CHESHIRE — Another page of the Cheshire-Meriden baseball rivalry is in the books. In the latest episode, Cheshire bats came alive to avenge Meriden’s walk-off victory earlier in the month.
By a final score of 4-2 on Tuesday night at Bartlem Park, Cheshire took the second of three CT Elite Baseball Association U19 matchups scheduled for the regular season. The rubber match comes Friday when Meriden hosts Cheshire at Legion Field at 5:45 p.m.
On Tuesday night, Cheshire prevailed despite leaving seven men on base in the first three innings.
Cheshire did push across a run in the bottom of the second when Lucca Raccio plated Chris Leddy with a fielder’s choice.
Cheshire threatened in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with no outs. Meriden starting pitcher Michael Duffy was able to escape unharmed with a pair of nifty plays.
Cheshire later extended its lead to 3-0 in the fifth when third baseman P.J. Marcouiller roped a RBI double to the left-center gap to bring home Rob Roles and Aidan Godfrey scored on an error.
Meriden had a brief resurgence in the top of the sixth when Owen Papciak laced a single up the middle to plate Kyle Parmalee and Peyton Thiel.
Papciak’s two-run knock closed Meriden to within 3-2. Cheshire responded with an insurance run in the home half, with Ryan Orozco singling home Nick Valente.
Rob Roles started and went the distance for Cheshire. He threw 100 pitches, striking out seven and surrendering seven hits.
Roles was also a factor on offense. He singled twice and reached on an error.
For Meriden, Duffy went five and two-thirds innings. He allowed eight hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking two.
With the win, Cheshire improved to 9-5 and closed to within half a game of 10-5 Meriden. The two local teams trail only Berlin (12-4) in the Division I standings. Only the top two teams in the CT Elite Baseball Association’s four divisions will advance to the postseason tournament.
Meriden was coming off a 4-2 win over Berlin on Monday. Cheshire takes on the division leaders at Sage Park on Thursday before crossing town lines to tangle once more with Meriden on Friday. The saga rolls on.