Baseball: Shelton wins protested game

The Shelton High baseball team defeated Amity High, 5-4, in the continuation of a protested SCC Housatonic Division game from May 6.

After the protest was upheld, the game picked up in the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon in Woodbridge, with a Spartan runner on first and one out and the game tied at 4.

"The protest went our way... We were lucky to scrap out a win at the end of the game," Shelton High coach Scott Gura said.

Gaels' ace right-hander Mike Cowell retired all eight batters he faced on the mound, five via strikeout, and Justin Lynch staked Shelton (12-5) to a 5-4 lead with an RBI groundout in the top of the seventh.

"He threw the ball extremely well," Gura said. "He's a bulldog, he's a leader and he's one of the best pitchers we've had in my 17 years with his program."

Michael Ficano and Cowell singled off of Amity's Brian Ronai, before Lynch's grounder to third base drove in the go-ahead run.

Cowell made the lead stand up, striking out Chris Winkel to cap a 1-2-3 inning and helping the Gaels win a share of the Housatonic Division title. The Gaels, 6-2 in the Housy, tied with Sheehan High of Wallingford (14-4, 6-2 SCC).

"It's something we take pride in," Cowell said of winning a share of the division title.

Amity (11-6) returns to action on Monday night when it hosts Jonathan Law (3-14) at Brinley Field at 7 p.m. Shelton hosts Daniel Hand of Madison on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

"In the end, it was a big game for them and a regular-season game for us," Spartan head coach Sal Coppola said. "We just tell them (the kids) we hope we see them in the playoffs.

"And you can print that, we hope we see them in the playoffs because we want to play them again. We want to see him (Cowell) and their team in the playoffs. We hit him hard the first time, we know we can hit him... He could be the best guy in the state."