Local roundup: Mystic wins state 9-10 baseball title
Ellington — Mystic defeated Fairfield National 5-3 on Monday night to win the Connecticut Little League (9-10) baseball championship.
Mystic, the District 10 champion, lost the opening game in the best-of-three series before winning the final two, including a come-from-behind 9-8 victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. Mystic now advances to the Eastern Regionals beginning on Friday in Cranston, R.I.
In the Game 2 win, Timmy Lynch scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an error after pinch-runner Colin Startz scored the tying run on Lynch's base hit.
Lynch had two hits and scored three times, Jason Erb had two RBI and Cam McGugan had a triple and was the winning pitcher.
New Eng. Babe Ruth (13)
• Waterford won an elimination game for the second straight game in the New England Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament in Newtown, routing Portsmouth (N.H.) 10-0 in a game stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Waterford, 2-1 in the double-elimination tournament, will play host Newtown in a losers' bracket game today at 6 p.m. Newtown eliminated Arlington (Mass.) 4-3. Max Adams went the distance for Waterford, scattering just three hits while Peter Turello had three hits and three RBI and Dylan Bosco had a triple and four RBI.
• Mystic infielder Aaron Hill (Fitch H.S., UConn) was named New England Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week. Hill led the Schooners to a 5-1 week by hitting .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and nine RBI. He also stole a base.
The Schooners (21-15) begin the final week of the regular season today (6 p.m.) at home against North Adams at Fitch High.
New York-Penn League
• Will Maddox scored on a two-out balk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Connecticut Tigers a 5-4 win over the Staten Island Yankees in a New York-Penn League game at Dodd Stadium.
Joseph Pankake went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Maddox had two hits, including a double, and scored twice for the Tigers (22-22).
SEC Babe Ruth 16-18
• Ledyard defeated Tri-County Salem 14-3 in the SEC Babe Ruth 16-18 playoffs. Zack Williams had a double and two singles for Ledyard and Evan August doubled.
• Waterford defeated East Lyme 8-3 in the SEC Babe Ruth 16-18 playoffs as Trey Zaharek went the distance with 13 strikeouts and also drove in two runs.
Ian Taggart added two hits and two RBI for Waterford while Corey Levesque had a pair of hits for East Lyme.
Zone VI honors
• Troy Stefanski of Ledyard/Pawcatuck was named the Zone VI Most Valuable Player. The other top honors went to Moosup, as Joe Leo was named coach of the year and Mike Esposito was the pitcher of the year.
The all-star team starters were Connor Lewis (pitcher) and Kyle Willoughby (designated hitter) of zone champion Waterford, Jordan Kowalski and Stefanski (both outfielders) of Ledyard/Pawcatuck, pitcher Will Butler of Niantic, third baseman Buddy Dewaine of Montville, Moosup's Garet Griffin (infield) and Esposito, Danielson's Kolby Reggione (catcher) and Ben Rumrill (infield) and Jewett City first baseman Brandon Drabinski.
Named as reserves were Izzy Davila and Gabriel Diaz of New London, Brandon Haas of Montville, Austin Toback of Niantic, Aaron Martineau of Willimantic, Tannor Fontaine of Jewett City and Ben Brissette of Tri-Town.
Sportsmanship award winners were Connor Gilbert of Ledyard/Pawcatuck, Andrew Fratoni of Montville, Andrew Fogarty of New London, Logan Banker of Niantic, Josh Gurnack of Norwich, Will Sherman of Waterford, J.P. Dufault of Danielson, Wyatt Giroux of Jewett City, Dylan Horn of Moosup and Willimantic's Martineau.
• Adam Rainaud, the assistant pro at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, shot a 3-over-par 73 and is tied for 21st after the first round of the 80th Connecticut Open at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
The tournament includes both professional and amateur players. Mike Ballo Jr. of Woodbury CC is the leader after shooting a 2-under 68.
The top 40 players (and ties) after today's second round will advance to play the final 18 holes of the 54-hole championship on Wednesday.
Other local finishers were Michael Masso of Lake of Isles (76, tied for 61st), Dave Jones of Mohegan Sun CC (77, tied for 74th), Kevin Shea of Great Neck CC and Kevin Riley of Pequot GC (81, tied for for 114th) and Archie Cart of Lake of Isles (88, 147th).
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