FRIDAY BASEBALL: Deno throws a gem and Platt walks off on Middletown; Berlin stays hot at Maloney’s expense; Rams rally to 19th straight; Blue Knights romp on Senior Night

FRIDAY BASEBALL: Deno throws a gem and Platt walks off on Middletown; Berlin stays hot at Maloney’s expense; Rams rally to 19th straight; Blue Knights romp on Senior Night



Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN — Platt pitcher Wes Deno allowed a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, then held Middletown scoreless the rest of the way as the Panthers rallied and ultimately beat the Blue Dragons 3-2 Friday on a walk-off single by Cam Germe in the bottom of the seventh.

Germe brought home E.J. Dudley, who had led off with a double and advanced to third on a Jake Baker single.

With the CCC South-Colonial Division win, the Panthers improved to 9-9, the record they’ll take into Monday’s rivalry game with Maloney at Ceppa Field.

Against Middletown, Platt got a complete game from Deno, who scattered six singles while striking out five and walking one. Only one of the Middletown runs was earned.

Dudley and Baker, the table-setters, were headaches for Middletown all day. Both had two hits and they combined to score Platt’s three runs. Baker also stole four bases.

In the third, Dudley and Baker singled to get aboard and pulled off a double-steal. On the play, the throw to third base got away and Dudley scooted home with Platt’s first run.

Baker tied it in the fifth. He singled with one out, stole second, stole third and scored on Andrew McCarty’s base hit off the first base bag.

Berlin 10, Maloney 0: The Redcoats completed a sweep of Meriden on the week, won their 13th straight and improved to 17-1 overall with the CCC South-Colonial Division shutout at Sage Park.

Maloney, now 8-10, was limited to three hits. John Vumback suffered the pitching loss.

Cheshire 7, Shelton 3: The Rams closed the regular season at 19-1 with their 19th striaght win, a SCC crossover decision over the Gaels (12-8) at Burt Leventhal Field.

With the game knotted at 3-3, Cheshire cranked out four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on singles by Eli Battipaglia, Ryan Cyr and Matt Costello to take command.

Cyr finished 3-for-3 and Costello was 3-for-4. They both drove in two runs.

Battipaglia made a diving catch in right field that ended the top of the fifth, when Shelton took a 3-2 lead. It proved pivotal. Paul Villecco promptly erased the deficit in the bottom half by doubling and scoring on Ryan Strollo’s sacrifice fly.

Will Bergin added a double for the Rams. Joe Sabo (3-0) earned the pitching win in relief of Rob Roles, who went five innings. Patrick Murphy finished up in the seventh.

Cheshire will be back at Burt Leventhal Field on Monday to host Wilbur Cross in the SCC Tournament quarterfinals. The Rams are the No. 1 seed for the first time. Wilbur Cross, the No. 8, is making its first-ever SCC Tournament appearance.

Southington 14, Hall 4 (6 inn.): The Blue Knights notched the Senior Night victory at Fontana FIeld. They are now 15-3.

Ryan Henderson (4-2) went four innings to earn the win, allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out four.

Offensively, Jack Meade went 3-for-3 and, with two walks, reached base all five times he was up. Meade doubled and scored four runs.

Jake DelMonte and Tyler Strong both went 3-for-4. DelMonte doubled twice, scored three runs and drove in two.


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