Baseball: Shelton sinks North Haven

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Justin Lynch helped the Shelton High baseball team with his arm and his bat in a 5-1 SCC interdivision victory over North Haven High at DeMayo Field on Friday night.

The Stonehill-bound senior right-hander allowed one run on four hits, striking out 10, in 5 1/3 innings on the mound. At the plate, Lynch added two hits and three RBIs, as the Gaels rolled to their fifth consecutive victory.

Shelton wraps up the regular season on Memorial Day with a 4 p.m. home game against Guilford High (10-9). The Gaels will be the third seed in the SCC tournament and will host No. 6 North Haven in the quarterfinals of the SCC tournament on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Scott Gura said senior Mark Polkowski will start against Guilford, while Mike Cowell will take the ball against North Haven in the quarters.

Both pitchers will look to replicate Lynch’s performance against North Haven (11-9), the SCC Oronoque Division champions, on Friday.

Lynch held the Indians to one hit over through five innings, running into trouble after striking out Dominic Onofrio to start the sixth. Three singles and walk cut the Gael advantage to 5-1.

Gura then brought Trey McLoughlin on in relief, and the sophomore got Brendan Clark to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. McLoughlin nailed down the save in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side to seal the victory.

Shelton scored three times in the top of the third inning, with Chris Kanios starting the rally against Indian starter Erik Esposito with a single to left. Cowell, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, then slammed a double to deep left field.

Following suit, Lynch belted a two-run double to gap and after Paul Salley grounded back to the mound, Michael Ficano grounded an RBI single back through the box to make it 3-0.

In the fifth, Cowell pounded a double to deep right field and Lynch rolled a RBI infield single through the left side. After Salley was robbed of a potential extra-base hit by left fielder Micahl DeRosa’s diving catch, Ficano lashed an RBI triple to right-field alley to drive in Shelton’s fifth run.

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