Local roundup: East Lyme advances to LL baseball championship round
East Lyme — District 10 champion East Lyme advanced to the championship round of the state Little League baseball (10-12) tournament, beating Manchester 8-6 in the losers’ bracket final on Friday night.
East Lyme faces unbeaten Fairfield American on Saturday at 7 p.m. An East Lyme win would force a deciding game on Sunday at 7 p.m.
• Danbury scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning and held on to beat Waterford 8-5 in the first game on the state tournament championship series. Game 2 in the best-of-three series at Palmer Field im Middletown is Saturday at 1 p.m. If Waterford forces a deciding game it will begin 30 minutes after Game 2 concludes.
Evan McCue was 2-for-4 with four RBI, hitting a three-run triple and scoring on a passed ball in a four-run bottom of the first for Waterford. Preston Tabor was 2-for-2 and scored twice and Sean Salvador was 2-for-3 for Waterford.
LL baseball (8-10)
• East Lyme was eliminated from the state tournament with a 6-3 loss to Hamden in the loser’s bracket final at Fairfield. Hamden advances to face unbeaten South Windsor in the championship round.
• Killingly’s Bryan Albee (Eastern Connecticut) scattered four hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk to earn the win as the Norwich Sea Unicorns shutout the Brockton Rox, 4-0, at Dodd Stadium. Tyler Kipp (Fairfield) went 2-for-3, including a double, with a run and an RBI for the Sea Unicorns (26-29) and Spencer Fox (Southern Connecticut) gave up just one hit over two innings of relief with four strikeouts.
• Harrison Brown (Austin Peay) had two hits, four RBI and two runs as the Marthas Vineyard Sharks downed the Mystic Schooners, 14-3. Luke Masiuk (Northeastern) had three hits and four RBI for the Sharks (28-15) and Michael Snyder (Washington) went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Pawcatuck’s Kevin Ferrer (UConn) went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI, Logan Allen (Bryant) hit an RBI single and Joseph Jaconski (North Carolina) singled and scored for the Schooners (22-21).
• The Newport Gulls scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning and went on to beat Mystic 11-6 on Thursday night. Kevin Ferrer was 3-for-5, including two doubles, with two runs and two RBI to lead the Schooners. Addison Kopack (Rhode Island) and Charlie Pagliarini (Fairfield) had two hits each and Joe Jaconski doubled. Waterford’s Jared Burrows (Bryant) took the loss, allowing three hits and four runs (two earned) over 2.1 innings.
Campbell joins Big East
• Jackie Campbell has been named the Big East Conference’s Senior Associate Commissioner, Women’s Basketball and Strategic Initiatives, as announced by Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman.
Campbell will be responsible for developing a long-term strategic plan for the growth of Big East women's basketball and will oversee policy matters, scheduling, officiating, and planning and execution of the conference's women's basketball tournament. She will also manage various other conference strategic planning projects and new business initiatives at the direction of the Commissioner’s office.
Campbell comes to the Big East from the NCAA national office, where she most recently served as Managing Director of Law, Policy and Governance. She was the primary liaison with the NCAA Board of Governors (the association's highest governing body), oversaw staff liaisons supporting NCAA committees, and annually served as a site representative for the NCAA Division I women's basketball championship.
Campbell previously worked at the Atlantic 10 Conference and has had various roles on the campuses of UConn, the University of Maryland and George Mason University, including in women's basketball/Olympic sport oversight, compliance and as Title IX coordinator. Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce (marketing) from the University of Virginia, where she played field hockey and basketball, and has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.