Branford beat Worcester (East Side) Mass., in the title game of the American Legion Northeast Regional Tournament at the Bill Pomfret Stadium at Palmer Field in Middletown, Monday night by a score of 12 to 2 in a shortened 7 inning game because of the mercy rule. The mercy rule states that the game will end when any team takes a 10 run lead after the seventh inning. Branford came into the bottom of the seventh inning leading by a score of 8 to 2, after Worcester scored two runs at the top of the inning. With three runs already in with only one out, Branford Manager, Rich Balzano, called for a suicide squeeze. Pinch hitter Augustine Torello, made the bunt and teammate Greg Zullo, slid safely into home to give Branford a 12 to 2 lead, and because of the mercy rule, ending the game and securing the win.
But Torello never made it to first base, because he was tackled and piled on by his teammates. To get the whole story, read Mattew Conyers story in The Courant by clicking here.