MANCHESTER, July 27 – Pitcher Dan Garafalo pitched six strong innings to help the Southington Shock win their third straight Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League championship with a 4-3 win over the Manchester Mavericks Wednesday night at East Catholic High. Kyle Naples earned the save for the Shock.
The win gives Southington (17-7) a 2-0 sweep of the best-of-3 championship series and their sixth league championship in the league’s eight-year history.
On Tuesday night, the Shock took a 1-0 lead in the series as Matt DiNello went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 9-3 victory over the Mavericks. Mitch Williams was 3-for-4 with a run scored while Garrett Delotto was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Greg Zullo had two hits for Southington in the win.
The Shock earned a berth in the championship game with two straight wins in the semifinals. Glastonbury won the first game in the best-of-three series, 3-1 but Southington rallied with a 2-1 decision in game two and a dominating 9-3 victory in the deciding game three.
2016 Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League
Southington Shock 12-6 .666
Glastonbury Arrows 13-7 .650
Manchester Mavericks 10-8-1 .552
West Hartford Thunder 12-10 .545
Simsbury Sabercats 6-12 .333
Tobacco Valley Renegades 3-13-1 .205
Tuesday, July 19
Southington 7, Simsbury 4
Manchester 6, Tobacco Valley 1
Semifinals (Best of 3)
Wednesday, July 20
Glastonbury 3, Southington 1
Thursday, July 21
Southington 2, Glastonbury 1
Manchester 9, West Hartford 4 (13)
Manchester 4, West Hartford 2
Friday, July 22
Southington 9, Glastonbury 3
Tuesday, July 26
Southington 9, Manchester 3
Wednesday, July 27
Southington 4, Manchester 3