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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Live from the SCC Championship

Amity managed to score one run in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as No. 3 Shelton won its second SCC title with a 4-3 win in nine innings over the top-seeded Spartans at Yale Field.
The Gaels last won the SCC title in 2000.
It was Amity's first loss of the season.
With the game tied at 2, Tom Carroll and Jim Pjura hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the ninth off relief pitcher Lou Concato.
Ninth inning
Shelton leads 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Tom Carroll puts Shelton ahead 3-2 with an RBI double, which scored pinch runner Tyler Tice from first base. Then Jim Pjura followed with a double down the right field line to score Carroll.
Eighth inning
It remains tied at 2 going into the ninth. Lou Concato has relieved Joe Ciancola on the mound for Amity. Concato picked up the win Thursday against Xavier. He threw six innings.
Pitching change
Right-hander Tom Carroll has relieved Dan St. George for Shelton heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Seventh inning
Headed into extra innings with the game tied at 2. Dan St. George is running out of gas for Shelton. With the bases loaded, St. George walked Nick Baviello to force in the game-tying run. It was St. George's third walk of the inning.
Sixth inning
Shelton takes 2-1 lead. Eric Christensen singled to left-center field and Ryan Zahornasky drove him home with a deep double to left field.
Amity's Vin Siena singled to right field, but that was all the Spartans could manage in the frame.
Fifth inning
Five innings down and still tied at 1. Amity pitcher Joe Ciancola retired the side for the third time today. Mark Esposito reached on an infield single for Amity. The Spartans have two hits and both are infield singles.
Some more notes
How they got here...
Amity def. No. 8 North Haven 3-2 and No. 5 Xavier 5-2.
Shelton def. No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven 7-0 and No. 2 Law 10-6.

Previous SCC title game appearances...
Amity 3-3 (won 2004-06); Shelton 1-0 (2000).
Fourth inning
Game is tied at 1. Dan St. George broke up Joe Ciancola's perfect game with a two-out single. Then Mike Georgalas singled and Amity center fielder Brian Kernan bobbled the ball, allowing St. George to score. It was Shelton's first run against the Spartans in 18 innings.
Then in the bottom of the inning, Brian Kernan reached on an error for Amity and stole second and third base. Kernan tied the game when he later scored on Anthony's Aprile's sacrifice fly.
Third inning
Wow. Game is flying by. No score. Already three innings down in just 32 minutes. Amity pitcher Joe Ciancola retired the side on five pitches. He is perfect so far. In the bottom half of the frame, Shelton pitcher Dan St. George retired the side and picked up his first strikeout.
Second inning
Still no score. Amity's Anthony Aprile got the game's first hit, an infield single just inside the grass of left field.
First inning
Both pitchers didn't allow a runner. A few highlight reel plays in the field. Amity second baseman Nick Baviello and Shelton second baseman Jon Groth both robbed each team's leadoff hitter of a hit. Then Shelton center fielder Jim Pjura made an incredible catch to rob Brian Kernan of a hit.
The top-seeded Spartans will face No. 3 Shelton at Yale Field for the SCC title. First pitch is moments away.
Righthander Joe Ciancola (6-0) will pitch for the Spartans.
Righthander Dan St. George (5-4) will throw for the Gaels. Amity beat Shelton in both regular season meetings this season. The Gaels did not score in either meeting.
Amity comes in at 22-0. Shelton is 16-6.


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