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H.S. baseball: Mitchell helps New London qualify for state tournament

Montville — Derrel Mitchell dominated Montville on the mound and at the plate as New London earned its first state tournament berth since 2018 with a 15-0, 5-inning victory on Saturday in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II baseball game.

Mitchell pitched a two-hitter and did not walk a batter while going 2-3 at the plate with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. Sean Raymond added two hits and three runs for the Whalers (8-9, 2-6) while Henry Santana was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Greg Santora had a triple and score twice.

Miles Sarmiento and Andrew Wigfield had doubles for Montville (3-14, 1-7).

In other games:

• Zion Fraser struck out 11 over 6.1 innings and Connor Keefe stranded the bases loaded in the top of the seventh as Ledyard handed ECC Division II champion Bacon Academy its lone division loss, 4-3. Braydon Wuestner was 2-for-3 with a home run for the Colonels (7-10, 4-4) while Dan Shane had a pair of hits and walked with the bases loaded in the sixth for the Bobcats (15-2, 7-1), Jack Nowak and Chris Lusignan each had two hits, including RBI doubles, and Alex Blanchette had two hits.

• No. 10 Fitch was beaten by North Kingstown (R.I.) 4-2 in Groton. Cam McGugan drove in both runs for the Falcons (14-4) with a double in the seventh inning.

• Alex Dreyfus pitched a three-hitter and was backed by a big offensive game by Gavin O'Brien as East Lyme beat Morgan 3-1 in a nonleague game. Dreyfus walked one and struck out 10 in the complete-game effort for the Vikings (8-9), who qualified for the state tournament, while O'Brien was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run. Joey Wainwright and Blake Biggs added two hits apiece for East Lyme.

• Winning pitcher Guiseppie Satti had struck out eight and Joe Basso was 2-for-3 with three RBI as St. Bernard defeated Wheeler 12-3 in an ECC Division IV game. Ethan Chavez added two hits and an RBI for the Saints (8-8, 5-3) and Aidan Whitten had a single and double. Kyle Kessler and Sean Bergel each had a hit and run for the Lions (6-9, 3-5).



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