By Ron P. Coderre
Only seven schoolboy baseball games were played last week as the rainy weather that blanketed the East Coast played havoc with the schedules.
Tourtellotte, Killingly Plainfield, Woodstock Academy and Marianapolis in the preps managed to squeeze out victories between the raindrops.  Putnam was the big loser, dropping games to Woodstock and Parish Hill. 
State Tournament Hopes on the Bubble
As most local high school teams are hovering around .500 at the midpoint of the season victories become more important, placing extreme stress on winning.
Tourtellotte, at 5-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small Division, needs three wins to qualify for the CIAC Tournament.  The Tiger picked up a very good win last week, nipping Wheeler 3-2 in a game that went nine innings.  Simon Silvia’s go-ahead single drove in Jacob Dutcher in the top of the ninth for the victory clincher. 
Likewise, Killingly, which has had a difficult time picking up wins, got a rare 4-2 upset victory over a very good Montville team.  Ben Carbone (go-ahead single), Cory Sipos and Evan Zanauskas were the hitting stars for the Redmen.  Killingly is 4-9 on the season with seven games remaining.  They are 1-5 in the ECC Medium.
Woodstock managed two games under wet conditions, going 1-1.  The Acads lost a tough one to East Lyme 6-2 despite two hits by Doug Gerrity.  In a big game against Putnam, the Centaurs prevailed over the Clippers 8-0.  Evan O’Connor tossed a nifty one-hitter for the win with hitting support from Alden Brennan and Connor Bright.  The win lifted Woodstock to 4-8 on the season and 1-4 in the ECC - Large, while Putnam, struggling of late, is 5-7 overall and 3-3 in the Constitution State Conference-East.
The Clippers lost their only other game, a 5-3 verdict to CSC-East foe Parish Hill.  Nicholas Foucault was the hard luck loser, striking out 17 over six innings.  Plainfield scored five unearned runs in the third inning to beat ECC – Medium opponent Stonington 8-5.
The Marianapolis bats came to life in a 9-2 win over St. Thomas More.  Freshman Jared Ullstrom and Ryan Hourihan were the offensive heroes for the 5-2 Golden Knights.
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