Upsets highlight Day 2 at 92nd Norwich Invitational
Norwich — The 92nd Norwich Invitational is proving to be wide open.
Defending champion Josh Cameron and medalist Drew Aitken, last year's runner-up, both were eliminated on Saturday. UConn golfer Nick Harrington, the 2016 champion, also is out.
Overall, nine of the top 10 seeds, including the first seven, were sent home.
Only one golfer remains in the championship flight with a Norwich Invite title to his credit and that's Bill Hermanson, who's from East Lyme and belongs to Black Hall Club in Old Lyme. He was the winner in 1995 and 1996.
Sunday morning's semifinals at Norwich Golf Course pit Hermanson, the No. 12 seed, against No. 8 Jim Lawler, while No. 15 Chris DeLucia faces No. 11 Rob Tedoldi.
The final match is scheduled to tee off at 2:15 p.m.
Hermanson started strong on Saturday, easing past Rob Neaton 8-and-7 in the round of 16 before squeezing past No. 13 Jeff Clang 1-up in the quarterfinals.
Lawler is making his first visit to the semifinals after beating No. 8 Sean Vigue 1-up and stunning Aiken, who shot a 5-under 66 in Friday's qualifying round, 3-and-2.
DeLucia negotiated a difficult path to the semifinals, as he knocked off Cameron 2-and-1 in his first match and then needed an extra hole to edge No. 7 Todd Lavoie. So far, the Norwich Invite title has eluded DeLucia, a seven-time Norwich club champion and Montville High School golf coach, during his competitive career.
Tedoldi defeated No. 6 Aaron Vargas 3-and-2 and No. 14 Joseph Romanelli 1-up. Romanelli had upset Harrington 2-and-1 in his round of 16 match.
• Richard Constantine (Western Kentucky) hit a walk-off RBI single with one out to score Andre Marrero (Quinnipiac), giving the Valley Blue Sox a 7-6 win over the Mystic Schooners. Frankie Gregoire (Marist) had two hits, including a three-run home run, and scored for the Blue Sox (21-9) and Marrero added two hits and two runs. Sebastiano Santorelli (Seton Hall) had two hits, three RBI and scored for Mystic (17-15) and Freddy Sabido (Wagner) went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
CT Section 3 LL softball (9-10)
• Emma Robinson was the winning pitcher, striking out seven, and also had three hits as Groton/Mystic defeated Newington 15-3 to advance to the Section 3 final. Groton/Mystic will meet Madison at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Rotary Field in Waterford. Robinson doubled twice and Stella Adcock, Katie MacPherson and Hailey Merrill each added two hits.
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Hayden Chappel had two of Mystic's four hits in an 11-2 loss to Madison in what was the team's Section 3 opener. Chappel also scored both of Mystic's runs. Griffin Pollard and Jack deLabry both pitched well in relief for Mystic, which continues play Sunday against Glastonbury.
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