CHESHIRE – Wet conditions temporarily paused Cheshire Post 92’s quest through the Connecticut American Legion Baseball Sorthern Division regional tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
Post 92 (27-3) held a 2-0 lead over Waterbury (17-10) with two outs in the top of the third inning before a downpour forced the umpires to call the game. The game will be continued on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cheshire High School. Potentially, It will be the first of two games. If Cheshire wins the intial game, they will claim the Pod F regional crown. A Waterbury win would force a winner-take-all contest immediately after Thursday’s initial contest.
On Wednesday, rain was prevalent on and off throughout until the top of the third inning it manageable. The slippery conditions made it difficult to field the ball cleanly as both sides had made errors in the two innings.
Cheshire started Aidan Godfrey, who was effective in his 2 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out two and didn’t allow a hit. Waterbury put runners on second and third in the top of the second inning. The runners reached off of a fielding error and a walk and stole bases to put themselves in scoring position. Godfrey got a strikeout and induced a fly out to right field to get out of it.
In the bottom of the second, Cheshire got both of their runs on the board. Ryan Cyr beat out an infield single and reached second base on a throwing error. Two batters later, Eli Battipaglia smashed a line drive that one hopped the left field wall to score Cyr. Ryan Strollo followed up with a line drive base hit up the middle to score Battipaglia, giving Cheshire a 2-0 lead.
Cheshire is undefeated in the double elimination pod style set up for the first round of the 19U tournament. Waterbury needs to defeat Cheshire in back-to-back games to advance. The winner of this pod advances to the Divisional Super Regionals this weekend, which will be played at Ceppa Field in Meriden.