District 4 baseball: Lou Gehrig falls to unbeaten Max Sinoway in final

Lou Gehrig catcher Dalton Evans takes a throw from Alex Rodriguez in right field and waits to make the tag on J.J. Laffin for an inning-ending double play. — Bill Bloxsom photo

Milford Lou Gehrig’s 11U Little League All-Star team’s hopes of winning the District 4 title was dashed by Max Sinoway of North Haven, and its ace right-handed pitcher Jordan Higgins, by a score of 9-2 at Wall Field in Northford on Monday night.

Milford had five hits in the game, but only a Michael Merchant single through the first five innings off of Higgins, who struck out nine.

Dalton Evans had his bat tipped by the catcher’s glove on a swing with one out in the bottom of the third and reached base on the interference.

Merchant’s single came with two out in the fourth. He advanced to second on a delayed steal, before Higgins put the third out in the book on strikes.

Lou Gehrig mounted a two-run rally in its last at bat.

Matthew Fehmel smacked a one-out double off relief pitcher Alex Bowery and Gavin Winters with an RBI single to left.

After a fly ball out, Merchant singled to center to plate Winters.

Alex Rodriguez walked and Michael Smith singled on an 0-2 pitch to lead the bases, before Bowery notched a strikeout.

Max Sinoway, which went through the districts unbeaten, came out swinging.

They loaded the bases on two hits and an error, but Fehmel at second caught an infield out.

Rodriguez in right field then caught a deep fly ball and let fly. His throw home was on the mark and Evans supplied the tag for the inning-ending double play.

Max Sinoway took a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs off starter Quentin Bell in the second.

A bad hop single to right, after a walk and a base hit, put Milford in a 4-0 hole in the third.

With Tyler Fonck on the hill in the fourth, Smith made an outstanding catch in the gap from his position in center field to leave two runners in scoring position.

Bobby Black’s hard liner to center was hauled in by Kris Kottage for the third out in the Milford fifth.

That would be it for Higgins, who left with a tidy 61-pitch performance.

Max Sinoway broke the game open with a five-run rally in the sixth, with the big hit a bases-clearing two-out triple by Nate Acevedo.

Fehmel, who played an outstanding game for Milford art second where he had a hand in seven outs, then dove to his right to stab Nick Romano’s liner to end the inning.

Fonck and Fehmel made difficult catches to keep Max Sinoway off the board in the fifth.

Lou Gehrig defeated Orange 6-5 in its first game, lost to Max Sinoway 10-4, then strung together victories of 15-6 over Branford, 4-3 over North Branford and 11-1 over West Haven, That earned them a spot in the semifinals, where they defeated North Branford 3-2.

Milford is managed by Charley Bell. The assistant coaches are Tom Fonck and John Winters. Team members are Michael Neider, Matthew Fehmel, Gavin Winters, Tyler Fonck, Michael Merchant, Quentin Bell, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Smith, Dalton Evans, Charlie Becker, Giovanni Winters, Tyler Mackowski and Bobby Black.

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