Baseball: Post 16 walks off against Ansonia

The Shelton Post 16 baseball team took two out of three from Zone II and Valley rivals Ansonia this week, capped off by a 5-4 extra-inning victory on Friday night.

Manager Steve Boles’ Shelton squad tied the third game in the bottom of the seventh inning, before Jordan Urbani’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th won it for Post 16.

Shelton (8-5) opened up a three-game set with Milford Post 196 (6-11) on Tuesday with a 6-0 win, and traveled to Foran High yesterday. The teams were tied at 2 after an inning of play, when inclement weather forced the game to be suspended.

Post 16 takes on New Haven (7-7) on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday night, Shelton battled back from a 3-0 deficit after Ansonia’s first at-bat and was trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Vin Backert, who won the game in relief of Hudson Boles, belted a lead-off double to the alley in left-center field. Backert then moved to third base on passed ball.

Ansonia ace southpaw Sean Bonaparte, who scattered seven hits and struck out 14, uncorked a wild pitch — his fourth of the night — to allow Backert to score the tying run.

Backert took care of the rest on the mound, as the right-hander surrendered just one hit in three innings of scoreless relief.

Ansonia (4-14) looked to scratch across a run in the top of the 10th, after Bobby Schryver reached on error. Schryver tried to steal second base, but Post 16 catcher Mark Zoppi caught him for the first out. Backert then induced a flyout from Bonaparte, before Matt Simon struck out to retire the side.

Schryver, who took over for Bonaparte in the bottom of the eighth inning, rolled a pair of grounders to start off the home 10th. C.J. Rizzo then kept the inning alive with a single to center, and promptly stole second base.

Tyler Tice, who reached base in five of his six plate appearances, followed with an infield hit to set the table for Urbani, who flared the game-winning hit to shallow center field to seal the walk-off win.

Urbani had three of Post 16’s 10 hits. Rizzo added two hits and Backert slammed two doubles.

Ansonia pinned three runs on Hudson Boles in the top of the first, aided by a pair of Shelton errors. Bonaparte’s RBI single, followed by Simon’s two-run single, made it 3-0.

A run-scoring double from Backert and an RBI groundout by Hudson Boles pulled back two runs for Shelton in the bottom of the first inning.

Ansonia added to its lead in the third. Schryver walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later when Simon thumped a double to center field.

Hudson Boles walked with one out in the bottom of the third, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored when Bonaparte spiked a breaking ball into the dirt.

With Ansonia leading 4-3 after three innings, both pitchers settled into grooves. Boles allowed just two singles over the next four innings. Bonaparte yielded four hits.

While racking up an impressive strikeout number, Bonaparte’s four wild pitches ended up hurting his case by leading directly to two of the four runs Shelton scored off of him.

The teams split the first two games of the series, with Shelton winning 16-0 on June 25, and Ansonia taking a 10-3 decision on June 26.