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Wheeler roundup: Stefanski throws no-hitter, hits for cycle


CHAPLIN, Conn. — Wheeler High’s Troy Stefanski concluded his high school baseball career in storybook fashion Tuesday tossing a no-hitter and hitting for the cycle in a 20-0 victory against Parish Hill.

Stefanski, a four-year starter with a .431 career batting average, finished with 13 strikeouts.

“Most of them could not catch up to his velocity,” Wheeler coach Charles Roark said. “And his slider and curve were working as well as it has since I’ve been coaching him. It was the last game of his high school career and he is one of the better players Wheeler has ever had. He was pretty emotional after the game.”

Roark said Lions’ shortstop Mike Dellaporta made a good stop on a ball up the middle in the fifth inning. He flipped the ball to second baseman Andrew Swift who threw to first baseman Chris Munzer for a double play.

“I thought that was going to be a hit,” Roark said.

He said Parish Hill also had a flyball in the sixth that was near the right field line, but landed foul.

Stefanski was 5 for 6 hitting a double, triple and home run and two singles. Stefanski, who has 113 hits to his credit, also reached on an error.

“He hit the ball so hard at one of their outfielders that he dropped it,” Roark said.

Stefanski hit .455 with a .709 slugging average this season.

Dellaporta also finished 5 for 6 with five runs scored and three RBIs. Kevin Knowles was 4 for 4 with six runs scored and two RBIs. Dylan Wilkinson finished 4 for 4 with a double. Will Vorra went 3 for 3 with a double.

Wheeler (4-14) finished with 24 hits.

Parish Hill also dropped to 4-14. Three of their wins were by forfeits.

The game ended the season for the Lions.

SOFTBALL

ECC TOURNAMENT

East Lyme........................ 7

Wheeler........................... 3

JEWETT CITY — East Lyme scored four runs in the sixth inning and turned back Wheeler High 7-3 in the quarterfinals of the ECC softball tournament Wednesday at Griswold High.

Wheeler, the tournament’s No. 7 seed, had taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by freshman shortstop Samantha Muller over the left field fence.

Jess Morgan (2 for 3) had singled and Jenn Paride had walked earlier in the inning. Morgan and Emma Stock, a courtesy runner for Paride, scored on Muller’s homer.

East Lyme (16-4), the tournament’s No. 2 seed scored three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Wheeler had two errors in the inning and two of the runs were unearned.

The Vikings scored four more in the bottom of the sixth. East Lyme started the inning with a triple and the Lions had another error in the inning.

Wheeler (14-5), which was playing in its first ECC tournament since joining the conference in 2003, was playing its fifth game in five days that included a doubleheader on Saturday.

But Wheeler coach Joe Cawley said the demanding schedule was not a factor in the outcome.

“Just the opposite. Other than a couple of errors we hung in there until the sixth inning against a much bigger school that is just better,” Cawley said. “We gave them a game. I hate losing and I would sleep tonight, but you can take encouragement from today. It was a great warmup for the Class S state tournament.”

Two of East Lyme’s four losses were to unbeaten Fitch, ranked No. 4 in the state. One was to Stonington and the other to the Morgan School.

Paride pitched all six innings allowing seven hits. She struck out 10 and talked three. Three of the seven runs scored against here were earned.



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