Milford National 10U's gain Section I final
The Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League 10U District team kept its state championship hopes alive on Thursday night with a dramatic 7-6 come from behind win over Stamford National before a bi-partisan crowd at Roche Field in Orange.
The win puts Milford National in the Section I finals Saturday morning against Trumbull American, who gave Milford its first loss of the All-Star tournament by a score of 10-4 on Wednesday night.
Saturday’s winner will advance to the state championship semifinals and face the Section II winner Wednesday night in Waterford.
Stamford National got things going in the top of the first with Tim Ryan and Cassie Robotti each drawing one-out walks off Milford National starter Brian Goglia. Connor Robinson delivered a deep RBI double to center scoring Ryan and Robotti for a 2-0 lead.
Stamford National added another run in the second when Tanner Rooney led off with a single and came around to score making it 3-0.
Trailing for the seventh time in nine games, Milford started to chip away at the Stamford lead.
Kasen Lanese led off the bottom of the third with a walk, but was forced out on Goglia’s fielder’s choice. Declan Wywoda walked putting runners on first and second and Jake Stash followed with a single down the line to load the bases.
Zach Worzel stepped up and laced an RBI single.
Nolan McKenna-Hanson’s RBI single up the middle scored Wywoda making it 3-2.
Stamford bounced right back, scoring three times in the fourth.
Milford escaped further damage capped by an inning-ending surging catch by right fielder Tyler Nethercott with the bases loaded.
The Milford National bats came alive starting with a little small ball.
Gavin Kaminski led off with a bunt single and Tim Swanson worked a walk. Brian Goglia drove in Kaminski and Swanson with a double to the gap cutting the lead to 6-4.
Stamford National pitcher Jonathan Cepeda retired Wywoda and Stash, but Worzel delivered his second RBI single of the night cutting the lead to 6-5.
Once again Milford National flexed their muscles, this time with Chase Bryant smashing a double off the top of the center field fence scoring Worzel to tie the score at 6 after four innings.
Worzel, who came on in relief of Goglia in the fourth, surrendered a leadoff single to Graham Findelsen in the fifth. Worzel would settle in and strike out Jonathan Cepeda for the first out. Niko Christian would follow with a line drive up the middle that was snagged in the air by an out-stretched shortstop Wywoda, who would fire across the diamond to first for the double play ending a potential rally.
Milford looked to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Griffin Fischer led off the inning with what looked to be a single, but was robbed on a nice play by Stamford second baseman Niko Christian. Hunter Hoxie then drilled a ball to the gap in center, but was thrown out trying to extend his double into a triple on a nice relay throw from Robotti to preserve the 6-6 tie.
Stamford National would give it their best shot at taking the lead in the top of the sixth.
Tim Ryan worked a leadoff walk and Robotti followed with a single. Worzel then got Derek Wood to fly out to Bryant in right and struck out the next two batters.
Goglia led off the bottom of the sixth with a hard single through the box off Stamford reliever Robotti.
Wywoda followed with a single. With one out, Worzel placed a single through the right side of the Stamford infield to score Goglia and give Milford the 7-6 victory.