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Pulaski also scored in the sixth, after Chris Mosher doubled and was sacrificed to third. Mosher made it home after an errant pickoff throw to third ended up in left field.

CLASS DMarathon 9, Stamford 2

Three batters into the Section Four Class D quarterfinal, fifth-seeded Marathon had a 3-0 lead en route to beating host Stamford.

The game’s first batter reached on a dropped third strike. Follwing a stole base, Jeff Contri hit an RBI double and winning pitcher Kody Barry followed with a two-run homer.

“It was 3-0 before we could shake our heads,” Stamford coach Mike Faulkner said.

Delaware League champion Stamford (13-3) stranded 11 running, including six in the fourth and sixth innings.

“We played against better teams around here,” Faulkner said. “The guys just came up flat today. I saw stuff I haven’t seen all year.

The top four hitters in Stamford’s lineup went a combined 1-for-14 with two walks.

“That hasn’t happened to us all year,” Faulkner said. “Someone has always picked us up. It was a great season, but it was tough to see our 1-4 hitters struggle.”

The Indians won once in 2011 and then six times last season.

“I’m pretty happy,” said Faulkner, who’ll lose three seniors to graduation. “It’s been quite a turnaround in two years. “I’m very, very proud of them.”

Losing pitcher Erik Ehrhart, a senior, had 10 strikeouts.

Hancock 5, Jefferson 2

Tenth-seeded Jefferson jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Tyler Phillips’ two-run homer in the bottom of the third gave host Hancock the lead for keeps en route to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory.

Jefferson got on the board in the first inning. John Quagliano walked, advanced to third on a two-base throwing error and scored on a passed ball.

The J-Hawks extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third on Hunter Minalga’s RBI groundout that plated Nick Smith.

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