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New Canaan 10's Force Winner-Take-All Ripken Final

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The New Canaan Cal Ripken 10's were lights out against Stratford on Tuesday night — literally. Leading 7-4 with one out in the sixth inning, the lights at Mellick Field went out.

The ensuing 20-minute delay did not faze the young New Canaan players a bit, as Stephen Wronski struck out the final two batters he faced when the lights came back on. With the victory, New Canaan forced a winner-take-all Cal Ripken District One final against Stratford.

The New Canaan bats picked up right where they left off against Greenwich on Monday , clubbing seven hits against Stratford. A five-run fourth inning proved to be the difference, led by a Will Sheldon solo home run to dead center field. Jack DeFansico supplied the game-winning RBI single in that inning, as Stratford mounted a comeback in the fifth.

The five-run fourth came after Stratford failed to score with the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the third. Nate Bozzella relieved starting pitcher Sheldon and struck out the next three batters, escaping the jam.

New Canaan will play Stratford again Wednesday at Mellick Field at 8 p.m. to determine the District One 10-year-old champions. Hopefully this time the lights will stay on.

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