Local roundup: Ledyard-Pawcatuck sneaks a rare one past first-place Niantic
Stonington - Ryan Francis doubled home Troy Stefanski in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Ledyard-Pawcatuck a 2-1 victory over first-place Niantic in a Zone VI American Legion baseball game on Thursday night at Stonington High School.
Stefanski, who had a single and double, walked to lead off the ninth for L-P (12-15). Kavan Jakuba also had a single and double.
John Moody allowed only one hit over eight innings for the winners, while Bryce Bedard earned the win with a scoreless ninth.
Niantic is 19-5.
In other games:
• Izzy Davila had two hits, including a two-run home run and Justin Marceau also homered, powering New London past Norwich 12-9. Gabriel Diaz added two singles and scored two runs for New London (18-6). Royce Gendron and Dan Maclean had two hits apiece for Norwich.
Section II softball (11-12)
• Mystic advanced to the Connecticut Little League (11-12) championship series with a 2-0 victory over Columbia/Norwich/Preston in the Section II final at Coginchaug. The District 10 champions will play Seymour, an 11-1 winner over North Branford in the Section I final, in the best-of-three finals for the state title beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Old Tavern Complex in Orange.
District 10 baseball (11-12)
• Manish Rane-Castrodad allowed only three hits over five innings while striking out seven as Mystic defeated East Lyme 12-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three series for the District 10 Little League (11-12) championship series at Waterford. Tyler Cady led the Mystic offense by going 4-for-4 with three doubles, four runs scored and two RBI while Pacey Steele was 3-for-4 with two home runs (one a grand slam) and seven RBI, Giovanni Valentine had three hits, including a home run, and four runs and Andrew Kerst had two hits. Chris Malcom hit a two-run homer for East Lyme and also scored twice.
• The Connecticut Tigers managed just four singles in a 4-1 loss to the Auburn Doubledays at Dodd Stadium. Connecticut's Michael Gerber, one of the top hitters in the league, went 1-for-4 to lower his average to .385. A.J. Ludwig was the losing pitcher and reliever Confesor Lara pitched well, allowing four hits and striking out six and walking two in six scoreless innings. Auburn (12-15) took the lead for good on D.K. Carey's two-run home run in the second inning. Connecticut (12-15) scored its only run on Jacob Kapstein's bases-loaded walk.
• Ledyard wide receiver Khary Carrasquillo-Childs, who had three receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown during the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Super 100 Classic on June 28 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, has been admitted to and enrolled at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., Ledyard coach Jim Buonocore said Thursday.
Carrasquillo-Childs, who also played defensive back for the Colonels while starring in basketball and outdoor track and field, will play wide receiver at the junior college. At Monroe, he will be teammates with Norwich Free Academy defensive end Tuzar Skipper, who was defensive MVP for Team Constitution in the Super 100 Classic.
"It's a great fit and a chance for Khary to continue his career academically and athletically," Buonocore said. "I am very happy that it all worked out. The process took a little longer than most, but in the end he is in the right spot and he has a chance to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field."
• The Greater Hartford Chapter of the UConn Alumni Association will host "An Evening With Head Football Coach Bob Diaco" on Tuesday, July 29, at Rentschler Field. The event begins at 4:45 p.m., when fans can go down to the field, have a football toss and get their pictures taken. A buffet dinner will follow in the Club Level with a cash bar and silent auction. Diaco will then address the group, including a question and answer period. Tickets are $45 for dues-paying members of the UConn Alumni Association and $55 for the non-dues paying attendees. Visit www.uconnalumni.com or call (888)-822-5861.
• The Waterford Speedbowl will hold a special four-race event tonight called The Little Guys 200. Four divisions will compete in 50-lap feature races, highlighted by a $1,000 to win open Mini Stock and Street Stock events. The Legends Cars and X-Cars will each pay $500 to win. The track will be closed on Saturday for a summer break before resuming July 19. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., with rotating practice rounds for all four divisions starting at 4. Qualifying races will begin at 6 with the first of four feature races scheduled to start at 7. Adult grandstand admission is $15 and children ages 6-14 will be admitted for $6.
• Slater Gregory pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and leading the Panera Pirates past Northeast Nine 10-1 in Eastern Connecticut Major League action at Washington Park on Wednesday night. Scott O'Neill went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Beriah Smith added three hits while Ken Olszewski and Sawyer Gregory each had two hits for Panera (7-4). Mike Mann doubled for Northeast Nine (0-10).
• "Proud to Tri" Youth Triathlon - Saturday, Aug. 2, Waterford Beach Park, Waterford, beginning at 8 a.m., open to ages 5-17. Register at www.newlondonrec.com, the New London Recreation Department or at the Waterford Recreation and Parks office. Swim will take place in the ocean water where children can touch. Running and biking in the park for all ages up to 10 years old. Training wheels allowed as well as certified life jackets. Children 11-17 will bike out on the road for a short distance supervised by Waterford Police and volunteers. Children will be separated by age groups: 5-6 year olds will swim 25 yards, bike .7 miles, and run .37 miles; ages 7-8 and 9-10 will swim 50 yards, bike 1.4 miles, and run .5 miles; ages 11-13 and 14-17 will swim 100 yards, bike 2.9 miles, and run 1 mile. Contact: New London Recreation, 860-447-5230.
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