22nd-seeded North Haven baseball crashes Class L title game

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s been a wild ride in the high school baseball state tournament. Not one top seed advanced to one of the four title games this weekend. 27th-seeded Northwest Catholic will play for the S title and 22nd-seeded North Haven will play for the Class L title.

North Haven head coach Bob Demayo has been coaching for 57 years, and back in March he thought his team had no shot at a title.

But the Indians have won four straight tournament games and are now just one win away from taking home the trophy. North Haven hasn’t been in the championship game since 2004.

How did they turn it around for this postseason run?

“The hitting. I mean we put some numbers on the board,” said catcher Nick Proto . “We made the routine plays. Hit the ball in clutch situations.”

“We had a bad stretch there in the second half where we had some injuries and the other teams just played better than we did,” DeMayo said. “But we stayed together, and we put it together, and one more, that’s what we need.”

North Haven and East Lyme will play for the title at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Palmer Field in Middletown.

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