Baseball: Foran defeats Watertown, to play for title
The Foran High baseball team kept its miracle season going when coach Garrett Walker’s 32nd-seeded Lions defeated Watertown High, 10-5, in the Class L semifinals at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford on Wednesday.
Foran will make its first championship game appearance since 1977 (a 3-1 loss to Naugatuck) when it plays No. 7 North Haven on Saturday night at 7 at Middletown's Palmer Field.
The Indians defeated Fitch of Groton, 1-0, in their semifinal.
"It's all about senior leadership with this team," said Walker. "I've got ten seniors and they decided after we won only one of twelve games that enough was enough. They've carried us this far. Hopefully, we can take that final step on Saturday."
The Lions picked up 13 hits off of three Watertown pitchers in collecting their 10th win in the last 12 games (after opening the season at 1-11).
J.T. Lanese, Mark Wootton, Anthony Turlis and Kevin Lanese each had two hits.
David Payne, J.T Lanese and Kevin Lanese drove in two runs apiece.
Foran scored single runs in the first and seventh innings, while netting three each in the fifth and sixth frames and another two in the third.
Senior Chris Goglia, in relief of starting Cody Hennequin, picked up the win.
Goglia went 4.1 innings, giving up a solo home run to Justin Guerrera in the fifth and a two-run shot by Hayden Beauty in the seventh.
Watertown, the No. 20 seed, finished its season at 14-10.