BASEBALL: Diamondzone blanks Total Renovations 1-0 in pitchers’ duel; Wallingford Twilight finals going to a Game 3

BASEBALL: Diamondzone blanks Total Renovations 1-0 in pitchers’ duel; Wallingford Twilight finals going to a Game 3

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By Ryan Conchado

Special to the Record-Journal

WALLINGFORD — Game 2 of the Wallingford Twilight League championship series was the polar opposite of the first, as defending champion Diamondzone rebounded from a 9-8 loss to win a game dominated by pitching and defense 1-0 on Monday night at West Side Field.

With the best-of-three series tied at 1-1, Diamondzone and Total Renovations will face off in a winner-take-all finale on Tuesday night to decide the league championship. Game time is 8 p.m. at Pat Wall Field.

On Monday night at West Side, the teams managers squared off against each other on the mound as starting pitchers.

Tim Binkoski was effective throwing the first four innings for Diamondzone. The left-hander didn’t record a strikeout, but he located the ball well and allowed only four hits and one walk. 

For Total Renovations, J.D. Tyler returned to the hill after closing out Game 1. Tyler went the distance on Monday and looked strong all night.

Tyler allowed seven hits and two walks. At times, Tyler seemed overpowering, striking out six batters and inducing late contact for easy outs.

He did surrender the only run of the game. It came in the top of the fourth inning when Brendan Clark doubled and scored on a single by Hunter Garthwait.

Garthwait has been indispensable for Diamondzone in the first two games of this series. He’s 4-for-5 with two walks and three RBI.

Total Renovations had chances to score on multiple occasions, but just couldn’t get a run across the plate. The game ended with a runner slipping while rounding third and being tagged out.

It was a heartbreaking way for Total Renovations to end Game 2, but the veteran squad will have one more chance to unseat the defending champions on Tuesday night at Pat Wall.

“It’s a tough loss,” said Tyler. “It was a 1-0 game and having a guy get thrown out at third [in the] last inning.

“My guys played hard in the field and they did their best out there,” Tyler added. “We ran into some good pitching, but we’ll just have to go back out there tomorrow and get a W. We’ve got A.J. Hendrickson pitching for us, so we feel pretty strong. We got this.”

“We got a big hit from Hunter there in the fourth. That got us up. We left a couple of guys on base late, though,” said Binkoski. “Pitching all the way across the board threw strikes and the defense made plays. J.D. threw very well for them, so it could’ve went either way. Our guys fought, though, and we’ll see how we do tomorrow.”


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