The semifinals are set and thus far the tournament has gone as expected. Which means nothing I thought would happen actually happened. Here are some of the best and most interesting things to transpire this postseason. Here’s what caught my eye:
MONDAY (FIRST ROUND)
TWO GOOD >> One clutch hit was not enough, as Derby’s Tyler Bottino hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and followed it up with the walk-off single in a 4-3 Class S victory over Lyman Memorial Monday.
POSTSEASON PERFECTION >> Haddam-Killingworth’s Brian Moskey has been a regular in Slingers this season, and if I was still doing slingers, he’d make it again. That’s because the pitcher threw a perfect game in a 10-0 Class M triumph over Ellis Tech.
TUESDAY (SECOND ROUND)
REWIND >> Fairfield Prep fans must really get upset when they see anything gold and black. The defending Class LL champs Amity topped Prep in last season’s semifinal to reach the title game the Spartans subsequently won. This season Amity dispensed of the Jesuits in the second round, routing Prep staff ace Kevin Stone 9-2. Mike Tavolacci had a game-high three RBIs for the Spartans as they continue their quest for a repeat.
NICK OF TIME >> Nick Kuzia has been tough as nails for the Wildcats this season. In the second round, starring down Class S defending champ Oxford, he showed the Wolverines just how tough he is, tossing a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts in a 1-0 triumph.
JOHNNY BE GOOD >> Notre Dame-West Haven senior pitcher John Amendola is arguably the best pitcher in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Bunnell’s Ron Rossomando is arguably the best in the state, winning Connecticut Gatorade Player of the year. When the two went head-to-head. Amendola was the one who earned the Gatorade shower twirling a one-hitter with five strikeouts in a 3-0 victory. Amendola came within one out of a no-hitter, surrendering his first hit with two outs in the seventh.
IF YOU HAD TO WIN ONE GAME, WHO IS YOUR STARTING PITCHER?
• Nick Fusco, Amity: He won with 61 percent of the vote. Fusco has led the Spartans back to the Class LL semifinals.
Visit GameTimeCT.com and vote. Voting closes on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
“The thought there was that Marvin kills us. Marvin belongs in a higher league. So we wanted to take our chances going after the other guys that belong in this league.”
Portland coach Rick Borg after intentionally walking Marvin Gorgas, even though he represented the tying run. Portland topped top-seeded East Hampton 4-1 Tuesday.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
• Each game left: Because its the postseason.