WALLINGFORD – Cheshire Post 92 ripped off their 19th straight victory in a 6-1 conquest over Wallingford Post 187 in Zone 3 action at West Side Field on Tuesday evening.
“They played solid,” Cheshire coach John Escoto said. “The two throws to throw the guys out at home plate, we hit some hard balls at them and they did make some good plays too. Our pitching was solid and they always play us tough so it was nice to get the win.”
Wallingford (9-14) has offensively down the stretch. Before they scored their lone run in the bottom half of the fifth inning, they were on a 16-inning scoreless drought. Over Wallingford’s last six games, Post 187 has only scored a total of seven runs over 47 innings of play.
On Tuesday, Cheshire took the lead right away in the top of the first inning. Ben Schena drew a walk to start the rally for Post 92. He was advanced to second off a single by Ben Shadeck. Ian Battipaglia then hit what seemed destined as a double-play ball. But Wallingford’s throw sailed over the first baseman’s head. The miscue allowed Schena to come in and score to give Cheshire an early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Paul Villecco lead off the inning with a sinking line drive to left that resulted in a double. Villecco advanced to third by tagging from second on a fly ball to right off the bat of Ryan Cyr. Cheshire then put on a squeeze play that caught Wallingford completely off guard. Villecco sprinted home and the batter, Evan Sokolic laid down a perfect bunt toward the first base side. The squeeze play put Cheshire up, 2-0.
Wallingford had scoring opportunities before the top of the fifth inning. Both of their chances ended in inning ending plays with their runner getting thrown out at the plate. In the top of the first, Tyler Lyons singled up the middle and Cheshire’s center fielder, Ryan Strollo gunned down Liam Geib who had been trying to score from second. In the bottom of the third, Pat Christensen hit a fly ball to left that was caught by Cyr, who then gunned down Anthony Cretella at the plate.
The bottom of the fifth, started with two leadoff walks to Russell Edeen and Bill Gorry for Wallingford. Both runners advanced into scoring position off of a sacrifice bunt from Joe Amarone. Edeen crossing home plate on a passed ball to cut Cheshire’s lead down to one run. ut that would be all for Post 187.
In the top of the sixth, Shadeck led off with double to deep left center. Three batters later Villecco singled to left scoring Shadeck. Villecco advanced to second on the unsuccessful throw home. Cyr then stroked and RBI single as Cheshire expanded it’s lead to 4-1 lead. After Sokolic was hit by a pitch, Eli Battipaglia doubled down the left-field line to push the Post 92 advantage to 5-1.
Cheshire also scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.
“We ran into the best team in the zone again,” Wallingford coach John Amendola said. “We had a couple of chances to score and didn’t come up with a big hit when we needed to. We hit some hard balls but it seemed like they were right at people. When they had those chances it seemed like they just hit the ball of the end of their bats. They would fall in and that’s the way the game played out.”
Cheshire hurler Cole Feinauer earned the win allowing one hit over 4 2/3 innings. He also pitched around five walks.
“We’re playing solid baseball,” Escoto said. “We’re not making mistakes, we’re executing and advancing runners. We’re just playing solid baseball.”