Local roundup: Waterford loses opener in Legion Super Regional

R.J. Evans, the ex-NFA and UConn basketball player and friend of the late James Johnson, says a few words during a dedication ceremony on Saturday naming the courts at Toby May Park the James Johnson Memorial Basketball Courts. Johnson, a local youth sports advocate in New London and the former girls’ hoop coach at NLHS, died earlier this year. The ceremony took place during the Abounding Grace Ministries tournament.
R.J. Evans, the ex-NFA and UConn basketball player and friend of the late James Johnson, says a few words during a dedication ceremony on Saturday naming the courts at Toby May Park the James Johnson Memorial Basketball Courts. Johnson, a local youth sports advocate in New London and the former girls’ hoop coach at NLHS, died earlier this year. The ceremony took place during the Abounding Grace Ministries tournament. Dana Jensen/The Day Buy Photo

Bristol - Cole Ogorzalek scattered seven hits and struck out 12 as Rocky Hill/Cromwell/Portland defeated Waterford 4-1 in the first round of the Connecticut American Legion baseball Northern Division Super Regional at Muzzy Field on Saturday.

Waterford will play Tolland, a 6-1 loser to Simsbury, in the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament today at 1 p.m.

Kyle Willoughby drove in Waterford's lone run with a base hit in the first while Adam Goss and Jesse Coates had two hits apiece for the Zone 6 champions.

Alex Ramirez drove in three runs for RCP, including a two-run single in the bottom of the first that immediately wiped out Waterford's early 1-0 advantage. He added a sacrifice fly in a two-run fifth.

New England Babe Ruth (13)

• Waterford was beaten by Westfield (Mass.) 7-3 in the opening round of the New England Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament at Newtown. Waterford, the Connecticut champion, will play Warwick (R.I.) in a losers' bracket game today at 1 p.m. Warwick lost to Arlington (Mass.) 4-2.

NECBL

• Nolan Long picked up his first win of the season as the Mystic Schooners beat the Newport Gulls 8-3. Waterford's Long (Wagner) allowed five hits and two runs over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Mystic (20-15) led 4-3 before breaking the game open with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Nick Ruppert (Dartmouth). Dan Hoy (Princeton) was 4-for-4 and scored twice, Lou Ianotti (Quinnipiac) had three doubles and drove in two runs and Ruppert drove in three runs.

New York-Penn League

• Michael Gerber hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 2-0. Rashad Brown stole two bases and scored a run and Franklin Navarro tripled for the Tigers (21-21).

Sutera tournament (11-12)

• Waterford defeated East Lyme 7-2 behind the pitching of Aaron Piotrowski. Oscar Pena, Alex Vasiliou and Joe Lathrop had two hits apiece for Waterford (each also had a double) while Dylan McDonald added a double for East Lyme.

• Groton defeated Lyme-Old Lyme 11-1 as Jack McDowell had three hits, including a three-run double. Kyle Egan added a three-run home run, Tyler Miller had two hits, including a home run, and Sam Lambert had a single and double.

Sutera tournament (9-10)

• Lyme-Old Lyme defeated Groton 21-6 as Avery Wyman, Pat Flanagan and Chad Coughlin had two hits apiece. Ramiro Zavala had a triple for Groton.

• New London defeated Mystic 13-7 as winning pitcher Kenny Miller had six strikeouits and also contributed two hits, including a double. Edgar Mateo added two hits and Hunter McDuff double for New London while Nate McCormack had two hits for Mystic.

• East Lyme defeated Waterford 10-0 as Nathan Licitra, Ryan Wei and Will Anglin combined to pitch a shutout and Zach Cabral drove in three runs. Anthony Sandora had a triple for Waterford.

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