WOODBRIDGE — Amity senior Jared Smith had never hit a high school home run. Smith snapped that drought in impressive style.
Hitting a pair of long home runs, Smith drove in three runs and led Amity to a 5-1 victory over Shelton in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision contest at John Janenda Field at Amity High Monday afternoon.
“Our bats have been struggling so it was nice to help out,” Smith said. “That was the first time I hit a home run. It was a pretty good feeling. I was just trying to do what I could to get on base.”
While Smith led the offense, junior John Lumpinski was solid on the mound, allowing just one run on nine hits in six innings of work. Anthony Esposito pitched a scoreless seventh to wrap up Amity’s second win in a row.
“I thought he (Lumpinski) pitched well,” Amity coach Sal Coppola said. “I liked him (Esposito) at the end as well. He threw the ball well. We got a nice job on the mound from both of them today.”
Amity (8-4) jumped on the board quickly, taking a 1-0 lead in the first, although the Spartans could have had more.
Julian Stevens led off with a double, Pat Winkel walked and both advanced on a wild pitch by Shelton pitcher William Ciccone.
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Stevens scored on a sacrifice fly by John Nolan, before Quinnlan Burke was hit by a pitch. After a potential base hit by Jack Balocca was turned into an out, Sebastian Formica singled to center, but Shelton recorded the last out at the plate following a run down to end the frame.
“We survived that first inning with the base running debacles,” Coppola said. “You just hope those don’t come back to bite you. After that, we were able to get some clutch hits.”
Smith gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead when he led off the second with a long homer to right. After Shelton stranded a pair of runners in the top of the third and another in the fourth, Amity pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Formica reached on an error to lead off the inning and Smith launched his second homer to virtually the same spot in right.
Lumpinski followed with a single to right, moved to second on a sacrifice by Jonathan Mcnelis, and scored when Stevens singled to right and the ball was misplayed.
The Gaels (6-5) finally got on the board in the fifth, rallying with two outs. Matt Hunyadi started the rally with a single and Michael Kennedy followed suit one batter later.
Joe Romano drove in the only run of the game for Shelton when he singled to right. An error on the play put two runners in scoring position, but Lumpinski got the final out to end the threat.
“We did not get the big hits today,” Shelton coach Scott Gura said. “We had some opportunities, but we could not deliver.
“We had two on in the third and we popped up. We needed to get a run in. We stress the importance of quality at bats. We did not get those today. It was 5-1 in the sixth and we had second and third, and could not get the clutch hit.”
Stevens and Lumpinski each finished with a pair of hits for Amity. Dylan DeSio led Shelton with two hits.
AMITY 5, SHELTON 1
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Batteries: S- William Ciccone, Justin Hafele (4), Jafar Vohra (6) and Joseph Romano; A – John Lumpinski (W), Anthony Esposito (7) and Pat Winkel. Highlights: Jared Smith hit two home runs for Amity and drove in three runs.
Records: Shelton 6-5; Amity 8-4