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Southington sweeps Glastonbury to win fourth CCBL championship

Baseball ImageSOUTHINGTON, July 29 – The Southington Shock exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to erase a four-run deficit and beat the Glastonbury Arrows, 7-4, to sweep the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League championship series Tuesday night and win its fourth CCBL title. 

The Arrows (15-10) led 4-0 after three innings. But Dave Palladino, Colin King and Alex Miller each had RBI singles to boost the Shock in the fourth inning. Matt Martinez added a two-run single.

Once, Southington took the lead, pitcher Craig Frobel kept the Arrows off the basepaths. He scattered nine hits, most in the first three innings. He ended up with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. Reliever Tim Norton fanned two in the seventh inning.

Southington won the first three CCBL championships from 2009-11. Glastonbury was trying to win its first CCBL title.

Game 1: Southington 9, Glastonbury 2
GLASTONBURY – Matt Martinez’s grand slam in the second inning helped lift the Shock to a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-3 championship series. Southington scored eight runs in the second inning to take command of Monday night’s game at Riverfront Park. Greg Zullo was 3-for-4  while Martinez and Colin King were each 2-for-4. Shock hurler Alex Roger allowed four hits and struck out six in a complete game victory.

Valley teams ousted in first round
The two Farmington Valley teams in the CCBL both lost in the first round of the league playoffs.

Simsbury, which struggled through a 3-16 campaign, lost to Manchester, 5-3. The Sabercats had two Canton (Nick Quattro, Nick Myers), one Simsbury (Jeff Vincent) and one East Granby (Greg Poll) player on the roster this summer.

Tobacco Valley, which went 8-11, dropped a 6-2 decision to eventual champion Southington. The Renegades had three Canton players (Travis Lane, Geoff Bristol, Pat Sullivan) and five from Farmington (Matt DeVaux, Carl Schoenberg, Jim Mulpeter, Dave Kerlejza, Ryan Atkins) on the roster.

2014 regular season standings
West Hartford     14-7
Glastonbury       13-8
Southington       11-7
Manchester        10-10
Tobacco Valley    8-11
Simsbury             3-16

2014 playoffs
First round

Manchester 5, Simsbury 3
Southington 6, Tobacco Valley 2

Semifinals (best of 3)
Southington 11, West Hartford 3
Southington 7, West Hartford 6

Glastonbury 11, Manchester 3
Glastonbury 7, Manchester 5

Championship (best-of-3)
Southington 9, Glastonbury 2
Southington 7, Glastonbury 4

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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