Local roundup: Niantic Legion keeps its hold on first place
East Lyme - Niantic won its sixth straight game, beating Danielson 5-4 in eight innings Thursday night to solidify its hold on first place in American Legion Zone VI baseball.
Trent Garbati was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Ryan Nickerson (RBI double) and Austin Toback had two hits each for Niantic (16-3). Jack Livingston picked up the win in relief.
In other games:
• New London won its first two games in the Hall of Fame Baseball Tournament at Binghamton, N.Y. New London beat Binghamton 9-2 as Andrew Fogarty earned the victory and Pete Aldrich homered. New London opened with a 5-1 win over Newburgh, N.Y., as Pieter Khoury picked up the win and Timmie Jackson hit a three-run homer.
District 10 baseball (11-12)
• Jared Burrows struck out nine over 5 1-3 scoreless inning for the win as Waterford beat Montville 3-1. Luke Sokolski finished up for the save, Sonny Pezzello hit a three-run homer and Ryan Bakken, Cadan Maynard, Payton Sutman and Burrows had two hits each for Waterford. Zach Southard homered, doubled and singled and Ryan Champlain singled and doubled for Montville.
• Winning pitcher Tommy Bonelli allowed four hits, leading East Lyme past Pawcatuck 5-1 in a game that lasted five and a half innings. Ethan Toback had two doubles and two RBI and Nathan Diaz doubled for East Lyme. Tyler Stafford had a home run for Pawcatuck.
• Tyler Miller had two doubles and four RBI, powering Groton past Pawcatuck 9-5. Max Grossman was the winning pitcher while Phil Warner and Kyle Egan had RBI hits. Jake Verbridge had a two-run single for Pawcatuck.
• In Wednesday's action, Manish Rane-Castrodad pitched a complete game, striking out seven in Mystic's 6-2 win over Waterford. Pacey Steele had a three-run home run and Andrew Kerst had four hits for Mystic. Owen Johnson doubled for Waterford.
District 3 softball (11-12)
• Olivia Carney drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the fifth inning in Mystic/Groton's 6-2 win over Madison. Aspen Ryan pitched six innings, struck out five and added a two-run single, Nicole Stanford added an RBI single and Meagan Giwoyna added a hit and two RBI for Mystic.
District 10 softball (9-10)
• Sara Rivers pitched a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts and scored three runs, lifting Ledyard past Salem-Bozrah 7-3. Siera Mims reached base three times and Gracie Sajkowicz singled for Ledyard. Katie Bradford allowed three hits and struck out 15 for Salem while Liv Waddington and Morgan Vane each reached base twice and scored a run.
New York-Penn League
• The Connecticut Tigers couldn't hold on to a three-run lead, falling to the Lowell Spinners 6-4 in New York-Penn League action at LeLacheur Park.
Rashad Brown's two-run double highlighted a four-run sixth inning for the Tigers (9-11) and Brett Pirtle added an RBI single. Brown extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games while Mike Gerber (double) has hit in 10 straight games.
But Lowell (11-9) overcame the 4-1 deficit by scoring a run in the sixth and four in the seventh. Nick Longhi's two-run double accounted for the tying and go-ahead runs.
Reliever Jack Fischer took the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Connecticut starter Tanner Bailey pitched well, scattering eight hits and giving up two runs, one earned, in 5 1/3 innings. His consecutive scoreless inning streak ended at 19.
The Tigers open a three-game home series with Vermont tonight at Dodd Stadium.
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