Basso's inside-the-park home run leads Saints to win
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May 5—MONTVILLE — Joe Basso wouldn't have had to motor around the bases Tuesday afternoon had the St. Bernard baseball team still been playing at Dodd...

The Saints had been commuting to Norwich to play their home games since 2011 because their home field up on the (steep) hill behind the school was unusable. They're no longer wanderers and are back home playing on a refurbished field this spring with outfield fences closer to Electric Boat than home plate.

So when Basso crushed a fastball into left centerfield in the bottom of the fifth inning against Tourtellotte, the ball didn't clear the fence, rather it kept going-and-going before finally dropping way off yonder.

The long distance Basso hit allowed him to get around the bases for a two-run, go-ahead inside-the-park home run that gave St. Bernard a 4-2 win over the Tigers in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II game.

"I heard my teammates yelling at me, so I just sped up," said Basso, a sophomore catcher. "They were motivating me the whole time. ... It just felt great."

Ned Griffen, The Day, New London, Conn.
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