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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday's baseball notebook

Good Eye: What caught my eye from Monday's action

#ctbase – Seymour went nine, Amity only needed one and Career knocked off No. 8. It’s a numbers game, here’s what caught my eye.
WILD CATS – Career came into this season after a fairly successful 2011 campaign. The Panthers lost in the second round of the Class M tournament to the eventual champ East Hampton by just one run. If Career needed a confidence booster after a heartbreaking end to last season, it came Monday as the Panthers upset No. 8 Xavier 2-1 in an interdivisional Southern Connecticut Conference game. Jose Negron scored on a passed ball and Nick Nieves struck out three in the win. Greg Johnson hit a triple that got the rally going. He was sent home courtesy of a Negron base hit. Career improves to 3-1. Xavier is 2-1.
LET’S PLAY NINE –Seymour won its second straight game nine inning game of the season in a 5-4 victory over Woodland in a Naugatuck Valley League Brass Division game. The Wildcats defeated Ansonia 9-8 last Thursday in nine innings. Adam Merritt scored from third on an error in the bottom half of the ninth. On the mound, Merritt was stellar. He struck out 11 and only walked two. Alex Barton had two hits as Seymour moves to 2-1 and gives coach Bob Kelo career win No. 393. Bill Ross had three RBIs for Woodland as it sees its record fall to 0-3.
JUST ONE? – Yup, just one. That’s all No. 2 Amity needed with Mike Concato on the mound. The Spartans’ pitcher finished with 11 strikeouts to lead Amity over Hand 1-0 in a SCC interdivisional game. Garrison Amoroso scored the only run of the ball game. He had three hits and a double. The Spartans bounced back after losing to No. 1 Notre Dame-West Haven and are now 2-1. Hand suffers a tough loss here; the it is 2-2.
NO NO – Cody Maida of O’Brien Tech threw a no-hitter against Whitney Tech. Maida struck out 12 as O’Brien Tech won 17-0 in a Constitution State Conference game.


Most teams have played about three games, so here’s a look at how the Top-10 teams have done. This is the first poll, the new Top-10 will be released on Twitter next week.
Team                                     Record                  Rank                      Steak
ND-West Haven                    3-0                          1                              Won 3
Amity                                     2-1                          2                              Won 1
Foran                                     3-1                          3                              Won 1
Montville                             3-0                          4                              Won 3
St. Joseph                              2-0                          5                              Won 2
McMahon                              3-1                          6                              Won 1
Newtown                               1-2                          7                              Won 1
Xavier                                    2-1                          8                              Lost 1
Bristol Central                       2-0                          9                              Won 2
Sheehan                                 2-1                          10                           Lost 1
Note: Montville has only allowed one run in three games.
                                                        AROUND THE HORN     
MILFORD ORANGE BULLETIN -- No. 1 is No. 1 for a reason. Mike Madera has the story.
NEWS-TIMES -- No. 6 McMahon got back into the win column. Chris Brodeur has more.   


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