East Hampton right-hander Baden Plante’s stuff was spot-on in Monday’s Shoreline Conference game in Clinton. He brought the lumber with him, too, and his defense did the rest in possibly the Bellringers’ biggest win of the season.

Plante pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, belted his first home run among 3 hits, and junior Blake Kapernaros got the final two outs to preserve a 5-0 victory over Morgan.

A senior, Plante walked 3 and struck out 7 in his fourth victory this spring. At the plate, he was 3 for 3 with 4 RBI.

“My success from today came from trusting the defense behind me,” he said, “and getting weak contact today for me was huge. I forced a lot of ground ball outs. The guys put some hits together to get out front early, which has been huge for us this season.”

East Hampton scored twice in the first inning and added a run in the fourth before Plante hit a 2-run blast in the sixth to pad the lead.

“The homer definitely felt good,” said Plante, who will play next year at Thomas Jefferson University, an NCAA Division II school in Philadelphia. “I’ve put balls out to the track all season, but it feels good to finally see one go over.”

The Bellringers had 11 hits. Aiden Palen had 2 hits and drove in a run. David Johnson was 2 for 4, while Jason Johnson reached base 4 times with a hit and 3 walks and scored 2 runs.

East Hampton has won 7 of its last 9 and avenged an 8-2 loss to Morgan last month. At 7-5, the Bellringers have the best overall record of Shoreline teams after North Branford (11-1), Haddam-Killingworth (12-4) and Morgan (11-6).

Jack Henry Palazzo, Ryan Donadio, Sean Green, Michael Ferraiolo and Dominic Larabee had Morgan’s hits.

Lucas Hoadley, the first of three Morgan pitchers, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in taking the loss.

Elsewhere in the county Monday:

H-K 9, Valley Regional/Westbrook 7: The Cougars scored 7 first-inning runs and led 9-4 after 3 innings before having to hold off the Warriors. Matt Shea notched his his fifth mound win of the season and also contributed 2 hits and an RBI. Todd Butler and Max Selmer each drove in 2 runs for H-K. Caleb Winkley had 3 hits for the Warriors (6-8). Josh Faucher, the second of 5 Warriors pitchers, took the loss.

Old Lyme 5, Hale-Ray 4: Grady Lacourciere, Ben Frazier and Jack Porter had 2 hits each for the Wildcats (7-7). Frazier had 2 RBI. Winning pitcher Jordan Hanes allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out 4 and walking 3. Porter earned the save. Anthony LaPila had 2 hits and 2 RBI and Colby Bryant had 3 hits for the Noises (2-12).

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H-K 12, Valley Regional 0 (5 innings): The Cougars (12-3) were lead by Hannah Reilly, Grace Natanzon and AB Zajac, the second through fourth batters in the lineup, who went 7 for 7 with 4 doubles and a triple, 6 runs scored and 6 RBI. Emma Giaccone picked up her 10th win of the season with a 3-hitter. Valley is 6-8.

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