BASEBALL: American Legion Southern Super Regional
MERIDEN— Returning from a back injury, Southington pitcher Nick Borkowski was not sharp in the two innings he pitched against Trumbull in the Pod D finals.
While he was off his game against Trumbull, that trip to the mound was apparently enough for Borkowski to regain his sharpness.
Borkowski took to the mound in the opening game of the Senior American Legion Southern Super Regional at Ceppa Field in Meriden, throwing just 76 pitches in tossing a complete game and leading No. 3 Southington to a 3-1 win over No. 2 Oakville Saturday.
“I definitely had everything working today, especially the slider and change-up. In the first inning, I wanted to see what their top guys could do and they were some good hitters and I knew I needed to mix it up and start throwing first-pitch off-speed,” Borkowski said. “Those innings against Trumbull were very beneficial because coming off the injury, it was hard to get back in rhythm.”
Southington will play the winner of Cheshire vs Naugatuck Sunday while Oakville will play the loser.
Southington grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth with Jeremy Mercier walking and stealing second, coming in to score on a single to right by Tyler Cyr.
Cyr would score later in the inning on a single to leftfield by Dan Topper.
Oakville would get one back in the sixth on a double by Cam Defo and a single by Justin Guerra, bringing him home.
Southington got an insurance run in the seventh with Dylan Chiaro driving in Cyr with a single after Cyr reached on an infield error.
Southington stole five bases in the game.
“I thought Nick Borkowsi came out and pitched a great game. Nick struggled the other day in that loss to Trumbull and he came back today and pitched the best I have seen him,” Southington coach Marc Verderame said. “That’s our style, we had 100 stolen bases this year. It’s all about execution. The guys got steals and the guys behind them drove them in.”