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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Another classic

The prevailing thought in the Southern Connecticut seems to be it's Amity, then there's everyone else.
Let's amend that just a little: it's Amity and Shelton, then everyone else.
Amity and Shelton played to another classic, extra-innings tilt, with Amity prevailing 2-1 in 10 innings before a sparse crowd only because Mother Nature still isn't cooperating, and probably because the game was moved to Amity from Shelton on Tuesday because Amity's field can take on water in case of more rain.
If not for the legs of Brian Kownacki, the game may have eventually been halted on account of darkness with the game still tied. Shelton's attempt to get a double play in the bottom of the 10th inning was foiled and the ball tipped off first baseman Matt Mauri's glove and just went a little bit up the first-base line. Heads-up base-running by Kownacki, Amity's leadoff hitter, who saw what happened, then busted it down the line to score easily for the victory and keep the state's No. 1 team undefeated.
Max Russell and Jason Foster were pretty close to perfect, allowing one run apiece through eight innings. While Foster went one more inning, Kyle Birdsall relieved Russell and pitched two scoreless innings. Mark McCormack was not as fortunate when he relieved Foster in the 10th.
The last time these two teams got together, Shelton handed Amity its last loss, back on May 8, 2006, 3-2 in 12 innings. Shelton will be looking for some revenge in the rematch, which comes in approximately three weeks.
It should be a night game and it should be at least a little warmer - I hope. That means more people should come out to see these two eventual SCC playoff teams square off one more time.

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