WEDNESDAY BASEBALL: Neuman’s own! Southington junior lefty blanks NWC; Costello stars in Cheshire’s latest triumph; Wilcox 9-game win streak snapped

WEDNESDAY BASEBALL: Neuman’s own! Southington junior lefty blanks NWC; Costello stars in Cheshire’s latest triumph; Wilcox 9-game win streak snapped



SOUTHINGTON — Jake Neuman struck out 11 and allowed just two hits over six innings — and threw in a RBI single for good measure — to lead the Southington baseball team to a 4-0 shutout of Northwest Catholic on Wednesday afternoon at Fontana Field.

The junior left-hander upped his pitching mark to 3-0 and the Blue Knights collectively improved to 11-1 with the CCC West-Colonial conquest.

Neuman was in on the two-run uprising in the bottom of the first inning that got the Blue Knights all the runs they would need. Jake DelMonte reached on a two-base error. Neuman singled him home and promptly scored on a Jake Romano double.

Romano finished 3-for-4. DelMonte and Kevin McIntyre were both 2-for-4.

Brendan Kavanaugh finished up in the seventh inning. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out the side.

Cheshire 12, Xavier 0 (5 inn.): The Rams rolled to their 12th straight win with the SCC Quinnipiac mercy-rule victory at Bert Leventhal Field.

Matt Costello got the gold star in this one. The senior catcher tagged a two-run single to get Cheshire going in the first inning, then busted it wide open with a grand slam in the second. That gave Costello six RBI on the day.

Ryan Strollo collected two singles and two RBI. Matt Downing delivered a run-scoring double. The Battipaglia brothers, Eli and Ian, both drove in one run apiece.

Joe Sabo tossed a one-hitter over five innings. He walked none and fanned four.

Cheshire is now 12-1 overall and 5-0 in the Quinnipiac. Xavier fell to 6-7 and 0-5.

Platt Tech 5, Wilcox Tech 3: Less than 24 hours after the Indians beat the Panthers 5-3, Platt Tech returned the favor in a CTC matchup in Milford.

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Wilcox (9-3). It was also the Tribe’s first setback in the CTC (9-1).

Trailing 4-0, the Indians did rally in the top of the sixth, pulling to within one on Ed Haniewski’s bases-clearing double.

Platt Tech avoided further damage and tacked on an insurance run in the home half to improve to 8-4.

Mike Furgalack took the loss for the Indians (9-3) He went four innings and allowed three runs on three hits and six walks. Furgalack fanned six.

Sheehan at Guilford, 3:45 p.m.

Lyman Hall at Shelton, 5:30 p.m.

 


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