By Sean Greene 6:35pm, August 16, 2013
VIDEO: Highlights and Reaction from Piedmont vs. New MilfordNew Milford, Connecticut's Austin Swanson hammered a three-run home run to right field, catapulting the New England champions to a 5-4 victory over Piedmont, ending the Delaware champions run at the Cal Ripken World Series.
The United States semifinal game started strong for Piedmont with a pair of key two out hits. Marshall Awtry's single scored Seth Bialecki, and Max Gioffre slammed a shot over the wall in right to make it 3-0 Piedmont.
New Milford picked up a run in the 2nd on an RBI fielder's choice by Tim Cianciolo, but Piedmont picked up another run on a wild pitch in the 3rd.
Trouble loomed for Piedmont in the 4th inning, as Connecticut's Joey Shane led off with a single, and then reached third on a two-base fielding error. After pitcher Brian Gilardi picked up a strikeout and an RBI groundout to make it 4-2 with two outs, Cianciolo also reached on an error.
Kendall Greene followed with a single to put runners at the corners, and then Swanson hit what turned out to be the game-winning home run to put Connecticut out in front.
Piedmont, who had not lost a game this year in Delaware, the regional, nor in Aberdeen, loaded the bases in the 5th inning but could not get the tying run. They had another chance after Sean Regan reached on a Connecticut error which could have ended the game, but after Mike Dellose singled, a strong throw him put Regan in a rundown he could not get out of, and Piedmont's season came to an end.
Six different Piedmont players reached base for the Middle Atlantic champions, who made their first ever trip to the Cal Ripken World Series.
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