WATERFORD - For the second straight season the Goodwin Tech baseball team had its tournament run come to an end against Waterford. This time the loss was by a bigger margin one round later in the Class M tournament as the third-seeded Lancers won 7-0.
Last season Waterford shutout Goodwin Tech 3-0 in the second round. The Gladiators came into this game having not allowed a run in each of its first two tournament wins, but the Lancers ended that streak in the first inning as they scored two quick runs against No. 6 seed Goodwin Tech’s ace Dave Plourde.
Waterford did most of its damage in the third inning though, as it hit two home runs, one by Walker Sutman and the other by Dan CastelPaggi, as part of a five-run inning.
From there Plourde was solid, as he has been all season, as he went the distance and didn’t allow a run over his final three innings of work.
On the offensive end the Gladiators couldn’t get much going. Paul Prior, Tommy Hughes and Matt Dziarkowski each had singles, but those were the only hits the team could muster against Mike Burrows. The Waterford starter went all seven innings and struck out 10 batters.
“Burrows was really good today,” Goodwin Tech head coach Joe Granja said. “He is a really hard thrower that has a really good curveball so we struggled with it.”
In the end the Gladiators close out another successful season having won 19 games compared to just seven losses.
“This was a great season,” Granja said. “We played in our conference championship and then to make it to the quarterfinals of the Class M tournament I couldn’t be prouder of my players and the way they played.”
This was the last game in a Goodwin Tech uniform for seniors Plourde, Dziarkowski, Keith Selander and Josh Masterson.
No. 4 East Hartford 3, No. 5 Southington: The Blue Knights had their season come to an end on Saturday night when they lost in straight sets to the Hornets in the quarterfinals of the Class L tournament. Southington was within striking distance in the first set, but from there East Hartford put together a dominant performance.
This was a rematch of a match played earlier this season at East Hartford. The two teams met in early May and the Blue Knights won the first two sets before the Hornets stormed back to take the match. Southington closes out the season with an 18-3 record.
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