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NEW LONDON — Kyle Baker hit a pair of home runs and drove in six runs and Wheeler High’s softball team had three other extra-base hits in a 16-14 victory against New London on Wednesday afternoon.
The ECC-Medium Division Whalers finished the regular season with an 0-20 record. New London gave up a little more than 18 runs a game.
Baker hit a three-run homer over the left-fielder’s head during a seven-run second inning. She also homered to the left-center field gap in the third inning when Wheeler scored five times. Baker also doubled and finished 3 for 5.
Raven Houck (2 for 5) also homered over the left-fielder’s head. She did it in the third with two runners on base.
“They have a fence (at New London) but not even Big Papi could reach it,” Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said.
“They were legit (home runs).”
Cawley said Houck jogged home from third on her round-tripper and Baker did the same on her second-inning homer.
Maddie Porter had the other Wheeler extra-base hit, a double. Emma Stock went 2 for 3 with four runs scored and two RBIs, and Katie Gaccione went 2 for 5 with two runs and a RBI.
Samantha Muller pitched for Wheeler, going all seven innings. She gave up seven hits and nine earned runs. Wheeler ace Jenn Paride missed the game due to an illness.
Wheeler (11-3) has four regular-season games remaining including three ECC-Small games.
The Lions lead the league at 7-0. St. Bernard is second at 8-1. Wheeler plays a makeup game at ECC-Small Windham on Thursday, at St. Bernard Friday and at Lyman on Saturday.
NEW LONDON — In the first four innings of Wednesday’s out of division game between ECC schools Troy Stefanski looked like he might be able to win the game single-handedly.
The Lions’ pitcher struck out 11 batters in the first four innings and Wheeler led 2-1 but he wore down late and the Whalers rallied for a win.
“He pitched great, he really dominated the second half of their (New London’s) lineup,” Wheeler coach Charles Roark. “He just ran out of gas toward the end of the game. Walks and errors really hurt him.
“He really had his off-speed stuff working early. He struggled with his command in the fifth and sixth innings.”
New London scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and four in the sixth to quickly flip the script of the game.
One batter after Stefanski left the game in the sixth inning, New London (8-10) hit a bases clearing triple to increase its lead to 7-2.
Stefanski went 5 2/3 innings, allowed seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, walked four and struck out 13.
Wheeler (3-13) went ahead 1-0 on an RBI ground out from Stefanski in the first inning.
The Lions increased the lead to 2-0 when Kevin Knowles walked, advanced on a passed ball then scored on another in the third inning.
New London scored a run in the bottom of the third before blowing the game open with seven runs in the final two innings.
Wheeler hosts Parish Hill Friday at 3:45 p.m.
THOMPSON, Conn. — Tourtellotte Memorial clinched no worse than s share of the ECC Small Division title with its shutout Wednesday.
The Tigers are 9-0 in the Medium with one league match remaining — Thursday at home against second-place Montville (8-1).
Junior Tyler Primmett had the low score for Wheeler, a career-best 44 on the par-36 Raceway Golf Course. Primmett, who is third on the Lions’ ladder, is a three-year varsity player.
No. 1 Max Reck (47), No. 2 Michael Anderson (50) and No. 4 Jake Umphlett (53) also scored for the Lions, who had a team total of 194.
Tourtellotte, led by No. 1 Mike Jezierksi’s 37, shot 169. The Tigers are 15-2 overall.
Wheeler (4-10, 4-5 ECC-Small) concludes league play Tuesday at Griswold, 3 p.m.
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