NVL FINALS: Holy Cross baseball walks off again on St. Paul; Persechino swings big bat in loss to Seymour

The area emerged with one NVL championship on Friday night, and it came from the baseball final between Holy Cross and St. Paul.
For the second time in a week, the Crusaders walked off on the Falcons, this time on a bases loaded walk to win 6-5. Senior Justin Alamo drew the walk that brought home the championship-clinching run. Holy Cross junior Will Greene was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
In softball, Seymour dominated the third meeting against St. Paul, winning by a score of 16-2. Jessica Persechino homered, tripled and scored both runs for the Falcons. Senior Chelsea Avila of the Wildcats was named Most Outstanding Player.
Here’s more about each game:

Holy Cross baseball celebrated its second straight walkoff win
against St. Paul on Friday. This time, the Crusaders claimed the NVL title.
Corey Fappiano (4) had a two-run single in the seventh to tie the game.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)


  • St. Paul scored three times in the top of the fifth inning to claim a 5-2 lead. Ryan Parent had a big two-run double in the inning for a 4-2 advantage, then Shaun Remillard added an RBI single.
  • Holy Cross trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Tim Zupkus led off the frame and reached on an error. Connor Goggin singled, then Brian Parzyck was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Corey Fappiano’s two-run single tied the game, then Austin Brown was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Alamo was the next batter, and he walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring home pinch runner Pat Giancarli with the winning run. Giancarli pinch ran for Parzyck.

Jessica Persechino homered, tripled and scored both runs for St. Paul
in Friday’s NVL final. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)

  • Avila had four hits, including a home run, and four RBI for Seymour. Leadoff hitter and fellow Wildcat standout Becca Johnson also had four hits, and she reached base five times. Morgan Teodosio had a two-run double for Seymour, which overwhelmed St. Paul from the outset.
All four of these teams will play in the state tournament. Seeds for those tournaments were released earlier in the day Friday.
Holy Cross and St. Paul baseball could see each other again in a Class S semifinal if things fall their way. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed and the Falcons are No. 3.
In softball, St. Paul is the No. 2 seed in Class S. Seymour is the No. 4 seed in Class M.