EAST HARTFORD, May 29 – Pitcher Jack Donofrio gave up just three hits and struck out nine as No. 22 Simsbury baseball team eliminated No. 11 East Hartford in the first round of the Class LL tournament on Wednesday at McKenna Field.
Donofrio pitched six innings and improved to 5-0 on the season. The Trojans (12-9) advance to the second round on Thursday when they will travel to Fairfield to take on No. 6 Fairfield Ludlowe at 3:30 p.m.
Simsbury took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Donofrio reached on an error and moved to second base. He moved to third base on an infield ground ball and scored on Ryan Laubscher’s infield ground ball.
East Hartford (14-7) tied the game in the second inning when starting pitcher Alessio Pressmarita coaxed a walk from Donofrio. Pressmarita moved to second on a passed ball and took third base on another passed ball. He scored on a sacrifice bunt from teammate Jose Ortiz.
With two outs in the third inning, Simsbury scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead. Laubscher singled and moved to third base on Luke Benneche’s double. Laubscher scored on a RBI single from Dylan Leonard. Benneche scored on a wild pitch and Leonard scored on a RBI single from Peter Phillips.
East Hartford threatened in the sixth inning. With two outs and trailing by three runs, they loaded the bases after a walk, single and a hit batter but Donofrio struck out Jarred Roman to keep the Hornets off the scoreboard.
Simsbury 5, East Hartford 2
At East Hartford
Simsbury (12-9) 103 001 0 — 5-7-0
East Hartford (14-7) 011 000 0 — 2-3-2
Jack Donofrio, Peter Philipps (7) and unknown; Alessio Pressmarita, Jarod Dalrymple and unknown; WP: Donofrio (5-0); LP: Pressmarita; 2B: Luke Benneche (S)