BRISTOL >> It will be a rematch to decide the Class LL state baseball championship this weekend.
Ross Weiner and Sebastian DiMauro combined on a four-hit shutout as No. 17 seed Amity defeated No. 4 Simsbury 3-0 Tuesday night at Muzzy Field in the LL semifinal round.
“We got a real good group here,” DiMauro said. “We have a lot of young kids, a lot of energy. We have some talent.”
Amity (18-9), the Class LL defending champion, will face No. 3 Southington either Friday or Saturday at Palmer Field in Middletown. The Blue Knights return courtesy of a 6-5 win over No. 15 Fairfield Warde.
Amity beat Southington 4-0 in last year’s championship game.
“It’s going to really fun. It’s going to be interesting,” Amity coach Sal Coppola said.
All three of Amity’s runs were unearned, including two insurance tallies in the top of the seventh inning. The Trojans (17-6) allowed the first two runners to reach on errors, including the third by losing pitcher Jordan Whaley. Then Eli Oliphant bunted for a base hit to load the bases.
“The bottom line is we can’t make mistakes. We can’t do that and that is the lesson learned moving forward,” Simsbury coach Dave Masters said.
Devin Belenski singled up the middle to drive in Amity’s second run. DiMauro’s groundout scored the third.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out on a catcher’s interference, a single and a walk. Coppola relived Weiner with DiMauro.
“I had a little bit of jitters to be honest,” DiMauro said. “I didn’t want to face that 3 batter. I knew he was pretty good.”
DiMauro struck out Jack Falkner and Frank Gregoire, the No. 3 hitter, to end the game.
“To come in that situation and throw the way he did was awesome,” Coppola said about DiMauro. “Thank God they helped us out a little bit because I’ll tell you, bases loaded with a 1-0 game is a big difference obviously. To get those two runs in the top of the seventh was huge.”
Weiner struck out five for the Spartans, who started the season 0-3 and didn’t really get into gear until late May.
“We couldn’t get it completely together the whole year,” Coppola said. “The game we really turned it around was against Notre Dame in the SCC (tournament) first round. We did it all well.”
Amity scored its other run in the third inning. Chris Winkel was hit by a pitch with two out, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Anthony Capozziello then walked. Whaley tried to pick Capozziello, but his errant throw got by first baseman Martin Cayne Yackel, allowing Winkel to score. It was Whaley’s second throwing error.
AMITY 3, SIMSBURY 0
Amity 001 000 2 — 3 4 2
Simsbury 000 000 0 — 0 4 4
Ross Weiner, Sebastian DiMauro (7) and Gerald Farace.; Jordan Whaley, Jack Patrina (7) and Mike Amato.
WP: Ross Weiner (). LP: Jordan Whaley (). SV: Sebastian DiMauro ().
Team records: Amity 18-9; Simsbury 17-6.