Killingly Jr. League All-Stars win district championship

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Jul. 18, 2011
Killingly Junior League All-Stars' Tre Belanger beats the throw home. Photos by Densie Coffey.
Killingly Junior League All-Stars' Tre Belanger beats the throw home. Photos by Densie Coffey.

The Killingly Junior League All-Stars beat Jewett City 11-0 in the district championship game on July 15 after five innings of play. Killingly sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and were able to score six runs before turning it over to Jewett City. Killingly pitcher Tre Belanger was able to retire Jewett City's first three batters in a row to close out the inning.

“That was huge,” said Killingly manager Scott Belanger. “When you go into a championship game, the first thing you want to do is score as much as you can. And then we ended up scoring six runs right away. But you also want to shut them down right away when you go into the field. It put them in a huge hole.”

The Jewett City team had its work cut out after losing its first game in the double-elimination schedule. They played on Monday and Wednesday. As a result, Jewett City couldn't use a few of their pitchers for Friday's game, according to Scott Belanger.
Killingly's team, however, was firing on all cylinders. Belanger’s team allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters in five innings. The number-four batter, Troy Chappell, went two-for-three and had two RBIs. Lead-off batter Allen Perron went two-for-two, with one RBI.

Jewett City has been scoring eight or nine runs a game prior to Friday's game, Belanger said. “To lose their first game and come back and win all the rest, that was big for them,” Belanger said. But the busy schedule took its toll on the players.

The next stop for Killingly is a round-robin sectional tournament in Clinton, Conn., on Friday. Sectional champions will compete for the state championship. The state championship team will go to New Jersey for the regionals.

“We did a great job in the district,” Belanger said. “But now we have to look forward to the sectionals.”

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