SHELTON — Shelton High came back from a 3-run deficit to force extra innings, but coach Scott Gura’s Gaels couldn’t make a similar climb in the eighth inning on Monday when they lost 6-3 to East Haven.
Sonny DeFlippo stroked a one-strike pitch into center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Hudson Meyer and knot the game at 3-all.
Meyer had given Shelton hope when he sliced a two-run single up the middle on a one-out 1-2 pitch to plate a pair of runs.
East Haven starter Jack Kabel had shut out Shelton on three hits and a walk through six innings.
Mike Kennedy opened the home seventh with a first-pitch single to center.
The left-handed Kabel notched his seventh strikeout, before Mike Lockavitch drilled an 0-2 pitch for a two-hop double to the fence in left field.
Nate Furino came on in relief.
Meyer singled, the right-handed Furino put the second out in the book on strikes, but DeFlippo‘s base hit tied things.
With DeFlippo on third, Furino enticed a pop up to second to end the inning.
The Easties scored three runs in the eighth, the final two coming on Hunter Santana’s single to shallow right field.
Jake Marquardt had the first RBI on a slow chopper to Alex Kozlowski at shortstop.
Playing in with the bases loaded and one out, Kozlowski first looked home, but pinch runner Kaymond Quattlebaum had gotten a great jump.
Instead of forfeiting an out, he made the play to first for the second out.
Then, Santana’s one-handed swing dropped the ball into no man’s land.
Shelton’s Anthony Steele singled with one out in the bottom of the frame, but Furino snared Kennedy’s drive up the middle and tossed to first for a game-ending double play.
Kennedy and Kabel put zeroes on the board for the three innings.
Furino singled to open the fourth, went to second on a grounder to second, and came home on consecutive wild pitches.
Furino drove two runs across in the fifth when his fly ball to right found grass, despite a lunging dive by DeFlippo from his center field position.
Shelton’s Dylan DeSio singled to lead off the home first, only to be doubled up on Steele’s two-out hit-and-run fly ball to left.
East Haven’s Russ DeMarco doubled with one out in the second, but advanced no further.
After a one-two-three third, Steele singled with one out in the fourth.
Kabel then made a fine play on Kennedy’s chopper toward third base and got a strikeout to end the threat.
Lockavitch was robbed on extra bases in the fifth, when his leadoff drive toward the fence in right was chased down by Fred Mascola.
Joe Romano drew the only walk off Kabel, or East Haven pitching for that matter, with two down in the sixth.
DeSio came in to pitch with one out in the fifth. He got a strikeout, before Furino’s fly ball single.
Lockavitch started the sixth and DeSio and Robert Ciccone relieved in the eighth.