Masuk’s baseball team upsets top seed in SWC opener

Connor Fulchino pitches at home this spring. Fulchino earned the win in relief during SWC quarterfinal action Sunday.

NEW FAIRFIELD, CT — In the game of baseball, unlike in any other sport, you can throw the records and seedings out the window. Masuk High, the No. 8 seed in the South-West Conference Tournament, proved this to be the case with a 3-2 extra inning win at top seed New Fairfield in the quarterfinals Sunday.

The game was decided in the eighth inning and, with the win, Masuk will play No. 5 Joel Barlow in the semis at neutral site Bethel High, this Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. No. 2 Brookfield and No. 6 Bethel meet in the other semifinal.

Greg Nivison pitched 6 innings and struck out 10, while allowing 6 hits and 2 runs. He got a no decision.

New Fairfield scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead.

Catcher Carson Falcone throws the ball back to the pitcher this season. Falcone delivered the decisive RBI in the playoff opener.

In the top of the fourth, Drew Scalia hit a sacrifice fly to score Nivison to make the score 2-1.

In the top of the seventh, Deven LaRoche scored the game tying run, scoring on a wild pitch.

Masuk scored the decisive run the eighth when Drew Scalia singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a one-out Carson Falcone double.

Connor Fulchino pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, striking out 2 and allowing only 1 hit, to earn the win.

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