MIDDLETOWN \u2014 Brendan Foley admittedly didn\u2019t pitch his best in a Class S championship loss to Coginchaug last year.\u00a0 This was where he was going to redeem himself. Foley, a left-handed senior headed to Salve Regina, pitched one of the best games of his distinguished career in St. Paul\u2019s 7-0 Class S semifinal victory over Immaculate at Palmer Field.\u00a0 He allowed just four hits over 6 1\/3 innings and struck out 14 to assure his team got another crack at winning \u00a0the state championship.\u00a0 \u201cIt was a heartbreaking loss for us in the finals last year,\u201d Foley said of his team\u2019s 8-0 loss to Coginchaug in the S final. \u201cBut I think that\u2019s what really fueled us to get here.\u00a0 \u201cThat\u2019s what fueled me to pitch good today. I didn\u2019t pitch well in the finals. So I wanted to come out here and get my redemption and just get our boys back to the championship.\u201d For St. Paul\u2019s Brendan Foley (6 1\/3, 4 hits, 14 Ks) says getting his boys back to the state championship was \u201credemption\u201d for him for being the LP in last year\u2019s final #ctbase pic.twitter.com\/KrMCj6EVMe \u2014 Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) June 8, 2022 St. Paul (25-1), the tournament\u2019s top seed whose only loss this year was to Woodland in the NVL tournament semifinals, will face No. 3-seeded Somers, which defeated Oxford 9-3 to reach its first final since 1984, back here at Palmer on Saturday at 7 p.m. \u201cThey set the goal early for us,\u201d St. Paul coach Victor Rinaldi said. \u201cAs a matter of fact, they said it on the bus ride home. It was a quiet bus ride home, but the returners all said we\u2019re going to get back next year and five ourselves an opportunity to win it. \u201cAnd they did. They did a really nice job. I\u2019m proud of them.\u201d Foley struck out nine batters over the first three innings, each after surrendering a hit or a walk.\u00a0 Here\u2019s St. Paul\u2019s Jamie Leggett sealing a 7-0 Class S semifinal victory over Immaculate. They\u2019re back for the second-consecutive season, looking for that first title since 2016 #ctbase pic.twitter.com\/eIiemp1tR9 \u2014 Sean Patrick Bowley (@SPBowley) June 8, 2022 His teammates, meanwhile, jumped on Immaculate sophomore lefty and St. John\u2019s commit Tommy Conley early. Ryan Daniels, Casey Cerruto and Jamie Leggett each had RBI singles in the first inning to stake St. Paul to a 4-0 lead.\u00a0 \u201cWe kind of had a feeling he would start. We did our homework on him,\u201d Rinaldi said of Conley. \u201cWe had some really good approaches on him early. "Getting the four set the tone for us early and, as a pitcher, you get four in the bottom of the first it settles you down. (Foley) settled in and pitched a great game. He\u2019s had a great year for us.\u201d Though Conley settled down, St. Paul eventually tacked on two more runs in the fifth on back-to-back RBIs by Cerruto and Joey Tonnotti. He\u00a0 Only Immaculate\u2019s Wyatt Jarboe seemed to have an answer for Foley. After a walk and a single earlier, his one-out triple in the seventh prevented Foley from throwing a complete game.\u00a0 \u201cWe had our chances,\u201d Immaculate coach Dean White said. \u201cWe tried to scratch and claw but their pitcher was efficient and their catcher did a good job limiting our running game. A few bounces go our way in that first inning, maybe we get out of that and make it a different ball game. But that\u2019s not how it shook out for us today.\u201d Somers\u00a0reaches first final since 1984 In the first game, No, 3-seeded Somers hammered Oxford, 9-3, jumping on Oxford pitcher Justin Black for nine runs (seven earned) over four innings and cruised to their first state championship appearance since 1984. Despite that long drought, Somers coach Jim Coleman said playing for a state title was the goal from the beginning. \u201cI pulled the seniors off to the side and said: What do you want to get out of this season?\u201d Coleman said. \u201cWe wanted a conference (NCCC) title, and we fell short by one game there, but we really wanted this one.\u201d Junior captain Colby McCormick was 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Senior Cody Palazzesi was 3-for-4, including a two-run double that sparked a four-run first inning. Somers had 14 hits overall. Oxford, meanwhile, had no answers for Roger Williams-bound lefthander Kaede Wood, who allowed just two hits and struck out seven through five innings. He also helped himself with an RBI and two runs scored. \u201cIt\u2019s huge,\u201d Wood said of playing for a state championship. \u201cWe\u2019re a group of guys who\u2019ve been playing together since we were 10-years old. Travel ball. Little League\u2026 Ffor us to do this and make something special for our senior year\u2026 it\u2019s a really big moment for us.\u201d Coleman though he might save Wood, but ultimately decided to start him against an Oxford team known for swiping bases. \u201cAny time we have Kaede on the mound we feel good,\u201d Coleman said. \u201cHe\u2019s our ace. We knew, as a lefty, they\u2019d have trouble running on him. And they did.\u201d The Wolverines, which took out NVL champion Holy Cross en route to its first state semifinal appearance since winning it all in 2013, ends its season 18-8. \u201cKaede Wood definitely took us out of our game,\u201d Oxford coach Dom Merole said. \u201cHe\u2019s a really good pitcher. His pitches seemed to be moving as they were crossing the plate. And we had a tough time doing anything on the bases on him.\u201d Oxford was able to rally for three runs against Palazzesi in the sixth, but the Spartans ended the game when right-fielder Alex Maia threw out a runner at third base. \u201cI think we kind of got caught in the moment a little bit,\u201d \u00a0Merole said. \u201cI think that was part of the issue we ran into. I don\u2019t think it changes the great year that Justin had, I don\u2019t think it changes anything that our season that our guys had. They fought all year.\u201d SOMERS\u00a09, OXFORD 3 OXFORD \u00a0 000 003 0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0\u2014 3 5 3\u00a0SOMERS \u00a0410 400 x \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u2014 9 14 2 O \u2014 Justin Black\u00a0(L), Ethan Coleman (4) \u00a0and Joe Matusovich; S \u2014 Kaede Wood-l (W, 9-1), Cody Palazzesi (6) and Alex Grenier. ST. PAUL 7, IMMACULATE 0 IMMACULATE \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0000 000 0 \u2014 0 4 1ST. PAUL \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0400 021 x \u2014 7 8 1 I\u2014Tommy Conley (L), Joe Gunzy (5), JT Gunzy (6) and Tom Pilla; SP\u2014Brendan Foley, Jamie Leggett (7) and Casey Cerruto.