MIDDLETOWN >> The Connecticut Junior Select All-Stars parlayed dominant pitching with timely hitting to defeat the Massachusetts Junior Stars, 7-1, in the 35th Annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Star game played at Palmer Field Saturday afternoon.
Five Connecticut pitchers held Massachusetts to five hits and struck out six in cruising to the easy win. Masuk of Monroe’s Jack Rose was the winning pitcher.
“This was fantastic,” said Connecticut head coach Martin Fiore of East Catholic of Manchester. “It was a great opportunity to represent the state of Connecticut and show our pride. All of our pitchers threw strikes and strikes get you outs. There are some gifted kids here and it was great to see them pitch so well against other all-stars.”
Connecticut got all the runs it would need in the fourth inning on run-scoring singles by Alex Silva of New Britain High and Peyton Stephens of Sacred Heart of Waterbury to take a 2-0 lead.
“This was a lot of fun,” said center fielder Austin White of Portland High, who sparked a three-run, game-wrapping rally with a booming triple to the 380 foot sign in right center leading off the sixth inning. “Just to play with kids from all around the state and make new friends is great.”
After White’s triple, Silva picked up his second RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to left. With two outs, Stephens singled, stole second and scored on Amity’s Andy Hague’s base hit. Matt Robida of Valley Regional, who walked, came around to score on a balk.
Silva picked up his third RBI on a base hit in the seventh — the game was nine innings — that scored Waterford High’s Alex Petchark.
“It’s great to see kids who competed against each other to come together and play for our state,” said Fiore. “They’re all great kids and for me to have a chance to coach and advise them was great. I think it meant something to them to have Connecticut on their chests.”
Mike Stellato of Lynnfield, Mass. High School had two of Massachusetts’s six hits. Andrew Roman, the visitors’ second pitcher, took the loss.
In the first game, a team of Connecticut public school all-stars defeated a team of the state’s parochial high school stars, 14-0, in game called after five innings.
Brian Ronai of Amity had three hits, Justin Keating of Waterford, Eli Oliphant of Amity, Jordan Banks of Bristol Central and Bryce Ramsey of Northwestern Regional each had two hits.