WINSTED >> Last season Lewis Mills’ pitcher Justin Gallicchio didn’t pitch well against Northwestern, this season he scattered three hits in a complete game shutout win for the Spartans against the Highlanders, 6-0.
“Last he gave up a grand slam to them,” Spartans head coach Jesse Darcy said. “He wants to face the best, we want him to face the best and we consider Northwestern to be a top team.”
Gallicchio struck out seven batters, walked one and hit another.
“I came out 100 percent trying as hard as I could,” said Gallicchio a sophomore.
He also allowed only four Northwestern base runners to reach scoring position, the Highlanders and second and third after back to back errors by his infield and then again in the fourth inning after a Tony Pucino base hit was followed by a walk to Devin Warren and then another error on a pickoff throw allowed the runners to move up to second and third.
Gallicchio was able to get out of the jams each time, with a strikeout and fly out in the first and then a pop out and ground out in the fourth.
“We’ve been working on him being more aggressive,” Darcy said. “He established his fastball, he got ahead and he battled guys.”
Even as the game progressed and Gallicchio pitched through the Highlanders order once, then twice, they still couldn’t figure him out.
“He pitched well and got better as the game went on,” Highlanders co-head coach Tom Germano said.
The Spartans got going early against Highlanders’ starter Bryce Ramsay.
In the second inning, James Principi led off with a single and that was followed up by single by Greg Campbell. Ramsay then tried to pick Campbell off at first and his throw tipped off of Highlanders’ first baseman Devin Warren’s glove and both runners moved up a base.
After a pop out, Dave Swanson knocked in Principi with a sac fly and then Collin Thorn, with Campbell still on second, got a base hit.
With Campbell going to third on the hit, Northwestern’s shortstop Pucino, got the cutoff and tried get Thorn at first, who took a big turn, and threw it past Warren out of play, allowing Campbell to score, 2-0.
The next inning, after Gallicchio worked around a leadoff single, the Spartans bats went back to work.
After loading the bases, with one out, Campbell hit a groundball into the Highlanders’ infield who was playing in and the throw to the plate was out of the reach of catcher Zach Risedorf, one run scored.
Jake Naparstek then grounded out to Highlanders’ third baseman scoring another run, setting up a two out two RBI single by Swanson, giving them a 6-0 lead.
“We were able to able to capitalize on a couple of miscues,” Darcy said. “He (Swanson) has had a ton of RBI for us last week, the two out two RBI single was great, it was a killer.”
That was enough for the Spartans as Gallicchio did the rest.
“We had a couple of bad innings, a couple miscues and it was too much to overcome,” Germano said.
Both teams return to the field on Wednesday, Lewis Mills will travel to Wamogo and Northwestern travels to Shepaug.
Lewis Mills 6, Northwestern 0
Lewis Mills 024 000 0 — 6 6 3
Northwestern 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Justin Gallicchio, James Principi; Bryce Ramsay, Zach Risedorf.
WP: Justin Gallicchio (). LP: Bryce Ramsay (). 2B: (LM) Max Wadington. RBI: Swanson (3), Naparstek (LM)
Team records: Lewis Mills 7-5; Northwestern 7-4.