roundup SWC semifinals set, Hernandez becomes all-time hits leader at Danbury
The Bethel baseball team staged a stunning rally to preserve its hopes of back-to-back SWC titles Tuesday as a walk-off hit by Pete Baia gave the Wildcats a 4-3 eight-inning win over Stratford in the No. 4-5 matchup of the conference quarterfinals.
Bethel trailed 3-1 entering the seventh before Nick Quinn hit a two-out, two-run single to tie the game. That set the stage for Baia to lift his squad to the semifinals. The Wildcats will meet Barlow there while Weston will face Masuk.
The Trojans rallied from an even larger deficit to reach the semis as they trailed No. 3 New Milford 6-1 in the fifth inning before winning 7-6. Myles Bochanis hit a three-run homer in the seventh for Weston to score the upset.
Elsewhere, second-seeded Masuk pounded out 20 hits to knock off No. 7 New Fairfield 12-1 and No. 8 Barlow stunned No. 1 Newtown 2-1 to advance to face the Wildcats.
BETHEL 4, STRATFORD 3
STRATFORD101 001 00 — 3 4 0
BETHEL001 000 21 — 4 7 4
Batteries: S—Zach Fedak, Mike D’Aloia and Anthony Torres; B—Jack Carraturo, George Viebrock (W) and Pete Baia.
MASUK 12, NEW FAIRFIELD 1
NEW FAIRFIELD000 000 1 — 1 1 2
MASUK351 102 X — 12 20 0
DANBURY 12, POMPERAUG 2 (6 INN.)
POMPERAUG020 000 X — 2 3 2
DANBURY252 003 — 12 14 1
Highlights: D—Javon Hernandez had three hits to become the all-time hit leader at the school with 112. Spencer Barnett went 4-for-5 with five RBIs.
Abbott Tech claimed a dramatic 8-7 win over Wilcox Tech to advance to the CTC final, scheduled for Thursday. Kayli Taveras, Iyana Barnes, Alexa Marques, Nichelle Oakley and Zoe Petersen all had two hits for Abbott Tech.