Local roundup: Waterford clinches Zone VI Legion title
Waterford - Waterford completed a three-game sweep of Niantic with a 7-6 win Thursday night, and wrapped up the Zone VI American Legion baseball title in the process.
Waterford and Niantic both finished 22-8 but Waterford won the title on the zone's head-to-head tiebreaker, according to Zone VI Commissioner John Krot.
The teams opened their series Tuesday night, but the game was suspended by rain with Waterford leading 5-4 in the 10th inning with one out to go and runners on first and second for Niantic. Waterford, which won 4-2 on Wednesday, won the suspended game when Thomas Sutera struck out the first batter he faced Thursday.
In Thursday's regularly-scheduled game Colin Harrington got the win in relief of Sutera, who pitched the first 4 1-3 innings. Kevin Johnson had a two-run single, Connor Lewis had a run-scoring single and Kyle Willoughby doubled for Waterford, which will host a regional playoff beginning next Wednesday after receiving a bye in the sectional playoffs.
"The kids never gave up,'' said Waterford coach Kevin Irvine. "They are a pretty resilient group that have been in big games before.''
In other games:
• Quantique White pitched a two-hitter as New London completed its regular season with a 10-1 win over Willimantic. White struck out nine and walked three. Cooper Robinson scored twice and had a RBI double and Aaron Michaud had two hits and drove in two runs for New London (21-9).
• Kyle Dombrowski went 2-for-3, including a double, as Jewett City beat Ledyard-Pawcatuck, 7-4. Jordan Kowalski had two hits, including a triple, for Ledyard-Pawcatuck.
• Nick Ruppert (Dartmouth) hit a two-run home run as the Mystic Schooners beat the New Bedford Bay Sox, 3-1. Brad Zunica (Miami) had two hits and scored for the Schooners (16-12) and Louis Concato (Dartmouth) scattered three hits over eight innings with nine strikeouts to earn the win. The Bay Sox are 6-24.
SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth
• Alek Gagnon was 2-for-4 and picked up the win in relief as Ledyard beat Tri-County Salem 8-5. Matthew McElwee and Andrew Gagnon had doubles for Ledyard and Alek Gagnon allowed one hit over three innings. Kevin Schilling went 4-for-4 for Tri-County Salem.
Connecticut Babe Ruth (13)
• Blake Bragaw had two hits and Ed Kaftan pitched the win as East Lyme beat Trumbull, 9-4, to finish unbeaten in pool play. Eric Patterson and Todd Robbins both doubled for East Lyme, which will play in Saturday's semifinal round at McMahon High School at 12:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
Connecticut Section 2 softball (13-14)
• Pawcatuck/Mystic beat Enfield/Windsor Locks 8-4, advancing to next week's championship round. Erin Craig (two runs), Cameron Dreher (three runs, triple), Abby Flakus (two runs), Briana Beverly and Alex Mitchell had two hits each for Pawcatuck/Mystic. Trinity Lennon earned the win, striking out four with two walks.
Connecticut Division 3 softball (9-10)
• Abby Cody pitched a no-hitter to pace Madison past Waterford, 2-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at Seamster Park in East Hampton. Annie Goodrich and Angelica French both scored unearned runs for Madison/Clinton. Gabriela Kramer pitched a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts for Waterford. Also, Lilliana Kramer had an RBI and Jersey Naholnik scored. Game 2 is at the same site tonight at 5:30.
Connecticut Division 3 baseball (9-10)
• Mystic advanced to the championship round with a 14-4 win over West Hartford. Ryan O'Connor hit a two-run homer, tripled and drove in four runs, Jason Erb and Colin Anderson had two hits each and Cam McGugan doubled for Mystic, which plays Sunday against the winner of Saturday's losers' bracket final.
College water polo
• Matt Anderson, the former head coach of women's water polo at the University of Michigan, has been named head coach of men's and women's water polo at Connecticut College.
During his 12 years as head coach at Michigan, Anderson led the team to four NCAA championship berths and was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) Western Division Coach of the Year six times. Anderson also won a silver medal in the 2011 World University Games as the head coach of the United States Women's Senior National B Team.
"We are extremely excited to bring on board a coaching professional with Matt Anderson's experience and record of success at all levels of the sport," said Fran Shields, the Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education at Connecticut College. "His multiple years of head coaching experience and strong recruiting ties in key hotbeds of the sport, especially California, were attractive aspects of his application."
• Connecticut College's men's and women's swimming and diving teams have been honored for their excellence in the classroom by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) with the Team Scholar All-America Award. The CSCAA recognized 140 NCAA Division III women's swimming and diving squads with the Scholar All-America Award for College and University programs that achieved a 3.0 grade point average or higher and the Connecticut College Camels posted an impressive 3.55 mean GPA to finish in a 17th place tie with Springfield College on the list.
The CSCAA honored 92 NCAA Division III men's swimming and diving teams with the Scholar All-America Award and the Camel men posted a 3.25 GPA to finish in an eight-way tie for 39th place on the list. This was the 24th consecutive semester that both swimming teams have been recognized with the Team Scholar All-America Award.
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