NORTH HAVEN — After another round of rain pushed back the start of the SCC tournament, the North Haven and Amity baseball teams took it upon themselves to get their quarterfinal matchup in as scheduled.
They did it with an epic game of Rock-Paper-Scissors at home plate of the Bob DeMayo Sports Complex.
And, after 11 tense rounds, it was the Indians who came from behind to defeat the Spartans 5-4, ostensibly advancing to the SCC semifinals and giving North Haven coach Bob DeMayo’s 900th victory. It was Amity’s first SCC quarterfinal loss in SCC baseball playoff history…
Well, ok, maybe not. We’re awaiting a ruling on that from the SCC commissioner’s office. It probably won’t hold.
Which is a shame because this was an epic encounter.
Representing North Haven was senior starter Peyton Farina. On the away side, was starter John Lumpinski for Amity.
Lumpinski looked like he was in control early. The junior grabbed a quick 1-0 lead with a rock-over-scissor move, before pushing with Farina in the second.
That’s when Farina got going. He won the next two rounds with back-to-back rock over scissors.
Lumpinski rallied to win the next rounds with a rock over scissor and then a paper over rock to give the defending champion Spartans a 3-2 lead.
In a last ditch effort, Farina knotted it back up with his signature move: rock over scissors.
Heading into the ninth, tied up at 3-3, both teams went to the bullpen.
The Spartans first brought in their closer Peter Spodnick. North Haven countered with Luca Lawrence out of the ‘pen.
The ninth went to the Indians as Lawrence followed in the footsteps of Farina and got Spodnick with a rock-over-scissors.
North Haven held on to the lead for a short time as Spodnick used a rock over scissors himself to tie the game.
The next draw was it, winner take all.
Lawrence went out of his comfort zone and surprised everyone in attendance with a scissor and Spodnick, who didn’t see it coming, went with paper.
Chaos ensued as the Indians lifted Bob DeMayo in the air to celebrate his 900th career win…
Just kidding about that last part. But at least someone got to play a game today.
NORTH HAVEN 5, AMITY 4
Scoring: 1st: Amity 1-0 (Rock over Scissor); 2nd: Push Amity 1-0 (Paper Paper); 3rd: North Haven 1-1 (Rock over Scissor); 4th: North Haven 2-1 (Rock over Scissor); 5th: Amity 2-2 (Rock over Scissor); 6th: Push (Paper, Paper); 7th: Amity 3-2 (Paper over Rock); 8th: North Haven 3-3 (Rock over Scissor); 9th: North Haven 4-3 (Rock over Scissor); 10th: Amity 4-4 (Rock over Scissor); 11th: North 5-4 (Scissor cuts Paper)
Batteries: NH – Peyton Farina, Luca Lawerence (9). A – John Lumpinski, Peter Spodnick (9)
WP: Luca Lawrence. LP: Peter Spodnick.