MIDDLETOWN—Wethersfield centerfielder Jimmy Sullivan has had a lot of great games in his career.
He never had a night quite like the one he had Friday in the Class L state championship game.
The University of Virginia-bound senior had a night for the ages with two home runs, two triples, 6 RBI and four runs scored as No. 11 Wethersfield trounced No. 1 Windsor 16-4.
It is the first baseball state championship for Wethersfield and it could not have been sweeter for Sullivan.
“This means a ton. We have never got a championship before. It’s huge,” he said. “This feels so great. This is what we were working towards all season and it is great to get here.
“I was seeing the ball well today. It helped a lot that guys were getting on with good at bats ahead of me. It makes it easier for everyone else to hit. I felt the best I have all year in this game”
Wethersfield wasted no time getting the festivities going with a leadoff triple from Jimmy Sullivan to left-centerfield to open the game.
Sullivan came home on a single down the left field line by No. 2 hitter Mark Bagdasarian.
The Eagles threatened for more. They loaded the bases with one out, but Windsor starting pitcher Jeremy Nunes struck out the final two batters of the inning, leaving the lead at one after one.
Sullivan struck again, this time in the top of the second in the form of missile-like line-drive 3-run home run to the top row of the bleachers in right field.
Derek Tenney added an RBI double in the inning and put the Eagles up by five.
Windsor answered with three in the bottom of the second.
Isaac Rosario plated the first run by driving in Jaylen DeJesus with a double to left-center.
Rosario came home on an infield single by Marcos Massa who would later scamper home on a sacrifice fly by Jarrett Tambling, cutting the Wethersfield lead to 5-3 after two innings.
Three hit-by-pitches and two bases-loaded walks gave Wethersfield two more run in the top of the third.
Wethersfield answered in a big way in the top of the fourth with Bagdasarian plating two with a single and Tyler Fote blasting a 2-run home run over the bleachers in right.
Sullivan hit his second home run of the night on a two-run blast to right in the sixth.
Wethersfield pitcher Tim Blaisdell picked up the win, pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out six.
The loss ended a special season for Windsor, who lost for just the second time all season to an in-state opponent.
“What my players have done this year for the community, for the school, for their families is remarkable,” Windsor coach Joe Serfass said. “If someone had asked me if we would take 18-2 and playing in a state championship game I would sign my name ten times out of ten.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jimmy Sullivan, Wethersfield. In one of the best performances in championship-game history, Sullivan lived up to the hype going 4-for-5 with two home runs and two triples.
“We always knew we had some talent here but the kids just figured out after the last game of the season that they needed to really do something because with one loss our season could be over,” Wethersfield coach Mark Bagdasarian said. “(Sullivan) did it all year. We figured why not bat him leadoff. He’s fast and he’ll get the most at bats in the game and why wouldn’t we want him with the most at bats?”
WETHERSFIELD 16, WINDSOR 4
WETHERSFIELD 142 402 3—16 13 2
WINDSOR 030 000 1—4 6 4
Records: We—18-7; Wi—22-3
Batteries: We—Tim Blaisdell (W), Luis Perez Nunez (6) and Hunter Dombal; Wi—Jeremy Nunes (L), William Churchill (3), Casey Ruff (3), Isaac Rosario (6) and Marcos Massa.