Southington High scored all three of its runs on one swing of the bat in a 3-1 Class LL state baseball tournament win over visiting Shelton High on Tuesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, designated hitter Jake Bentz lined a two-out, three-run triple down the right-field line, staking Blue Knight ace Drew Farkas to a lead he would not relinquish. Southington’s uprising began came with two outs, as Jonathan Gray reached on an infield single and Brayden Cooney and Brandon Kohl worked walks.
Farkas, a University of Hartford-bound left-hander, improved to 6-2 overall. The senior scattered five hits, struck out six and did not allow a walk.
“He was good. We saw six lefties this year so I think that was to our benefit,” Shelton head coach Scott Gura said. “He got on top of the hitters… We just didn’t have enough good at-bats against him.”
Craig McNamara drove in 25th-seeded Shelton’s lone run with a sharp single to center field in the top of the fifth. McNamara was the hard-luck loser on the hill for the Gaels (10-11) — limiting the No. 8 seed Blue Knights (15-6) to just five hits.
“Our margin for error is very slim with the way we swing the bats,” Gura said. “He fell behind… He had to throw a 2-2 fastball with the bases loaded. In tournament time, you have to have to clutch hits. The kid executed in the clutch and won the game for them.”
Southington will host No. 24 seed Staples High of Westport (11-10) in second-round action tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. The Wreckers upset No. 9 seed Ridgefield High, 11-6.