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Shock capture sixth CCBL championship

Baseball ImageMANCHESTER, 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
                                                         W-L-T     .Pct.
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
First round
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

Championship (best-of-3)
Tuesday, July 26
Southington 9, Manchester 3
Wednesday, July 27
Southington 4, Manchester 3

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