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Monday, May 20, 2013

SHORELINE PLAYOFF CENTRAL: East Hampton stuns Cromwell, wins SLC

BATTER'S BOX-- This is your one-stop shop for all things Shoreline during the conference tournament. Below you will find live updates, schedules and previews from now until the tourney wraps up on Saturday.

Marvin Gorgas, East Hampton wins 2013 SLC Championship

HIGGANUM -- There’s a new Shoreline Conference baseball champion.

East Hampton, behind the 13-strikeout pitching performance of junior Marvin Gorgas, took back the SLC crown it won in 2011 from defending champ Cromwell, 8-2, at Haddam-Killingworth Regional High School Sunday afternoon.

The Bellringers did it with a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning, wiping out a 2-0 deficit and knocking out Cromwell starter Doug Davenport. Read more here.

SLC Final Live

SLC Semifinals Roundup

No. 6 East Hampton stuns top-seeded North Branford 

Call this one the Miracle in North Branford.

East Hampton trailed 3-0 and was one strike away from being eliminated in the SLC tournament Wednesday against top-seed North Branford.

But the Bellringers staged a miraculous rally to tie it and then won it 5-3 in nine innings.

“It was one of the greatest high school games I’ve ever been a part of,” said East Hampton coach Scott Wosleger. Find out why he said that here.

No. 2 Cromwell tops Old Lyme, advances to Final

CROMWELL  These are the kinds of games Cromwell wins.

Eight times the Panthers have played a one- or two-run game. They won seven of them. Eleven times the Panthers have shut out their opponent.

Cromwell did both Wednesday afternoon, beating Old Lyme 2-0 in the semifinal round of the Shoreline Conference playoffs at Fran Monnes Field at Cromwell High School. Read more here.

SLC Semifinals Live

The Final Four

No. 1 North Branford (18-3): The Thunderbirds escaped a tight one with the Blue Devils and host East Hampton next.
No. 2 Cromwell (18-3): East Hampton did the Panthers a big favor knocking out a Haddam-Killingworth team that bested Cromwell twice this season.
No. 4 Old Lyme (15-6): Thanks to a walk-off homer, Old Lyme avoided a third defeat to Portland this season.
No. 6 East Hampton (12-9): The reward for upsetting H-K is North Branford. Congrats?

SLC Quarterfinals Roundup

Star pitching performances were the story on a splendid Monday in Shoreline Conference baseball tournament action, highlighted by the two-hit shutout of East Hampton junior Marvin Gorgas in a seedings upset of Haddam-Killingworth.

The Bellringer win sets up a rematch of the 2011 title game, pitting East Hampton against North Branford in a Wednesday semifinal. Cromwell will host Old Lyme (which walked off against Portland) in the other semifinal. Here’s the quarterfinal roundup:

No. 2 Cromwell 1, No. 7 Morgan 0: In Cromwell, the Panthers’ Christian Budzik pitched a three-hit shutout and drove in the game’s only run in the third inning, sending the defending Shoreline Conference champions to the SLC semifinals.

Budzik struck out four in a complete-game effort, outdueling Morgan’s Ron Buchetto, who also gave up three hits.
In the third inning, Cromwell loaded the bases after Doug Davenport walked, Kevin Radziewicz was hit by a pitch and Mike McNally singled to right. Christian Budzik’s line drive to centerfield was caught by a diving Jake Ward, but the hit allowed Davenport to tag up with what proved to be the winning run.

McNally had two of Cromwell’s three hits. Radziewicz had the other.

Cromwell (18-3) will host Old Lyme in the semifinals Monday at 3:45 p.m.. Morgan is 11-10.

No. 6 East Hampton 3, No. Haddam-Killingworth 0: Junior Marvin Gorgas struck out 12 in a two-hit shutout, blanking the Cougars in Higganum.

H-K had the tying run on first base in the bottom of the seventh in a bases-loaded, two-out situation. But Gorgas forced a groundout to end the game, sending the Bellringers to a semifinal matchup at top-seeded North Branford Wednesday.

The unlucky loser was H-K sophomore Brian Moskey, who gave up three runs on three hits in a complete-game effort. H-K committed four errors to East Hampton’s zero.
Nate Heroux had two hits for East Hampton, and Gorgas singled.

Moskey tripled and Jake DeCarli doubled for H-K’s only hits.

East Hampton has played in the last two Shoreline Conference title games: defeating North Branford in 2011, then falling to Cromwell last year.

No. 4 Old Lyme 3, No. 5 Portland 1: The Wildcats’ Slater Gregory hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, lifting Old Lyme to the SLC semifinals in a thrilling finish at home.

Gregory also pitched a complete game and struck out six to earn the win.

Portland’s lone run came in the first inning when Matt Ryan scored on a fielder’s choice. Old Lyme evened the score in the third inning with an RBI single from Mike Mann.

Portland is 13-8. Old Lyme is 15-6.

No. 1 North Branford 3, No. 8 Coginchaug 1: Mike Schettino’s two-hitter lifted the Thunderbirds to a semifinal matchup with Old Lyme.

Schettino struck out six and the North Branford offense posted single runs in the first, second and third innings.

Coginchaug’s lone run came in the fifth when a Charlie Anderson sacrifice fly scored Mike McShane.
North Branford will host East Hampton Wednesday.

SLC Quarterfinals Live

Shoreline Conference

The Last Eight Standing

No. 1 North Branford (17-3): The Thunderbirds seem ready to capture the conference.
No. 2 Cromwell (17-3): They most likely didn't expect to be anywhere other an No. 1 when the season began.
No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth (15-5) The beat Cromwell twice and could see them in the semifinals.
No. 4 Old Lyme (14-6): Three-game winning streak to close the season.
No. 5 Portland (13-7): Defeated Old Lyme twice this season.
No. 6 East Hampton (11-9): Closed the season losing streak.
No. 7 Morgan (11-9): The Huskies dropped their last two to end the season.
No. 8 Coginchaug (11-9): 3-4 in the month of May.

Quarterfinal Bracket Breakdown

Only two teams, Portland and East Hampton, made it from the Small Division. ... North Branford got the top spot in the last week of the season. ... Portland is the only lower seed to defeat the higher seeded team it will play in the first round.


First round today (Monday)
(at higher seed at 3:45)

Second round Wednesday 
(at higher seed, 3:45)

Championship Saturday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich at 6 p.m. 


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