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WALLINGFORD — Dan Russell tossed a four-hitter and doubled home the game-winning run to lift the Lyman Hall baseball team to a 3-2 victory over West Haven Friday afternoon at Pat Wall Field.
Russell’s key stroke came with two outs in the bottom fifth inning after West Haven had scored twice in the top half to tie the SCC interdivisional game at 2. Russell’s two-bagger brought home Brett Bilodeau, who had walked and stolen his way to third.
Earlier, Ben Miller staked LH to a 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run single in third that scored Joe Cassella and Brandon Hewitt. Cassella had been hit by a pitch and Hewitt reached on an error.
The Trojans managed just three hits off West Haven’s Matt Carter, but made them count to improve to 4-6 overall. Carter struck out six and walked four for the Westies (5-5).
Russell (2-2) struck out five and walked three. He also had two of Lyman Hall’s three hits as the Trojans avenged a 12-5 opening-day loss to the Blue Devils.
Southington 15, Simsbury 0: The Blue Knights blew open a 2-0 game at Simsbury’s Memorial Field with six runs in the fifth and seven in the seventh.
Kyle Cole went the distance in tossing a three-hit shutout. Cole (2-2) struck out five and walked just one.
Joe Rivera and Ryan D’Angelo had three hits each to pace the offense. Garrett Gugliotti and Joe Daigle collected two hits apiece.
Southington improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCC West.
Middletown 6, Platt 0: Panthers’ leadoff hitter Jon Doyon gave Middletown right-hander Malcolm Alleyne all sorts of fits. The problem is, nobody else did.
Alleyne allowed only the two hits by Doyon’s in tossing the complete-game shutout in Meriden.
Middletown improved to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the CCC South with the divisional victory. Platt suffered its fifth straight loss and fell to 2-7 and 1-3.
Doyon, along with his two hits, drew one of the two walks Alleyne issued. Doyon also stole three bases.
No. 9 hitter Chris Rodo (2-for-3) and leadoff man Austin Rak (2-for-4) provided the offensive punch for the Blue Dragons, who extended an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
Alleyne fanned just three, but of his 79 pitches, 51 were strikes. Dimitri O’Donnell took the loss for Platt.
Notre Dame-West Haven 5, Cheshire 2: The Green Knights capitalized on four Cheshire errors — all but one of their runs was unearned — to post the SCC interdivisional victory at Quigley Stadium.
The Rams, who had won seven of their previous eight, slipped to 7-4 while ND improved to 9-2.
Ethan Lonardelli (4-2) was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Cheshire. He gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked none.
Dan Schock and Ryan Pierpont had two hits apiece to account for four of Cheshire’s five hits. Matt Hickey had the other, singling to lead off the with seventh. Schock singled him home. Lonardelli scored Cheshire’s first run on a fielder’s choice.
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