WALLINGFORD — In the winner-take-all Game 3 of the Wallingford Twilight League championship series, Total Renovations defeated defending champion Diamondzone 9-3 late Tuesday night at Pat Wall Field.
Total Renovations has now won four of the last five Wallingford Twilight crowns.
“Thirteenth championship [overall],” noted Total Renovations head coach J.D. Tyler.
“We pulled it together there. Great team win. We had lots of great hitting. A.J. [Hendrickson] pitched a gem sealing it for us,” Tyler continued. “My guys played great today and this is the type of game that Total Renovations wins and this what we like to do. Great season here.”
After getting shut out 1-0 in Game 2 on Monday night, Total Renovations came alive with the bats on Tuesday night. The squad exploded for nine runs in the first four innings.
Total Renovations also ran wild on the base paths, swiping bags and taking extra bases at every opportunity.
The tone was set with a three-run bottom of the first. Brandon Hernandez and Will Kyzwanos reached on back-to-back singles to start the game and Hernandez came in to score the first run on a wild pitch.
After a walk from Owen Papciak, Hendrickson singled in Kyzwanos to give Total Renovations a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Brian Ramos, singled in Papciak for the third run of the frame.
In the third, Jason Sullivan led off with a single and Jeff Massicotte followed with a walk. Sullivan would advance to third on a bad pickoff throw and score on a wild pitch.
Papciak and Hendrickson then hit back-to- back singles, with Hendrickson’s plating Massicotte for the RBI.
Total Renovations tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning to build a commanding 9-0 lead.
On the hill, meanwhile, Hendrickson started for Total Renovations and excelled. He pitched all seven innings and struck out nine.
Hendrickson did give up three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but that’s all that Diamondzone would get off him. Nine runs was more than enough to give Total Renovations another championship.