WEST HAVEN — Six-run bombshells in the third and sixth innings catapulted the Cheshire baseball team past North Haven 13-4 in Wednesday’s SCC Tournament semifinals at Piurek Field and into Thursday night’s championship game.
Cheshire (21-1) will face Amity (16-6) back in West Haven at 6 p.m.
The Rams go into Thursday’s conference final riding a 21-game winning streak. They haven’t lost since falling to Amity 1-0 on opening day, a defeat they avenged 9-0 in Orange last Wednesday.
The win streak seemed in minor jeopardy on Wednesday when North Haven got out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in each of the first two innings.
Then came the third, when Ian Battipaglia’s two-run single with the bases loaded evened the score and Matt Costello and Matt Downing followed with RBI base hits to put the Rams ahead.
Costello scored on a wild pitch to cap Cheshire’s six-run surge.
North Haven scrapped back to within 6-4 in the fifth. Cheshire promptly answered in the bottom half on singles by Ryan Strollo and Rob Roles.
Roles rapped another RBI single in the sixth, when Cheshire lowered the boom with six more runs. Strollo and Eli Battipaglia stung two-run singles to further stoke the frame.
Platt 9, Bristol Central 5: Six runs in the top of the first inning had the Panthers up from start to finish in this regular-season finale at Muzzy Field. Three more runs in the sixth came in handy, though, after the Rams closed to 6-5. Andrew McCarthy and Ricky D’Aniello both went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI to fuel Platt’s 10-hit attack. Table-setters E.J. Dudley and Jake Baker drove in two runs apiece. Starter Wes Deno earned the win working five innings. He allowed all five BC runs, though only two were earned. Edisson Ortiz pitched two hitless innings to earn the save. Platt takes a 12-8 record and three-game winning streak into the Class L state tournament.
Middletown 6, Maloney 3: The Spartans closed the regular season at 8-12 with the CCC South-Colonial Division loss to the Blue Dragons in Meriden. After falling into an early 4-0 hole, Maloney pulled to within 4-3 by the fifth inning. Elliot Good cracked a RBI single in the third. A double by Evan Avery and a RBI groundout by Ryan Martel brought home two more runs in the fifth. Middletown (10-10) held the Spartans from there while adding insurance runs in the sixth and seventh. John Vumback was the losing pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on five hits. The Spartans now await their Class L tournament seeding.
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