The Plainfield High School baseball team captured the ECC Division M Championship title and earned its place in the state tournament.
The 23-4 Panthers edged Granby 3-2 and went eight innings to defeat Suffield 6-5 in the state quarterfinals. “This team has a lot of fight,” said senior short stop Garet Griffin.
The Panthers traveled to Beehive Stadium in New Britain to face the Haddam-Killingworth Cougars on June 10. Left-handed pitcher Jordan Federer started the game facing H-K senior Griffin Bremer in a nail biter of a game.
The Cougars scored two runs in the fourth inning. Brandon Roy led off the Panther fifth inning with a walk. Federer ruined Bremer’s no-hit bid with a single and Ryan Pambuku bunted safely to load the bases. Esposito avenged an earlier error by ripping a triple to right field to clear the bases. He scored on a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, Federer walked H-K’s lead-off hitter. Coach Jason Chavairas pulled in Esposito to take over. Not yet warmed up, he allowed two hits before striking out the side.
The Cougars tied the game in the seventh inning and took the lead in the 10th on a bases-loaded single. Plainfield got the tying run when Griffin scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Jankowski. The Cougars won the game in the 13th inning on a game-winning double by relief pitcher Brian Moskey.
The players credit Chavairas for their success. “He constantly pushes us to reach our potential in the classroom and on the field,” Griffin said. “It’s awesome.”Copyright © 2015, CT Now