GUILFORD >> Tommy Cattaneo spent most of the Guilford High School baseball season out of commission with a broken wrist.
He pitched a few innings at the end of the season and, now at full strength for American Legion season, Cattaneo pitched the best game of his life as Guilford Post 48 edged Cheshire Post 92, 1-0 in Zone 3 action.
“I tried to get up in the count and I did that tonight,” Cattaneo said. “I tried to emphasize fastballs and my slider was working. I just wanted to let my defense behind me make the plays.”
Cattaneo allowed three hits, two of them infield singles. He also struck out seven, but got 12 outs via the ground ball. He walked just one.
“I never thought a game with one of the top teams in the state would be 1-0,” Cattaneo said.
Cheshire only had one runner get past second base. That came in the third inning as Matt Geyda reached third base with two outs. But Kabashi flew out to end the inning.
Nick Sansone and Cole Escoto both singled in the fourth inning, but Cattaneo fanned Evan Sokolik to retire the side.
“It was tough loss,” Cheshire coach John Escoto said. “He was pounding the strike zone. We’re a patient team, so we were going down in the count early.”
Guilford (11-7) scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Lucien Zingerella reached on an error leading off the game and stole second. After a ground out moved Zingerella to third with two outs, Logan Hitchcock’s slow roller was misplayed by Cheshire shortstop Altrin Kabashi as the run scored.
“I didn’t think it would be the difference, but with Cattaneo on the mound it was,” Guilford coach Mike Yates said. “We’re playing well and Tommy made it easy on us.”
It was an interesting night in another way as Guilford didn’t get its first hit off Mostoller until Charlie Danaher singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
At one point, Mostoller retired 16 consecutive batters with none of them coming close to a hit until Danaher broke up the gem. Mostoller struck out seven, but suffered the hard luck loss.
“I wasn’t too disappointed,” said Mostoller, who didn’t get a fastball inside enough. “It sucks, but props to him for getting the hit. It was a good pitch.”
Mostoller knew early on he hadn’t allowed a hit.
“I knew third inning I hadn’t given up a hit,” Mostoller said. “Everything was working, especially the curve ball and slider. The fastball was low. I had my stuff tonight.”
Cheshire fell to 14-3. It is a loss behind Meriden for first place Zone III standings.
“That’s a good baseball team,” Escoto said. “You don’t mind losing to good baseball teams. They played clean and that was the difference in the game.”
GUILFORD 1, CHESHIRE 0
(at Guilford HS)
Cheshire – 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Guilford – 100 000 X – 1 1 1
Batteries – Cheshire: Ryan Mostoller and Brandon Clark. Guilford: Tommy Cattaneo and Matt Donlan.
Records: Cheshire, 14-3; Guilford, 11-7.