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Danbury beats Waterford in 10 to take opening game of state Legion final

MIDDLETOWN, July 29, 2022 – The Danbury American Legion baseball team took advantage of three walks and a hit batter in the top of the tenth inning to beat Waterford Friday night at Palmer Field, 8-5 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three state championship series.

Game two is Saturday at 1 p.m. and game three, if necessary, will follow immediately after game two. Danbury is seeking their first-ever American Legion state championship while Waterford is looking for their first Legion state title since 2008.

Danbury snapped Waterford’s 17-game winning streak with the victory. Post 60 had captured their previous six state tournament games with three shutouts and three one-run victories.

Tied at 5-5, Danbury (24-8) loaded the bases in the top of the tenth inning thanks to a pair of walks and a hit batter from Waterford reliever Charles Macpherson. Sean Salvador came on in relief but walked two batters to force in two runs. A sacrifice fly pushed in a third run to give Post 60 an 8-5 lead.

Waterford (27-4) took a 4-1 lead in the first inning powered by a three-run triple from Evan McCue, who was 2-for-4 with four RBI in the contest. Preston Tabor had a single and a triple for Post 161 while Salvador was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Danbury was led by Owen Hibbard, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Casey Katz had a double and three RBI for the winners while Jackson Ciccone was 2-for-5.

Danbury 8, Waterford 5 (10)
At Middletown

Danbury (24-8)           131  000  003  — 8-7-0
Waterford (27-4)        400  100  000  — 5-7-0
Will Granata, Casey Katz (7) and unknown; Aidan Whitten, Charles Macpherson (6), Sean Salvador (10) and Ken Miller; WP: Katz, LP: Macpherson; 2B: Casey Katz (D); 3B: Evan McCue (W), Preston Tabor (W)

2022 Connecticut American Legion state tournament results

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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