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Friday, July 19, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
GOOD EYE: Housatonic's Willy Yahn commits to UConn
“Basically it was whatever school was the best fit for me, the coaches were really great and I fell in love with the campus,” said Yahn, who like Risedorf, is going into his senior year. “It always fun playing with Zach, it was a plus.”
Yahn was looking at UConn along with, Virginia Tech, Boston College, the University of Maine and Stony Brook before deciding to stay in state.
Read more here.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
GOOD EYE: ND-West Haven John Amendola commits to Northeastern U
Notre Dame-West Haven pitcher John Amendola, who will be a senior this fall, said he committed to Northeastern University. The Division I Boston, Ma., school sought after the pitcher after he went 6-3 with a 96 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA last season.
Amendola said in addition to Northeastern, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Conference, six or seven other schools were interested in him. He said Marist and Maine were his top choices with Northwestern. Fairfield University offered at the beginning of the summer, too. However, Amendola said Northeastern was the best place for him.
“It was the best fit for me academically, baseball-wise and will prepare me the best for my future,” he said.
Amendola, who is a starting pitcher on Branford’s 25-1 American Legion team, said he is glad to get this commitment out of the way.
“Now I can focus on legion and trying to help my team win a state title,” Amendola said. “I won’t have to fill out multiple applications in the fall.”
He said he will most likely major in finance or political science.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
GOOD EYE: East Haven's Nick Lamberti commits to UConn
Lamberti, who will be a senior in the fall, said the scholarship offer is still being discussed and that he is going to use his senior year to decide what he will major in.
He was also getting looks from St. John's, Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University, but said he is pleased with his choice and happy to get this weight off his shoulders before his senior year.
"I'm really happy, now I can just go into every game and play like no one's watching me," he said. "I've already committed, I don't have to worry about anything."
The outfielder said defending Big East champion UConn's future is bright and he wants to be a part of it. He joins a long list of the state's best high school players to stay home and play for UConn. All-State players like Amity pitcher Sam Nepiarsky, Foran catcher Joe Zanghi and Fitch shortstop Aaron Hill have all decided to play for the Huskies.
"I think they've got a shot to go to the World Series in Omaha," Lamberti said. "They're in a new conference, new teams, a lot of travel. This is Division I baseball and its one of the best schools in the northwest."
Friday, June 21, 2013
Masuk's Tom Milone to sign with Tampa Bay Rays
Masuk senior Thomas Milone, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, has decided to go pro and forego a scholarship to play baseball at UConn.
“It was definitely a tough decision,” he said. “(Playing professional baseball) is what I always wanted to do. I felt like it was the right decision for me.”
Milone said he might report to Port Charlotte, Fla. on Monday and begin his career with the Gulf Coast Rays, Tampa Bay’s Class-A short-season affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.
Milone should sign with the Rays this weekend for about $530,600, slot value. The 6-foot, 185-pound lefthanded hitter was the 97th overall pick in the draft. This past Monday he had a physical with the team and said he is excited to get out there and play. The GCL Rays opened their season Friday against the GCL Orioles.
“I’m just ready to start playing baseball again,” he said.
This season at Masuk, he won Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year and batted .471 with 33 hits, 11 RBIs, 27 runs scored and four home runs in 23 games. He was walked a team-high 19 times. Milone also played football for the Panthers and scored 35 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
AMERICAN LEGION LIVE: Follow the action
Branford 9, North Haven 0: Branford batted around as Tyler Criscuolo, Nick Perrelli, Ben Criscuolo and Augie Torella had RBIs and all nine batters scored.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
STATE FINAL CENTRAL: Live updates, highlights and updates
All You Need To Know About The Big Game
No. 6 Amity 4, No. 4 Southington 0 (fifth inning): Mike Concato continues his dominance of Class LL with his third RBI of the day to score Jake Russo.
o. 6 Amity 3, No. 4 Stonington 0 (third inning): Mike Concato picked up his second RBI of the day, lining a single to right to score Jake Russo and Justin Ashworth hit a dribbler that scored Concato.
No. 6 Amity 1 No. 4 Southington 0 (first inning): Mike Concato drove in Keith Klebart with a sac fly to give the Spartans an early lead.
All You Need To Know About The Big Game
All You Need To Know About The Big Game
No. 11 St. Joseph 2, Northwestern 1 (Final/Nine innings): Matt Batten drove in Brett Olayos with the winning run in the top of the ninth and pitcher Nick Williams pitched a complete game to lead the Cadets to the 2013 Class M championship at Palmer Field in Middletown.
No. 11 St. Joseph 2, No. 1 Northwestern (ninth inning): Matt Batten drives in Brett Olayos to put the Cadets up with a chance to close out the Class M title.
No. 1 Northwestern 1, No. 11 St. Joseph (second inning): Mike Pulaski scored off an RBI from Jake Amoroso to tie the game in the top of the second.
No. 1 Northwestern 1, No. 11 St. Joseph 0 (first inning): John Lippincott drove in Connor Guiheen with an RBI single to put the Highlanders up early in the Class M title game.
No. 11 St. Joseph (19-6) vs. No. 1 Northwestern (23-1)
All You Need To Know About The Big Game
Monday, May 27, 2013
STATE TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Vote for the state's best, roundups and What we learned
No. 6 Amity tops No. 10 Fairfield Prep, headed to Class LL final
No. 6 Amity 3, No. 10 Fairfield Prep 2 (sixth inning): Justin Ashworth drove in Sebastian DiMauro to give the Spartans a one-run advantage after DiMauro drove in two with a double to tie it as the Spartans may have averted an upset.
No. 10 Fairfield Prep 2 Amity 0 (fifth inning): The Jesuits Kevin Stone is pitching a gem, with four strikeouts and stranding runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings as Prep looks to upset Amity and top the Spartans for the second time this year. The Jesuits topped the Spartans in the regular season 1-0.
No. 10 Fairfield Prep 2, No. 6 Amity 0 (third inning): Shawn Blake and Kevin Stone had RBI singles to pace the Jesuits to an early lead.
No. 6 Amity tops No. 3 Greenwich as Mike Concato throws no-hitter
No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven takes down Class L defending champ FitchGROTON — All season long, Notre Dame-West Haven coach Lou Kessler has been waiting for his team to get healthy. Kessler has finally gotten his wish. With the return of injured seniors Griffin Garabedian and Greg Zullo, Notre Dame has looked like a different team as the lineup has become whole.
The No. 11-seeded Green Knights banged out 11 hits, drew seven walks and took advantage of two hit batters to defeat No. 3 Fitch 9-1 Saturday afternoon at Fitch High in the quarterfinals of the Class L state tournament. Read more here.
Mike Schettino leads No. 3 North Branford past No. 19 Ansonia
So with No. 3 North Branford trailing by a run to No. 19 Ansonia and the senior on in relief to pitch in the third, he wasn’t going to let them get upset again.
Schettino gave up two hits in three innings of relief, scored the tying run and drove in the winning run to avoid the upset and top the Chargers 3-2 in the Class M second round on Wednesday. Read more here.
North Haven advances
The Indians (16-8) scored an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning on a double steal. Jack Brown scored the run. Chandler Andrewsen scattered six hits and struck out five to win his seventh game. Bunnell finishes at 15-9.
The No. 1 team in the state goes fishing and Sheehan's upset tour continuesCLASS M
Kevin Duffy’s double scored Brandon Gauthier in the seventh to lift No. 36 Sheehan to a 3-2 win over No. 13 Lewis Mills in the second round of the Class M state tournament.
Gauthier went 2-for-3 with a triple for the Titans (11-12). It was Sheehan coach Matt Altieri’s 300th career win.
No. 8 Trumbull 2, No. 9 Shelton 0: The Gaels left 16 runners on base and Trumbull blanked the defending state champions in the second round.
Mike Cowell pitched a two-hitter and struck out four for Shelton (15-8). Marcello Ursini and Ed Groth each had two hits for Shelton.
No. 17 Staples 5, No. 1 Xavier 4 (8): Eli Andrew scored on Noah Yokoi’s sacrifice fly with one out in the top of the eighth inning to lift the visiting Wreckers to this upset over the Falcons, the top-ranked team in the Register Poll, in this second-round contest in Middletown.
Andrew led off the inning with a double for Staples.
Ben Criscuolo had a two-run double and Will Garrity tied the game with an infield single in the seventh inning for Xavier (20-2).
No. 6 Amity 10, No. 11 Fairfield Ludlowe 1: Keith Kelbart went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the Spartans second-round victory at Woodbridge.
Jake Russo added three hits, three runs and an RBI for Amity (19-4).
No. 10 Fairfield Prep 6, No. 7 Ridgefield 5 (8): Shawn Blake scored the winning run on Dave Gerics’ sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning for the visiting Jesuits in this second-round win at Ridgefield.
Jake Berry drove in the tying run with a single in the seventh inning for Fairfield Prep (17-6).
No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven 4, No. 6 Maloney 1: Griffin Garabedian had three hits and two RBIs in the Green Knights second-round win.
Drew Arciuolo had two hits and an RBI for Notre Dame (15-8).
No. 36 Sheehan stuns No. 4 Weston, advancesCLASS M
Kevin Duffy, Rob Sprafke and Paul Gozzo each had a hit and an RBI to lead the No. 36 Sheehan baseball team to a 3-1 stunning win over host No. 4 Weston in a CIAC Class M first round win on Wednesday.
The Titans play at No. 13 Lewis Mills Thursday at 3:30. Pitcher Brandon Rentas allowed five hits and struck out seven and Nolan Cloutier added two hits for the Titans (10-12).
Weston ends the season at 20-4.
No. 3 Greenwich 9, No. 30 Cheshire 2: Cameron Fennell had three hits and an RBI to lead the Cardinals to their first-round win in Greenwich.
Dan Schock led the Rams (8-13) with three hits and an RBI.
No. 9 Shelton 3, No. 24 Manchester 2: C.J. Rizzo drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the host Gaels to this first-round win.
Marcello Ursini tied the game with a double earlier in that inning for Shelton (15-7), the defending LL champions.
No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven 9, No. 22 Platt Tech 1: Greg Zullo had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Green Knights to their first-round win in West Haven.
Mike Corso added two hits and three RBIs for the Green Knights (14-8). Angelo Genovesi had two hits for the Panthers (10-11).
No. 16 North Haven 4, No. 1 Cheney Tech 2 (9): Winning pitcher Mike Acampora hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the visiting Indians to this second-round win in Manchester.
Jaycen Torello had two hits and two RBIs for North Haven (15-8).
North Haven wins in dramatic fashion and a combined no-hitter for AmityCLASS L
Jaycen Torello had a walk-off RBI single with two outs to score Pete Katynski to give the No. 16 seeded North Haven baseball team a 2-1 Class L first-round victory over No. 17 New London Tuesday in North Haven.
With the victory, the Indians (14-8) will face top-seeded Constitution State Conference champ Cheney Tech (22-2) at Manchester tosday at 3:30 p.m.
Chandler Andrewsen pitched a complete game two-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Indians. Josh Vincent had five strikeouts for the Whalers (12-10).
No. 10 Berlin 2, No. 23 Law 1: Despite Rich Dow’s two hits and Jim Palmer’s RBI, the Eagles still fell to the Redcoats on the road in Berlin.
Darren Grabowski doubled and tripled for Berlin (14-7).
No. 18 Guilford 7, No. 15 Tolland 4: T.J. Ciocca had a hit and two RBIs for the visiting Indians in this first-round win.
Zach Battapaglia had a two-run double and Matt Brockett had a triple and an RBI for Guilford (12-9), who advances to play No. 2 Waterford in the second round Wednesday.
No. 6 Amity 10, No. 27 East Hartford 0: Mike Concato pitched six innings and Ross Weiner pitched the seventh in a combined no-hitter for the Spartans in a victory over the Hornets.
Concato had nine strikeouts and Weiner had one as Amity (18-4) advances to face the winner of No. 22 Pomperaug at No. 11 Fairfield Ludlowe in the second round.
No. 19 Ansonia 6, No. 14 Rocky Hill 3: Ryan O’Connor went 4-for-4, including two doubles, and scored twice for the Chargers in this first-round win at Rocky Hill.
Bobby Schryver had two doubles and two runs for Ansonia (13-10).
No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth 12, No. 26 Vinal Tech 4: Brian Moskey and Joe Silvia each had two hits and three RBIs for the Cougars in this first-round win in Higganum. The Cougars advance to play No. 10 Montville today at 3:30.
No. 3 North Branford 15, No. 30 Grasso Tech 2: Mike Funaro had four RBIs and two doubles, Kyle Hart had four RBIs and Nick Perrelli had two RBIs in the Thunderbirds’ home first round victory.
With the win, North Branford (19-4) advances to play No. 19 Ansonia today at 3:30.
What we learned during the quarterfinals was...Mike Concato and Amity are better than we thought they were, and we already thought they were pretty good. For the Spartans to tear the cover off the ball the way they did and Concato to no-hit a good Cardinals team the way he did, you wonder what it will take to eliminate coach Sal Coppola's group. ...I know my Class S baseball. Hey, when I'm wrong I'm the first to admit it and poke a little fun at myself. Therefore when I'm right, I can gloat all I want. I had all but one semifinal team correct. Thanks a lot St. Bernard (I picked No. 2 St. Bernard to top No. 7 Old Lyme, St. Bernard let me down.). All jokes aside, congrats to all that made it and also to St. Bernard on a great season. ... Cromwell and East Hampton was one of my games to watch if it happens. So since the top-seeded Panthers will have their Shoreline Conference championship rematch with the 13th-seeded Bellringers, you should probably watch it, just seems like the right thing to do. East Hampton defeated Cromwell in the SLC title game behind a 13 strikeout performance from Marvin Gorgas. ... Despite having the No. 1,2 and 3 teams in the state all in Class LL, none of them will play each other. The No. 1 team, Xavier, bowed out in the second round and the No. 2 team, Bristol Central, lost 6-2 to Fairfield Prep in the quarterfinals. The 10th-seeded Jesuits meet the Spartans in the semifinals, ensuring that a Southern Connecticut Conference team will play for a Class LL crown. ... Speaking of the SCC, there is a chance that a team from the conference could win Class LL and L, something that has not happened since 2009 when West Haven took LL and Branford captured L. No. 16 North Haven plays No. 4 New Canaan and No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven battles No. 2 Waterford in the Class L semifinals. Meanwhile, the FCIAC could have champions come out of Class LL, L and M. In LL, No. 8 Trumbull defeated No. 17 Staples in the quarters and faces No. 4 Southington in the semifinals. In Class L, New Canaan is still alive and in Class M, No. 11 St. Joseph topped No. 3 North Branford and faces No. 10 Montville in the semifinals.
What we learned Day Three was....
Don't mess with Sheehan. The Titans are slaying top seeds left and right. First it was No. 4 Weston, who also won the SWC, and yesterday it was No. 13 Lewis Mills. The Titans are making an early push for best story of the tournament. ... Despite Sheehan's success, yesterday was a bad day for the SCC. I don't say this because a lot of SCC teams went down, but because of the outlook on the team that went down. Xavier, the No. 1 team in the state and Class LL, was not supposed to bow out in the second round. However, that is exactly what happened against Staples. Furthermore, the FCIAC is making a strong postseason argument that it may be a better conference than the SCC. This postseason the FCIAC is 5-2 against SCC teams. Now my idea to settle this is a FCIAC/SCC Baseball challenge that alternates year-to-year from Yale Field to Harbor Yard in early May. Maybe the FCIAC and SCC powers that be can make that happen *crosses fingers.*
What we learned Day Two was....The SWC is having a rough tournament. Tourney champ No. 4 Weston got dumped by No. 36 Sheehan, becoming the seventh SWC team to get eliminated. Only Bunnell and Notre Dame-Fairfield remain. ... No. 16 North Haven games are fun to watch. The Indians used a walk-off to top No. 17 New London in the first round and sent top-seeded Cheney Tech fishing courtesy of a ninth inning homer from Mike Acampora. ... Class M is a lost cause for me. I give up. Someone will win, I'm not predicting anymore. All I'm sure of is someone will win. There, can't get that wrong. ... The FCIAC championship didn't do too much for Danbury. No such thing as momentum in baseball I guess. The No. 12 Hatters went on a nice run to capture the conference, but couldn't even score a run in a 3-0 loss to No. 21 Newington in the first round. ...Conference champs have not done well this postseason. Wolcott (NVL), Weston (SWC) and Danbury (FCIAC) are all fishing. Start the boat!!!
What we learned Day One was....Class M is a mess, for me at least. I picked No. 2 Wolcott over No. 9 Plainfield in the final and both teams went fishing in the first round. Wolcott lost to No. 34 Granby and Plainfield fell to No. 24 Nonnewaug. ... Wolcott, who won the NVL title, was not the only Valley League team to fall. NVL runner-up No. 17 Derby went down in the first round, too, losing 6-3 to No. 16 Sacred Heart. Bad day for the Valley finalists, bad day for Henry C. ...Rain really screwed things up. We all know that rain stinks, but 10 playoff games were postponed due to Mother Nature. Not cool mama, not cool. ... No. 16 North Haven's bench probably got a good workout in its 2-1 walkoff triumph over No. 17 New London. The bench is well known for being rowdy and their state tourney opener was not short in the drama category. The pitching was good, too, as there were a combined 15 strikeouts in the ballgame. ... Class L Play-in teams didn't do too well in the first round, 0-4 to be exact. The only hope for play-in teams is No. 29 East Haven at No. 4 Cheshire on Wednesday at 3:30.
Masuk's Tom Milone named Gatorade POTY
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, named Thomas Milone of Masuk High School the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year.
Milone is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May. Milone joins an elite alumni of past state award-winners, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.) and David Price, to name a few.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior center fielder led the Panthers to an 11-11 record , while maintaining a .463 batting average with a .581 on-base percentage, three home runs, 26 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.
In the classroom, Milone has a 3.24 GPA and has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports camps and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
A look at some of the best games we might seeWith the state tournament first round getting underway on Tuesday, here is a look at some of the more intriguing games that could happen. The subheading with the Class and round is also a link to the CIAC baseball webpage with brackets for each class. For example, the Class LL subhead will take you to the Class LL bracket, the Class L subhead will bring you to the Class L bracket and so on and so forth.
Second roundNo. 9 Shelton at No. 8 Trumbull: This match up could take place if the Eagles top No. 25 Kennedy and the Gaels defeat No. 24 Manchester in the first round. The defending champion Gaels look to repeat going up against a hot Eagles team that topped two Top 10 teams, Greenwich and New Canaan, en route to the FCIAC championship game. This game could go down to the wire.
Chances it will happen: Very high because both teams are playing opponents they should beat in the first round.
Prediction if it does: Shelton 6-4.
QuarterfinalsNo. 9 Shelton at No. 1 Xavier: If this game comes to pass, it will give the Falcons the chance to avenge its only loss of the season, a 6-3 defeat to the Gaels on April 15. Shelton topped Xavier the same day it was voted No. 1 in the state.
Chances it will happen: High because the Gaels should top the Eagles in the second round.
Prediction if it does: Xavier 8-3.
No. 6 Amity at No. 3 Greenwich: If this game happens, it will put two team’s together who suffered heartbreaking losses in last season’s state tournament. The Spartans lost 3-1 on a controversial call against Southington and the Cardinals lost in 10 innings 4-2 to East Hartford in the quarterfinals. If these two meet, it will give one a chance to put last season’s bad memories behind it for good.
Chances it will happen: High because the Spartans and Cards are playing teams they can beat in the early rounds.
Prediction if it does: Amity 3-1.
SemifinalsNo. 6 Amity vs. No. 2 Bristol Central: This game could place arguably the best two pitchers in the state against each other in the Rams’ Matt Blandino and the Spartans' Mike Concato. More than likely, the teams would save their aces for the championship, but if the two star pitchers do battle in the semifinals, it has all the making of a classic pitcher’s duel.
Chances it will happen: Moderate because even though I picked the Spartans over the Cards, Greenwich is no pushover.
Prediction: Amity 1-0.
ChampionshipNo. 6 Amity vs. No. 1 Xavier: The Southern Connecticut Conference final that never was, due to rain cancelling the tournament prior to the semifinals, could take place in the Class LL final. Xavier edged Amity 6-5 prior to the end of the season, but Spartans’ aces Concato nor Sam Nepiarsky pitched. This game could potentially go extras at 0-0.
Chances it will happen: Moderate because anything can happen en route to Palmer Field in the tough Class LL field.
Prediction: Amity 3-2 (9).
QuarterfinalsNo. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. No. 3 Fitch: Two of the many Connecticut baseball players headed to UConn are in this one in Fitch’s Aaron Hill and Notre Dame-West Haven’s Griffin Garabedian. The Green Knights’ pitching has been solid and this could be one of the bigger upsets in the state tournament.
Chances it will happen: Moderate because the Green Knights still may have to get past No. 6 Maloney in the second round.
Prediction: Fitch 7-5.
SemifinalsNo. 3 Fitch vs. No. 2 Waterford: Waterford got the better of Fitch in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament final. A rematch for a chance to play for a state title makes this game one of the better semifinal contests.
Chances it will happen: High because no one in Waterford’s bracket is good enough to stop them and Fitch should hold serve and avoid any upsets.
Prediction: Fitch 6-3.
ChampionshipNo. 4 New Canaan vs. No. 3 Fitch: A rematch of last season’s Class L final that Fitch won. The Rams took a tough loss in the FCIAC tournament, but has enough talent to get back to the Class L final.
Chances it will happen: High because New Canaan doesn’t have to play anyone that is as good as the teams it faced in the FCIAC.
Prediction: Fitch 5-2
QuarterfinalsNo. 11 St. Joseph at No. 3 North Branford: The Thunderbirds suffered one of the more heartbreaking losses of the conference tournament season, blowing a 3-0 lead with two outs in the seventh inning and losing 5-3 in nine to East Hampton. Meanwhile, the Cadets looked poised to tear up the FCIAC tournament after topping Top 10 teams Greenwich and New Canaan during the regular season, but lost in the first round badly to Fairfield Ludlowe. Both of these teams are talented and could have a big chip on their shoulders.
Chances it will happen: Very high because St. Joseph could be playing tech schools until the quarterfinals and North Branford should beat Ansonia or Rocky Hill if they meet in the second round.
Prediction: North Branford 8-5.
SemifinalsNo. 13 East Hampton vs. No. 1 Cromwell: The Bellringers stopped the Panthers’ run for back-to-back Shoreline championships with a 8-2 victory in the title game, thanks to Marvin Gorgas’ 13 strikeout performance. Although the Class S championship game is important, East Hampton might want to throw Gorgas out there for this one again.
Chances it will happen: Moderate because East Hampton has to upset St. Paul in the second round. If it does, this game could happen.
Prediction: Cromwell 3-1.
Monday, May 20, 2013
SHORELINE PLAYOFF CENTRAL: East Hampton stuns Cromwell, wins SLC
Marvin Gorgas, East Hampton wins 2013 SLC ChampionshipHIGGANUM -- There’s a new Shoreline Conference baseball champion.
East Hampton, behind the 13-strikeout pitching performance of junior Marvin Gorgas, took back the SLC crown it won in 2011 from defending champ Cromwell, 8-2, at Haddam-Killingworth Regional High School Sunday afternoon.
The Bellringers did it with a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning, wiping out a 2-0 deficit and knocking out Cromwell starter Doug Davenport. Read more here.
SLC Final Live
SLC Semifinals Roundup
No. 6 East Hampton stuns top-seeded North Branford
No. 2 Cromwell tops Old Lyme, advances to Final
SLC Semifinals Live
The Final FourNo. 1 North Branford (18-3): The Thunderbirds escaped a tight one with the Blue Devils and host East Hampton next.
No. 2 Cromwell (18-3): East Hampton did the Panthers a big favor knocking out a Haddam-Killingworth team that bested Cromwell twice this season.
No. 4 Old Lyme (15-6): Thanks to a walk-off homer, Old Lyme avoided a third defeat to Portland this season.
No. 6 East Hampton (12-9): The reward for upsetting H-K is North Branford. Congrats?
SLC Quarterfinals Roundup
SLC Quarterfinals Live
The Last Eight Standing
Quarterfinal Bracket Breakdown
Friday, May 17, 2013
SCC PLAYOFF CENTRAL: SCC tournament cancelled
The SCC tournament is cancelled
Rain has cancelled the Southern Connecticut Conference baseball tournament prior to the semifinals, according to SCC Commissioner Al Carbone. This is the first time in the tournaments history that there is no champion.
Despite the disappointment of not being able to crown a champion, Carbone said with the state tournament approaching this was the only logical decision.
"You can't go past Sunday because of pitching," Carbone said. "We have teams that are going to be playing for state championships. Baseball, you have to be careful with playing back-to-backs."
The tournament schedule was the semis on Thursday and the final on Saturday. Thursday morning rain made Quigley Stadium, the site of the semis, unplayable and pushed the semis to Saturday at West Haven High and the final to Sunday. Carbone said the semifinals had to be on Saturday because of proms on Friday. Saturday's rain made it impossible to continue the tournament.
Top-seeded Xavier was to play No. 4 North Haven and No. 2 Amity was going to face No. 3 Fairfield Prep. Although all the coaches agreed with the decision, Indians coach Bob DeMayo said this could be avoided.
"Hopefully the CIAC pushes the requirements for conference tournaments back a week like they should do or start (the SCC tournament) Monday or Tuesday and play everyday." He said.
Mauritz said he told his team Friday that there was a chance the tournament would be cancelled. He said the cancelation was something that they can't avoid.
"You can't get mad at things you can't control," the Jesuits coach said. "We just have to get ready for the state tournament."
Meanwhile Xavier and Amity have been the number two and three teams in the state for the past month and the defending SCC champion Spartans were eager to avenge a 6-5 loss to the Falcons late in the season.
"We wanted to play them pretty bad," Amity coach Sal Coppola said. "We thought that they played us tough, but we had a real good chance when we played them."
Xavier wanted a rematch, too. However, they will settle for a shot to face the Spartans again in the state tournament.
"I'd love to play them again, but I can also look down to a week and a half and play them then," Xavier coach Rich Magner said. "I think if you look at the schedule and realize if we played Sunday and then we have to worry about Tuesday or Tuesday, Wednesday, I think that's asking a lot of a high school pitching staff."
SCC Semifinals PostponedAn early morning shower has made Quigley Feld, the site of the semifinals, unplayable thus postponing the semifinals to Saturday and pushing the final to Sunday.
The semifinals have also been moved to West Haven High, the site of the final. There will be two semifinal games Saturday, one at 2 and the other at 4, with the final being played Sunday at 3. For more information, stay right here.
The Final Four
Semifinals Bracket Breakdown
(Thursday at Quigley Stadium)
Fairfield Prep vs. Amity , 4
Southern Connecticut Conference
The Last Eight StandingNo. 1 Xavier (19-1): Only loss to Shelton, otherwise these guys can be unhittable and almost unbeatable.
No. 2 Amity (15-3): Pitchers Mike Concato and Sam Nepiarsky give the defending champs a great 1-2 punch.
No. 3 Fairfield Prep (14-6): Coach Rudy Mauritz said they have to focus on the little things to win big.
No. 4 North Haven (12-7): They are more than just a loud bench.
No. 5 Shelton (13-6): The Gaels have found a way, despite losing most of its core from the 2012 SCC title runner-up team.
No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven (13-7): Injuries to Griffin Garabedian and Greg Zullo could not stop the Green Knights.
No. 7 West Haven (11-8): Cameron Stone and Co. make the Blue Devils a formidable seventh seed.
No. 8 Hand (9-9): The Tigers are not just focused, they're hyperfocused.
Quarterfinals Bracket BreakdownFour out of the eight teams are from the five-team Quinnipiac Division (Xaver, Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame-West Haven and West Haven). ... Hand is the only division champ that will not host a playoff game in the first round. Xavier, Amity and North Haven all won their division. ...If West Haven pulls off upsets in each round, it will technically host the final, since it is at West Haven High School due to renovations at Yale Field. ... Despite the success of the Milford Post 196 team last summer, no Milford team qualified for the SCC tournament.
The Quarterfinal Capsules
No. 8 Hand at No. 1 Xavier, 4 p.m.Season series: Did not play.
All about Hand: Won the SCC Hammonasset Division title outright for the first time in school history. ... The Tigers are currently 1-3 against teams that qualified for the SCC tournament. ... The Tigers did win three consecutive games all season.
Hand's top players: Sr. Ben Bednarczyk, Sr. Adam Nuzzo, Jr. Scott Braren.
Hand coach: Travis LaPointe.
All about Xavier: Won the SCC Quinnipiac Division with a perfect 8-0 record. ... Close the season on a 13-game winning streak, the longest in the SCC. ... 4-1 against SCC playoff teams, the only team to beat them is Shelton. ... The Falcons are averaging 8.5 runs per game.
Xavier's top players: Sr. Matt Albanese, Jr. Jack Gethings, Jr. Chris Cardi, Jr. Sean Carroll.
Xavier coach: Rich Magner.
Prediction: Xavier 9-4.
No. 7 West Haven at No. 2 Amity, 4 p.m.Season series: Amity won only meeting 10-4 on April 6.
All about West Haven: 2-1 in extra inning games, with the lone loss coming to top-seeded Xavier 3-2 in nine innings. ... Longest winning streak of the season is four games. The Blue Devils won four games twice this season. ... West Haven went 1-7 against SCC tournament teams.
West Haven's top players: Sr. Cameron Stone, Sr. Tyler Gambardella, Sr. Bobby Moretti, Jr. Nick Price.
West Haven coach: Mike Anquillare.
All about Amity: Won the SCC Housatonic Division for the 10th straight season. ... Won the SCC last season. ... Are only giving up 1.6 runs per game through 18 games. ... Two of the Spartans three loses came courtesy of unearned runs. ... All of their defeats are one-run losses.
Amity's top players: Sr. Mike Concato, Sr. Sam Nepiarsky, Jr. Jake Russo, Sr. Keith Klebart, Sr. Justin Ashworth.
Amity coach: Sal Coppola.
Prediction: Amity 6-2.
No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven at No. 3 Fairfield Prep, 4 p.m.Season series: Fairfield Prep won both meetings, 7-6 (12) on April 15 and 4-0 on May 6
All about Notre Dame-West Haven: Played most of the season without two best players, Greg Zullo and Griffin Garabedian. ... The Green Knights got upset by Law in the first round last season. ... The Green Knights ended the season on a three-game winning streak, its third three-game winning streak of the season.
Notre Dame-West Haven's top players: Sr. Griffin Garabedian, Sr. Greg Zullo, Sr. Wes Paulsen, Jr. Drew Arciuolo, Sr. Troy Terzi, Jr. John Amendola.
Notre Dame-West Haven coach: Lou Kessler.
All about Prep: Finished second in the SCC Quinnipiac Division. ... Lost two of its last three games to close the season. ... Opened the year on a season-high four-game winning streak. ... 5-4 against SCC tournament teams. ... Defeated Amity 1-0.
Prep's top players: Jr. Shawn Blake, Sr. David Gerics, Jr. Dean Lockery,
Prep coach: Rudy Mauritz.
Prediction: Notre Dame-West Haven 6-4 (8).
No. 5 Shelton at No. 4 North Haven, 4:30 p.m.Season series: North Haven won lone meeting 1-0 on April 22.
All about Shelton: Lost in last season's SCC final. ... Won a season-high five games in a row in mid April. ... Only team to beat Xavier this season. ... The Gaels defeated Xavier the same day the Falcons were voted No. 1 in the state. ... 3-5 against teams in the SCC tournament heading into last game of the season. ... Only lost back-to-back games this season once, losing to Amity and North Haven on April 19 and 22.
Shelton's top players: Sr. Ryan Testani, Sr. Vin Backert, Sr. Marcello Usrini, Sr. Tyler Tice, Sr. Ed Groth, So. Justin Lynch.
Shelton coach: Scott Gura.
All about North Haven: Won the SCC Oronoque Division. .. There were a total of 20 strikeouts in the Indians 1-0 victory over the Gaels. ... Won a season-high eight straight games in mid-April. ... 3-1 in games decided by two runs or less. ... 5-4 at home going into last game of the season.
North Haven's top players: Sr. Matt Oestreicher, Sr. Zack Brown, Sr. Chandler Andrewsen, Sr. Mike Acampora.
North Haven coach: Bob DeMayo.
Prediction: Shelton 3-1.
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Tournament champions2012: Amity over Shelton 2-1.
2011: Cheshire over Fairfield Prep 14-0.
2010: Shelton over Amity 4-3 (9).
2009: Law over Foran 11-6.
2008: ND-West Haven over Amity 10-8.
2007: Guilford over Amity 7-1.
2006: Amity over Xavier 5-1.
2005: Amity over North Haven 14-3.
2004: Amity over Xavier 6-1.
2003: West Haven over Amity 7-4.
2002: North Haven over West Haven 9-6.
2001: Cancelled, co-champs declared.
2000: Shelton over ND-West Haven 8-2.
1999: Branford over West Haven 11-10.
1998: Xavier over Branford 6-3.
1997: ND-West Haven over North Haven 2-1.
1996: ND-West Haven over Cheshire 6-3.
1995: ND-West Haven over West Haven 2-1.