Whalers drop Hearts at home, 4-1
WINSTED â€” Looming rain held off just long enough for the Whalers baseball team to defeat the Prospect Hearts 4-1 Sunday, June 13.
Winsted starting pitcher Dan Connelly carried the Whalers through the first few innings with the support of some remarkable fielding efforts all over Walker Field, keeping the game scoreless through three.
Prospect began to lay down an effective small ball strategy that loaded the bases with a single and back-to-back push bunts. The Whalers responded by turning a crucial double play to end the inning and keep the game tied at 0-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
The Whalers opened up their offense with two base hits and an RBI single from Jeoff Langill. Prospect put themselves in an uglier spot by loading the bases with their fifth walk of the game and then coughing up another run with a bases loaded walk on Winstedâ€™s Charlie Putnam. The Whalers led 2-0 heading into the fifth.
Connelly was relieved in the sixth by Nate Lapointe, who despite putting in a solid effort at the mound, gave up the only run of the game after a handful of errors from his infielders. Prospect cut the lead to 2-1 after six.
Winsted kept momentum moving at the plate, but was unable to add to their lead through the late innings. Adam Piechowski relieved Lapointe in the top of the eighth and struck out three to end the inning.
Piechowski contributed offensively as well, sending a line drive over the infield for a double. The Hearts gave up consecutive walks and then a two-run base hit. Winstedâ€™s Kaiden Pieszak drove in the fourth and final run of the inning to give the Whalers a 4-1 lead before the final inning.
Piechowski seemed conscious of the impending rainfall and made quick work of the Hearts in the final inning, striking out three in a row to secure the 4-1 home field victory.
Lapointe and Piechowski both conjured up doubles for the Whalers, while Zac Tuozzo went two for four and Brenner Pieszak finished out two for three. Connelly struck out four through five innings and Piechowksi fanned six through two innings of work. The Whalers improve to 5-3 while Prospect remains winless at 0-7.
The Whalers play their next game at home against the Waterbury Blaze June 23 at Walker Field at 5:45 p.m.