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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

American Legion schedules

The Register is asking American Legion coaches to please e-mail their schedules to

Diamond Club Honorees

The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club will honor 35 area high school baseball players at its annual award banquet Sunday at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden.

Each player will be presented with the John Whitey Piurek “There’s No I In Team” Award. The club will also present the Samuel Burrell Jr. Coach of the Year award to North Branford coach Billy Mitchell. Also, Branford will be honored with the George Klivak Team of the Year award. North Haven coach Bob DeMayo will be honored for winning his 800th career game earlier this season.

To purchase dinner tickets ($25) or to join the Diamond Club, contact Rose Mentone at 203-281-3987 or e-mail For more information, visit

The following players will be honored: Anthony Faggiana (Amity), Alex Chosczyk (Ansonia), Joe Massey (Branford), Taylor Gamache (North Branford), Juliano Nieves (Career), Brian Sica (North Haven), Greg Leonetti (Cheshire), Matt Biondi (Notre Dame-West Haven), O’Brien Tech (Nick Ascencao), Neftali Arroyo (Wilbur Cross), Joe Ferrantelli (Old Saybrook), Adam Greenhill (Derby), Dan Mroczka (Platt), Adam Poulin (East Haven), Pete Brauer (Platt Tech), Mark Brennan (Sheehan), Alex Heimman (Fairfield Prep), Dan McCue (Shelton), Steve Polito (Foran), Austin Braumann (Guilford), Marco Gasparro (Hamden Hall), Don Pfeiffer (Hamden), Brian Heflin (Hand), Lazaro Barrios (Hillhouse), Matt Luciani (Hopkins), Will Nieves (Hyde), Max Nowicki (Law), Billy Graeb (Lyman Hall), Wyatt Stanland (Old Lyme), Nate Calini (Morgan), Steve Lockman (Xavier), Cody Forrest (Westbrook) and Jeff Hill (West Haven).

State tournament preview

Here are some predictions, including upsets, final four picks and champions.

Also, here are five things to look for and five players to watch.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Register Top 10 poll

Check out the latest Register Top 10 poll.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cheshire wins first SCC title

No. 5 Cheshire completed its SCC tournament run with a 14-0 win over No. 3 Fairfield Prep in the conference final Saturday at Yale Field.

The win marks the Rams first SCC title. Check out the game story.

Class LL bracket changed

The following from the CIAC...

The class LL baseball bracket announced on Friday was incorrect.
The six-way tie from 4th-9th place was broken incorrectly. All six teams have records of 15-5. Within the six teams there were three cases of one team having a head-to-head advantage over another team (Amity over Cheshire, New Britain over Southington, Danbury over Staples). Each of the teams that lost to another head-to-head needs to go behind that team in the group.
order from that point on is determined by the tiebreaker numbers.
The Following is the corrected order and opponent for each school involved...

#4 Amity will host South Windsor
#5 Cheshire will host New Milford
#6 New Britain will host Trumbull
#7 Southington will host Ridgefield
#8 Danbury will host Shelton
#9 Staples will host Manchester

Here is the updated Class LL bracket.

SCC final

Here's a preview for Saturday's SCC final between No. 3 Fairfield Prep and No. 5 Cheshire.

Follow @nhrbaseball on Twitter for score updates.

Friday, May 27, 2011

State tournament breakdown

Here's a quick breakdown of the four state tournament brackets, which were released today. Check back Tuesday for the Register's tournament preview.

Class LL

Top four seeds: No. 1 Glastonbury, No. 2 Pomperaug, No. 3 McMahon and No. 4 Staples

Notes: Pomperaug is the defending champion. The top half of this bracket is loaded with teams like Glastonbury, Newington, Southington, Danbury, West Haven, Amity and Staples. The top-seeded Tomahawks earn a first-round bye.

Intriguing first-round matchups: No. 25 Shelton vs. No. 8 Southington, No. 16 Windsor vs. No. 17 Newington, No. 19 Greenwich vs. No. 14 Norwalk and No. 15 Newtown vs. No. 18 Bristol Central.

Teams to keep an eye on...
No. 14 Norwalk: Haven't lived up to expectations, but certainly talented.
No. 13 West Haven: One of the best pitching rotations in this tournament.
No. 12 Fairfield Prep: Maybe the hottest team in the bracket. The Jesuits have won eight straight and will play for an SCC title Saturday.

No. 6 Cheshire: Flat-out loaded and peaking at the right time.

Class L

Top four seeds: No. 1 Torrington, No. 2 Avon, No. 3 Berlin and No. 4 Branford.

Notes: The top-seeded Red Raiders have lost three of their last four. Defending champion Sheehan is No. 7. NVL finalist Wilby is No. 20. There are three play-in games in this tournament.

Intriguing first-round matchups: No. 7 Sheehan vs. No. 26 North Haven, No. 14 Masuk vs. No. 19 Waterford and No. 16 Farmington vs. No. 17 Fairfield Warde.

Teams to keep an eye on...

No. 16 Farmington: Have one of the top players in the bracket in Carson Helms and are capable of making a run.
No. 8 New London: Solid pitching staff and that's key in the postseason.
No. 15 Notre Dame-West Haven: Much better than its seed.
No. 7 Sheehan: This is the Titans' time of year.

No. 4 Branford: If the Hornets produce enough offense, the title is theirs.

Class M

Top four seeds: No. 1 St. Joseph, No. 2 Norwich Tech, No. 3 North Branford, No. 4 Abbott Tech.

Notes: No. 20 Montville is the defending champion. The Cadets' three losses have come to Class LL teams. North Branford catches a bad draw, getting No. 30 East Haven in the first round. The Easties beat the Thunderbirds twice in the regular season. Holy Cross and Woodland will meet in a play-in game on Saturday and the winner will face St. Joseph.

Intriguing first-round matchups: No. 9 Northwestern vs. No. 24 Stonington, No. 4 North Branford vs. No. 30 East Haven and No. 11 Haddam-Killingworth vs. No. 22 Seymour.

Teams to keep an eye on...
No. 20 Montville: The Indians have the experience after winning it all last year.
No. 21 Bethel: Bethel beat Pomperaug twice this season.
No. 31 Stratford: Not the most talented team, but the Red Devils have two solid pitchers and a good draw.
No. 30 East Haven: Got beat up playing in the SCC, but have potential to do some damage here.

No. 1 St. Joseph looks like the safest pick here.

Class S

Top four seeds: No. 1 East Catholic, No. 2 East Hampton, No. 3 Windsor Locks and No. 4 Wamogo.

Notes: The top three seeds earn first-round byes. No. 25 Northwest Catholic is the defending champion. No. 23 St. Paul won the NVL title. No. 6 St. Bernard is an ECC finalist.

Intriguing first-round matchups: No. 9 Old Saybrook vs. No. 24 Sacred Heart, No. 13 Westbrook vs. No. 20 Hale-Ray and No. 12 Immaculate vs. No. 21 Notre Dame-Fairfield.

Teams to keep an eye on...
No. 25 Northwest Catholic: Simply because the Indians won the title last year.
No. 24 Sacred Heart: Solid pitching staff.
No. 15 Career: The Panthers play in the SCC, so they are battle tested.
No. 7 Derby: The Red Raiders have been struggling a bit, but were one of the favorites coming into the season.

No. 1 East Catholic
A lot like Northwest Catholic from last year. East Catholic has beaten some of the top teams from the bigger classes. It has one of the top pitchers in this tournament in Tucker Panciera and very strong offense.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SCC semifinals

No. 5 Cheshire beat top-seeded Amity 6-2 in the SCC semifinals. Read the game story here.

No. 2 Fairfield Prep advances to first SCC final with a 5-3 win over No. 3 Branford.

Throwback Thursday

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

Mike Rubino, WNEC sophomore
High school: Career
Pos: INF
Avg: .417
Runs: 44
2B: 10
RBIs: 41
OBP: .484
Hits: 80

WNEC will open NCAA Division III Baseball Championship play against Keystone College (Pa.) at 8:45 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Shoreline Conference tournament schedule

No. 6 Old Saybrook at No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m.
No. 5 Old Lyme at No. 4 Cromwell, 3:45 p.m.
Old Saybrook/Haddam-Killingworth winner at No. 2 East Hampton, 11 a.m.
Old Lyme/Cromwell winner at No. 1 North Branford, 2 p.m.
At Indian River Park, 2 p.m.

Wednesday's scoreboard

Cheshire blanks West Haven and Branford edges Notre Dame-West Haven in the opening round of the SCC tournament.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Baseball package

Latest Register Top 10 poll

Baseball notebook, featuring Cheshire Academy's Jack Pritchard.

Derby's Ray Kreiger highlighted in this week's edition of Area Aces.

Seymour is in the spotlight this week. Also includes top performances and games of the week.

SCC Tournament postponed

Today's games have been postponed. Tournament play will begin Wednesday.

No. 8 Foran vs. No. 1 Amity at Quigley Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Cheshire vs. No. 4 West Haven at Yale Field, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. No. 2 Branford at Yale Field, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Sheehan at No. 3 Fairfield Prep at West Haven High 7 p.m.

Thursday at Yale, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday at Yale, noon

Monday, May 23, 2011

SCC tournament predictions

I'm probably better off picking out of a hat because of this year's parity. Based on my pitching-matchup projections, here's how the SCC tournament should go...

Quaterfinals, Tuesday
No. 2 Branford vs. No. 7 Notre Dame-West Haven at West Haven High, 4 p.m.: The Green Knights have lost two extra-games to the Hornets this season. But that was without ace Gary Flowers on the mound. He makes a difference.
Pick: Notre Dame-West Haven

No. 3 Fairfield Prep vs. No. 6 Sheehan at West Haven High, 7 p.m.: The Titans always succeed in the postseason and they have beaten Jesuits top pitcher Anthony Redamonti twice already.
Pick: Sheehan

No. 4 West Haven vs. No. 5 Cheshire at Quigley Stadium, 4 p.m.: Probably the toughest game to predict in the opening round. Cheshire has the most talent in the SCC and it's likely Max Slade will be on the mound. But can't go against Eric Stone and a team coached by Mike Anquillare.
Pick: West Haven

No. 1 Amity vs. No. 8 Foran at Quigley Stadium, 7 p.m.: E.J. Ashworth helps the Spartans bounce back after a two-game skid.
Pick: Amity

Semifinals, Thursday at Yale Field, 4 and 7 p.m.
No. 7 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. No. 6 Sheehan: If the weather holds up, this will be the Green Knights third game in as many days. The Titans get the best of a worn down Notre Dame squad.
Pick: Sheehan

No. 4 West Haven vs. No. 1 Amity: Jeremy Soule has the talent, but has been inconsistent. However, so has the Spartans' secondary pitchers. Amity has the better offense though, and the Spartans beat West Haven twice.
Pick: Amity

Championship, Saturday at Yale Field, noon
No. 6 Sheehan vs. No. 1 Amity: A nice run by the Titans, but the Spartans win their fourth SCC title.
Pick: Amity

Register Top 10 poll

St. Joseph moves back to No. 1 in the Top 10 poll. Amity and Branford both fall, after dropping two straight.

Doran lifts Stanford over Arizona (VIDEO)

I mentioned this last week, but wanted to post the video.

Law product Brett Michael Doran's two-out single in the 11th lifted
Stanford to a 1-0 walk-off win over Arizona.

Eagles soaring high as season winds down

East Catholic dropped just its second game this season on Saturday, falling to Glastonbury 9-4.

That’s pretty impressive considering the Eagles returned just one starter back from last year’s squad.

At 16-2, East Catholic has to be the favorite to win the Class S state tournament.

They have one of the state’s top arms in senior Tucker Panciera, a crafty Fairfield-bound lefty. He’s 6-1 (only lost two games in four years) and is batting above .400 with 15 RBIs.

From the top to bottom, their lineup doesn’t seem to have a hole, and the Eagles got a big boost (literally and figuratively) from Manchester-transfer K.C. Carone. The 6-3, 250-pound junior has stepped in the clean-up spot and is batting around .500 with two homers in six games.

After falling to Southington on opening day, East Catholic rattled off 15 straight wins. That included wins over Glastonbury and Berlin.

The Eagles face Manchester today and Windsor on Wednesday before heading into the state tournament, likely as the top seed.

Diamond Gems

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

Connor David, Cheshire: Hit for the cycle with three runs and two RBIs in the Rams 7-0 win over Hand on Friday.

Gabe Cretella, Seymour: Had three hits, including a three-run homer, and picked up the save in the Wildcats 7-5 victory Friday over Wolcott.

Ray Kreiger, Derby: His walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Red Raiders to a 4-3 win over St. Paul on Thursday. He was also the winning pitcher.

Matt Burns, Xavier: Went 4-for-5 with a triple, a run and three stolen bases in the Falcons 5-4 win Saturday over Branford.

Austin French, Hamden Hall: Struck out 18 of the 21 batters he faced and allowed just two hits to lead the Hornets to the Fairchester League title with a 6-0 win over King on Sunday.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday baseball

Shelton keeps its state tournament streak alive, clinching its 31st straight berth with a 4-0 win over Branford.
Also, Pomperaug, the top team in the state, fell to Bethel 5-3 today. Bethel has handed Pomperaug two of its three losses this season.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday's scoreboard

Xavier knocks off Branford in nine innings, along with the rest of Saturday's games.

Doran lifts Stanford

Some doubted that Law product Brett Michael Doran would succeed on the diamond at Stanford. See why he's proving critics wrong.

Cheshire getting ready for postseason run

Cheshire blanked Hand 7-0 Friday and continued to prime itself for the postseason. Check out this story about the Rams.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

Mike Palmquist lifts Ansonia to a upset over Derby and more on Friday's scoreboard.

David hits for cyle, leads Cheshire over Hand

Connor David hit for the cycle to lead Cheshire to a 7-0 win over Hand on Friday.

David went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. He finished off the feat with a triple on the seventh.

Ryan Rougeot tossed a shutout, scattering six hits over six innings and striking out four for the Rams.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

SCC Tournament pairings

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, May 24

#2 Branford vs. #7 Notre Dame - 4 p.m. @Piurek Field - West Haven HS

#3 Fairfield Prep vs. #6 Sheehan - 7 p.m. @Piurek Field - West Haven HS

#4 West Haven vs. #5 Cheshire - 4 p.m. @Quigley Stadium

#1 Amity vs. #8 Foran - 7 p.m. @Quigley Stadium

Semifinals – Thursday, May 26 – 4 and 7 p.m. @Yale Field

Championship Game – Saturday, May 28 – 12 noon @Yale Field

High School Baseball Chat

Tonight's high school baseball chat with the Register's Chris Hunn and state tournament director Fred Balsamo will begin at 8 p.m. Come join us. Here's the link.

Throwback Thursday

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

John Hermanson, Sacred Heart
High school: Law
Pos: RHP
Rec: 6-1
ERA: 3.43
IP: 42
SO: 24
SV: 1

High School Baseball Chat

The Register's Chris Hunn will be chatting with state tournament director Fred Balsamo tonight at 8 p.m. Link will be posted tonight. Come ask your questions.

Guglietti raking for East Haven before heading to Quinnipiac

Vin Guglietti is having a great year at the plate, hitting .531 with 22 RBIs and has gotten a hit in all 18 games for the Easties this season.

He's hoping to lead the Easties to a state tournament berth. East Haven needs one more win with games against Notre Dame-West Haven and North Branford remaining.

Read more on Guglietti here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday's postponements

Abbott Tech at Platt Tech, ppd. to Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Seymour at Woodland, 3:30 p.m.
Morgan at North Branford, ppd. to Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Coginchaug at East Hampton
Valley Regional at Haddam-Killingworth, ppd. to Monday, 3:45 p.m.
Hale-Ray at Old Saybrook, ppd. to Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Stratford at Masuk, ppd. to today, 4 p.m.
SCC interdivision
Notre Dame-West Haven at East Haven, ppd. to today, 3:30 p.m.
West Haven at Wilbur Cross
Hamden at Career (East Shore), ppd. to Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Sheehan at Hillhouse
Branford at Xavier (Palmer Field), ppd. to Saturday, noon
Law at Cheshire, ppd. to today, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at North Haven, 6 p.m.
Shelton at Hand, ppd. to Saturday, noon
Guilford at Lyman Hall, ppd. to Monday, 7 p.m.
Foran at Amity, ppd. to Saturday, 1 p.m.
Harding at St. Joseph, ppd. to today, 4 p.m.
Brookfield at Bunnell, ppd. to Saturday, 2 p.m.
Parish Hill at Whitney Tech, ppd. to today, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Overuse syndrome in young pitchers

I recently received this press release via e-mail about overuse syndrome in young baseball players.
A study by Dr. Ken Schiffman of Hinsdale Orthopedics in Hinsdale, Ill., followed 481 pitchers for 10 years. The study found that young players, who pitched more than 100 innings in a year were 3.5 times more likely to be injured than pitchers who pitch less.
For more, click here.

Field set for SCC Tournament

Sheehan's 3-2 win over Xavier on Monday knocked the Falcons out of contention for a SCC tournament spot and now the eight-team field is set.

Amity, Branford, Notre Dame-West Haven and Foran earned automatic bids for winning their division.

Cheshire Fairfield Prep, Sheehan and West Haven earned the wild card spots. Amity will be the top seed and Branford will be No. 2. Seeds three though eight will be determined after Wednesday's games.

Weekly baseball package

Check out the latest Register Top 10 poll.

Baseball notebook: Parity in the SCC, down year for the ECC and more.

In the spotlight with Guilford, along with this week's top games and last week's top performances.

Area Aces with Hopkins right-hander Simon Mathews.

Matt Luciani's latest diary entry.

And in case you missed it, Muzzy Field will host the state finals.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Area Aces: Simon Mathews

Mathews is a lanky sophomore right-hander for Hopkins. He has windup, which is reminiscent of former major league pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.

Mathews top performance of the season came earlier this month when he shut down rival Hamden Hall, pitching a complete-game two-hitter, striking out six and walking five in a 6-1 win.

Check out Mathews in this week's edition of Area Aces.

Top 10 poll

Pomperaug moves back to the top and Amity moves up to No. 2. Check out the poll here.

Muzzy Field to host state finals

Fred Balsamo confirmed Monday that Muzzy Field will host the four state championship games.
He also said Palmer Field will host some quarterfinal and semifinal games.
Read the story here.

Diamond Gems

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

Tanner Givens, Hamden: His three-run home run keyed the Green Dragons 6-5 win over West Haven on Friday.

Vin Siena Amity: Had a double, home run, two runs and three RBIs in an 8-2 win over Branford.

Sage Leonard, North Branford: His single drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a 3-2 win over East Hampton.

Dan Milardo: Haddam-Killingworth: Hit for the cycle, including a grand slam, and had six RBIs in a 14-3 win over Ellington. Also had three hits in wins against Old Saybrook and East Hampton.

Stephen Falcigno, Hopkins: Finished the week going 6-for-10 with four runs and seven RBIs in three Hilltoppers wins.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Feature story on Jason Esposito

Former Amity standout Jason Esposito is having a great season at Vanderbilt and could be a first round pick in next month's MLB Draft. Check out this feature story by the Register's Dave Borges.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

SCC Tournament picture

With Hand’s 14-13 loss to Fairfield Prep Saturday, the Tigers are now eliminated from the SCC playoffs.

Division winners Amity (Housatonic), Branford (Oronoque), Foran (Hammonasset by tie-breaker) and Notre Dame-West Haven (Quinnipiac by tie-breaker) have clinched spots.

Amity has clinched the top seed and Branford secured the No. 2 spot.

West Haven, Cheshire, Fairfield Prep, Sheehan and Xavier are in the mix for the final four spots. If Xavier loses Tuesday to Shelton, the Falcons will be eliminated.

The SCC tournament schedule is as follows...
Quarterfinals: Tuesday, May 24 @Quigley Stadium & West Haven HS - Times TBA
Semifinals: Thursday, May 26 – 4 and 7 p.m. @Yale Field
Championship Game: Saturday, May 28 – 12 noon @Yale Field

Flying under the radar

Hamden Hall's Mike Cox has the numbers, grades, talent and even the New York Mets have expressed interest. So why is he still looking for a Division I home? Check out this feature on Cox.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

Hamden shocks West Haven and Branford clinches the No. 2 seed in the SCC tournament, along with the rest of Friday's scoreboard.

Nation's all-time winningest coaches

North Haven coach Bob DeMayo currently ranks 32nd on the nation's all-time win list for high school baseball coaches.
The Indians 14-1 win over Wilbur Cross on Wednesday gave DeMayo 802 career wins. The nation's winningest coach is Gene Schultz (Lansing Kee, IA), who entered this year with 1,636 career wins.
For the list of winningest coaches, check out the NFHS record book.

West Haven pitching staff

Here's a feature story on the Westies' talented pitching staff of Eric Stone, Jeremy Soule and Bobby Moretti. The trio of right-handers haven't been dominating on the mound as expected. But pitching is critical in the postseason, and pitcher for pitcher, West Haven may have the best rotation in the state.

Chat Transcript

Below is the transcript from Thursday's chat with Sheehan coach Matt Altieri...

Throwback Thursday

Sorry, wasn't able to blog yesterday. Blogger was down for most of the day. So here's Throwback Thursday on Fridy...

Will Jolin, UConn sophomore
High school: Guilford
Pos: RHP
APP: 16
Rec: 2-1
IP: 30
SO: 27
ERA: 2.40
BB: 10
For more on Jolin, click here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

High School Baseball Chat

The Register's Chris Hunn and Sheehan coach Matt Altieri will be chatting live tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Check back later for chat link.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cheshire trio to sign

Cheshire seniors Connor David (UConn), Max Slade (UConn) and Dominic Severino (Central Connecticut State) will be signing their NLI next Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. at the Cheshire High library.

Tuesday's scoreboard

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Amity, Branford clinch division titles

Amity clinched the SCC Housatonic Division title with a 3-2 win over Cheshire and Branford clinched the league's Oronqoue Division title with a 4-2 win over East Haven on Monday.

It's Amity's 12th title overall and eighth straight. It's also Branford's 12th division title.

Gura wins 50th game

Shelton coach Scott Gura won his 50th career game Monday when the Gaels edged North Haven 8-7. Gura reached the milestone in 3 1/2 seasons.

Baseball package

Feature story on Amity's Vin Siena, who is emerging as one of the state's top players.

A new No. 1 team in the Register Top 10 poll.

This week's Area Ace: Notre Dame-West Haven's Gary Flowers.

Baseball notebook featuring: Haddam-Killingworth, SCC coaches reflecting on Bob DeMayo's incredible milestone and more right here.

In the spotlight with East Haven. Also includes this week's top games and last week's top performances.

Hopkins' senior Matt Luciani's latest diary entry.

Monday's scoreboard

Branford's Jeff Stoddard and Amity's Mike Concato both throw gems to keep the SCC's two hottest teams rolling. Here's Monday's scoreboard.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Register Top 10 poll

St. Joseph is the new No. 1. Three teams share the first-place votes. Check out the poll.

Area Aces: Gary Flowers

Right-hander Gary Flowers is a big reason why the Green Knights are 10-4 this season. Flowers is 5-0 and shutdown Fairfield Prep last week in an 8-2 victory. Flowers is featured in this week's edition of Area Aces.

Diamond Gems

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

Zach Carrano, St. Joseph: Went 5-for-5 with five RBIs in a 12-3 win over Westhill on Friday.

Simon Mathews, Hopkins: Went the distance, allowing just two hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts in a 6-1 win over Hamden Hall on Friday.

Will Nieves, Hyde: Hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs in a loss to Morgan on Thursday.

Kevin Erbe, North Haven: Finished with three hits and five RBIs in a 10-4 victory over East Haven on Thursday.

Joe Perez, North Branford: His RBI double in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Thunderbirds over Old Lyme 3-2 on Monday.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Baglini having big season for Notre Dame

Maybe it’s just because he’s a senior.

That’s the reason why Notre Dame-West Haven coach Lou Kessler says shortstop Christian Baglini is having a tremendous season at the plate.

“Sometimes seniors just step up,” Kessler said. “They know this is it. Especially in baseball. It’s spring time. You graduate in a month.”

Baglini, who will play at Stonehill next year, is batting around .350 with 17 RBIs and two home runs. He had two hits and two RBIs in the Green Knights 11-0 win over Hamden on Friday.

He set the tone with an unbelievable preseason, which included four triples in one game against Sheehan. He is coming into his own at shortstop, filling some big shoes left by Conor Keniry (now playing at Wake Forest). Baglini and second baseman Mike Panza is one the best combinations up the middle in the SCC.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday's scoreboard

West Haven comes back to knock off Guilford and East Haven upsets Cheshire on Friday.

Mathews shuts down Hamden Hall

Sophomore pitcher Simon Mathews went the distance, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts to lead Hopkins to a 6-1 win over rival Hamden Hall. Check out the story w/video.

YouTube Clip of the Week

Cheshire Academy's Jack Pritchard blasts a 491-foot home run last year at a showcase at Chase Field.

Thursday's scoreboard

Thursday's scoreboard: Hyde's Will Nieves hits for the cylce and Shelton drops another close one.

Transcript from Thursday's high school baseball chat

Thursday, May 5, 2011

High School Baseball Chat

Tonight's chat with the Register's Chris Hunn and St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Hand and Guilford to play at Yale

The second game between rivals Hand and Guilford will be played at Yale Field next Wednesday. It is a 7 p.m. start.

This would have been Guilford’s home game. Hand won the first matchup between the two Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division rivals 8-2 on April 25.

The SCC tournament also returns to Yale Field May 26 for the semifinals at 4 and 7 p.m. and May 28 for the championship game at noon. Shelton is the defending champion.

Throwback Thursday

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

Ryan Maghini, Fordham junior
High school: Hand
Pos: INF
Games: 45
Avg: .280
2B: 11
RBIs: 20
Runs: 26
HR: 4
For more on Maghini, click here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DeMayo to be honored Friday

North Haven coach Bob DeMayo, who won his 800th career game earlier this week, will be honored Friday prior to the Indians home game against Career.
The cermony is set to begin at 6:45 p.m.
DeMayo reached the milestone when North Haven beat Xavier 6-5 Monday in 12 innings. He is the state's all-time winningest baseball coach.

High School Baseball Chat

The Register's Chris Hunn and St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves will be talking high school baseball in the Register's weekly high school baseball chat Thursday night at 7:45 p.m.
Check back Thursday for the link.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday's scoreboard

Adam Merritt pitches a gem for Seymour and the rest of Tuesday's games.

Weekly Baseball package

North Branford looking like a Shoreline Conferenence contender, Glastonbury's Fab Five sophomores and more in the baseball notebook.

Foran is in the spotlight.

Sheehan's Joe Borelli featured in this week's edition of Area Aces.

This week's Top 10 poll.

DeMayo gets No. 800

North Haven coach Bob DeMayo got his 800th career win in dramatic fashion on Monday. Check out the game story.
Branford edged Notre Dame-West Haven in extras and it was more of the same for Shelton. See Monday's roundup and box scores here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Area Aces: Joe Borelli

Sheehan right-hander Joe Borelli moved to 2-0 on the season with a win over Career on Saturday. Borelli pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits and one run in a 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Borelli is featured as the Area Ace this week.

Register Top 10 poll.

Branford and Notre Dame-West Haven move up. Pomperaug remains at No. 1 for the fifth straight week. See the poll here.

Diamond Gems

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

Mark Brennan, Sheehan: Went 2-for-4 with five RBIs Saturday in a 9-1 win over Career.

Sean Goldrich, Notre Dame-West Haven: Drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth and finished with three hits and three RBIs in a 6-5 win over Amity on Friday.

Ray Kreiger, Derby: Went the distance and earned the win, striking out 10 and allowing just four hits. Also had two hits and two runs in a 13-1 win over St. Paul.

Brian Speer, Amity: Went 3-for-4 with a walk-off two-run homer in the eighth to lift Amity to a 5-4 win over Shelton on Wednesday.

Matt Ferriaolo, Law: Went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and earned the victory in 9-4 win over ND-WH on Monday.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Close Call

Umpire Fred Norman returned to diamond after having left leg amputated. Check out the story.

Saturday's scoreboard

Check out Ray Kreiger's big day for Derby here.