NEW BRITAIN >> Connor Crean and Jackson Hines combined to throw a one-hitter as St. Paul defeated Old Lyme 5-2 in the Class S semifinals at Beehive Field.
Crean pitched 4 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit to earn the victory for fourth-seeded St. Paul. Hines came on in the fifth and nearly completed the combined no-hitter.
But Old Lyme, the No. 24 seed, tried one last rally against Hines. Jace Funaro broke up the no-hitter with with a two-out single in the seventh and the team had the tying run at the plate, but third baseman Adam Owsianko made the final putout to end the game.
This is St. Paul’s first appearance in a state baseball championship since 1976, when it lost to Gilbert, 6-1, in the Class M final. The Falcons, who haven’t won a title since 1972’s Class M title over Gilbert, will play the winner of this afternoon’s other semifinal between Cromwell and Morgan.
St. Paul scored all of its runs in the third inning on a pair of hits and five walks. Zach Parent hit a two-run single in the decisive inning. Mike Dombrowski also had an RBI on a bases-loaded walk for the Falcons.
Crean, meanwhile, struck out six, but also walked six and Old Lyme scored its two runs without registering a hit in the fourth inning.
Callum Sawden took the loss for Old Lyme.
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