|Wolcott's Nick Longo gets down a sacrifice bunt in front of St. Paul catcher Chris Mills|
during Monday's game in Bristol. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The 14-2 Falcons hosted the 12-3 Wolcott Eagles in a game that pitted two of the NVL's best baseball teams against each other. Each won a state championship in 2016, and they would both love to make some noise in the 2018 postseason as well.
|St. Paul shortstop Ethan Rembish chases after Wolcott's Anthony Ligi|
during a rundown in Monday's game. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Drewry gave up seven hits in six innings of work and compiled three strikeouts. Hassan allowed a hit in the seventh, but got around it and picked up a save. Drewry and Hassan relied on a strong defense that made nearly all the plays. St. Paul had its chances but couldn't get the big hit. The Falcons left nine men on base in a four-inning stretch from the third through the sixth.
Drewry provided run support for himself in the top of the first inning. Hassan led off with a walk, stole second base, then was sacrificed to third by Nick Trager. Drewry grounded out, but Hassan scored and Wolcott had a 1-0 lead. Trey Nastri singled, Nick Longo reached on an error, and Ethan Gillotti singled to drive home Nastri and make the score 2-0.
|Wolcott starter Jack Drewry follows through on a pitch.|
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St. Paul had two runners on in the third inning. Sean Crean led off with a single, then Josh Cofrancesco reached on an error with two outs. A fielder's choice from Gillotti at shortstop to Nastri at third ended the inning.
In the fourth, the Falcons loaded the bases on singles by Ryan Greene and Ryan Parent and a two-out walk to Crean. A flyout to Hassan in right field closed out the inning.
Cofrancesco, as he has done many times this season, started a potential rally in the fifth with a single. Thayer singled with two outs, but a grounder to Gillotti ended the threat.
The sixth looked really promising for St. Paul when Parent and Chris Mills started the frame with back-to-back singles. Trager made a nice, backpedaling catch on a soft liner to second base for the first out, then two flyouts to Ligi in left field closed out the inning.
Cofrancesco greeted Hassan with a single to start the seventh, but the left-hander got three straight flyouts to end the game.
These teams could see each other again soon in the NVL Tournament.
GALLERY: My photos from Monday's game.