Babe Ruth: Milford 15s win District 3 championship
The Milford Babe Ruth 15U baseball team captured its second consecutive District 3 championship with a 10-6 victory over Shelton.
Milford is now playing in the state tournament in East Lyme.
Jason Giambra got the win for Milford, his second of the tournament, going five strong innings giving up three runs only two of which were earned.
Shelton scored two runs in the first inning.
Milford came right back in the home half of the first.
Troy Cappiello and Joe Mendillo got things started with singles to left field.
Giambra walk to load the bases for Garrett Tutlis, who singled to bring home a run.
Chad Schuelke and Scott Monforte each had RBI walks before Matt Germanese and Shayne McCourt reached on errors to plate three more runs.
Milford sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven times to take a 7-2 lead.
Milford struck again in the second inning on Giambra’s long two-out double to right center and scored on an error.
Shelton made it 8-3 in the third on a hit batsmen and a couple of singles.
Milford got the run back in the bottom of the inning.
Germanese walked followed by a single off the bat of McCourt. Germanese would be erased on a fielder’s choice. Mendillo reached on a slow rolling infield single and Vinny Schulte walked to bring McCourt home and put Milford on top 9-3.
Milford would plate another run in the fifth. Mendillo and Schulte both singled with one out. They advanced to second and third on a passed ball and Mendillo scored on a wild pitch.
Cappiello relieved Giambra to start the sixth. Shelton would get a little closer bringing home two runs on a long triple followed by a single, a walk and an error. Cappiello got a strikeout to end the inning with the bases loaded. Milford led 10-5.
The seventh inning proved to be anything but easy for the locals.
Shelton had the top of its order up and the leadoff batter singled to left, followed by a long double to left bringing him home.
Base running mistakes by Shelton would seal its fate. Cappiello caught the runner off the bag with a great move to second and he was tagged out by Tutlis in the ensuing run down. The next batter hit a triple to left center and he nearly got thrown out at third.
The next batter hit a hard ground ball back to Cappiello, who threw to first for the out.
Giambra then fired the ball back across the diamond to get the runner off the bag at third to end the game.