BERLIN - It took an extra 24 hours, but the Berlin baseball teamâ€™s comeback in the first round of the Class L state tournament is officially complete.
After rain postponed Tuesdayâ€™s action, the No. 1 Redcoats resumed play with No. 32 Weston on Wednesday afternoon with a 7-4 lead, and hung on to win 8-6 to erase a 4-0 deficit at Zipadelli Field
Mark Addamo relieved an ineffective Adam Bilinsky and allowed one run in the sixth before running into trouble in the seventh, as the Trojans loaded the bases with nobody out. Berlin head coach Leo Veleas called on Cam Murphy, who recorded the final out to strand the bases loaded and clinch a date with Stratford on Thursday.
Ryan Hyde and Jeff Kuzoian led the Redcoatsâ€™ comeback with a pair of two-run home runs, Kuzoianâ€™s coming during a four-run fourth inning. Both finished with multi-hit games, as did Dan Veleas and Nick Melville.
No. 9 Newington 5, No. 24 Xavier 4: The Indians had a rally cooking with the game tied in the bottom of the seventh against Xavier, but after a pop out by Anthony DeBlasio for the second out, it looked like the Class LL first round matchup was ticketed for extra innings.
Then Ryan Saindon stepped up to the plate and became the hero of the day for Newington.
With Gunnar Johnson on third, Saindon smacked a single to right to break a 4-4 tie and win the game for the Indians, who avoided an upset after Xavier pushed across three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
Saindonâ€™s heroics bailed out a Newington defense that committed four errors behind starter Jack Kelley.
â€śI thought Jack pitched very well,â€ť head coach Ben Alaimo said. â€śBut we made some errors that allowed Xavier to get back in the game. The team fought back well.â€ť
The win for the Indians clinches a date with No. 8 Enfield in the second round on Thursday afternoon.
No. 2 Coventry 14, No. 31 Innovation 1: The Ravens watched their season come to an end in the first round of the Class S state tournament on Wednesday, falling to a dominant Coventry that looked poised to make a deep run.
Innovation didnâ€™t do itself any favors to start the game, giving up five unearned runs and seven total thanks to a plethora of errors that doomed Melvin Saylorâ€™s outing.
The Ravens would allow five more unearned runs with Saylor and reliever Steven Hicks on the mound.
No. 21 Berlin 8, No. 12 Plainfield 6: The Redcoats pulled off a thrilling upset in the first round of the Class M state tournament thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie.
The hero was Casey Uryga, who poked a two-run single with two outs in the seventh to take down the favored Plainfield team, though head coach Jason Pires and the Redcoats believed their No. 21 seed is a deceiving one.
â€śItâ€™s an upset by seed, but we felt like we played a very competitive schedule this season,â€ť Pires said. â€śWe felt like we played a schedule that prepared us for that game and feel like that going forward.â€ť
Stefanie Poulin earned the win in the circle and added three RBI at the plate, including a pair of doubles. Lindsay Walsh added two doubles of her own in the winning effort.
No. 22 Manchester 7, No. 11 Newington 6: A five-run first inning was too much for the Indians to overcome in Wednesdayâ€™s Class LL state tournament match, as Newington fell victim to a 7-6 upset in an otherwise successful season.
â€śIt was a great season,â€ť head coach Steve Markie said,â€ť I thought we exceeded expectations, winning 14 games and winning our conference for the first time in 20 years.â€ť
Dani Pantano went the distance for the Indians and also added a pair of hits at the plate. Newington tried for a late comeback bid by scoring five runs through the fourth and fifth innings, but was held scoreless the rest of the way.
No. 6 Southington 3, No. 27 Wilton 1: The Blue Knightsâ€™ bats were relatively quiet in their Class LL state tournament opener, but sophomore Julia Panarella made sure there wouldnâ€™t be an upset.
Panarella went the distance and allowed just one run on two hits in a 3-1 win for Southington on Wednesday, securing a second round matchup with No. 22 Manchester on Thursday.
Alexandra Rogers led the offense with two hits in three at-bats, scoring a run and driving in another. Panarella also drove in a run of her own to help her cause in the circle.
Wethersfield won the CCC tournament on Wednesday with a total score of 343, while a pair of local teams in Berlin (6) and Newington (8) cracked the top 10 at Tunxis Country Club.
Maddie Massaro Cook of Newington led all local scorers with an 82, good for a fifth-place finish. Plainville finished in 13th place with a score of 447, and New Britain came in 16th place with a score of 493.
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