STONINGTON — Wheeler High remained in contention for a spot in the Class S baseball tournament defeating Grasso Tech, 13-8, in a nonleague baseball game at the Pawcatuck Little League complex on Friday.
Wheeler (6-12) still needs two wins to automatically qualify for the Class S event. The Lions hosts Lyman Memorial on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. and Putnam on Monday to close out the season.
“We could get in with seven, but we have to win both to automatically make it,” Wheeler coach Eric Collins said.
The tournament features a minimum 32-team bracket regardless of winning percentage. Teams that have a winning percentage of .400 automatically qualify. If more than 32 teams reach that mark, play-in games are scheduled. Wheeler went into Friday’s game as the 34th team.
Cameron Reyes hit a pinch-hit, two-run double in the sixth inning to put the Lions ahead 10-7. Wheeler only led 8-7 before scoring four runs in the sixth to take control.
Chris Haines was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Bowen Baker finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Joe DeMarco finished 2 for 3.
Justin Veal pitched the first four innings and struck out four to earn the win.
Grasso Tech dropped to 2-14.
— Keith Kimberlin