Simsbury Falls to Amity in Baseball Semis

Simsbury Whaley

The stage was set for a storybook ending for the Simsbury High baseball team in the state Class LL semifinal against Amity on Tuesday evening at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Trojans had the bases loaded with just one out and two of their best hitters slated to bat.

The big hit never came, as Amity’s Sebastian DiMauro struck out Jack Faulkner and Frank Gregoire to earn the save and send the defending champion Spartans back to the Class LL championship game, where they will face Southington in a rematch of last year’s final.

Defensively, Simsbury made four costly errors that led to Amity scoring three unearned runs. Trojans’ starting pitcher Jordan Whaley was effective, scattering just four hits and striking out two in 6 innings of work.

Amity scored its first run with two outs in the third inning. Whaley hit Chris Winkel with a pitch. Winkel stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Whaley’s attempted pickoff throw to first base eluded first baseman Marty Cayne-Yackel.

The Spartans tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Kyle Mattei and Matt Ronai reached on errors and eventually came around to score.

Offensively, the Trojans struggled to gain momentum off Amity starter Ross Weiner, who allowed four hits and two walks while striking out six.

Simsbury ended the year with a 17-6 record.

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