CCC foes Maloney, Windsor to meet in Class L title game

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HARTFORD — With Notre Dame-West Haven runners on first and second with no outs, clinging to a one-run lead, Maloney coach Ricky Marrero walked out to the mound to talk to starter Tyler Duffy.

Normally, Marrero would tell the sophomore to reel his emotions in on the mound, but this wasn’t a normal spot. This was for a spot in the Class L finals, a first for the Maloney program since 1995.

“I’ll be honest, I wanted the emotion at that moment and he gave it to me,” Marrero said.

Duffy struck out one batter, got a fielder’s choice and then struck on the final batter swinging to send the rest of the Spartans flooding the field in celebration of a 2-1 win over the Green Knights.

“He just wanted me to show all my heart and leave it all on the field,” Duffy said. “I showed them my heart.”

Duffy threw 107 pitches in a complete-game performance. He struck out six, allowed just two hits and one walk.

“I told him that’s your guy, this is your season, this is who you are and what we expect,” Marrero said. ”He went out and got it for us.”

Duffy allowed a run in the top of the first inning on a Justin Coppola RBI single, but kept the Green Knights off the board for the rest of the game.

Maloney got both its run on the same play.

With one out and the bases loaded, Maloney’s Rafael Rodriguez hit a ground ball for a double play, but the throw was high at first, allowing two runs to come across.

“Raf hit a ball right on the screws, we got nothing for it, and then he it off the end and we ended up getting two (runs),” Marrero. “So, it’s a weird game. They’re a real quality program and it’s just nice to go out there compete and get the ‘W’.”

The play was not without controversy. Maloney’s Joseph Rodriguez beat out a close play at first for an infield single to load the bases. Then on Rafael Rodriguez’s ground ball, Notre Dame-West Haven argued that the runner deliberately put his hands up while sliding to interfere with the throw.

“I love these guys and they played well enough to win today,” Notre Dame-West Haven coach Don Martone said. “We controlled everything that we can control.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tyler Duffy, Maloney: The sophomore went the distance throwing a complete game, allowing just hits to send Maloney to its first state championship since 1995.

QUOTABLE

“It was fun alright, I am tired,” Maloney coach Ricky Marrero after the game.

Windsor 8, Hand 0

The bright lights of the minor league home field of the Hartford Yard Goats never seemed to bother Windsor pitcher Mason Glickman.

After all, the Windsor baseball team has been taught time and time again to be ready for this moment and when it came, Glickman delivered.

The senior ace struck out 10 batters, allowed just four hits in 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. He was only taken out because he had reached the pitch count.

It was more than enough for his team as Windsor defeated the defending Class L champions, Hand, 8-0 in the Class L semifinals at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Tuesday night.

“We have to live in the moment and enjoy when we get to these places,” Glickman said. “These moments don’t phase us because (coach Joe Serfass) teaches us day in and day out.”

It’s Windsor’s first trip to the state baseball finals since 2018. Windsor will play Maloney in the Class L finals.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind feeling,” the University of New Haven commit said.

The first three innings flew by as Glickman and Hand starter David Antonetti traded shutout innings.

In the fourth the Warriors brought through as Eli Fangiullo knocked in the first run of the game, scoring Glickman and the rout was on.

Windsor scored eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning, capitalizing on a handful of Hand defensive lapses.

“They put so much pressure on us consistently that it did force us into some errors,” Hand coach Travis LaPointe said. “I thought the errors were effort errors, maybe trying to do a little too much and who could fault them for that?”

With two outs in the seventh, Glickman was pulled for Ryan Cramer.

Cramer got the final out and the celebration was on.

“As a pitcher you want that last out in that game,” Glickman said. “But at the end of the day Ryan got it and I couldn’t be prouder of him and everyone else who helped me and got us to Palmer Field.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Mason Glickman, Windsor: The senior was a bulldog all night, throwing 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He struck out 10 and allowed just four hits.

QUOTABLE

“Once they got a lead, he pitched with confidence and he actually got much better,” Hand coach Travis LaPointe said. “I would not have wanted an at bat today, he was unbelievable.”

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MALONEY 2, NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN 1

NOTRE DME 100 000 0 — 1 2 1

MALONEY 002 000 x — 2 4 2

Batteries: M — Tyler Duffy and Rafael Rodriguez; ND — Jesse Buonocore and Kevin Milewski.

Records: Maloney 16-8, NDWH 14-10

WINDSOR 8, HAND 0

HAND 000 000 0 — 0 4 4

WINDSOR 000 341 X—8 7 0

Batteries: H — David Antonetti, Brandon SanMarco (5), Will Kranzler (6) and Connor Powell. W — Mason Glickman, Ryan Cramer (7) and Nason Busca.

Records: Windsor 23-1, Hand 15-10