St. Joseph loses to Rocky Hill, 1-0, in 12 innings

A two-out single by top-seeded Rocky Hill’s Brandon Glover drove in the game’s only run in the bottom of the 12th inning to end a Class M state tournament semifinal baseball game with 12th-seeded St. Joseph of Trumbull that featured a marathon of fine pitching, outstanding defense and missed opportunities by both clubs at Beehive Stadium in New Britain on Tuesday night.

Rocky Hill improved to 22-2 and the Terriers will play 11th-seeded Haddam-Killingworth (18-6) for the state title. The Cougars also went 12 innings to defeat Plainfield High in the first game of the extra-inning filled twin bill.

“I thought we had the momentum in the first four innings, but didn’t get the hit,” Chaves said of his Cadets (17-7). “I think the last few innings they dictated things. In twelve innings we didn’t beat ourselves."

Rocky Hill opened the 12th with its sixth hit, and first off of Jake Amoroso, who came on in relief of starter Nick Williams in the bottom of the ninth to strike out two Terriers to leave two runners on base.

After a sacrifice bunt in the 12th, Chaves had Amoroso intentionally walk leadoff batter Tommy Seaver. A walk on a 3-2 pitch loaded the bases, before shortstop Mark Hirschbeck, playing in, fielded a grounder and got the force out at home with a peg to Ismael Herrera at the plate.

That brought up Glover. Amoroso had the count at 2-2 and didn’t get the called third strike. Glover lined the next pitch into center field to win the game.

Nick Williams got the start and struck out 12 batters and allowed only two hits through eight innings for St. Joseph.

Seaver proved just as tough, limiting the Cadets to four hits, two of the infield variety, striking out 11 and walking four batters through nine innings.

“Williams and Amoroso were great,” Chaves said. “Williams had a tourney, one for the ages. Our pitching brought us here. For the past 15 games we haven’t hit much. I guess the magic ran out.”

St. Joseph was looking to capture its second straight title. Wins of 5-0 over Norwich Tech, 2-0 over No. 5 Waterford and 3-2 in extra innings over No. 4 Montville had them in position to do so.

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