East Hampton won in walk-off fashion Monday as Darren Way’s two-out single drove in fellow senior Colby Camp in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 Shoreline Conference baseball victory over Old Lyme.
The host Bellringers’ eighth victory (against eight losses) put them into the Class S tournament field. The Wildcats fell to 7-10 after getting back into the postseason picture with three straight wins.
After allowing Tait Sawden’s game-tying home run in the top of the seventh, East Hampton freshman Baden Plante settled down to retire the next three batters for his first varsity win.
The Bellringers scored two runs in the third and three in the fourth to wipe out a four-run deficit. A two-run double by James Quinn and an RBI double by Javy Diaz led the charge. Quinn had two doubles on the day and Dan Cascio was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.
Sawden hit two homers and drove in three runs and Colbe Andrews was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Riley Warecke took the loss for the Wildcats.
East Hampton 7, Old Lyme 6
OL 040 100 1–6 6 3
EH 102 300 1–7 8 2
Records: East Hampton 8-8, Old Lyme 7-10.
In other baseball action Monday:
Haddam-Killingworth 4, Old Saybrook 0
Haddam-Killingworth took a crucial step toward securing the No. 2 seed in the Shoreline Conference tournament by beating Old Saybrook 4-0 on Monday behind senior Alden Halfinger’s two-hit complete game.
The host Cougars improved to 13-4 with their third straight victory. Coginchaug (15-2) defeated Valley Regional 8-4 and will be the No. 1 seed when the conference tournament begins next week.
Luke DiMauro and Halfinger each had two hits and drove in a run for H-K. Jake Butler and Nick Scalzo had Old Saybrook’s hits.
OS 000 000 0–0 2 1
HK 201 010 x–4 8 3
Batteries: OS–Noah Grace and Connor Lane; HK–Alden Halfinger and Nick Flynn. WP: Halfinger; LP: Grace.
Coginchaug 8, Valley Regional 4
Highlights: Alex Mach pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts and Owen Clancy hit a 2-run home run in the seventh to ice the Blue Devils’ eighth straight win. Mach allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits and walked one. Jack Konopka was 3 for 4 and Anthony Morro, Kolby Pascarelli and Jeremy Mangiameli tallied 2 hits apiece for Coginchaug. Morro drove in 3 runs. Kyle Metz and Ryan Ellison had 2 hits each for Valley.
Records: Coginchaug 15-2; Valley 11-5.
Cromwell 8, Hale-Ray 1
Highlights: The Panthers erupted for 8 runs in the final two innings, wiping out a 1-0 deficit for their 12th win in 17 games. Malcolm Mention hit the go-ahead single in the sixth and Brian Radziewicz cleared the bases with a double in the seventh to put Cromwell ahead 6-1. Cromwell senior Justin Valentin went the distance, allowing just 2 hits. Matt Lauria and Avery Gugliotti doubled for the Noises’ only hits. Starter Hunter Espinosa took the loss.
Records: Cromwell 12-5, Hale-Ray 10-8.
Morgan 12, Portland 3
WP: Rob Zirlis; LP: Devin Murphy
Highlights: The Huskies pulled away with 6 runs in the seventh for the Shoreline win at Palmer Field in Middletown. Zirlis went the distance, allowing 2 hits and fanning 9. Ethan Reemsnyder, Ryan Hromadka and Dom Carpenter all had multiple hits for Morgan and Reemsnyder, Brady Fritz, Bailey Goss, Ryan Donadio and Carpenter all drove in runs. Murphy went 4 2/3 innings for the Highlanders, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5.
Records: Morgan 9-8; Portland 1-15.