MONDAY BASEBALL: In prelude to rivalry showdown, Platt snaps slide, while Maloney win streak ends; Alvarado & Wilcox slam the door; No. 5 Knights go to 10-0

MONDAY BASEBALL: In prelude to rivalry showdown, Platt snaps slide, while Maloney win streak ends; Alvarado & Wilcox slam the door; No. 5 Knights go to 10-0

EAST HARTFORD — Playing from behind much of the way Monday, the Platt baseball team needed clutch hitting up and down its lineup and steady long relief from Trent D’aniello to overtake East Hartford.

The Panthers got both in a 12-11 CCC interdivisional victory at McKenna Field.

It was a much-needed win for Platt (5-5), which had dropped four in a row after getting out to a 4-1 start.

A fifth straight loss seemed in the offing when East Hartford (4-4) took an 11-9 lead into the seventh.

Instead, the Panthers pushed across three runs on doubles by Ommy Velez, Brandon Cahill and Zach Baker and singles by A.J. Romano and Nelson Rondon.

Velez, Romano, Cahill and Rondon all had two hits on the day. Velez scored three runs, while Rondon drove in three. Romano and Cahill both had two RBI.

Then there was D’aniello, who pitched five innings of relief and went 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored.

Cahill, who relieved D’aniello in the sixth, got the win.

Tolland 2, Maloney 1: A throwing error by the Spartans allowed the winning run to score from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning in Tolland.

The CCC interdivisional loss snapped a four-game Maloney win streak and dropped the East Siders to 7-3. 

Tolland, which had lost six in a row, improved to 2-7.

The Spartans mustered just four hits on the day against Tolland pitcher Matt Haggerty. Kam Hartenstein had three of them and he drove in Maloney’s lone run.

Ryan Killeen was the tough-luck losing pitcher. The junior went the distance and scattered six hits while striking out four.

Only one of the Tolland runs was earned. That was a home run by Jared Wilhelm, who also scored the winning run in the seventh.  

Wilcox Tech 8, Wolcott Tech 3: A four-run top of the first got the Indians off on the right foot in this CTC matchup in Torrington.

Wolcott Tech got three back in the home half of the first against Wilcox starter Jack McGovern, but went scoreless the rest of the way against relief pitcher Brandon Alvarado.

Alvarado fired six hitless innings and struck out 14.

In the meantime, Wilcox (6-4, 4-1 CTC) extended its lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth, then pushed across a pair in the seventh.

Hiram Morales and Kyle Dobensky both went 3-for-4 for the Tribe. Morales doubled, scored two runs and drove in two.

David Stimpson (2-for-3) also had a double, two runs and two RBI.

Noah Simone doubled twice in going 2-for-4. He, too, drove in two runs.

McGovern and Will Cuadrado added RBI singles.

Southington 13, Wethersfield 3 (5 inn.): The Blue Knights brought this CCC crossover at Fontana Field to an early close by scoring six times in the fifth inning.

Dante D’Amore was a standout on the hill and at the dish. The senior tossed a two-hitter and went 4-for-4 with a home run, double, two singles and six RBI.

D’Amore’s three-run homer got Southington out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. His three-run double in the fifth brough Southington to the verge of victory.

Once Jack McManus followed with a single to score D’Amore, the Blue Knights, ranked No. 5 in this week’s GameTime CT poll and No 1 in the Class LL rankings, had their 10th win against no losses.

D’Amore improved to 4-0 on the mound. He struck out six and walked three in knocking Wethersfield to 5-5.

Drew Belcourt had a night for the Knights, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.

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