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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Foran stuns North Haven

Foran stunned North Haven 4-3 Friday with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Mike Deptulski. Read the story. Below, Deptulski talks about his game-winning hit.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

Notre Dame-West Haven knocks off Amity, Hamden picks up its second win and the rest of Friday's baseball news.

Bob DeMayo remains at 799

Mike Deptulski hit a walk-off single to score Mike Carroll in the bottom of the seventh, lifting Foran to a 4-3 win over North Haven.
Indians coach Bob DeMayo remains at 799 career wins. He will go for win No. 800 Monday at home against Xavier.

YouTube Clip of the Week

Clips of Branford native Mike Olt, now playing in the Rangers organization, taking batting practice and fielding.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

High School Baseball Chat

Here is the chat transcript from Thursday's high school baseball chat.

Going with the Pitch

Former Hopkins baseball player and Register All-Area selection Ken Jacobi has written a book about his experience as a collegiate baseball player.
It's titled, "Going with the Pitch: Adjusting to College Athletics"
Jacobi says, "it chronicles my four years as a Division I baseball player and student at Binghamton University."
Check out the book.

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, the Register will a former high school standout, who is now playing in college.

Kyle Cummings, Southern Connecticut State junior
High school: Hamden
Pos: INF
Games: 35
Avg: .358
2B: 10
RBIs: 14
Runs: 33
SB: 10
For more on Cummings, click here.

Wednesday's scoreboard/Bob DeMayo column

Brian Speer's walk-off homer in the eighth lifted Amity over Shelton, along with the rest of Wednesday's highlights.

Dave Solomon's column on legendary North Haven coach Bob DeMayo, as he goes for career win No. 800.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

High School Baseball Chat

The Register's Chris Hunn and Shelton coach Scott Gura will talk high school baseball and take your questions Thursday night at 7:30. Check back Thursday for the link.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday's scoreboard

St. Joseph's remains undefeated and the rest of Tuesday's area games.

Esposito stepping up for Amity

Amity senior Mark Esposito has taken on more of a pitching role than expected this season.

A young and inexperienced rotation has forced the right-handed Esposito to see more innings on the mound. He has thrived so far, going 1-0 with two saves. He missed a start Monday against Branford because of a pulled hamstring. Until the sophomores come along, Esposito’s presence will be critical.

Keep in mind he started in the state tournament as a sophomore. He took on a lesser role last season with the emergence of Amity’s dynamic pitching the duo of Louis Concato and Joe Ciancola. Both are Division I pitchers now.

Esposito will play at Marshall next season and will likely pitch there. Amity coach Sal Coppola said he throws in the mid to upper 80s and a tremendous curve ball.

Weekly baseball package

Baseball notes featuring Fairfield Prep, Torrington and more here.

In the spotlight: A look at Wilbur Cross, games of the week and top performances from last week.

Hopkins senior Matt Luciani's latest diary entry.

Register Top 10 poll.

Area Aces with Branford's Jeff Stoddard.

Monday's scoreboard

North Haven coach Bob DeMayo earns career win No. 800 and the rest of Monday's scoreboard.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Area Aces: Jeff Stoddard

Each Monday, the Register will take a look at one of the area's top pitchers. This week we catch up with Branford's Jeff Stoddard.

Register Top 10 poll

The SCC claims five of the Top 10 spots and Pomperaug remains at No. 1. Check out the poll.

Diamond Gems

Each Monday, the Register will highlight last week's top performances in Diamond Gems.

Keith Klebart, Amity: Had two hits and three RBIs in an 11-5 win over Cheshire on Thursday.

Johnny Johnson, North Haven: Had two hits, three runs and drove in the game-winning run on a suicide squeeze bunt in a 5-4 win over Shelton on Thursday.

Joe Zanghi, Foran: Homered twice in a 4-1 win over Hand on Wednesday.

John McCall, Platt Tech: Went 4-for-4 with two triples in a 9-6 victory over Barlow on Tuesday.

Connor David, Cheshire: Had two home runs and drove in four runs in a 12-11 win over Shelton on Monday.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

YouTube Clip of the Week

Amity product Jason Esposito hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 17th inning to lift Vanderbilt to an 11-10 win over Louisville. Check out the clip.

Thursday's scoreboard

Notre Dame-West Haven knocks off West Haven and the rest of Thursday's recap here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Derby over Ansonia

Check out the game story with video here.

High School Baseball chat

Come chat with the Register's Chris Hunn and Ed Dipersio of the Connecticut Scouting Bureau tonight at 7 p.m.

Derby beats Ansonia

Derby 12, Ansonia 5

At Derby

Recap: With the game tied at 3 in the third, Derby's Justin Olenoski drove in two runs with a single to right field to put the Red Raiders ahead. That highlighted a six-run inning for the Red Raiders. Ansonia committed six errors.

Derby: Olenoski went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Colin Haydu went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.

Ansonia: Ryan O'Connor homered. Bob Schryver tripled and scored two runs.

WP: Ray Kreiger (3-1) 7 IP, 5 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

LP: Alex Chosczyk (0-2)

Team records: Derby 6-2, Ansonia 2-6

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, the Register will a former high school standout, who is now playing in college.

Conor Keniry, Wake Forest freshman
High school: Notre Dame-West Haven
Games: 29
Avg: .209
Hits: 16
RBIs: 5
Runs: 10
SB: 3
For more on Keniry, click here.

Wednesday's scoreboard

Law gets its first win, Old Saybrook falls for the first time this season and the rest of Wednesday's scores here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

High School Baseball Chat

The Register's Chris Hunn and Ed Dipersio, of the Connecticut Scouting Bureau, will be talking high school baseball Thursday night at 7 p.m. Check back here Thursday night for the link.

Tuesday's scoreboard

Lyman Hall improves to 4-2. Check out Tuesday's scoreboard.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Warde much improved

Aside from the fact that Fairfield Warde has dropped its last two games, it has made some strides.

Warde opened the season 5-0 after failing to qualify for the state tournament. Warde has already picked up quality wins over teams like Norwalk and Greenwich.

One through nine, Warde has a solid lineup that puts the ball in play and boasts good speed. Lead off guy Mike Garcia has been setting the bale, batting .400 with two home runs entering this week. Dario Pugliano (.526) and Will Halliday (.450) have also been key contributors at the plate.

Sophmore Mike Defillippis and junior Shane Goven are two young, solid arms and lead the pitching rotation.

"I thought we’d be much improved from last year,” coach Mike Caron said. “Our offense has been capitalizing on big innings. We’ve gotten key two-out hits and haven’t been stranding a lot of runners.”

Baseball package

Baseball notebook featuring Branford, Shelton's Mike Georgalas, Staples' hot start and more here.

In the spotlight: A look at Hamden

Games of the week here

And in case you missed it, check out the Top 10 poll.

Monday's scoreboard

Cheshire's stunning comeback, Xavier knocks off West Haven and more here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Area Aces

Each week the Register will take a look at one of the top pitchers in the area. Up this week is West Haven's Eric Stone. Check out the video.

Register Top 10 poll

Pomperaug remains at No. 1. Check out the poll.

Diamond Gems

Each Monday, the Register will highlight last week's top performances in Diamond Gems.

Mike Georgalas, Shelton: Threw a one-hitter in a 9-1 win over previously undefeated Branford on Friday. He struck out five and also added two hits and two RBIs.

Nick Nieves: Career: Went the distance, allowing just five hits and struck out five in a 5-0 win over Lyman Hall on Friday.

Jeff Stoddard, Branford: His game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Hornets to a 6-5 win over Xavier on Thursday.

Austin French, Hamden Hall: Went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, three runs and two homers in a 13-5 win over Hopkins on Thursday.

Greg Zullo, Notre Dame-West Haven: Had a three-run home run and five RBIs in the Green Knights 20-3 win over East Haven Thursday.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday's scoreboard

Check out Saturday's scoreboard and vote for Saturday's star.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

Check out Friday's scoreboard and vote for Friday's star.

Georgalas pitches one-hitter

Mike Georgalas tossed a one-hitter to lift Shelton to a 9-1 win Friday night over previously unbeaten Branford at Shelton.

Georgalas went the distance and struck out five for the Gaels (3-2). He also added two hits and two RBIs.

Nick Dummar homered in the first inning for Branford’s only hit. The Hornets fall to 4-1.

Brennan back for Sheehan

Sheehan senior catcher Mark Brennan made his senior debut Thursday in the Titans 16-6 win over Hillhouse.

Brennan, who missed Sheehan’s first three games with a hand injury, went 1-for-3 with a triple against the Academics. The Titans also beat Hamden 6-3 Friday with Brennan behind the dish.

“I expect him to be the same guy,” Sheehan coach Matt Altieri said. “He knows what he has to do. He’s got a good head and bat at the plate.”

The Marist-bound Brennan finished with seven home runs and 12 RBIs last season for the Titans, who won the Class L state title.

YouTube Clip of the Week

Bubba Starling, an outfielder from Gardner, Kan., is perhaps the top high school prospect heading into this year's MLB Draft. Here's some highlights of Starling...

Thursday's scoreboard

Check out Thursday's scoreboard and vote for Thursday's star.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pitching woes continue for Amity

After today's 5-3 loss to Foran, Amity now stands 2-2. Though early, it's surprising to see the Spartans at .500.

Junior Vin Siena has been absolutely crushing the ball and Nick Baviello, headed to Southern Connecticut State, is also hitting very well. Amity has some hitters.

Coach Sal Coppola said the concern lies on the mound. The Spartans have a very young and inexperienced rotation.

Sophomore Mike Concato struggled against the Lions. His command was off and he was relieved in the fourth by another sophomore Sam Nepiarsky. Amity will need Concato, Nepiarsky, and another sophomore, Max Ritchie to mature quickly. Until then, the Spartans will rely heavily on ace E.J. Ashworth (headed to Fairfield). Also, the Spartans may have to look to closer Mark Esposito to take on a starting role.

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, the Register will a former high school standout, who is now playing in college.

Dan Paolini, Siena junior
High school: Bunnell
Pos: 2B
Games: 32
Avg: .347
RBIs: 38
HR: 11
Runs: 26
Slg%: .661
For more on Paolini, click here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday's postponements

Kaynor Tech at Whitney Tech, ppd. to April 26, 4 p.m.
Bullard-Havens at Platt Tech, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Abbott Tech at O’Brien Tech, 4 p.m.
Hyde at East Hampton, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Coginchaug at Old Saybrook, ppd. to Thursday
Haddam-Killingworth at Morgan
Portland at North Branford, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Old Lyme at Valley Regional, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Seymour at Derby, ppd. to Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Ansonia at Wolcott
SCC interdivision
Notre Dame-West Haven at East Haven, 3 p.m.
Wilbur Cross at West Haven, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Career at Hamden, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Amity at Foran, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hand at Shelton, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hillhouse at Sheehan, ppd. to Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Xavier at Branford, ppd. to Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Cheshire at Law, ppd. to today, 4 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Guilford, ppd. to Tuesday, 4 p.m.
St. Joseph at Ridgefield, ppd. to Thursday, 4 p.m.
Bunnell at New Fairfield, ppd. to Thursday, 4:15 p.m.
Loomis-Chaffee at Hopkins, 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teixeira leading Hamden Hall

Hamden Hall is off to a 5-0 start. A lot of that has to do with Vin Teixeira. Check out this story and video of the Hornets senior.

Cheshire starting to hit stride

Cheshire may be the team to beat in the SCC this season. Check out this story about the Rams. It also includes video highlights.

Romano tosses no-hitter

Tennessee-bound right-hander Sal Romano tossed a no-hitter to lead Southington to a 5-0 win over Bristol Central Monday. He finished with 10 strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter.

Read the game story here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday's Best, Monday's scoreboard

Vote for Monday's best.
Check out Monday's scoreboard here.

A promising season for North Branford

Caught up with North Branford coach Billy Mitchell Sunday. He said the Thunderbirds have shown early signs of an overachieving offense, putting up a combined 16 runs in their first two games.

North Branford fell 8-7 in nine innings to East Haven Saturday. Even though North Branford lost the game, it shows the Thunderbirds potential this season. They hung with East Haven, a strong team coming out of a powerhouse conference in the SCC. The Easties brought in Mike Anastasio in the sixth to close out the game. But North Branford had other plans, crushing the ball against the Easties ace.

North Branford already has the pitching. Senior Taylor Gamache and junior Matt Scavo, along with sophomore Kyle Johnson pitched against the Easties. Mitchell said they all threw well. It was some uncharacteristic errors (North Branford committed five) that cost them the game.

Gamache, Scavo and Johnson aren't even the Thunderbirds go-to arms. That would be seniors Dan Esposito and Mike Damone. Mitchell was holding them for today's Shoreline Conference showdown with Haddam-Killingworth. So if Gamache, Scavo and Johnson continue, that will give North Branford some real pitching depth.

Look for North Branford to be a real conference contender this season.

Diamond Gems

Each Monday, the Register will highlight last week's top performances in Diamond Gems.

Jeff Stoddard, Branford: Struck out 11 and allowed just three hits and no earned runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over Law on Wednesday.

Vin Guglietti, East Haven: Hit a grand slam in a 14-6 victory over Guilford on Wednesday.

Vin Teixeira, Hamden Hall: Went 3-for-4 with a home runs, two runs and four RBIs in a 8-7 win over Rye.

Bobby Moretti, West Haven: His two-run double with two outs in the seventh lifted the Westies to a 4-3 victory over East Haven on Friday.

Alec Jannotta, Branford: Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, and also knocked in the game-winning run Friday in a 7-6 11-inning win over Notre Dame-West Haven.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday's scoreboard

Branford defeats ND-WH in 11 innings

Read the game story.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Branford edges Notre Dame-West Haven

Branford 7, Notre Dame-West Haven 6 (11 innings)

Recap: Alec Jannotta’s single to left field drove in Buddy Shea for the game-winning run in top of the 11th inning at Quigley Stadium. Branford trailed 6-1 entering the fifth inning and scored five runs in that frame to tie the game.

Branford: Jannotta went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Shea went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

Notre Dame: Mike Panza went 2-for-7 with two doubles, an RBI and a run.

WP: Nick Dibroi (1-0) 6 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Mike Terzi (0-1)

Team records: Branford 2-0, Notre Dame 1-1

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday's roundup

Thursday's baseball roundup here.

Also, vote for the star of the day.

West Haven notes

Stopped by West Haven’s practice today, a day after the Westies knocked off Cheshire 5-2 on opening day. Boston College-bound pitcher Eric Stone tossed a three-hitter and finished with six strikeouts for West Haven. He also went 2-for-5 with two runs. Stone said it certainly helped boost his confidence to have a pitching performance like that against a team with eight eventual college players on its roster. Stone is clearly at full strength after missing last season with a torn meniscus (the second time he suffered the injury). He said he was throwing in the high 80s.

  • Stone also said sophomore Bobby Moretti has been pitching well. Moretti was the ace for the Shelton Little League team, which reached the Little League World Series four years ago. Stone said Moretti may start against Platt Tech on Saturday.

  • The Westies opened the season, playing with heavy hearts. West Haven assistant coach Shane Russell, 35, suffered a stroke last week, but is home now. Head coach Mike Anquillare said he was unsure if Russell would return this season. Following the win over Cheshire Wednesday, the team bus stopped Russell’s house to present him with the game ball.

Throwback Thursday

Each Thursday, the Register will a former high school standout, who is now playing in college.

Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt junior

High school: Amity

Pos: INF

Games: 30

Avg: .310

RBIs: 26

2B: 7

Slg %: .425

For more on Esposito, click here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Season Preview

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Preseason poll

Pomperaug starts the season where it ended last year - at the top. Check out the poll here.

Zahornasky looking good for Shelton

Just talked to Shelton coach Scott Gura. Junior Ryan Zahornasky is looking like the real deal. He hit .480 during Shelton's scrimmages drawing attention from some major DI schools. He will also be the Gaels ace this season.
Zahornasky hit .422 last season as a sophomore.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

State championships will soon need new home

It looks like the high school baseball championships will be moving

Don't swing and miss with your bat purchase

Check out this Register story on new standards for baseball bats.