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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Daiss, Shelton head to SCC title

Touch 'em All update (More to come)

#ctbase --Shelton’s Ryan Daiss was not healthy. The senior catcher-turned-pitcher rolled his ankle rounding first base in the Gaels’ quarterfinal win over Guilford on Wednesday. Daiss limped off the mound occasionally in his outing in the Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals against No. 4 Xavier on Thursday.
“I was at least going to go one inning to see how it would go,” Daiss said. “It went well and it turned into seven.”
Well might be an understatement as Daiss got out of almost every jam and helped lead the top-seeded Gaels to the SCC championship game on Saturday at noon after a 7-2 victory over No. 4 Xavier at Yale Field. Shelton coach Scott Gura was impressed.
“These kids are too young to remember Curt Schilling,” the coach said,” that was the kind of effort he gave.”
As good as Daiss was, Xavier coach Rich Magner knew his team was just one hit away.
“I tell them all the time,” Magner said, “‘you’ve got a chance to win a game, step up and get a hit.’“
The Gaels will have a chance to win their second SCC crown in the last three seasons. Shelton last won it in 2010 and Daiss was a member of that team.
“It was a great feeling,” Daiss said. “I hope we get that feeling again on Saturday.”
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