PLAINVILLE — Alex Lespier cracked two singles and, with the tying run at third base, made the game-ending catch on a deep drive to right field as the Maloney baseball team topped Plainville 5-4 in a CCC South battle Wednesday night at Alumni Field.
The Blue Devils, after carving out an initial 1-0 lead, rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before ultimately falling short against the Spartans and winning pitcher A.J. Hendrickson.
Hendrickson (5-1) went the distance as Maloney improved to 12-5 overall and 8-3 in the division.
Hendrickson’s one-out double also sparked a three-run uprising that put Maloney up 3-1 in the fourth inning. Singles by Lespier, Kyle Pelcher and Christian Kiss fed the rally.
In the sixth, with the game knotted at 3, Cam Fahey reached on a two-out infield single, advanced on a single by Lespier and scored on an error.
After Plainville re-tied the game at 4 in the last of the sixth, the Spartan pushed across the game-winner in the top of the seventh. Hector Gonzalez led off with a single. He advanced to third on Kyle Hartenstein’s hit-and-run base hit, which came with two strikes, and scored on a Mike Gulino sacrifice fly.
Southington 7, East Catholic 6: Zach Susi delivered a two-run single with two outs to give the Blue Knights the walk-off victory in their nightcap at Fontana Field.
It was a fitting finish to the regular season. Southington went 17-3 overall and won the CCC West at 12-2.
Susi and Ryan DeAngelo both went 2-for-4.
Southington 13, New Britain 1: In their opening game Wednesday, the Blue Knights spotted the Golden Hurricanes a run in the top of the first, then pulled away to a CCC West rout.
Ryan DeAngelo led the way, collecting four singles in five at-bats. Liam Scafariello homered and smoked two doubles as part of his 3-for-4 afternoon.
Joe Daigle added a pair of two-run singles to back winning pitcher Kyle Cole (6-2), who pitched a complete-game four hitter.
Platt 2, Bristol Eastern 1: Jason Sullivan stroked a two-out single to send Creme Watford home with the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Panthers a CCC South victory in a game suspended last week tied 1-1 in the seventh inning.
Watford walked and stole his third base of the game before coming around to score.
Dan Smallacombe twirled a complete game, scattering eight hits and six walks while striking out seven.
Sullivan and Troy Clemens were 2-for-4. Watford scored both runs.
Bristol Eastern is 8-11.
Berlin 11, Platt 0: After their Bristol visit, the Panthers hit a brick wall at Sage Park.
Two Berlin hurlers pitched four-hit ball. Jon Doyon, Devyn McCarty, Mike Barnett and Tyler Lavalle had the Platt safeties.
Berlin, the runaway CCC South champion, finished its regular season at 19-1 overall and 14-0 in the division.
The Panthers (5-14, 3-10 South) finish their season against Maloney today at Ceppa Field at 3 p.m.