Glastonbury Advances to Regionals of Senior American Legion Tournament; Three Other Teams Lose

It was not the most satisfying weekend for the local Senior American Legion Teams, as three of the four teams competing in the Senior State Tournament Northern Division failed to advance to the Regionals round, with two not winning a game.

Glastonbury (18-8), seeded ninth in the Northern Division, defeated No. 16 Wolcott 4-2 on Saturday before edging No. 8 Bristol 1-0 on Sunday. It scored with the help of three Bristol errors. Glastonbury will play at top seed Tolland Wednesday at 5:00.

No. 14 Enfield (13-10) had an impressive win against No. 11 Simsbury on Saturday, winning 7-3. After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning, Enfield came back and took control by scoring six runs in the top of the third. Tyler Murello came on for Enfield in third and shut out Simsbury for the remainder of the game. It was unable to keep the momentum going on Sunday however, losing 4-0 to No. 6 New London and Hunter Nadeau, who held Enfield to four hits.

No. 15 Manchester (12-10) was helpless against No. 10 Waterford pitcher Colin Bakken Saturday, as he was having a transcendent day. Bakken threw a no-hitter and struck out eight, also allowing no walks in his team’s 1-0 win. Ben Petersen also pitched very well for Manchester, allowing just four hits. Mike Rocchetti drove in the game’s lone run.

South Windsor, which received a first-round bye as a No. 5 seed, was upset 2-0 by No. 12 Berlin in the second round Sunday.

“Sometimes you have to just give credit to the other team,” South Windsor manager Craig Zimmerman said. “Berlin made all the plays on defense and their shortstop and catcher did a particularly good job. Their pitcher was outstanding, allowing only one hit and not walking anyone.”

Zimmerman commented on what he enjoyed the most about coaching this year’s South Windsor squad.

“All of our players this year had a great love of the game and formed a strong bond with each other as the season went along. Our team came to the field each day looking to get better and compete against that day’s opponent,” he said. “I am very proud of each of our players.  We have already started. planning for 2017.  Hopefully we can be even more successful.”

 

 

 

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