The good news for the Shelton High baseball team was that the homestanding Gaels had opportunities to keep up with Amity High on the scoreboard during an SCC game on Saturday.
The bad news was that the bat race went to the Spartans, 12-3.
“We can’t leave fourteen guys on base and expect to win a varsity baseball game against a very good opponent like Amity,” Shelton head coach Scott Gura said. “Nobody came up with a clutch hit all day. We should’ve scored a minimum of six or seven runs with that many opportunities”
The Gaels fell to 4-2. Amity improved to 3-2.
The Spartans scored two in the first on a home run off the pat of John Nolan.
Shelton’s Will Ciccone singled leading off the bottom of the frame and scored following a pair of throwing errors by Amity starter Ben Lodewick.
Amity scored six runs on six hits in its second at bat. Jared Smith tripled in a pair, Pat Winkel and Nolan had back-to-back RBI doubles and Quinn Burke homered to left.
Shelton drew one run back in the second and third innings, but it could have been more.
Mike Kennedy doubled and scored on Arlind Hima’s RBI single in the second. Matt Hunyadi later singled to load the bases, but the Gaels couldn’t turn the opportunity into more runs.
Colin St. Pierre and Kennedy had singles around Nick Guzak being hit by a pitch to start the third. Alex Kozlowski’s sacrifice fly plated St. Pierre, but that would be all as Shelton stranded seven runners through three innings.
Amity took advantage of two errors to tack on four runs in the fourth.
“We can’t beat a team giving them an inning and a half of free at bats,” Gura said.
Dylan DeSio singled and Guzak again was hit by a pitch in the home fourth, but they advanced no further.
Colin Mengold’s leadoff single in the fifth and Hunyadi’s double to start the sixth again proved fruitless.
Roundup: Shelton banged out 17 hits when the Gaels defeated Wilbur Cross, 13-3, in New Haven on Friday. Dylan DeSio, Joey Romano and Nick Walsh had three hits each. Shelton earlier dropped a 2-1 road decision to Cheshire. Ben DeLaubell pitched a four-hitter for the Rams (3-1). Justin Barbato pitched into the sixth for Shelton, before Jafar Vohra came on in relief. Cheshire, with seven hits, scored runs in the second and sixth innings. Shelton got on the board in the sixth. Shelton will host North Haven Friday at 3:45.