Cardillo checking in here from — historic — Yale Field.
Amity just came back to beat Shelton 2-1 for its fourth SCC title in school history.
Crazy to find out, afterward, Amity starting pitcher Austin Pokluda had never started for the Spartans before Saturday. After a rough start in the first, he didn’t allow a hit over the next five innings.
“There were some errors in the beginning and I lost focus, but I regained my focus and started throwing strikes. I’m not an over-powering pitcher so, I just had to locate,” he said.
Amity, being Amity, found a way to grind out a couple runs late, with Grayson Amoroso poking home the winning run in the seventh.
“I do think there’s some pride in Amity,” Spartans coach Sal Coppola said. “Each team is different. This team wanted it so bad today, they really did. They were gutsy the whole way.”
Shelton had chances early, but couldn’t do enough to back starter Ryan Testani, who allowed two runs over 6 1/3 on short rest.
“He felt great, he felt really good,” Shelton coach Scott Gura said. “No pain. Held him back to get to a situation like today and he gave us his best effort. He had nothing left in the seventh.”
Tough loss for Shelton, which has a bye in next week’s Class LL first round.
Want to say some more by it’s hot. I’m in my car and my laptop is about to melt. Will update, hopefully, in a bit.