Wolcott baseball rallies to 3rd straight win

The Seymour baseball team came out swinging in their Friday afternoon road game against Wolcott.

All four of the Wildcat runs scored on home runs; a solo shot in the first, a two-run dinger in the second, and another solo blast in the sixth. The Eagles fell behind by three runs early, but then scored five straight and held their opponents to that sixth inning homer to claim a 5-4 victory. Wolcott picked up its third straight win and improved to 3-1.

The Eagles chipped away slowly against the Wildcats, never scoring more than two runs in any inning. Wolcott put up a run in the second inning on Drew Rocca’s sacrifice fly, which scored Devin Fuegen. Fuegen led off the second with a double, then moved up to third base on Joe Ferrucci’s single. Rocca followed with the sacrifice fly.

In the third, the Eagles scored twice to tie the game, 3-3. Ryan Santopietro drew a one-out walk, then stole second base with two outs and A.J. Martinez at the plate. Three pitches later, Martinez’s RBI single scored Santopietro. Fuegen followed with his second double of the game, which plated Martinez and tied the score.

In the fourth, Nick Sconziano and Joe Dunne singled back-to-back with one out. After Tommy DeRosa lined out for the second out, Sconziano and Dunne moved up a base apiece on an error with Santopietro at the plate. A Santopietro blooper fell for a hit, scored Sconziano and gave Wolcott a 4-3 lead. Only a good throw from Seymour right fielder Robert Manente Jr. to catcher Connor Edo kept Dunne from making it 5-3.

Wolcott added that fifth run in the fifth inning when Chase Belisle led off with a single and later scored from third base on a dropped third strike. After the Wildcats got to within 5-4 in the sixth, they had the tying and go-ahead runners on base in that inning and the seventh, both times with one out. The Eagles turned double plays each time to kill the rallies and win the game. The double plays helped Ferrucci finish his complete game effort on the mound, which included six strikeouts.

Photo caption: Wolcott’s Ryan Santopietro singled, walked twice, scored a run and drove in a run in his team’s 5-4 comeback win over Seymour. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)