ECC Roundup: Lyman knocks off Waterford in baseball tournament
Norwich - Lyman Memorial, which lost three one-run games to Large Division schools during the regular season, finally had one go its way Thursday.
And it couldn't have come at a better time.
Keith Chamberlain pitched a two-hitter as the sixth-seeded Bulldogs upset No. 3 Waterford 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Connecticut Conference baseball tournament at Dodd Stadium. Lyman will play No. 2 Fitch, a 6-0 winner over No. 7 Stonington, in today's semifinals at 1 p.m., also at Dodd.
During the regular season the Bulldogs lost to Waterford (3-2), Fitch (1-0) and reigning ECC champion East Lyme (2-1 in eight innings).
In the rematch with the Lancers, however, Chamberlain was in complete control, allowing only a pair of singles to losing pitcher Nolan Long while striking out four.
Chamberlain drove in Pete Gonnelli with the first run of the game in the first inning before Austin Creamer delivered an insurance run with an RBI single in the fourth. Lyman is 14-6 and Waterford is 17-4.
In other games:
• Al Jordan Johnson allowed two hits over five innings, lifting Fitch to a 6-0 win over Stonington. Jordan Johnson struck out one and walked one. David Hall had a run-scoring single for Fitch (18-3). Stonington is 11-10.
• Tre Gonzalez pitched five strong innings as No. 1 Montville beat No. 8 Killingly 5-1. Gonzalez allowed two hits an the one run with eight strikeouts. Jordan Volpe allowed one hit and struck out two over the final two innings. Brandon Haas drove in three runs and Corey Wilcox, Max Hart and Nick Kinder had two hits each for Montville (19-2).
• Eighth-seeded Chris Renaud of St. Bernard earned a spot in the ECC singles tournament quarterfinals with a 6-7 (1-7), 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 9 Jinjun Ximu of NFA.
Renaud faces top-seeded Andy King of East Lyme today. King didn't lose a game in his two wins.
No. 12 Eric McGee of Lyman Memorial plays No. 4 Eric Sun of Ledyard in another quarterfinal. McGee upset No. 5 Dana Aing of Waterford in the second round.
No. 2 J.P. Precourt of NFA also reached the quarterfinals with a pair of straight set wins. His opponent has yet to be determined, as three second round singles matches will finish today.
No. 1 Tucker Murphy and Brett Pias of Waterford face No. 8 Ben Yao and Benny Dong of Waterford.
No. 2 Tim Hennessey and Kyle Barrett of Lyman Memorial plays No. 7 Unni Kurumbail and Matthew Lin of East Lyme.
No. 3 David Beaulieu and Gowtham Yenduri of East Lyme faces No. 6 Chris Lowry and Greg Meade of Woodstock.
No. 4 Srini Srirangam and Ryan Halperin of Fitch plays No. 5 Jamie McKillop and Anthony Gallichio of Stonington.
• Waterford's Nisha Rajamohan, seeded No. 12, is among the eight players who advanced to the quarterfinals at the ECC girls' tennis tournament at Stonington High School.
Rajamohan defeated No. 5 Gen Cohen of Woodstock Academy in the second round, 8-3. She will play No. 13 Melinda Li in today's match, which begins at 3 p.m.
The other quarterfinal matchups have No. 1 Annika Burgess of Stonington playing No. 8 Sherry Yang of East Lyme, No. 3 Chloe Slater of Stonington playing No. 6 Evelyn Luner of Waterford and No. 10 Emily Glass of Woodstock playing No. 2 Joan Li of East Lyme.
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