NORTH STONINGTON — A few costly mistakes in the top of the sixth inning turned a 2-0 lead for the Wheeler High baseball team into a 4-2 deficit and sent the Lions to a 5-3 loss to Windham in Tuesday’s ECC Small Division game.
With runners second and third and no one out in the sixth, the Whippets (4-6, 3-2 ECC-Small) scored two straight runs on wild pitches to tie the score 2-2.
A single, a stolen base and a throwing error cost Wheeler another run and Windham added another on an RBI single before the Lions were able to get out of the inning.
“Chris (Munzer) pitched great all game,” Wheeler coach Charles Roark said. “The sixth inning wasn’t really his fault, even the hits they (Windham) had weren’t shots.”
Munzer pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits. He walked four and struck out four.
Wheeler (3-7, 1-4 ECC-Small) trailed 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh and did get a run on a Mike Dellaporta RBI double but the rally ended after a pair of groundouts.
Dellaporta doubled twice and drove in a run.
Wheeler went up 1-0 in the first inning on a Troy Stefanski RBI triple and added another run in the bottom of the third.
Stefanski went 3 for 4. Kevin Knowles also went 3 for 4. Knowles, Dellaporta and Stefanski accounted for eight of Wheeler’s nine hits.
The Lions host St. Bernard Thursday for an ECC-Small game at 3:45 p.m.
GROTON — When Jess Muller scored for the second time in a span of 16 seconds, Fitch coach Patricia Semancik called a timeout.
Muller’s second goal tied the score 3-3 with about 17 minutes left in the 25-minute opening half of Tuesday’s out-of-division game between ECC schools.
“They came out guns blazing. I’m sure the coach kind of read them the riot act,” Wheeler coach Dan Rahl said. “They were a lot more aggressive after the timeout and we didn’t match that aggressiveness until three or four goals had been scored.”
The ECC-Large Falcons (3-5-1) scored four goals in a six-minute span to take a 7-3 lead.
The rest of the half was back and forth with the Falcons taking a 12-7 lead into the break.
Fitch dominated the second half, however, outscoring the Lions 6-1.
Zoe Roberts and Muller finished with four goals apiece for Wheeler (0-8). Muller had two assists. Jenna Melzer and Emma Steele had one assist.
Robert, a freshman, has 11 goals for the season including nine in the last three games.
“She’s aggressive,” Rahl said.
“One of her strengths is rolling the cage. She’s got some good moves in close and she’s getting better with her left hand, so she can score with both hands.”
Rahl said Robert is an above average player for a ninth-grader.
Senior Carolyn Pabst continues to play well in goal. The Lions are giving up 15 goals a game, but it could be worse, Rahl said.
Pabst made 19 saves. She had 22 the game before.
Susannah Lucey and Michelina Pinto scored four goals apiece for Fitch.
Wheeler’s next game is Thursday at Montville, 6 p.m.
STONINGTON — Tourtellotte remained unbeaten in ECC Small Division play with a win over the Lions’ in Tuesday’s match.
Wheeler’s lone victory came in the fifth spot on Tyler Primmett’s 50 on the par-36 Stonington Country Club course.
The Tigers’ Mike Jezierski was the medalist with an even-par 36.
Tourtellotte improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in ECC-Small matches.
Wheeler (3-4, 3-2 ECC-Small) hosts Fitch and Griswold on Thursday at 3 p.m.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Valley Regional led 8-1 at halftime and cruised to a win in Tuesday’s non-league game.
Ben Ferrucci scored seven goals for Valley Regional (8-2).
St. Bernard/Wheeler (2-8), which had lost to Fitch 17-8 on Monday, visits Ledyard Thursday at 4 p.m.