SEYMOUR >> Ansonia coach Mike Vacca remembered how Seymour pitcher Jake Walkinshaw dominated the Chargers in an early season loss.
“He had 10 (strikeouts),” Vacca said. “I didn’t see the stat sheet today, but I know he didn’t have 10 Ks.”
He only had two strikeouts because the Chargers played small ball, got timely hits and capitalized on four Seymour errors to pick up a 5-2 Naugatuck Valley League victory at French Memorial Park Friday.
With the victory over the Valley rival Wildcats, Ansonia closes the regular season 12-8. The Chargers head into the NVL tournament with a lot of confidence.
“(The NVL tournament) is going to be up for grabs,” Vacca said. “There’s no dominant team. There’s quality teams, but there’s no dominant team.”
Meanwhile the Wildcats drop to 15-4. Seymour has lost four out of its’ last five after starting the season 14-0. The Wildcats have struggled in the field committing 16 errors in the last three games. Coach Bob Kelo said he may need to explore other options on defense.
“There’s going to be some competition,” he said. “I’m going to look at some of these younger guys. I don’t care, I’ll put the younger guys in. They’ll be competing for jobs.”
The Chargers were in better spirits after turning an early 2-0 deficit into a road victory. Bobby Schyver had a double and scored a run and Darwin Elias had two RBIs on four hits.
“This definitely boosts our confidence,” Elias said. “We’re just trying to get momentum going into the playoffs.”
After going into the fifth trailing 2-1 and with the bases loaded, Sean Bonaparte hit a ground ball to Seymour second baseman Matt Vartelas, who sent the ball sailing over first baseman Dan Godette’s head.
That allowed Matt Pitney and Schyver to score, making it 3-2 Chargers. Matt Simon layed down a sacrifice squeeze that scored Elias from third on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-2.
Elias put the finishing touches on Ansonia’s regular season with an RBI single in the seventh to score Pitney for the final tally.
“We just have to keep it rolling,” Schyver said. “Keep doing the same thing, it works.”