Local roundup: Conn hires Storton as assistant men's soccer coach

New London — Andrew Storton has been named the assistant men's soccer at at Connecticut College, head coach Reuben Burk announced. 

Storton coached the Bacon Academy boys' program from 2012-18, compiling a record of 100-30-13 and leading the Bobcats to four Eastern Connecticut Conference division titles and an ECC tournament title.

Storton, a native of Oxford, England, also played from 2015-17 at Mitchell College. He was named to the New England Collegiate Conference Academic team twice and scored 22 goals. Included were 11 goals in 2017, a single-season record for the Mariners when they earned their first NCAA Division III tournament berth.

New York-Penn League

• The Connecticut Tigers beat the Hudson Valley Renegades 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dodd Stadium in Norwich. Hudson Valley scored in the top of the eighth to take the lead, but the Tigers (28-30) scored twice in the bottom of the inning for the walk-off win.

Avery Tuck tripled home Andrew Navigato to tie the game and Ryan Kreidler ended the game with an RBI single. Three Connecticut pitchers combined for an eight-hitter. Starter Marco Jimenez allowed three hits over four innings with four strikeouts and two walks, Raul De Los Reyes allowed four hits over three innings with five strikeouts and no walks and Kory Behenna (4-1) pitched the eighth to get the win.

The Tigers had two players selected to play in the all-star game. Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo and pitcher Xavier Javier will play for the Red Team on Aug. 21 at Staten Island, N.Y.  

ECML

• Payton McNichol pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts and five walks and helped himself with two hits of his own as the Groton Minx beat the Three Rivers Sonics 9-2 Wednesday night to force a decisive third game in the semifinal series. Mike Doran had three RBI and Tyler Eaton had two hits for Groton. Kyle Richards had two hits and scored and Joe Hajj added a run for the Sonics.

NECBL honors Caruso 

• Mystic Schooners catcher Michael Caruso was named the New England Collegiate Baseball League Sportsman of the Year. Caruso becomes the third Mystic player to win the award, joining Groton's Aaron Hill (2015) and Joe Rosencrance (2013).

A rising junior at Fairfield, Caruso was the Schooners' emotional leader all season. He was instrumental in the team's 6-0 start, catching five of the six games and displaying a relentless energy behind the plate. He was batting nearly .400 through seven games before sustaining a wrist injury that shut him down for the season.

Rather than return home for the summer, Caruso elected to stay in Mystic and caught bullpens, worked on daily catching drills, coached first base and maintained his leadership status from the sideline. He spent his time with the coaching staff and eased their workload by serving as a first base coach.

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