TUESDAY BASEBALL: Wilcox clinches at least share of division flag; clutch hitting and pitching carries Southington past NFA; Kozlowski tosses another gem for Cheshire; Sheehan beats West Haven

TUESDAY BASEBALL: Wilcox clinches at least share of division flag; clutch hitting and pitching carries Southington past NFA; Kozlowski tosses another gem for Cheshire; Sheehan beats West Haven



Record-Journal staff

MANCHESTER — The Wilcox Tech baseball team clinched at least a share of the CTC Nutmeg Division championship with a 5-0 victory Tuesday afternoon over Abbott Tech.

Playing once again on the artificial turf of Cheney Tech, the Indians rode the pitching of senior left-hander Sean Dupuis, who threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Dupuis allowed eight hits and one walk and fanned four.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, head coach Dave Cronin summoned Mike Furgalack for the save. Furgalack ended the game with a strikeout and the Indians came away at 13-4.

Offensively, Dupuis popped a solo home run and Ed Haniewski had a big day with four hits in five at-bats. James Theriault went 3-for-4.

Brian Carrabetta and Kyle Dobenski both finished 2-for-4. Dobenski drove in a run. Steve Armstrong and Dan Taveras delivered RBI singles.

Wilcox has two games remaining. Both are against public schools: home against Maloney on Wednesday and on the road against Morgan at the Indian River Complex on Thursday.

SImsbury 13, Maloney 2: The Spartans were held to one hit in the CCC crossover loss at Simsbury’s Memorial Park.

Owen Papciak had that one hit and he made it count, driving in a run. Elliott Good also had a RBI. 

Mike Duffy suffered the pitching loss as the Spartans fell to 7-9.

Southington 2, Norwich Free Academy 1: Vin Spizzoucco tossed three-plus innings of scoreless relief and Jack Meade jacked a solo home run to carry the Blue Knights to the non-conference win over the Wildcats in Southington.

Meade’s dinger to right field was the first home run of the season for Southington (14-3). It came with two outs in the fourth inning and snapped a 1-1 tie.

NFA (9-8) got on the board in the second inning against Southington starter Nico Gaudio.

The Blue Knights answered in the third. Andrew Paradis roped a two-out double and scored on a base hit by Jake Romano.

Romano, Meade and Jake Neuman finished with two hits apiece.

Gaudio and Spizzoucco (4-0) both allowed four hits and struck out five.

Spizzoucco worked out of jams in the last two innings. With two aboard with two out in the sixth, Spizzoucco induced a pop out in foul ground to catcher Jake DelMonte, who made a nice grab along the fence.

In the seventh, NFA’s Vin Gualtieri tagged a one-out double and advanced to third on a base hit. With runners at the corners, Spizzoucco bore down and induced a fly out to Paradis in shallow center field and then a ground out to second baseman Bryce Worth.

Cheshire 5, Branford 0: Junior pitcher Mike Kozlowski continued his torrid spring, firing a two-hitter against the Hornets at Burt Leventhal Field to lead the Rams (17-1) to their 17th straight win.

Kozlowski, who had thrown two no-hitters this season, struck out 11 and walked two in his latest gem. He raised his pitching record to 6-0.

Offensively, the Rams capitalized on Branford wildness, drawing nine walks and two hit batsmen.

Matt Costello singled three times in going 3-for-3. Ryan Strollo cracked a two-run single. Paul Villecco singled, drove in a run and scored twice.

On Wednesday night, the Rams travel to the Old Tavern Complex in Orange to take on Amity, the team that handed them their lone defeat, 1-0 in the season opener back on April 1.

Sheehan 6, West Haven 3: Bill Gorry singled home two runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend a 4-3 lead and Caden Cloutier closed it out in the bottom half by striking out two and inducing a game-ending double play as the Titans posted the SCC victory in West Haven.

Nick Iannone was the winning pitcher. He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits while fanning three.

Joe Romano went 3-for-4 to pace Sheehan’s 10-hit attack.

The Titans are 7-11 with two games left to play: at Lewis Mills on Thursday and at Lyman Hall on Friday.


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