TORRINGTON >> Seymour couldn’t get out of its own way, committing multiple errors the last time it lost to Ansonia. So in the Naugatuck Valley League semifinals against the Chargers, the Wildcats forced Ansonia to play some defense.
“We reversed the trend,” said Seymour coach Bob Kelo with a laugh.
Seymour played small ball to break up Sean Bonaparte’s no-hitter in the fifth, force three Charger errors and advance to the final with a 4-0 victory at Fuessenich Park Wednesday.
The Wildcats will play Holy Cross at 3:30 back at Fuessenich Park today. Seymour played Ansonia in its second-to-last game of the season and committed four errors. Kelo said he let his team know it had to be better.
“We have to do that,” the coach said. “We have to make the plays.”
Jake Walkinshaw and Nick Kuzia were plenty good for the Wildcats. Kuzia pitched a complete game shutout with six strikeouts and Walkinshaw had a two-run triple and came around to score on a throwing error to third.
“I told the guys I need some oxygen when I got into the dugout,” Walkinshaw said, smiling. “My adrenaline was pumping, so I’m all right.”
Those three runs punctuated a fifth inning that not only broke up Bonaparte’s no-no, but also broke the game open.
“We gave them four unearned runs,” said Ansonia coach Mike Vacca. “How many runs did they have? Four. All unearned.”
In a scoreless game entering the fifth, and Bonaparte dealing, Matt Vartelas reached first on a dropped third strike. Dan Godette sacrificed him over to first, but Vartelas ended up on third and Godette reached first safely after a throwing error from Bonaparte.
Trevor Tema hit a sac fly to score Vartelas to make it 1-0 Seymour.
Alex Massie came in to pinch run for Godette at first and Nick D’Agostino put down a sac bunt and reached first on an error by the first baseman, advancing Massie to second. Walkinshaw then cleared the bases with a triple and came around to score off a throwing error by the second baseman.
Seymour closed the year dropping three out of its last four after a 14-0 start. Now in the NVL title game, Walkinshaw said the old Wildcats are back.
“After the hot start everyone was telling us how good we are and I think it got to our heads a little bit,” he said. “When we started losing games, we came back down to earth. We knew what we had to do.”
SEYMOUR 4, ANSONIA 0
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Sean Bonaparte and Lou Nicoletti; Nick Kuzia and Jaylen Kelley.
WP: Nick Kuzia (). LP: Sean Bonaparte (). 3B: (SE) Jake Walkinshaw.
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