LITTLE LEAGUE: Big inning lifts Shelton to win over Southington South in 12U Sectionals; Wallingford 10U softball wins big over Milford

By Sean Krofssik

Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — Shelton used a six-run second inning to power its way to a 11-1, 12U Little League Section II mercy-rule win over Southington South at Carl Verderame Field at Rec Park on a steamy Wednesday night.

The result of Thursday’s Burlington-Harwinton and Shelton game will decide who plays in the Connecticut Section II finals scheduled for Friday night at Rec Park.

Southington needs Shelton to win tomorrow to advance. Otherwise it will come down to total runs allowed if all teams are 1-1.

Shelton (7-1) scored one in the first, six in the second and two in the third and the fifth to knock off Southington South (8-2), who defeated Burlington-Harwinton, 5-2 on Tuesday.

Southington starter Drew Anderson surrendered an unearned run in the first inning. Shelton’s first two batters reached on errors to open the frame. Joey Rodrigues (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 runs) scored the first run of the game on a Southington miscue.

Shelton loaded the bases with one out, but Anderson fanned the next batter and was aided by a good grab by shortstop Sawyer Trudeau on a hard liner to end the threat.

Shelton exploded for six runs in the second inning to go up 7-0. After a Southington miscue, Rodrigues drove in Matt Fiscus to make it 2-0. Jonathan Dicicco (2-for-4) then smacked a two-run homer well over the left-field fence to make it 4-0. Nick Clericuzio delivered an RBi double to right and Jonny Rodrigues capped the rally with a two-run single to left as Shelton went up 7-0.

Joey Rodrigues blasted a two-run home run in the third to put Shelton up 9-0.

The run support was plenty for Jonny Rodrigues on the mound. The lefty kept the Southington bats silent until a Trudeau RBI single in the fourth to put the hosts on the board to make it 9-1.

“He’s one of our horses,” Shelton coach Shawn Thompson said of his southpaw. “He’s our No. 2 but he’s our workhorse. We are confident that we are getting to Friday now with the run differential. It’s always good to win the first game.”

Rodriguez threw four innings. He allowed one run on three hits, two walks and fanned seven.

The game ended in the bottom of the fifth with a an RBI single and a sac fly by Nick Sabin.

If everything breaks right on Thursday, Southington will have its top three pitchers, Trudeau, Tyler Tortora and S.J. Switala available on Friday.

“I can’t say we were holding off for Friday, but we were holding off for Friday a little bit,” Southington South coach Stan Switala said. “We were hoping to get through and get some luck and get into Friday. We didn’t want to throw too many of our top guys. Now we will need a little bit of luck tomorrow and see what happens. If Shelton wins we’re in. If Burlington it goes down to runs against. Shelton is a good team. I feel 50-50 I guess. I wish we controlled our own destiny but we don’t.”

Southington was without No. 2 pitcher Landon Mahoney for missing the series due to injury.

“That really affected us today because he’s lights out and if he pitched today it would have been a different game,” Coach Switala said. “I think if we get to Friday and we get those guys on the mound we have a good chance to win.”

Thompson said the Shelton bats have been hot all postseason.

“We’ve been playing together a long time and we have that good chemistry and solid defense and solid pitching,” Thompson said.

10U Softball All-Stars

Wallingford 11, Milford 1, (5 inn): Wallingford picked up a state final four win in Windsor behind a five-run fifth inning.

The rally was sparked by doubles by Briella Krystofolski and Savannah Hastings and a single by Samantha Allison

Wallingford ace Caitlyn Hale earned the win in the circle. She allowed one run on three hits and fanned 13 in five innings.

Briella Krystofolski added a 2-for-3 day at the dish for Wallingford — who scored four in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Wallingford is back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. against host Windsor.

10U Baseball All-Stars

Avon 3, Wallingford 0: Wallingford was blanked in a sectional contest in Terryville.

Ben Kroeber pitched well in defeat for Wallingford, who are now in a must-win against Shelton on Thursday to make the Sectional Championship on Friday for a rematch with Avon.

Avon held Wallingford to five hits on the night and played excellent defense.


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