Local roundup: Smith wins Norwich Invite golf tourney

Matt Smith watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the championship flight match of the 85th Norwich Invitational on Sunday at the Norwich Golf Course. Smith beat Brian Bardier 1 up in the final to claim the title.
Matt Smith watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the championship flight match of the 85th Norwich Invitational on Sunday at the Norwich Golf Course. Smith beat Brian Bardier 1 up in the final to claim the title. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day Buy Photo

Norwich - Matt Smith's magical golf season continued on Sunday when he won the 85th Norwich Invitational with a 1 up victory over Brian Bardier.

It was the first championship flight title for the Thompson native, an All-New England Division I golfer as a junior at the University of Hartford this spring and a former two-time winner of The Day's All-Area Player of the Year (2007-08) from Tourtellotte Memorial High School.

Smith has also carried over his impressive play with the Hawks into the summer season, shooting a 10-under-par 62 to set the course record at his home course - Quinnatisset Country Club in Thompson - placing second at the Connecticut Amateur championship and winning the recent Willimantic Open.

On Sunday, he defeated Fletcher Babcock in the morning semifinal round, 8 and 7, then held off Bardier, the 2007 Invite champion, in the afternoon final. Bardier reached his fourth final by defeating Kevin Marcoux on the first playoff hole in the semis.

Other flight winners Sunday were: Steven Wolak (first), Steve Chevalier (second), E.J. Wholey (third), Ed Hilario (fourth), Mike Jurczik (fifth) and D.J. Bennett (sixth).

Tigers rout Renegades

Javier Azona broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the fourth and the Connecticut Tigers went on to defeat the Hudson Valley Renegades 8-4. Jason King added a two-run shot an inning lead to make it 6-1.

Wilson Palacios earned his second straight win by allowing only one run on five hits over seven innings. He retired 14 straight batters at one point. Dean Green was 4-for-5 with two doubles for the Tigers (12-15) and Curt Casali was 3-for-4.

Schooners win in 10

John Murphy's two-run single in the 10th inning broke a 3-3 tie and the Mystic Schooner went on to defeat the New Bedford Bay Sox 5-3 in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Schooners (12-14) tied the game on an error in the ninth. Hal Landers (Wheaton) had three hits for Mystic.

SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth

Jace Montesanto had a double, triple and two runs to lead East Lyme past Tri-County II, 7-3. Bill Belke added two hits with a run and RBI while winning pitcher Tim McKinney had seven strikeouts. Jon Burke had two hits and drove in a run for Tri-County II.

Saxon Herbert pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead Waterford to a 9-0 win over Mystic. Brian Gencarelli singled, tripled and drove in three runs for Waterford and Ollie Auerbach had two hits for Mystic.

Tommy Umrycz had four hits, including a home run and a double, leading Groton to a 15-6 win over Tri-County I Saturday night. Lexus Gordon and Jesse Swink (two doubles) each had three hits for Groton. Swink also earned the win, allowing two hits over five innings.

Tides win state title

The New England Tides won the 16u AABC Mickey Mantle state title with a 6-5 win over Brookfield at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. Eddie Lorah (East Lyme) had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI in the top of the seventh, and Ben Ostrowski (East Lyme) was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.

Doug Domnarski (Stonington) was the winning pitcher and Tre Gonzalez (Montville) picked up the save. The Tides (35-1) advance to the regional tournament, also in Waterbury, beginning Thursday.

Junior Legion Zone VI

Zone champion Niantic completed its regular season 21-3 with a 7-4 win over Montville. Nick Pappas pitched five innings for the win, Austin Toback had a single and double and Tony Favarlora had a two-run double for Niantic, which earned the top seed for the state tournament.

Brian Bardier, right, congratulates Matt Smith after Smith defeated Bardier 1 up to win the 85th Norwich Invitational golf tournament on Sunday at Norwich Golf Course.
Brian Bardier, right, congratulates Matt Smith after Smith defeated Bardier 1 up to win the 85th Norwich Invitational golf tournament on Sunday at Norwich Golf Course. Abigail Pheiffer/The Day Buy Photo
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