Mystic will play Brooklyn-Killingly in the championship round of the Connecticut Section II Junior League (ages 13-14) softball tournament today at 5:30 p.m. at the Moosup Little League complex.
Mystic, which beat Brooklyn-Killingly 12-0 in the opening game of the double-elimination event, can advance to the best-of-three state final against Section I champion Fairfield with a win. That series begins Saturday at West Haven.
If Brooklyn-Killingly wins, a deciding game will be played on Thursday, also in Moosup.
Section II LL (10-11) baseball
• Mystic earned a spot in tonight's Connecticut Section II title game with a 3-2 victory over Ellington on Monday night. The District 10 champs (4-0) played Newington in their final pool game late Tuesday and will face Coginchaug for the title at Newington at 6 p.m.
Mystic beat Coginchaug 4-2 on July 19.
In Monday's win over Ellington, John Marcolina and Adrian Atad each pitched three innings while Tom Taber had a double and single and Trey Adams added a pair of singles.
SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth
• East Lyme nipped Waterford 3-2 in the opening game of the Southeastern Connecticut 16-18 Babe Ruth playoffs at Washington Park in Groton. Jonathan Montesanto had two hits and drove i a run for East Lyme, which plays Tri-County in a winners' bracket game tonight at 7, also at Washington Park.
Slater Gregory was the winning pitcher, scattering four hits and striking out six over 5 2/3 innings, while Eric Nicholson went the final 1 1/3 winnings to earn the save.
Nate Water had two hits, including an RBI single, for Waterford, while Saxton Herbert pitched well in defeat, allowing only three hits in a complete game effort and striking out nine.
American Legion baseball
• Zone VI champion Montville, the only local team to earn a spot in the 16-team Connecticut American Legion baseball tournament field, was seeded second overall and will play No. 15 Oxford in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday at Muzzy Field in Bristol at 6:30 p.m. Muzzy Field and and Cubeta Stadium in Stamford are the hosts, with Muzzy Field hosting the later rounds, including the final, next week.
Junior Legion baseball
• Four Zone VI teams will take part in the Connecticut Junior Legion, which starts Saturday with the first round. Norwich plays host to Rockville, Niantic visits Cheshire and Ledyard-Pawcatuck is at Danbury South. All three games start at noon.
In Sunday's second round, Montville will play host to the Guilford-Orange winner while the Norwich-Rockville winner vists RCP, the Niantic-Cheshire winner vistis Stamford and the LP-Danbury Sotu winner visits South Windsor. All Sunday games start at 1 p.m.
ValleyCats beat Tigers
The Tri-City ValleyCats erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to defeate the Connecticut Tigers 7-3 in the New York-Penn League.
The Tigers (16-20), who open a three-game series with the State College Spikes at Dodd Stadium tonight at 7, took an early 2-0 lead in the third on Zack Kirksey's solo home run to center and a sacrifice fly by Juaner Aguasivas. Patrick Smith added a solo homer for the Tigers in the seventh.
Sutera (11-12) baseball
• Will Van Dyne hit a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth as Pawcatuck defeated Groton 8-5. Ben Dellacono struck out five in four innings and Connor Woodworth picked up the win in relief. Dellacono had three hits including two home runs, Woodworth had two hits and Andrew Field hit a double for Pawcatuck. Taylor Wolfgang hit two home runs for Groton.
• East Lyme defeated Waterford South 11-0 as Matt Abbey picked up the win. Abbey also had three hits as did Dev Ostrowski, including a home run, while Tom Mason added a pair of hits.
Sutera (9-10) baseball
• Owen Robbins and T.J. Horner had three hits each and Sophie Dubreuil and Nolan Connolly had two hits each as East Lyme beat Groton 24-0. Horner struck out four in three innings. Tyler Miller and Diego Negron had Groton's two hits.
• Kiki Martinez and Alec Brown drove in three runs each to lead Esh's past Johnny Rockets 7-1 on Monday night. Yohendy Gonzalez pitched six innings for first-place Esh's (12-4) and didn't allow an earned run, giving up only two hits and striking out nine.