Local roundup: Fuentes, Pankake lead Tigers to victory
Norwich - Steven Fuentes was 4-for-5 and Joey Pankake drove in three runs as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Aberdeen IronBirds 11-1 in a New York-Penn League baseball game at Dodd Stadium on Sunday.
The Tigers (34-29) led 2-1 before scoring three runs on the bottom of the third inning for a 5-1 lead. Kasey coffman capped the innnig with a run-scoring double and Michael Gerber and Fuentes had RBI singles.
Connecticut broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, keyed by Pankake's three-run double. Fuentes singled home a run and Brett Pirtle's sacrifice fly finished off the scoring.
Gerber and Coffman had three hits each, Pankake doubled twice and Gerber scored three runs. Confesor Lara (2-2) was the winner in relief. He allowed two hits and no runs over six innings, strikring out three with no walks.
• Ken Cassidy of Lisbon took his sixth checkered flag of the year in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature late Saturday night in his quest for a sixth track championship. He was ahead of a big wreck on the second lap the eliminated multiple cars from the race, then took the lead from Joe Liskiewicz of Preston following a lap-7 restart.
Liskiewicz stayed with Cassidy for a few laps, but eventually Cassidy pulled away. Liskiewicz finished second and point leader Garrett Denton was third.
In another late race, Allen Coates of Ledyard used a daring three-wide maneuver on the bottom of the track to take the lead five laps in to the 25-lap New England Truck Series feature. Coates, one of the Speedbowl's all-time winningest drivers, took advantage of his home track experience to stay in command the rest of the way.
Coates' son Corey was second and Glenn Noll was third.
H.S. fall sports
• Montville High School registration is today at the nurse's office from noon-5 p.m. All fall athletes must register and bring a signed parent permission form, which are available in the main office. Athletes must also bring a copy of a current (within the last 13 months) physical. Football conditioning begins Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m., all other sports begin Aug. 23. Contact: Athletic director Walt Sherwin at email@example.com.
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