Local roundup: Fuentes leads Tigers to victory

Norwich - Steven Fuentes had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three runs as the Connecticut Tigers beat the State College Spikes 11-7 in a New York-Penn League baseball game Sunday at Dodd Stadium.

Fuentes hit a two-run homer during the Tigers' five-run fifth inning, which gave the team an 11-5 lead. Fuentes also doubled twice. Michael Gerber was 3-for-5 with a double and scored three times, Will Maddox had two hits and Garrett Mattlage drove in two runs for the Tigers (30-26).

Starter Chase Edwards (5-3) got the win and Jack Fischer pitched the last three innings for his first save of the season.

Waterford Speedbowl

• Ted Christopher scored his third career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory in Saturday's late 100-lap feature. He started the race in the outside pole position and tucked behind early leader Stephen Masse. Masse led through a lap-42 caution flag following a quick opening sprint before Carl Medieros Jr. hit the front stretch wall off turn four to draw the yellow.

Christopher had a great restart and powered ahead of Masse on the top of the track through turns one and two, leading every lap until the finish. Justin Bonsignore finished second, Masse was third, Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon was fourth and Tom Abele Jr. of Norwich finished fifth.

In Saturday's other late race, Mark Sammut recorded the first Speedbowl triumph in his long ISMA Supermodified career in the 50-lap race. The turning point for Sammut came on lap-37 when leader Ryan Coniam was black flagged. His car began smoking two laps prior, and as he pulled off the speedway on lap-38 his car erupted in flame. The red flag was quickly display and Coniam escaped unscathed. Sammut, who had been in second behind Coniam since lap-5, took over the lead and was never seriously challenged the remainder of the way.

Former SK Modified track champion Rob Summers stayed with Sammut throughout and finished second. Series point leader Jon McKennedy was third.


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