ECC baseball: No. 13 NFA surprises No. 4 Fitch 13-4 in first round

Groton — Norwich Free Academy pulled off an upset in the first round of the Eastern Connecticut Conference baseball tournament as the No. 13 Wildcats beat fourth-seeded Fitch 13-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (11-10) went 0-6 in the tough Division I this season against East Lyme, Waterford and Fitch, but broke through on Tuesday and will play No. 5 East Lyme in the quarterfinals at Fitch Wednesday at 4 p.m.

East Lyme (13-8) routed No. 12 Stonington 12-1 in five innings, breaking open a close game with an eight-run fourth inning against the Bears (8-13).

Vinny Gualtieri doubled twice and drove in three runs, Jack Espinosa had an RBI double, Austin Drabinski drove in two runs and Nick Gallivan was the wining pitcher for NFA. Nick Helbig homered and drove in three runs and Tyler Cady had three hits for Fitch (13-8). 

In other games:

• No. 7 Waterford took a 7-0 lead after two innings and went on to beat No. 10 Tourtellotte 8-2. The Lancers (13-8) will play No. 2 Montville in Wednesday's quarterfinals at 7 p.m. at home. Montville had a first-round bye.

Cadin Maynard hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Waterford scored four times in the second. Ryan Bakken was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, Payton Sutman was 3-for-4 with a double, Anthony Tonucci and Liam Kane each doubled and scored a run and Ben Jerome tripled for the Lancers. Connor Podeszwa was the winning pitcher.

• No. 5 East Lyme used an eight-run fourth inning to beat No. 12 Stonington 12-1 in five innings. Chris Malcom, Trystan Levesque, Owen Robbins, Tommy Mason and Drew Menghi had two hits each for East Lyme (13-8), Malcom and Menghi each scored three times and Levesque drove in three runs. Winning pitcher Nolan Connolly and Luke Leonard had two RBI each for the Vikings.

• Bo Yaworski pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and No. 9 Killingly beat No. 8 St. Bernard 10-0. Jake Morell doubled and and Walker Baillargeon had a single for St. Bernard (9-12).   

• In other first-round games, No. 11 Woodstock defeated No. 6 Griswold 7-3 in eight innings, while No. 9 Killingly routed No. 8 St. Bernard 10-0. Woodstock will play No. 3 Lyman Memorial in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. at Fitch, while Killingly will play No. 1 Ledyard in the second game at Fitch at 7 p.m.

ECC TOURNAMENT

Tuesday's Results

First Round

No. 5 East Lyme 12, No. 12 Stonington 1 (5)

No. 13 NFA 13, No. 4 Fitch 4

No. 7 Waterford 8, No. 10 Tourtellotte 2

No. 11 Woodstock 7, No. 6 Griswold 3 (8)

No. 9 Killingly 10, No. 8 St. Bernard 0

Quarterfinals

Today's Games

No. 5 East Lyme vs. No. 13 NFA at Fitch, 4 p.m.

No. 3 Lyman Memorial vs. No. 11 Woodstock at Waterford, 4 p.m.

No. 1 Ledyard vs. No. 9 Killingly at Fitch, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Montville vs. No. 7 Waterford at Waterford, 7 p.m.

At Fitch

Thursday's Games

Semifinals

Games at 4 and 7 p.m.

Friday's Game

Final

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

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