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1 THf MAtTTOtO COUtANT: TtiunJay, May f. Iff I B5 N: ine-run inning highlights Plainville win I By GLENN JORDAN Courtnt Staff Writer PLAINVILLE Just one hit, that's all John Janick figured Plainville needed. Northwest Catholic-West Hartford starter Chris D'A-mico wu cruising with a three-run lead after two innings and Plainville looked lost at the plate, either popping up or striking out "We needed one tc rattle him up," Janick said. "He was getting kind of confident" Ping. Janick roped a double. That did it David Fish dribbled a single through an overshifted Infield. Daren Lamb hit a towering triple to center. Brian Biskupiak turned a suicide squeeze into a bunt single. Tyler Balducci tied the score with a two-out single that almost separated D'Amico from his clothing, Charlie Brown-style. It's all mental," Janick said. "As soon as somebody sees the guy is hittable, the next guy gets up there and figures he can do it, too." The onslaught continued in the fourth inning as Plainville scored nine runs and held off Northwest IV in a Northwest Conference baseball game Wednesday. Plainville (10-4, 6-3 conference) is tied for second in the NWC behind Berlin. Northwest is 74, 4-5. "I was feeling pretty good," D'Amico said. "I just really lost my head out there. I really didn't use my anger to my advantage." The first eight Plainville batters reached base in the fourth. Ken Kirk started with a single, advanced when D'Amico threw away a pickoff at tempt, and scored on a Janick single to break the 3-3 tie. After Fish walked. Lamp chopped a home run to center, Biskupiak doubled, Jim Pugliesie singled, Brian Edge walked and Balducci singled. Jim Hansen's sacrifice fly Interrupted the hit parade, but Kirk and Janick each collected his second hit of the Inning, a single and double, before reliever Dave Donohue ended the barrage. "We started off real well" Northwest coach Ron Swanson said. "That one inning Just destroyed every thing." Strangely, it didn't do much for Plainville. The Blue Devils didn't get , a hit in the last two innings off Ryan Attianese, pressed into service for the first time this season, and their general malaise left coach Bob Frei-muth fuming. "I'm disappointed," he said. "We were very sloppy toward the end. I wanted to get the guys on the bench in. We didn't get it done for those kids today." Northwest scored six runs in the ( last three innings. The tying run was on deck when Frank Pericolosi's deep fly to center ended the game. Janick had three of Plainville's 14 . hits. He drove in three runs. Lamb had two hits and four RBI. Kirk," Biskupiak and Balducci each had" two hits. For Northwest, D'Amico had. three seeing-eye RBI singles. Andy, Dawson had three hits and Donohue had two. "I didn't think we'd be in the gam ' after that one inning," D'Amico said. ' "But we came back pretty well." St. Paul wins in eighth Sacrifice fly beats South Catholic, 5-4 Staff reports Jim McGoldrick hit a sacrifice fly to score David Fijol in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead St Paul-Bristol past visiting South Catholic-Hartford 5-4 in an NWC baseball game Wednesday. St. Paul is 2-9; South Catholic is 1-11. Fijol was 4-for-4 for St Paul. In other NWC games: Berlin 3, Aquinas 0: Tom Coccomo, Tony Santoro and Kyle Cooney all had RBI to lead Berlin (12-1) past host St. Thomas Aquinas-New Britain (9-5). Jake Biscolgio struck out five for Berlin and allowed only two two hits. Middletown 12, Farmington 7: Tommy Johnson had three hits and three RBI to lead Middletown (7-4) past host Farmington (6-7). Ryan Lakin had two hits and three RBI to lead Farmington. CCC South Bristol Central 10, Maloney 1: Catcher Dave Moore Had two doubles, a triple and four RBI to lead Bristol Central (9-6) over visiting Maloney- Meriden (5-9). Teammate Matt Pons added two hits and two RBI. Bristol Eastern 6, New Britain Oi Rick Min-ella started a five-run second inning with a single and finished S-for-4 to lead Bristol Eastern (8-7) past host New Britain (5-7). NVL Wokott 6, Sacred Heart 1: Brian Gillis was 2- for-2 with three RBI and Shawn DesJardins had two hits and two RBi as Wolcott (9-3) defeated Sacred Heart (8-5) in Waterbury. Keith Smith had two hits and drove in Sacred Heart's only run. Berkshire Nonnowaug 12, Litchfield 9: Mark Tom-kalski tripled and singled to bring in three runs and lead Nonnewaug-Woodbury (11-3) past visiting Litchfield (6-7). John Pickert was 3-for-3 to lead Litchfield. Shepaug Valley 4, Thomaston 1: Matt Strait pitched a two-hitter and struck out eight to lead Shepaug Valley (11-4) past Thomaston (5-9) in Thomaston. Matt's twin brother, Brandon, had two hits and one RBI. George Newsome was the losing pitcher. Housatonlc S, Terryville 1: Chris Segella came on in the sixth inning with the tying run on base and no outs to earn his second save as Housatonic Regional-Falls Village (10-5) beat visiting Terryville (9-6). Segella, a lefthander, was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Steve Dodge, a freshman, earned the victory for Housatonic. Wolcott Tech 6, NorthwMtwn Regional 5 (9): Catcher Brian Hogan scored on a bases-loaded walk to Kevin Mordarski with two out in the bottom of the ninth as Wolcott Tech (3-12) won in Torrington. Preps Gunnery 14, Canterbury 8: Tony Martino hit 3- for-6 with three RBI to lead Gunnery (5-5) past host Canterbury (3-9) in a Connatonic League game. V w ... Southington beats New Britain, 16-2 Patrick Flym Special to The Courant St. Paul's Jim McGoldrick It safe at first base as South Catholic's Rob Hillman saves a high throw Wednesday in Bristol. McGoldrlck's sacrifice fly m the 8th cava St Paul a 5-4 win. Boys Greg Romano was 2-for-6 with a single, triple and one RBI for Gunnery. Salisbury 20, Forman 3: Todd Sterling was 3-for-4 with six RBI and Chris Loomis had three hits to lead Salisbury (7-4) over visiting Forman-Litchfield (3-7). Winning pitcher Nick Arienti allowed only three hits, struck out six and walked three. Trinity-Pawling S, Kent 4: Senior outfielder Sean Hennessey hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning to help Trinity-Pawling (6-3) defeat visiting Kent (1-7) in Pawling, N.Y. Ryan Kinski (4-1) earned the victory, throwing only 86 pitches while giving up seven hits. The game lasted only 2 hours, 5 minutes. Housatonic Cheshire 8, Seymour 0: Jay Barillaro pitched a one-hitter, striking out 11 and walking two, as Cheshire (11-3) defeated Seymour (10-5) in Seymour. Bobby Ryan, Jim Shanley, Steve Cassesse and John Waitkus each had two hits and an RBI for Seymour. Jesse Meyer added a two-run double. Bill Brooks bad Seymour's only bit, a single in the fifth inning. Lacrosse Taft 11, Hopkins It Jordy Davis scored three goals to lead host Taf t-Watertown (4-6) past visiting Hopkins-New Haven (3-6). Alex McFerran made six saves for Taft. Andy Whitley made 19 for Hopkins. Cheshire Academy 17, Storm King 4: Dave Sherman scored seven goals and assisted on four to lead Cheshire Academy (4-4) past visiting Storm King (2-5). Adam Prince added two goals and six assists for Cheshire Academy. Canterbury 1 1, Avon Old Farms S: Ross Mos-catelli scored four goals in the fourth quarter as visitng Canterbury (11-0) rallied to defeat Avon Old Farms (6-4). Marvetwosd IS, Watklnson S: Drew Lewis scored seven goals to lead Marvelwood-Cornwall (7-3) past visiting Watkinson-Hartford (4-4). Phil Conserva scored three goals to lead Watklnson. Staff reports Leslie Dunn had a homer and two singles and Irena Murray had three hits and three RBI as sixth-ranked Southington defeated New Britain 16-2 in a CCC South softball game Wednesday in Southington. Kim Spagna had a double, two singles and scored three times for Southington (13-2). New Britain is 4-10. In another CCC South game: Maloney 11, Bristol Central S: Nayome Buckman had two hits and four RBI and Jen DiMella added two hits as Maloney (10-3) defeated visiting Bristol Central (7-5) in Meriden. Amy Roche added a hit and three RBI for Maloney. Irish Fiut earned the victory with a six-hitter, five strikeouts and no walks. She gave up one earned run. Tracy Yarde had two hits and an RBI for Central. NWC Plainville 22, Northwest Catholic It Winning pitcher Donelle Daigle hit for the cycle and had five RBI as visiting Plainville (7-6) defeated Northwest Catholic-West Hartford (2-9). South Catholic 17-14, St Paul 10-6: Nella Signorello drove in five runs as South Catholic (4-8) swept a doubleheader from St Paul-Bristol (1-10) in Hartford. Signorello had a triple, scored three runs and had three RBI and Debbie Sheridan scored three runs and drove in one in the first game. Michelle Uriuoli had three hits and four RBI, Maritza Colon had two hits and two RBI and Signorello had a double and two RBI in the second game. Sue Shannahan and Shert Mahon each had two hits for St Paul in the second game. Middletown 17, Farmington 2: Nancy Cacciola pitched a five-inning no-hitter and hit a double and home run as Middletown (8-4) defeated visiting Farmington (7-3). The 15-run mercy-rule went into effect in the the fifth when Cacciola scored on a ground ball. Berkshire UtcnrMd 16, Nomwwaug 4: Winning pitcher Cindy Thibadeau struck out 13 in five innings and had four hits to lead Litchfield (8-6) past visiting Nonnewaug-Woodbury (2-12). Mandy Zini had a three-run triple and Jen Schaad had two hits for Litchfield. Maria Cieracl had a triple and Kelly Thiabault had an RBI single for Nonnewaug. Gilbert 17, Wamogo 0: Sandy Cappabianca allowed three hits in five innings struckout six and walked one to lead Gilbert (7-4) past visiting Wamogo-Litchfield (2-12) in Winsted. Gilbert's Amy Centrella was 2-for-4 with three RBI, Katie Cull was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Ellie Kosma was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Emily Rahm had two hits for Wamogo. Northwestern 32, Wolcott Tech 10: Marisa Wallace had four hits, Girls inclduing two homers one a grand slam and six RBI to lead Northwestern (13-1) past visiting Wolcott Tech-Torrington (0-13) in Winsted. Jamie Smith was S-for-4 with sir RBL including a three-run homer and Amy Longo was 2-for-l with triple and three RBI for Northwest) era. Nonleague Mary Immaculate 13, Prince Tech li Stacie Edinger pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and hit a three-run homer to lead visiting Mary Immaculate Academy (8-2) past Prince Tech (0-7) in Hartford, Mercy 14, West Haven 4: Megan Gaf fney had three hits and drove in two runs to lead visiting Mercy-Mid-dletown (9-4) past West Haven (7-5). Karen Russell added two hits and two RBI for West Haven. Housatonic Cheshire 3, Seymour li Kerry Wingardner was 2-for-2 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI to lead host Cheshire (13-2) past Seymour (10-5). Debbie Humpage had two singles and scored a run for Cheshire. Seymour's Renee Raymond doubled in the seventh to score Seymour's run. CCC East Manchester 8, Rockville 7: Dawn Fellows singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh as Manchester (12-2) defeated Rockville (11-2) in Manchester. Both teams are tied at 8-2 in the league, a game behind Windham. - Fellows single scored Jessica Novak. Rockville tied it with two rubs in the the top of the seventh. Windham 11, Fermi 4s Windham (10-3) only had one hit off Deanna Sanders, but used 19 walks to defeat visiting Fermi-Enfield (4-8). Kathleen Shippee gave up five hits to earn the victory for Windham. CCC West Hall 12, Weaver 10: Debbie Lit-man and Michaela Robinson each had two hits to lead visiting Hall-West Hartford (8-5) past Weaver fill) in Hartford. Nicole Wilson had two hits for Weaver. Windsor 10, Conard S: Robyn Ouellette gave up five hits in seven innings, struckout nine and walked two as Windsor (10-3) defeated visiting Conard-West Hartford (4-8). , Windsor's Kelley Eichler 2-for-S with two RBI, Sue Mazrolle 2-for-4 with an RBI and Wendy Jones 2-f or-4 with two RBI. , ; Lacrosse Choate 8, Westminster 2: Betsey Geller scored three goals to lead Choate-Wallingford (6-3) over West-minster-Simsbury (6-4) in Simsbury. Laine Catlin, Julie Schuck, Miifli Mather, Eva Floodstrom and Holly Predd all scored for Choate. Ashley Lambert and Keelin Watterson scored for Westminster. Canfield Bills defeat Britsox, 11-0 Continued from Page Bl nesota Vikings were not happy but Dozier could no more resist the pull of the diamond than an ill-tempered bulldog can resist chasing a wise-guy tomcat who stalks up to him, sticks out its tongue and calls him a sissy. "Two years ago, I decided the desire to play baseball was too strong not to do it," he said. "Rather than wonder years from now if I could have done it, I had to prove it for myself." At 25, he is older and more mature then Scott Burrell, but the motivation seems to be identical. There is also the lure of big money that is today a part of pro baseball. But the latter factor would not be enough for either man without the former. After college, the Mets agreed to give Dozier a tryout Did he impress them? Ha. They couldn't find a pen and contract form fast enough. He went to Class-A Port St. Lucie, and then Double-A Jackson and wound up the season with 36 stolen bases in 42 tries, 13 homers, 80 RBI, 10 triples and a .303 average. Dozier was expected to play at Triple-A Tidewater this season, but wound up again in Double A. The Mets have moved their Double-A affiliation to Williamsport of the Eastern League this year. Manager Clint Hurdle's club played Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Beehive Field In New Britain against the Red Sox. Although he has stolen 10 of 10 bases this year (the Mets say he's the best baserunner in the minor league system), he is off to a poor start at the plate, batting .190 in the first 18 games. He went l-for-4 with an RBI Wednesday. "I'm disappointed in that, but not discouraged," he said Wednesday. "I know I'm not overmatched or anything like that If I just do my best, it will come." There are other problems. Dozier said the Vikings didn't play him much last season he played in only six games, starting the last because they do not want him to play baseball. "We couldn't come to an agreement," he said. "I asked to be traded to a team that would play me. After the trading deadline passed, that couldn't happen either. This year, it looks like the same situation. The Vikings want me there." Dozier discovered baseball was an innate talent that was nurtured enthusiastically by his father William when he was growing up in Virginia Beach. "Baseball is big, very important down there," he said. "Some people had batting cages in their back yards." His father, vice president of an electronics firm, was his first coach when Dozier was a tad and always found time to have a catch and offer tips without pressing his son. "He came to watch me play every time he could. No matter when or where, he would always make a desperate effort to get there." One man who had a cage in his yard, the father of one of his Kempsville teammates, approached Dozier when his sophomore high school season ended. "He took me to his cage on a Sunday and taught me to hit to the opposite field. I learned something valuable that advanced me a step farther, gave me another dimension. I will never forget the four hours in that man's batting cage." Dozier has the same love for football that he does for baseball and may one day pick one sport over the other. No rush, despite pressure from the Vikings, the disadvantage of being married and having to be away so much, the inconveniences of the minor leagues and a poor start to his season. He said being part of Joe Paterno's teams taught him many things. "I have tremendous respect for the man, what he stands for and what he teaches," he said. "He prepares you for what you will find after you leave." His wife Sheila understands. "It's like being a salesman," Dozier said. "On the road for long periods of time. It's tough. But the minor league life is a very small adjustment You used to hear about old beat-down busses and the rest In the minors, but it's not that bad. It doesn't hurt that the Mets are one of the best organizations in baseball, either. Sure, life in the NFL or in the majors is better. But my desire and my love of the game outshines all that" The day will come when Dozier may have to choose one sport over the other. "Nobody knows what tomorrow holds," he said. "But I would never hurry that decision." Maybe he'll never have to make it. Maybe Scott Burrell will never have to make it either. By DAN GERSTEIN Courant Staff Writer NEW BRITAIN After Steve Davis broke an 0-29 slump with a leadof f double in the third inning, his Williamsport Bills teammates were yelling, "Speech! Speech!" Davis, seemingly satisfied with his first hit of the season, remained quiet, but his teammates didn't. The Bills struck for five runs in the third on the way to a 11-0 victory over the New Britain Red Sox Wednesday before 842 at Beehive Field. Davis, the Bills' designated hitter, wasn't Jiuiet for long. He lined a single to left in the ourth, scoring the Bills' sixth run, then stroked a two-run single in the sixth to give Williamsport a 9-0 lead. "I'm not the kind of guy who gets mentally frustrated. I knew it would come sooner or later," Davis said. indeed, the Bills, who came in hitting .210, raked four New Britain pitchers for 15 hits. Five came against starter Al Sanders (0-5), who got knocked out in the third after Alan Zinter's three-run triple. Zinter finished with three hits. New Britain, on the other hand, made Bills starter Toby Nivens, a five-year Double-A veteran who came into the game with a 7.71 ERA, look like a phenom. The Britsox, who came into the game hitting only .225, managed only two hits off Nivens (2-3) in six innings. The three relievers looked almost as impressive, yielding only one hit "This was the start I was looking for all season," said Nivens, who struck out four and walked none. "I had all three pitches working, fastball, slider, curve." The only threat he faced came in the first, when John Flaherty singled with two out and Greg Blosser reached on an error. Nivens came back to strike out Steve Hendricks with a sharp curve to end the inning. Sanders held the Bills hitless until the third, when they sent eight men to the plate. Davis scored the first run on a wild pitch, and Jer-omy Burnitz singled off first baseman Steve Hendricks' glove with the bases loaded for another run. , Sanders struck out cleanup hitter Paul Williams for the second out, but Zinter cranked one off the right-center-field wall to give Williamsport a 5-0 lead. Freddie Davis replaced Sanders, and he was touched for six hits and four runs in 2 innings. Don Florence gave up two in 1. Degifico debuts First baseman Vinnie Degifico was in a Britsox uniform for the first time since the end of last season. Degifico, who was to be sent to Pawtucket after spring training, spent the first six weeks of the season rehabilitating a sprained ankle in Winter Haven, Fla. In the ninth, he hit a pinch hit single to left The Britsox made some roster moves. Britsox shortstop John Valentin was called up to Pawtucket to replace Luis Aguayo, who pulled a hamstring. Catcher Ruben Rodriguez, recently released by London, will join the club today. Pitcher Gar Finnvold was called up from Class-A Lynchburg to fill Paul QuantriU's spot on the roster. The Britsox will have to make a roster move by Monday, when Finnvold arrives. Vl (l y lsnirfLiS m,m ! ei

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