WALLINGFORD — The bats stayed hot as Wallingford’s U19 baseball team pushed its winning streak to three with an 11-1 mercy-rule romp over New Haven in a CT Elite Baseball Association game Wednesday night at Pat Wall Field.
Wallingford advanced to 8-4 on the season. The Cardinals stand one game behind front-running Orange, Madison and West Haven — all 9-3 — in the Division 2 standings going into Thursday’s night rematch with New Haven (1-11) on the road at West Rock.
On Wednesday night at Pat Wall, Wallingford’s offense clicked from the start and never looked back.
“The guys are starting to get aggressive,” said Chris Bishop, who took over as Wallingford head coach after John Amendola stepped down to focus on his health. “They are seeing pitches in the zone and looking to drive them. That’s something they struggled with earlier in the year.”
Parker Hunter toed the rubber and pitched all six innings in the blowout win. Hunter allowed just two hits. He struck out five batters and walked two.
Hunter had little to worry about as his team obtained an early lead, gifting him room to work.
In fact, Hunter was the first batter to reach base in the game and he was the first to cross the plate, scoring on a double by Evan Wilkerson in the bottom of the first.
Wallingford added more three runs in the second inning when Casey Lavoie plated Aidan Weir with a sacrifice fly and Joe Amarone brought two batters home on a single to left.
New Haven was able to gain one run in the top of the fourth to close to within 3-1, but in the bottom of the fifth Wallingford broke away.
Wilkerson led off the inning with a triple off the left field wall and scored on an error. Kyle Simmons, who was hit by pitch, crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Justin Hackett successfully stole home after New Haven’s catcher lost track of the amount of outs.
Amarone plated another two runs with a single down the right line. Amarone finished 2-for-4 with four RBI.
“We want to get ahead in the counts and help put our pitchers in a good position when we return to the field,” said Amarone.
In the bottom of the sixth, Simmons laced a triple to deep center before scoring on a passed ball.
The mercy was completed when Nick Velardi singled to plate Hackett.
After Thursday’s game in New Haven, Wallingford returns to Pat Wall to host Hamden (5-4) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and North Haven on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Cardinals close the regular season with a home-away set with Milford (6-6). They are in very much in the hunt to grab one of the division’s two spots in the CTEBA’s postseason tournament.
“We are clicking at the right time, we’re playing hot at the end of the year, so this is the time to do it,” said Bishop. ”Our goal is the playoffs and we’ll see what we can do from there.”