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Week of May 13: Woodstock Academy claims ECC Division I title; finishes regular season 18-2

The regular season came to a close for the Woodstock Academy baseball team a day later than scheduled.

The Centaurs had to play an unusual Sunday game after their date with St. Bernard on Saturday was rained out.

It didn't bother Woodstock Academy which posted a 9-3 win over the Saints to finish 18-2 for the season.

St. Bernard jumped out to the early 3-2 lead but the Centaurs went ahead on one swing in the fifth inning.

Maxx Corradi had a one-out single and Eric Mathewson doubled to set the stage for senior Keon Lamarche.

He delivered his third home run of the season by taking  a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left field to put the Centaurs up, 5-3.

Woodstock Academy finished off the win in the sixth inning.

Matt Hernandez singled, stole second, went to third on a fly out and scored on a Corradi sacrifice fly.

The Saints then walked Mathewson and Lamarche, the latter intentionally, to pitch to Brady Ericson.

It was not a solid choice as Ericson smoked a triple to right to score both runners. Ericson later came around on a Riley O'Brien single. 

Four Woodstock Academy pitchers did the rest as they limited St. Bernard to three hits.

The loss ended a 10-game St. Bernard winning streak.

Earlier in the week, the Centaurs claimed the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I title outright with a 5-1 win over Waterford.

Mathewson allowed just four hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out nine to raise his record this season on the mound to 5-0 with a 1.69 earned run average.

The Centaurs gave the senior all the support he needed in the fourth inning when Corradi doubled home two runs and Brady Lecuyer added an RBI single. Caleb Simoneau also had an RBI single in the game.

The Centaurs followed up that victory with another one over Fitch to finish undefeated (8-0) in Division I of the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

Ericson spun some more magic as he allowed just one hit and struck out six in six shutout innings against the Falcons.

Ericson is now 6-0 with an 0.62 earned run average. The junior has given up just 11 hits in 34 innings with 56 strikeouts and only five walks allowed.

Ericson helped himself with a third inning RBI single, Simoneau added a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch allowed a third run to score. The Centaurs added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double by Lamarche and a run-scoring single by O’Brien.

The only blemish, and one of the few blemishes all season, happened early in the week as the Centaurs saw their 12-game win streak get stopped in a whale of a contest at St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford.

North Branford outlasted the Centaurs, 9-8, in 10 innings.

A four-run fourth inning put the Centaurs up by a run, 7-6.

The Thunderbirds tied it in the top of the sixth and the two teams battled through three scoreless innings before North Branford put two across in the top of the 10th.

It needed both as Mathewson singled and scored in the bottom of the inning for the Centaurs but the tying run was stranded at second.

Lamarche and Ericson each had three hits and two runs batted in for Woodstock Academy. Mathewson also added three hits.

The Centaurs begin the postseason on Wednesday when the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I quarterfinals take place.