BRISTOL - Southington West Little League pitchers Luke Howes and Trevor Clarke kept the team in the game over the first five innings. Then they finally got some help from their offense.
Southington West erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to beat Wallingford 7-4 on Tuesday night in the District 5 9-10 Baseball Tournament at McCabe Waters Little League Field.
“We’ve been pretty good coming back,” Howes said. “We just had to hold them. We can get three runs and we just got 1-2-3 so it was good.”
Southington West entered the top of the sixth inning trailing 4-2.
Luke Prozzo had a RBI single to bring Southington West within one run. Matt Wood followed Prozzo up with a RBI single to tie the game up 4-4.
Eric Ludden then stepped into the batter’s box with a chance to tie the game and he did just that with some strong plate discipline, drawing a walk to give Southington West a 5-4 lead.
And while that was all the runs the team needed, Southington West tacked on some insurance runs just to be safe.
Jacob Baush-Lynch hit a grounder to bring in the sixth run of the game and then Clarke drew a walk to make the score 7-4.
The first two runs for Southington West came in the top of the fourth inning, both off of passed balls.
On the mound, Howes had seven strikeouts for Southington West and allowed two runs.
“I just try to throw strikes,” Howes said. “Sometimes I try to throw hard but just accuracy is what I try to do.”
Clarke entered the game in the fourth inning, and outside of the two runs he surrendered, was just as tough on the opposing hitters, shutting down Wallingford at times.
“I love the game,” Clarke said. “It’s a very competitive sport and I’m very competitive. I have fun meeting people and enjoying the game. I look forward to playing a good game, having fun and being a team player.”
With the win, Southington West moved to 3-0 in pool play in the tournament and will have a few days off before facing Berlin on Saturday.
Regardless of the opponent, the boys from Southington West have proven to be able to beat anybody early on.
“My No. 1 thing for them is to have fun,” Southington West coach Garrett Ludden said. “I want to make sure they are focused on playing the game a certain way and that’s to try their best and do things as part of a team. Each player on the team needs to do something to make the whole collective win and they did that again today.”
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