Local roundup: Tigers loser opener 1-0

Connecticut left fielder Tyler Gibson runs down a fly ball on the warning track during the fifth inning of Monday night's season opener at Dodd Stadium. The Lowell Spinners beat the Tigers 1-0, scoring on a two-out error in the ninth inning.
Connecticut left fielder Tyler Gibson runs down a fly ball on the warning track during the fifth inning of Monday night's season opener at Dodd Stadium. The Lowell Spinners beat the Tigers 1-0, scoring on a two-out error in the ninth inning. Tim Martin/AP Photo

Norwich - Kendrick Perkins walked, stole second and scored on a two-out error in the top of the ninth inning as the Lowell Spinners spoiled opening night at Dodd Stadium with a 1-0 victory over the Connecticut Tigers on Monday before 3,214 fans.

The New York-Penn League game was delayed for 1 hour, 3 minutes at the start by rain and lightning.

Austin Schotts and Dominic Ficociello had doubles for the Tigers while starting pitcher Alex Phillips allowed only three hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out four and not allowing a walk.

Local golf

• Nick Torrance, who plays out of Lake of Isles, and John Bauman of Black Hall Club both fired a 2-over 72 in the first round of the 111th Connecticut Amateur at New Haven Country Club.

Thunderstorms suspended play with 12 players still on the course. The conclusion of the opening round and second round play will tee off today. Glen Boggini of Twin Hills holds a one-stroke lead with a 2-under 68.

Other locals' scores: Phil Perry, Black Hall, 74; Keith Anthony, Fox Hopyard, incomplete; Chris DeLucia, Norwich, 76; Michael Masso, Lake of Isles, 77; Bill Hermanson, Black Hall, 78; Matti Fuller, Black Hall, 78; Erik Williams, Lake of Isles, 81; Steve Chevalier, Lake of Isles, 81; Frank Villazante III, Mohegan Sun CC at Pautipaug, 82.

H.S. track & field

• Montville athletes set a pair of school records while competing in Emering Elite division at the New Balance Nationals over the weekend in North Carolina. Natalie Bowens finished fourth in the triple jump, leaping 37 feet, 6 inches to break her own school record. Meanwhile, the boys' 4x440-meter relay team of Justin Longton, Conner Lewis, Joe Rainville and Nakosi Hunter finished 15th out of 30 teams in a school record time of 3 minutes, 24.90 seconds.

Local honors

• Duane Maranda, head football coach at New London, announced that Montville's Jake Basilica, New London's Samuel Miranda and East Lyme's Madison Horner have been named recipients of the 2013 Coach Beams Scholarship Award.

• Carly Thibault, a former East Lyme basketball star and recent graduate of Monmouth University (N.J.), was named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Thibault graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average as a psychology major and also distinguished herself on the court as an All-NEC third team honoree this season.

"Carly is one of the most dedicated players I have had the privilege of coaching," said Monmouth coach Jenny Palmateer said in a statement released by the university. "I can't think of anyone more deserving of the award and this is a true credit to how hard she has worked both on and off the court. ... I look forward to seeing all that Carly will achieve in the future and we wish her the best of luck at Florida State in her new role as director of recruiting operations."

• Three southeastern Connecticut athletes attending Anna Maria College earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Academic honors. Waterford's Cristina Turley (soccer, softball), Gales Ferry's Will Krug (baseball) and Norwich's Patrick Lewis (men's lacrosse) made the team. Honorees needed at least a 3.25 culumative grade point average.

Connecticut Tigers starter Alex Phillips allowed only three hits over 4 2/3 innings and struck out four, but Lowell scored a run in the ninth inning to beat the Tigers 1-0 on opening night Monday.
Connecticut Tigers starter Alex Phillips allowed only three hits over 4 2/3 innings and struck out four, but Lowell scored a run in the ninth inning to beat the Tigers 1-0 on opening night Monday. Tim Martin/The Day Buy Photo
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