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Local roundup: Sea Unicorns top Pittsfield, 3-2

Norwich — The Norwich Sea Unicorns scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and held on to beat the Pittsfield Suns 3-2 on Sunday in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

John Mesagno (ECSU) led off the seventh with a homer and Korey Morton (UConn) doubled home East Lyme's Matt Malcom (ECSU) with the second run. Dean Slavin (ECSU) had an RBI single in the fifth for Norwich (9-8).

Mitchell College's Cameron Varney started for the Sea Unicorns, allowing four hits and one run over five innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Tommy Hughes (SCSU) got the win in relief. 

Kaelen Culpepper (Kansas St.) and Bryan Loriga (Elite Academy) led a 17-hit attack in the Sea Unicorns 9-4 win over the Nashua Silver Knights on Saturday. Culpepper went 5-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs and Loriga was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice for Norwich (8-8). Former Old Lyme standout Liam Milewski (Avery Point) earned the win with five shutout innings of relief, allowing three hits with five strikeouts.

Schooners win

• The Mystic Schooners scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to beat the Valley Blue Sox 9-6 in a New England Collegiate Baseball League game on Saturday night. Addison Kopack (Rhode Island) had a two-run single in the seventh and Christopher Brito (Rutgers) followed with a two-run homer.

Daniel Crossen (Northeastern) hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Mystic (8-8) and Tucker Flint (Maryland) was 3-for-4. Former East Lyme standout Trystan Levesque (Rhode Island) started for the Schooners and allowed two hits and two runs over three innings. Levesque struck out five with three walks.


• The Eastern Connecticut Major League opened its 28th season with the Sonics beating the Padres 4-0 at Washington Park in Groton. Saxon Herbert went six innings for the win, allowing five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Robert Holland and Bryan Carambot had RBI doubles, Kyle Richards singled home a run, Chris Gibb had two hits and Dan Pierce scored twice for the Sonics. Eric Javor and Jake Parizo had two hits each for the Padres. 

Road racing

• Carson Riley of Mystic and Brandy LeClair were the top finishers in the Tour de Noank 5K race on Saturday. Riley won the race in 17:30 and LeClair, the top women's finisher, was second in 18:35.

Also finishing in the top 10 were Mark Maliniak of Mystic (19:56), Viraj Botchiria of Groton (20:18), Kaiden Chandler of Mystic (20:19), Sean Power of Mystic (20:38), David Sax of Essex (21:00), Adam Scirico of Groton (21:18), Karina Vanderburgh of Mystic (21:21) and Billy Sullivan of New York (21:33).

• Runners from West Hartford took the top two spots in the Niantic Bay 10K on Friday. Tommy O'Gorman won the race in 33:50 and Gregory Weaver finished second in 35:19. Chelsea Warren of Portland, Ore., was the top women's finisher, coming in seventh in 37:13.

Also finishing in the top 10 were Kevin Hoyt of Niantic (36:27), Sam Hollworth of Vernon (36:33), David Goodrich of Waterford (36:40), Brian Murray of Coventy (36:51), Nick Alge of Hopkinton, R.I. (37:36), Daniel Selsky of Concord, Mass., (38:04) and Elizabeth Fengler of Wallingford (38:11).

Auto racing

• Derek Debbis of Oakdale picked up his third win this season in the SK Light Modified division at Stafford Speedway, winning Friday night's 20-lap race. Three other local drivers finished in the top 10 in the race. Tyler Barry of Griswold was second, Alexander Pearl of Salem was fourth and Amanda West of Colchester finished sixth. Bryan Narducci of Colchester was 19th in the 40-lap SK Modified race and Chris Meyer of North Franklin finished second in the 20-lap Street Stock race.


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