Sectional final: Ellington 10, Glastonbury American 4
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Waterford South wins pivotal game 3 for 9-10 softball crown over Orange. ... Waterford rallies in the eighth inning to beat Berlin, 6-5 and capture the state Junior (ages 13-14) softball final. … Farmington wins the first Minor Division (age 11) baseball championship with a sweep of Glastonbury National. ... Bristol tops H-K, 8-2 to win Senior (14-16) softball title.
Major Div. (11-12)
Junior Div. (13-14)
Senior Div. (14-16)
Minor Div. (11)
Major Div. (11-12)
Junior Div. (13-14)
Senior Div. (15-16)
Big League (16-18)
Minor Div. (11)
Game 1: Orange 3, Mystic 0
WALLINGFORD, July 24 – Pitcher Allie Baker allowed only two hits and had six assists to lead Orange over defending champion Mystic. A pair of errors by Mystic allowed Orange to score a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. Katie Winkle had an RBI single in the first for Orange while the second run scored on an error. Kayla Dorey’s RBI single scored Tori Cimino in the third.
WALLINGFORD, July 25 – Brittany Babcock and Chelsea Fogarty each had two-RBI singles in the first inning as Mystic tied the best-of-3 championship series with a victory. Mystic scored seven runs on five hits and four walks in the first two innings. "We had a little pep talk about being ready," Mystic manager Mark Latham told The New Haven Register. "We weren’t ready (on Saturday). This is the first time for most of them being in a big game like this." Mystic pitcher Sarah Emery allowed only four hits and fanned three. Aubrey Latham was 2-for-2 with a double while Kristen Wheeler had a sacrifice fly that clinched the game. Orange scored its run in the fifth when Allie Baker singled and scored on Taylor Sullo’s triple.
WALLINGFORD, July 26 – Orange hurler Allie Baker allowed only three hits and struck out five to lead Orange past defending state champion Mystic and a berth in the Eastern Regionals. Orange took a 1-0 lead in the third when Kelly Turner scored on a sacrifice fly from Lori Borelli. In the fifth, Orange took command. Thanks to two errors, Baker scored for a 2-0 lead. Tori Cimino added an RBI single and Kayla Borey ripped a two-run single for a 5-0 lead. In the sixth, Borelli had a two-RBI double and Cimino added an RBI double. “(Orange) had good defense,” Mystic manager Mark Latham told the New London Day. “We hit it right to them again. (Baker) is a smart pitcher, and she had a lot of backup behind her. Hats off to Orange. Good for them.”
Final: Fairfield 15, Bristol 7
JEWETT CITY, July 26 – Fairfield captured the first Minor Division (age 11) softball state championship with a dominating win. Emily Heller earned the win for Fairfield allowing only six hits over Bristol. Katey DeSimone had a two-run double for Bristol in the sixth inning. Heller, Jesslyn Lammerts and Jana Dodson had two hits for Fairfield. Defensively, Lammerts made a terrific catch on a line drive hit by Darby to end the first inning when Bristol had runners on second and third base.
Game 1: Waterford 7, Berlin 5
WINDSOR LOCKS – Kate Flanagan’s RBI single was the difference as Waterford rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take game 1. Jodie Plikus added an RBI double. Waterford’s Danyle Abate went the distance for Waterford, allowing just four hits.
Game 2: Waterford 6, Berlin 5 (8)
WINDSOR LOCKS, Aug. 1 – With its fourth one-run decision of the state tournament, Waterford slipped past Berlin to win the state title. Lindsey Kernozek scored from second base on a throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, just beating out the throw home. “We've had three two-run games, and that's our third walk-off, bottom of the last inning win,” Waterford manager Kevin Flanagan told the New London Day. The kids absolutely refuse to lose. They get their backs up against the wall and they just keep coming back.
Berlin led 3-0 after three but rallied with five runs in the fifth inning. Berlin added two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings as Ronnie Roche had a two RBI single to tie the game at 5-5. Berlin had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth but couldn’t score. In the eighth, Kernozek walked with two outs and stole second. On a ground ball to shortstop, the throw to first base was high, allowing Kernozek to score.
Game 1: Waterford South 3, Orange 0
ORANGE – Kelli Connors struck out 14 and allowed just one hit to lead Waterford South to an opening game victory. Connors struck out the last eight batters of the game. Connors, Jessica Ryder and Alexis Radecki each had RBI singles for the winners. Connors fanned 13 and tossed a no-hitter in a 7-2 win over South Windsor in the Section II final.
Game 2: Orange 15, Waterford South 10
ORANGE – Orange evened the state championship series at 1-1 with a five-run victory. Kelli Connors had three hits, three RBI and a double for Waterford while Caitlyn O’Loughlin added three hits, an RBI and scored two runs. Jessica Ryder had a single, triple, RBI and two runs scored. For Orange, catcher Stephanie Klebart had two hits and three RBI while Alexa Gherlone had two hits and two RBI. Pitcher Dana Blydenburg fanned seven.
Game 3: Waterford South 11, Orange 3
ORANGE, Aug. 2 -- Pitcher Kelli Connors struck out 12 and limited Orange to only four hits as Waterford South won its first 9-10 state championship. Connors was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Jessica Ryder and Erin Miller each had key two-RBI singles as Waterford broke open the game with five runs in the sixth inning. Ryder was 2-for-3 with three RBI while Kaylee Deer added two hits. Alyssa Hancock scored two runs along with Deer. Waterford coach Don Connors told the New London Day. “We kept scoring runs. We just ran and forced them into errors. Kelli shut them down and we had the big inning in the sixth to open it up.”
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NEWINGTON, July 30 – Berlin held off a late rally from Killingly to capture game one. Fanol Prevella had a two-run home run for Berlin while Zach Parsons ripped a two-out double. "That’s what’s been working for us all year, we use our speed and get timely hits," Berlin coach Chris Pick told The New Britain Herald. "We got one from another player, Fanol Prevalla, who added to our home run club." Killingly made Berlin sweat, scoring three runs in the fourth. Drew Wilcox had an RBI single, Nick Oteni had fine RBI sacrifice bunt and another run scored on an error. Berlin hurler Steve Glowiak earned the win, striking out the side in the sixth inning. Wilcox was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Killingly.
NEWINGTON, July 31 – Despite only one hit, Berlin won its second Little League state championship by scoring on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Berlin’s Fanol Prevalla walked and moved to second when teammate Jimmy Marzi was hit by a pitch from Killingly reliever Randy Waterman. When both Berlin runners successfully stole bases, Prevalla scampered home when the throw to try and get him at third base sailed into left field.
The first six innings belonged to starting pitchers Drew Wilcox of Killingly, who struck out 13 and allowed just one hit and Berlin’s Taylor Anderson, who fanned 10 and allowed three hits. Berlin played stellar defense as Killingly stranded nine runners in the final four innings, including the bases loaded in the eighth.
With two outs and a Killingly runner on first and third base in the fifth, second baseman Marzi dove to his right and threw out the runner at second to kill the rally. Killingly loaded the bases in the sixth but Anderson got a key strikeout to end the threat. In the eighth, Killingly loaded the bases with one out but Prevella scooped up a squeeze bunt attempt and threw out the runner at the plate. He got the next batter to ground out.
“They are gutsy and never give up,” Berlin coach Chris Peck told The Herald Press. “They are just hard-nosed ballplayers.” Berlin last won a title in 1986.