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Sabercats erase five-run deficit and prevail in eight innings

Simsbury’s Alex Varano (Burlington, 4) and Emmett Borenstein (Avon, 19) celebrate after Varano scored the first run of the game for the Sabercats on Wednesday night.

SIMSBURY, June 28, 2023 – Brian Chelli ‘s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Simsbury Sabercats to a 6-5 win over the visiting Western Massachusetts Pioneers Wednesday night in the first game of a Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League (CCBL) doubleheader at Memorial Field.

In extra innings, a runner starts at second base and Simsbury (8-5) loaded the bases with a pair of walks. The Sabercats won it on Chelli’s single.

Western Massachusetts (6-6) took a 5-0 lead, taking advantage of several walks. The Sabercats battled back to the game thanks, in part, to a three-run double from Sabercats catcher Emmett Borenstein of Avon in the fourth inning. Borenstein plays collegiate ball at Keene State in New Hampshire.

Avon’s Christian Boudreau, who plays at Wesleyan, had two hits for the Sabercats.

The CCBL is a 10-team league for collegiate-age players in the state. Players from Canton, Avon, Farmington, Granby, Burlington and Simsbury are on the Sabercats roster along with players from other area towns.

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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