian Carabetta and Dan Taveras took it from there.
Carabaetta worked into the sixth, allowing five hits and two walks while whiffing six. Taveras got the last four outs. He struck out three and surrendered just one hit.
Nick Priebe was the big bopper on offense. The senior went 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple and scored three runs.
Sean Dupuis and Kyle Dobensky both had two hits and two RBI. Steve Armstrong also had a two-hit afternoon and drove in a run.
Wilcox will be at home again for Tuesday’s semifinals at 3:45 p.m.
Southington 9, Northwest Catholic 0: Vinny Spizzoucco, Jason Krar and Brendan Kavanaugh combined on a one-hit shutout for the Blue Knights in their CCC West win at Fontana Field.
Now 16-3 overall and ranked No. 9 in the GameTime CT state media poll, Southington closes out the regular season at home Tuesday vs. Conard.
Against Northwest, the Blue Knights got five innings from Spizzoucco, who allowed the one hit while walking two and striking out six. Krar and Kavanaugh both pitched a hitless inning of relief.
Junior catcher Jake DelMonte handled the pitchers and was a big stick on offense, going 3-for-3. DelMonte doubled home two runs and then scored on an Andrew Paradis two-bagger as Southington extended a 2-0 lead to 5-0 in the fourth.
Kevin McIntryre mashed a two-run homer in the fifth. J.T. Martin’s two-run single capped the scoring in the sixth.
Paradis and McIntyre both finished 2-for-2.