Shelton - Pawcatuck-North Stonington forced a winner-take-all game for the Connecticut Little League (11-12) softball championship Monday night with a 5-2 victory over Seymour.
The deciding game in the best-of-three series will be played at 6 p.m. today.
Pawcatuck, the District 10 champion, bounced back from a 7-3 loss in game one by scoring a quick run in the first inning and adding four more in the second to take command.
"The girls played great," manager Tom Lennon said. "We had four errors (Sunday night) and no errors tonight. The issue in the first game was Seymour scored two in the top of the first and we started pressing.
"We did it to them tonight and the same thing happened. They were inverse games of each other ... When you're already nervous and 12 years old, that's not a good combination."
Pawcatuck took a 1-0 lead in the first when Trinity Lennon's sacrifice fly scored Erin Craig, who had doubled earlier in the inning and later advanced to third.
Gabby Dellacono, Lennon and Lainnie Connor had RBI singles in the second while an error scored the fourth run.
Lennon earned with win with four innings of relief in place of Kendra Perez, who pitched the first two innings and did not allow a run. The two combined to allow only four hits and one walk while striking out six.
Senior softball (15-16)
• Jill Jamon and Tori VanCleave combined on a one-hitter as Waterford opened the state tournament with a 13-1 win over Bristol in Orange. Marisa Boch and Cora Abbiati each had three hits for Waterford and Megan Elphick, Sarah Pacheco and Jodi Weiss each chipped in two hits. Waterford plays the District 8 champion tonight at 8.
Tigers lose in 12
• Matt Oberste doubled home Jared King in the 12th inning as the Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the Connecticut Tigers 5-4 at Dodd Stadium. The Tigers (11-17), who begin a six-game road trip on Wednesday after a day off today, rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in ninth on a two-run single by Patrick Leyland. Brooklyn second baseman LJ Mazzilli, the former UConn great, had two hits for the Cyclones (12-16).
Muskrats beat Mystic
• Ryan McBroom's two-run homer highlighted a three-run fifth as the Laconia Muskrats defeated the Mystics Schooners 4-1. Mystic scored its lone run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Cipolla (Holy Cross).
• Johnny Rockets rode the complete-game pitching effort of Alec Christian to a 4-1 win over Panera Pirates. Christian was also 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI while Alex Tuneski added a pair of hits.
American Legion Zone VI
• Shawn Nadeau pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts as New London beat Willimantic, 2-0, to win the second game of a doubleheader. Cooper Robinson's RBI single scored Zach Wolfgang in the fifth inning for New London (18-7). Gabby Diaz (two hits) scored the other run in the sixth inning on Tristan Hurley's sacrifice fly. Chris Gonnelli scored Alex Cornell in the top of the eighth as Willimantic (17-9)) won the opener, 1-0. Izzy Davila had three hits for New London and Jon Mewha struck out seven.
• Kyle Dombrowski's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh gave Jewett City a 7-6 win over Norwich. Matt Lynch had three hits for Norwich.
• Al Johnson had three hits to help lead New London to a 9-6 win over Norwich Sunday night. Jon Mewha and Gabby Diaz had two hits each and Zach Wolfgang had a two-run double for New London. Cooper Robinson (1-1) earned the win in relief, allowing two hits and one run with six strikeouts over 4 2-3 innings. Brandin Strickland had three hits and drove in two runs for Norwich (6-18).
SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth
• Justin and Jimmy Pandolfe combined to pitch a one-hitter as Waterford clinched the regular-season title with a 12-2 win over Tri-County II. Nate Waters and Dylan Konakowitz each had two hits for Waterford (14-1) and Matt Johnson drove in three runs.
• UConn junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood was named to the Butkus Award 2012 Collegiate Watch List. The award, named after Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, is presented annually to the nation's best college linebacker.
Smallwood, who earned All-Big East first-team honors in 2012 after leading the Huskies in tackles (120), has also been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Bednarik Award Watch List, two awards that go to the nation's top defensive player.