TRI-TOWN TOURNAMENT: Meriden sweeps behind Peruti’s and Thurston Foods

TRI-TOWN TOURNAMENT: Meriden sweeps behind Peruti’s and Thurston Foods

MERIDEN — The 22nd Annual Tri-Town Tournament belonged to the home team.

Make that the home teams, as Meriden swept Friday night at Ben Nessing Field behind men’s champ Peruti’s and women’s champ Thurston Foods.

Peruti’s powered up to defeat Binc of Wallingford 20-14 in the opener, then really unloaded to rout Spartan’s II of Southington 29-9 in a mercy-rule finale.

The women’s tournament was a two-team show. With Wallingford champ Fosdick Fulfillment dropping out on the eve of the tournament, Thurston Foods played a best-of-three series with Southington’s Rossitto Welding.

Thurston Foods swept, though both games were tight. Meriden won the opener 13-10 in nine innings and the nightcap 5-4 in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Skye Sgambati that scored Megan Jakiela.

Southington came up short despite erasing a big deficit in the opening game. Meriden jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and led 8-4 after three innings. Southington tied the game 10-10 with four runs in the seventh inning on runs scored by Meghan Asplund, Rachel Harvey, Alyssa Dumphy and Michelle Woodruff.

C.J. Sabith, Kelly Jakiela and Megan Jakiela each scored in Thurston Food’s winning rally in the ninth.

Game 2 was back and forth, Rositto’s led 3-1 after four innings. Thurston rallied to lead 4-3 after six. Southington tied the game in the seventh on a RBI by Nicole Rossitto before Sgambati brought down the curtain.

The men’s action started with Peruti’s defeating defending champ Binc 20-14 behind Pat Harrington’s pair of two-run homers.

Keith Devitt blasted a three-run homer, Tim Phillips smacked a two-run homer and Connor Tarragna came through with a solo dinger for the Meriden squad in a six-run second inning. Peruti’s stroked five homers in the contest.

Binc erased a 12-4 deficit with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning, an outburst highlighted by a two-run homer by Tony Balderacchi and a three-run double by P.J. Grant.

Meriden responded with eight runs in the bottom of the inning. That rally included Harrington’s second dinger of the game.

Kris Selvaggi chipped in with a two-run double to expand the Meriden lead back to 20-12.

Wallingford also hit five homers in the game, including two by Matt Shubert. Scott Sobkowiak, Keith Sobkowiak and Balderacchi had single blasts.

Binc rebounded with an 18-16 win over Southington’s Spartan II.

Binc jumped out to a 7-1 lead and Southington’s Spartan's II used a seven-run third inning to take a 8-7 advantage. Binc responded with three runs and led 10-8 after five innings.

Binc used another offense explosion to hold a 18-11 advantage after six and held off a late push by the Southington squad.

Tony Balderacchi and Sayso Patel each blasted a pair of homers for Binc. Keith Sobkowiak and Dan Whitz also went yard for Wallingford.

Chip Florio and Chuck March came through with dingers for Southington.

In the final game of the night, Peruti’s made it clear a fourth and final game would not be needed to determine the men’s champ as it was last year. The Meriden champs erupted for 18 runs in the second inning, with Devitt homering twice and Selvaggi, Tarragna and Perillo adding single shots.



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