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Norwich — Perhaps the greatest rally in the history of Norwich Free Academy baseball ended with a wild, 13-12 victory over Woodstock Academy in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division game Wednesday at Dickenman Field.
The Wildcats (2-2) rallied from a 10-0 deficit in the fifth inning and snapped a 12-12 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Chance Gendron scored the game winning run on an error.
"I thought we'd have to finish the game later, because it was getting dark," NFA coach Clarence Cooper said. "I've never been a part of anything like that."
NFA scored nine runs in the sixth inning.
Joey Paparelli went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Erik Washburn hit a grand slam and Eric Laporte had three hits and two runs scored for NFA. Washburn was the winning pitcher in relief.
In other games:
• Waterford snapped a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning with a four-run rally and the Lancers defeated East Lyme, 6-2, in the ECC Large Division. Seth Hoagland doubled, tripled and had two RBI for the Lancers (2-0, 2-0) and Nolan Long had three hits. Jason Dargie was the winning pitcher. Ed Lorah doubled for the Vikings (2-2, 1-1).
• Brandon Haas had a two-run double, drove in three runs and scored twice to lead Montville to an 11-3 win over Killingly in an ECC Medium Division game. Nick Kinder (two RBI) and Jordan Volpe had two hits each and Chad Mooney drove in two runs for Montville (4-0, 2-0), ranked fourth in the New Haven Register state poll. Jeff Robbins allowed two hits and one earned run over five innings for the win.
• Jon Mewha allowed two hits over six innings to lead Fitch to a 4-0 win over New London in an ECC Large Division game. Aaron Hill had two hits for Fitch (2-2, 1-1). Josh Vincent struck out five and allowed two earned runs for New London (2-1, 1-1).
• Stonington scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 4-3 win over Bacon Academy in an ECC Medium Division game. Max Kelly had a RBI double in the sixth and Pat Coan had two hits for Stonington (3-1, 2-0). Ed McMahon had two hits for Bacon (0-2, 0-2).
• James Condulas, Old Saybrook's No. 9 hitter, tripled home Dylan St. Pierre with two outs in the top of the eighth and the Rams held on to beat Coginchaug, 3-2, in the Shoreline Conference. St. Pierre singled with two outs and stole second before Condulas delivered.
Justin Beal went the distance for Old Saybrook (2-2, 2-2), pitching a 1-2-3 eighth. He scattered four hits and allowed only one unearned run. He also went 2-for-4 and score the tying run in the top of the seventh.
• Billy Buscetto had three hits, three runs scored and three RBI as Old Lyme defeated Valley Regional, 13-8, in the Shoreline Conference. Dylan Sheffield had three hits for the Wildcats (4-0, 3-0), Nick Bellas and Mike Mann had two hits and two RBI apiece and relief pitcher Brendan Johnson allowed one run in four innings.
• Zach Willis had three hits for Grasso Tech, but the Eagles lost to Prince Tech 13-3 in a Constitution State Conference game. Drew Pelland singled, doubled and drove in two runs for Grasso (0-3, 0-1).
• Watkinson led 5-0 after three innings and held on to beat the Williams School 6-4. Jack Shannon doubled and drove in two runs for Williams (1-3), which turned three double plays.