Local All-Star Teams Capture Titles

It has been a good summer for many local Little League All-Star teams.

The Ellington 9-10 and 10-11 teams, the Tolland 9-10 and 10-11 teams, the South Windsor National 11-12 team, and the Enfield Junior League team all won district titles. The Tolland 11-12 team is in the championship game on Monday.

The Ellington 9-10 team defeated Windsor 8-2 to capture the District 8 Championship Game at Brookside Park on Sunday. Frank Mozzicato starred for Ellington, pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up two runs on three hits. Devin Wolff closed. Mozzicato also went 4-for-4 driving in four runs. Ethan Sgarlata and Zac Killoran each had two hits with Sgarlata and Matt Curtis driving in two runs each.

Defensively, Louis Gosselin made the play of the day in right field throwing out a runner at third at a key point in the fourth inning.

For Windsor, Isaac Roserio pitched well and had a base hit and Chris Hudson had a run scoring hit in the fourth inning.

Ellington will now go on to play District 12 champion Tolland on Wednesday at Legion Field in Vernon in the State Division Finals.

Ellington 10-11 All-Stars

The Ellington 10-11 team defeated Manchester American 12-5 for the District 8 title.

Ellington broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first with a double by Shaw and a 2-out RBI single by Cole Hurlburt. With the score 2-0 Ellington in the top of the fourth, Anthony Zucaro and Owen Davis got lead off hits for Manchester American and scored one run on an error with two outs. With the score 2-1, Manchester tried a delayed steal of home and Davis was called out on a very close play. The Ellington players used that play to motivate them as the game was too close for comfort.

Alex Maningas, Nathan Pyne, and Mike Wearne Jr. lead off the bottom of the fourth with consecutive singles then Garrett Phelps cleared the bases with a double. Ellington wasn’t done there and with one out, Logan Macaluso was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, Hurlburt knocked in his second and third RBI’s with a double then Chris Wrona knocked in Hurlburt with a single up the middle.

After four innings, Ellington opened the game up to 8-1. Manchester rallied in the fifth with hits by Dale Bard and Jake Hadfield to score two runs closing the gap to 8-3. In the Ellington fifth, the team wasn’t finished scoring as Maningas walked, Pyne doubled, Shaw hit another double, Macaluso singled, and Hurlburt cleared what was left for base runners with a triple to cap the scoring that inning making the score 12-3.

Manchester fought back in the 6th scoring 2 more runs on hits by Davis, Drew Payne, and Bard.

Ellington was lead by Hurlburt (single, double, and triple) and Ryan Shaw (three doubles). Winning pitcher Pyne pitched a great game going 5 1/3 innings and helping his cause with a double and a single. Logan Macaluso closed the game for Ellington by getting the last 2 outs of the game.

Manchester American was lead by Zucaro, Davis, and Bard with 2 hits each. Hadfield pitched a great game for Manchester American keeping the game extremely close with the score 2-1 after three and a half innings.

Ellington will play on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Moosup.

Enfield

The Enfield Junior League team defeated Somers 23-2 to take the District 8 title.

Enfield pushed across 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to winning the district banner. Dylan DeMaine belted four hits and scored five runs in the championship game, and Wyatt Hurlbut also scored five times while collecting three hits, including a pair of triples, and knocking in three runs. Ryan Murphy had three hits and four runs batted in, while Christian Pasini scored four runs and Jeff Falk knocked in three. For the second time in five days, Falk pitched a complete game. He allowed just two hits, both to Brian Jablonski, and struck out six.

South Windsor

On Saturday, the South Windsor National 11-12 team defeated Somers 4-1 to take the District 8 title.

District 12

In District 12, the Tolland team defeated Brooklyn-Pomfret 13-10 on Saturday. On Friday, Brooklyn-Pomfret defeated Tolland, forcing a second game. In the deciding game, hitting stars for Cooper Keane (2-run homer), Joey Keane (3-run double), and Tyler Gonzalez (double). Noah Linton was the winning pitcher and Gonzalez also pitched well. Jimmy Grady was outstanding behind the plate.

Tolland took an 11-2 lead, but Brooklyn-Pomfret cut it to 11-9, giving Tolland a scare.

This is Tolland’s first year in District 12, and it will be playing former District 8 foe Ellington on Wednesday.

The Tolland 10-11 team defeated Killingly 8-1 to take the District 12 title, and the Tolland 11-12 team will face Killingly in the championship game on Monday. Tolland won the first meeting with Killingly, forcing a second game.

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