AROUND THE HORN: R-J Expos rally from three down with two outs; Fun Run sees a new winner; action stays hot (literally) on local links

AROUND THE HORN: R-J Expos rally from three down with two outs; Fun Run sees a new winner; action stays hot (literally) on local links

MIDDLETOWN — Trailing 4-1 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Record-Journal Expos charged back to defeat Mallove’s Jewelers 6-4 in a Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League game late Wednesday at Buzzy Levin Field.

Jack Rich tied the game with a bases-loaded double and A.J. Hendrickson won it with a two-run walk-off homer.

The game was a rain make-up, which is why the Expos were the home team despite playing on the road. With the win, the first-place Expos improved their record to 16-1-1.

The rally against Mallove’s started with John Walter and Hector Gonzalez drawing two-out walks. Jason Sullivan followed with a single that loaded the bases for Rich.

After Rich cleared the sacks with his game-tying double, Mallove’s relieved starting pitcher Christian Budzik and Hendrickson greeted the new hurler with the game-tying dinger.

Rich and Hendrickson both finished with two hits and three RBI. Walter and Sullivan had two hits apiece. Will Kszywanos doubled.

Prior to the late fireworks, this game was a pitchers’ duel. R-J starter Nick Foell allowed just one run in five innings, while Budzik worked into the seventh. 

Sean Rivera pitched a scoreless sixth for the Expos, but walked the bases loaded with one out in the seventh. Tanner Raymond came on, got a strikeout, then gave up a double that snapped the 1-1 tie. The fourth Mallove’s run scored on a passed ball.

The Expos return to action Friday night with a home game against the South Windsor Phillies (6-12). FIrst pitch is 6 p.m.

Rodriguez sets the Fun Run pace

MERIDEN — Fine weather conditions attracted a field of 20 runners to this week’s Meriden Fun Run at Platt High School

With Derek DeStefano not running, it was also a wide-open field, and the race was won by Kevin Rodriguez with a time of 19.29.

William Liebler placed second at 20:12. Billy Liebler was third in 23:15.

Fourth overall was the top female runner. That was Shalyn Noble of Wilcox Tech, who crossed in 23:20.

The Meriden Fun Run continues on the next three Wednesday evenings. Race time is 6:30 p.m. starting at the Platt track. The course covers three miles.

Hunter women stage Member-Member

MERIDEN — With the temperature and heat index going through the roof last weekend, Sunday’s annual Women’s Member-Member Tournament at Hunter Golf Club was shortened to nine holes.

Three teams tied for first at 32. Winning the prize on a match of cards was the duo of Kate Kelly and Terri Vaccaro.

Barbara McCoy and Agnes Cornwall settled for second. Myra Mazzetta-Sanchez and Sharon Maloney took third. 

Three other teams were one stroke back at 33. Another match of cards settled the pecking order fourth through sixth: Chet Mrazik and Thea Gambardella; Linda Falis and Fran Beedle; Cheryl Perito and Judy Soprano.

Wallingford CC hosts July event

WALLINGFORD — Diane Aldrich and Pam Zanetto teamed with Joann Rogers and Linda Falis to win the July Member-Guest Tournament at Wallingford Country Club.

The quartet combined on a low gross of 165 to win by nine strokes.

Runners-up at 174 were Sharon Fox, Melissa Dow, Gwen Glaviano and Jackie Abelli.

A low net of 135 was carded by the team of Jeanie Desantis, Sharon Criscuolo, Cheryl Lombardo and Pam Juliano.    

Weekly play continues at Traditions

WALLINGFORD — Diane Iglesias and Nancy DeVylder were the top golfers this week in the Wednesday Ladies Golf League at Tradition Golf Club.

Iglesias shot a low gross of 48. DeVylder carded a low net of 34. Both played in Flight 1.

In Flight 2, Margaret Giannone had the low gross at 54. Peg McCoy’s 37 was low net.

MaryAnn Dolan (60 gross) and Peggy Antonelli (36 net) had the low scores in Flight 3.