Ellington All-Stars Win in Comeback

The Ellington 10-11 All-Stars made an unbelievable comeback to defeat Newington 9-8 on Wednesday and advance to the state finals.

In the top of the first inning, Ellington gave up three hits, walked a batter, hit two batters, and made three errors to fall behind 6-0.

Unphased, Ellington came right back out and immediately tightened up the game. Garrett PHelps started the inning with a hit, Ryan Shaw walked, Logan Macaluso got on on an error as a run scored, Cole Hurlburt knocked in two runs with a hit, and Chris Wrona added an infield hit – all before an out was made.

With two outs, a runner on third base, and the score 6-3, Nathan Pyne came up with a clutch hit to make the score 6-4 after one inning.

Shaw came on in relief for Ellington and kept Newington at bay.

In the third inning, Ellington closed the gap to 6-5 when Hurlburt hit a double, Wrona was hit by a pitch, and Jason Leslie hit a run-scoring double.

Newington got to Shaw in the fourth inning, scoring two runs to make the score 8-5 Newington.

However, every time Newington scored, Ellington answered. In the bottom of the fourth, Shaw hit a double with one out and Macaluso followed with a hit, making it 8-6.

Mike Wearne came in to pitch for Ellington in the fifth and kept Newington from scoring.

Jack Olender started off the fifth inning by getting on on an error, Wearne hit a single, and Phelps walked. Shaw was hit by a pitch to knock in a run and close the gap to 8-7.

Macaluso got the game winning hit when he knocked in two runs and gave Ellington a 9-8 lead.

Newington wasn’t about to go quietly in the sixth inning and with a runner on first and two outs, Ryan Saindon got his third hit of the game, putting runners on first and third. Aaron Pyne then caught a line drive that was about to go into right field and tie up the game for the third out, ending the game.

Ellington will meet Trumbull in the state finals, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This is a best 2-out-of-3 series for the state championship.

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