Lamonda hurls no-hitter.
SENIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Auburn 3, South Vineland, N.J. 0: Tyler Lamonda hurled the third no-hitter in 22 years of East Regional play in West Deptford, N.J., as Auburn improved to 2-0.
South Vineland had won 23 of its last 24 games in regional play entering last night. But Lamonda had its number, recording the no-hitter on his 95th pitch of the night - the maximum allowed under Little League's pitch-count rules. He walked two and weathered four errors.
For a long time, it looked like Lamonda would have to make two first-inning runs hold up. Auburn scored on a wild pitch and an RBI ground out to take a 2-0 lead.
South Vineland threatened in the second, stranding a pair of runners. Then the New Jersey state champs uncharacteristically ran themselves out of a chance in the fifth, trying to go first-to-third on a sacrifice bunt that turned into a double play with the top of the lineup coming to bat.
Lamonda was a key on that play, hustling to cover third and apply a diving tag for the third out.
South Vineland had two on and no out in the sixth, but Lamonda coaxed a liner to short, a foul pop and a grounder to short against South Vineland's 3-4-5 hitters.
In the seventh, Lamonda got a pair of ground outs before striking out Ralf Reyes with a high fastball on pitch No. 95.
Tyler Desjardins gave Lamonda some insurance in the sixth with his third homer in two nights, a solo shot that bounced high off the top of the wall in left.
Auburn became the second team in the 22 years of regional play to record consecutive shutouts, equaling Quincy when it did it last year to open the regional. Auburn defeated Scarborough, Maine, 35-0, in a five-inning game on Friday night.
Auburn will face West Deptford, N.J., in a winners' bracket game at 7:30 tonight.
Central New England Association
Clinton 2, Ronnies 0: Jamie Skagerlind and Tim Scafidi hit sacrifice flies in the fifth inning to lead host Clinton to the win and a sweep of the Central New England Association championship series.
Conor McLaughlin shut down Ronnies over six innings, allowing only a fifth-inning hit by Wally DeRosier, while striking out eight over six innings. Conor Moynihan pitched the seventh for the save.
Joe Green went the distance for Ronnies, allowing only five hits.
It was a pitchers' battle throughout the series with Clinton batting only .219 and Ronnies .211.
Milford 5, South Attleboro 0: Matt Girard and Steve Morganelli each went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run to help Milford to a win at the state tournament at New Bedford High.
Dan Avery went the distance on the mound, allowing only five hits, for Milford, which will play Hyde Park at 4:30 today.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Aug 5, 2012|
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