AROUND THE HORN: Two games, two Gozzos, two HRs; new boys hoop tourney divisions released; CA softball defends crown

AROUND THE HORN: Two games, two Gozzos, two HRs; new boys hoop tourney divisions released; CA softball defends crown

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Gozzo twins of Wallingford, Paul and Sal, have gotten off to an aptly symmetrical start in the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament.

The Gozzos both hit home runs in winning performances for their respective teams in the opening round Tuesday at Spectrum Field.

Paul, the catcher with UConn, launched a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie Houston 3-3 in a game the Huskies ultimately won 4-3 in walk-off fashion. Gozzo finished 2-for-3.

Sal, the shortstop with Tulane, hit a two-run shot in the second as the Green Wave rode an early surge to wash over Central Florida, 5-2.

The Gozzos will be back in action Thursday. UConn squares off with Wichita State. Tulane tangles with Cincinnat.

Sheehan hoop moves to Division III

WALLINGFORD — The new division alignments for the CIAC boys basketball tournament see only one change for local teams, and that’s Sheehan.

The Titans, who advanced to the Division IV second round this past season, have moved up to Division III, where they join Maloney and Wilcox Tech.

Lyman Hall and Platt, meanwhile, remain in Division IV. Likewise, Southington and Cheshire remain in Division II.

Girls basketball is also moving away from the traditional four-class system to a five-division format starting with the 2019-2020 state tournament. Those divisions have yet to be revealed

Basketball divisions are set by the CIAC basketball committees using a formula that takes into account each school’s enrollment, tournament success and league power based on data from the past three seasons.

Cats three-peat as softball champs

CHESHIRE — Two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and an insurance run in the sixth gave the Cheshire Academy softball team a 3-1 victory over Cushing Academy in the Western New England Class B prep school championship game.

The triumph earned the Cats (14-1) their third straight Western New England crown.

Winning pitcher Mia Ferry gave up six hits and struck out nine. Ferry got a tremendous defensive play in the top of the seventh by outtfielder Jordan Chamberlain, who made a diving catch with a runner on base.

Aliya Catanzarita homered for CA and finished with two hits.

Southington hosting ‘froshmore’ meet

SOUTHINGTON — The 4th annual Central Connecticut froshmore track and field meet runs this Saturday, May 25 at Southington High School.

The meet is open to freshmen and sophomores only. With 19 teams signed on, between 750-1,000 athletes are expected to compete.

The meet opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Southington coach Dan Dachelet is the director.

Wallingford CC hosts member-member

WALLINGFORD — The 2019 spring member-member tournament is in the books at Wallingford Country Club. Overall champions were Pat Prior and John Serafin, who captured the Championship South flight.

Championship North was claimed by Chris Lembo and Jeff Bausch.

Chris Gatcomb and John Daniels were the winners in the First Flight, while the Second Flight went to Rick Longobardi and Matt Sullivan.

Both of those tandems witnessed the first holes-in-one of the season at Wallingford CC. In the First Flight, Frank Maresca Jr. aced the 173-yard 16th hole playing with his dad. In the Second Flight, Jim McPherson buried the 147-yard 11th playing with Andy Beckwith. Maresca and McPherson both used 6-irons.

Other flight winners at the member-member were Chris Sica and Ed Day, John Bryson and Dave Ferrone, John Biesak and Kevin Didden, Tom Matteis and Mike Piscatelli, and T.J. Katz and Mike Gantos.


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