BASEBALL: Trojans capitalize on walks and timely hits to split season series with Sheehan

BASEBALL: Trojans capitalize on walks and timely hits to split season series with Sheehan

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WALLINGFORD —Lyman Hall baseball jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 7-4 SCC Hammonasset victory over Sheehan at Neubauer Field on a rainly Monday afternoon.

The Trojans scored three in the first inning and and added another run in the second behind winning pitcher Justin Hackett (1-1), who collected his first victory on the mound this season.

Hackett was also added by his defense, which turned three double plays as the Trojans improved to 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the Hammonasset. Sheehan is now 6-5 and 3-3.

Hackett went the distance. He allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning five.

The Trojans had only five hits — Zach Ranney (2-for-3) and Joe DiCrosta (2-for-2) accounted for four of them — but the Trojans took eight walks against Sheehan pitchers Matthew Moconyi, Anthony Castaldi and Aiden Caraballo.

Moconyi logged just the first inning and was tagged with the loss. The first three LH batters reached against Moconyi without the benifit of a hit. Ranney and Aidan Weir walked and Hackett was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

The visitors quickly cashed in. Anthony Boyle hit a high chopper to third for a RBI groundout and DiCrosta lashed a two-run double as the Trojans went up 3-0.

Ranney, the LH leadoff hitter, produced another run on his own in the second inning. The senior captain doubled with two outs and, during Weir’s at-bat, swiped third and came around to score on the same play when the pitch went to the backstop.

Down 4-0, Sheehan cracked the scoreboard in the second inning. Nate Cerasale walked, swiped second and came around to score on the first of two RBI doubles by Charles Ennis (2-for-3).

Hackett was aided by his defense to end the inning. He fanned John Mikulski for the second out. The ball trickled to the right of catcher Ryan Brockett, who fired it to first baseman Boyle to complete the out. On the play, Ennis broke for home and was thrown out on a return throw to home by Boyle.

Lyman Hall added another run in the fifth. Caraballo inherited a bases-loaded situation with one out and did well to just give up one run. It came on a walk to pinch-hitter Jarred Kirk.

The Trojans added two more in the sixth to go up 7-1. Brockett started the frame by reaching on a two-base error and Ranney immediately drove him in with a RBI single. Ranney eventually scored his third run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Hackett.

Sheehan bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and did bring the tying run to the plate with two outs.

Anthony Romano started the uprising with a double to right. He went to second on a wild pitch and to third on an infield hit by his brother, Joe Romano.

Joe Amarone walked to load the bases with no outs and Chris Barkasy (2-for-3) delivered a RBI single to score Anthony Romano.

Then Hackett made a big pitch, inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Cerasale. DiCrosta, the second baseman, fed Kyle Mitchell at short and the sophomore completed the double play to Boyle at first.

Joe Romano did score on the play as Sheehan closed to 7-3, but the Trojans were happy to take the outs for the run.

Ennis smacked his second RBI double to score Amarone and get the Titans within 7-4. John Cotter was then hit by a pitch and he brought the tying run to the plate in Mikulski. Hackett got him to fly out to right to end the threat.

Neither team scored in the seventh as Lyman Hall got a bit of revenge on Sheehan after falling to their rivals, 6-3, on April 14 at Pat Wall Field.

“I’m proud of my kids. We came out early and got on top of them and got the lead and we didn’t give it back,” Lyman Hall coach Billy Rich said. “A game like this, emotions get high and you let the emotions get the best of you and you don’t play as well as you want. These guys got the lead early and didn’t give it back.”

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