TERRYVILLE >> Terryville pitcher Jeff Dupaul held off St. Paul Catholic’s smoking bats for three innings before the Falcons opened up for an eventual 10-1 win at Terryville High School Saturday afternoon.
St. Paul, 3-0, has posted 42 runs in three games, including a 28-14 opening shot at Torrington Wednesday.
Dupaul, a junior with good off-speed stuff is just the kind of fire plug it often takes to slow down flaming bats.
“He did very well,” said Terryville coach Peter Veleas. “He only got in trouble when he got it high.”
Dupaul kept the Falcons off balance through five scattered hits, a Terryville double play and two St. Paul runs.
Still, bats like the Falcons’ are hard to deny.
St. Paul’s timing zeroed in on Dupaul in the fourth.
Hits by Jackson Hines and Ben Mazzone were good for one run.
Troy Micale bashed a triple to right center for two more.
Josh Dobratz cracked another triple into the same spot two batters later, scoring Micale.
Dobratz came home on an error.
At 7-0, the rout was on.
“Coach tells us to stay back and let the ball travel to the middle of the field,” said Mazzone, a sophomore who piled up a 4-for-4 day just that way.
“We focus on using the opposite side of the field in practice,” said Micale.
The Falcons’ junior leadoff hitter was 2-for-5 Saturday, 4-for-4 on opening day against Torrington.
“Anybody can pull the ball,” he said. “Hitting to the opposite field wins games.”
Both coaches applauded the effort.
“The bottom of our lineup did a great job of hitting today,” said St. Paul coach Pat Holden.
The last three batters — A.J. Lorenzetti (2-for-4, double, RBI, 2 runs); Mazzone; and Brendan Pronovost (2-for-3, 2 RBI) — had 8 of the Falcons’ 14 hits and five of their runs.
“They just beat us,” said Coach Veleas, whose team starts out with a 1-2 record. “Yesterday (in a 7-2 loss at Nonnewaug), we beat ourselves with walks and errors. Today, they hit the ball and just beat us.”
Just two of the St. Paul runs scored on errors. The rest came in the midst of gutsy efforts on both sides.
Micale led off the game with a single. Then Terryville shortstop Doug Thorne turned the first of two Kangaroo double plays.
This one was a shot up the middle. Thorne fielded it on the run, touched second and fired to first.
Dupaul (4 innings, 5 earned runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks) took care of the third out with strikes.
Meanwhile, St. Paul starter Jake Kawiecki (5 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks) thrived with an opposite set of tools from Dupaul’s.
“My curve wasn’t there, so I was spotting up my fastball,” said the senior righthander. “The changeup came around near the end.”
By then, he proved a fastball in the right spots was enough.
After an easy first inning, a one-out walk and an error put Kangaroo runners on first and second in the bottom of the second. Kawiecki leveled the next two batters with strikeouts.
A great leaping catch by Mazzone at third helped him get past a lead-off hit by Terryville’s Connor Levins (2-for-2) in the third inning.
A nice hit and run by Terryville’s Jake Wright (single) and Thorne left Wright on third, two outs, in the bottom of the fourth.
A called third strike for Kawiecki shut that door.
The Falcons pushed another run across in the fifth inning, on a double by Lorenzetti and singles by Mazzone and Pronovost.
Even so, it was a highlight inning for Terryville defense.
Kangaroo second baseman Levins started the inning on a diving shoetop catch, robbing Jackson Hines of a lead-off line drive hit.
Left fielder Rich Maschini ended the inning with a stellar double play, snagging a line drive off Kawiecki’s bat, then firing a long strike to the plate to catch Mazzone after he tagged up from third.
St. Paul scored its final pair of runs in the seventh on an error and two more hits by Mazzone and Pronovost.
Levins prevented the shutout in the bottom of the seventh against Falcon reliever Wes Lahey (2 innings, 1 earned run, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, 4 walks).
Levins scored on a fielder’s choice, a single by Cedric Clift and walks to Maschini and Taylor Donofrio (RBI), 10-1
Both teams left with their heads held high.
“We’ll be better in a few games,” said Terryville’s Veleas. “We’re still tinkering with the lineup.”
For St. Paul, who knows where those bats will take them.
St. Paul Catholic 10, Terryville 1
St. Paul 011 510 2—10 14 2
Terryville 000 000 1—1 5 3
WP: Jake Kawiecki. LP: Jeff Dupaul. 3B: SP— Troy Micale; Josh Dobratz. 2B: SP—A.J. Lorenzetti.
Records: St. Paul 3-0; Terryville 1-2.