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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Daniello (McMahon) named Gatorade Player of the Year

#ctbase --Congrats to Bryan Daniello of McMahon who was  named the 2011-12 Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year. The senior shortstop/pitcher was 7-1 and had a 1.35 ERA, along with a .400 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBI through 23 games.
The UConn-bound Daniello has a B average and gets involved in his community, volunteering at a soup kitchen, youth baseball camps and his church’s Bible camp.

McMahon plays South Windsor in the second round of the Class LL tournament today (Wednesday).

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Law beats ND-West Haven again, advances

WEST HAVEN — Matt Ferraiolo pitched a complete game shutout and Jake Rouse had the only RBI of the game in the first inning as No. 27 Law upset No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven 1-0 in the first round of the Class L baseball tournament.
This was the third time Law (11-10) defeated the Green Knights (16-6) this season.
“I know the tougher the game the more these guys get up for it,” Law coach Greg Simler said. “I’m not surprised.”
The loss ends the Green Knights’ hopes of repeating as Class L champs.
“I think if we got by this one we might have a shot ,” Notre Dame-West Haven coach Lou Kessler said, “but in the last eight games we haven’t hit the ball. It happens, its baseball.”
Notre Dame-West Haven pitcher Gary Flowers settled down after giving up the first-inning run and only surrendered four hits overall.
Ferraiolo matched Flowers inning for inning, only allowing two hits in the game and striking out four.
“I was nervous,” Ferraiolo said, “but I like being nervous. It makes me better. My pitches have more velocity, I feel a lot better when I’m nervous.”
Law defeated Notre Dame-West Haven 1-0 in extra innings on April 24 and then 6-3 on May 12 in the regular-season.
With No. 11 Wilton up next in the second round Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Wilton, Simler wants his guys to stay focused.
“I told them not to get too up,” Simler said. “In tournament play, you have to come back 24 hours later.”

Monday, May 28, 2012

What would you do to the state playoff system?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

SCC title game: Amity's Pokluda shines in the spotlight


SCC title game: Amity's celebration

Congrats to the Spartans on winning the 2012 SCC title

BREAKING: Amity wins SCC title

WEST HAVEN -- In his first ever varsity start, Amity pitcher Austin Pokluda twirled a 2-hitter to defeat top-seeded Shelton and capture the SCC title. Grayson Amoroso drove in the go-ahead run and Sam Nepiarsky got the save.
More to come on and right here on the Batter's Box. Check here throughout the day for more coverage from the SCC title game at Yale Field in West Haven.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

POLL: Who will win the SCC?

No. 3 Amity vs. No. 1 Shelton , Saturday, noon at Yale Field


An inside look at Class S

Local first round games

No. 2 Derby at BYE
No. 19 Coginchaug at No. 14 Terryville, 3:30 p.m.
No. 23 Career at No. 10 St. Bernard, 3:30 p.m.
No. 22 Putnam at No. Westbrook , 3:30 p.m.

Class S

East Hampton won Class S last season, they are the No. 4 seed. ... Career lost ot East Hampton last season. Derby has not won a state title since 1996.

An inside look at Class M

Local first round games

No. 17 Holy Cross at No. 16 Killingly, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 Granby at No. 8 Wolcott , 3:30 p.m.
No. 24 Wolcott Tech at No. 9 H-K, 3:30 p.m.
No. 29 Rocky Hill at No. 4 St. Joseph, 3:30 p.m.
No. 21 Plainfield at No. 12 Ansonia, 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Seymour at No. 15 Stonington, 3:30 p.m.
No. 26 Vinal Tech at No. 7 North Branford, 3:30 p.m.
No. 19 O'Brien Tech at No. 14 Goodwin Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Class M

St. Joseph was the No. 1 seed last season. ... Montville is the Class M defending champ. ...Seymour lost in last seaosn's final.

An inside look at Class L

Local first round games

No. 17 Fairfield Warde at No. 16 Hand, 3:30 p.m.
No. 25 North Haven at No. 8 Maloney, 3:30 p.m.
No. 24 New Canaan at No. 9 Branford, 3:30 p.m.
No. 20 Foran at No. 13 Stratford, 3:30 p.m.
No. 21 Sheehan at No. 12 Fermi, 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Bunnell at No. 15 Weathersfield, 3:30 p.m.
No. 26 Guilford at No. 7 East Lyme, 3:30 p.m.
No. 19 Torrington at No. 14 Watertown, 3:30 p.m.
No. 27 Law at No. 6 ND-West Haven, 3:30 p.m
No. 34 East Haven at No. 31 Avon, 11 a.m.
Class LL & Class L

Quick facts: A SCC team has won Class L every season since 2006. ... ND-West Haven won it last season. ... Law defeated ND-West Haven twice this season. ... Hand may be the hottest tema in Class L right now. ...

An inside look at Class LL

Local first round games


No. 24 Fairifeld Prep at No. 9 Newtown, 3:30 p.m.
No. 26 Fairfield Ludlowe at No. 7 Amity, 3:30 p.m.
No. 23 West Haven at No. 10 Newington, 3:30 p.m.
No. 22 New Milford at No. 11 Xavier, 3:30 p.m.

Quick facts: Amity last wo  a title in 2007. ... West Haven won last title in 2009. ... Newinggton is lst season's Class LL defending champ. ... Xavier's last title was in 1980 (Class L). ... Amity is in the SCC title game. ... Last season Amity was the only team in the top five to advance to the semifinals.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Daiss, Shelton head to SCC title

Touch 'em All update (More to come)

#ctbase --Shelton’s Ryan Daiss was not healthy. The senior catcher-turned-pitcher rolled his ankle rounding first base in the Gaels’ quarterfinal win over Guilford on Wednesday. Daiss limped off the mound occasionally in his outing in the Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals against No. 4 Xavier on Thursday.
“I was at least going to go one inning to see how it would go,” Daiss said. “It went well and it turned into seven.”
Well might be an understatement as Daiss got out of almost every jam and helped lead the top-seeded Gaels to the SCC championship game on Saturday at noon after a 7-2 victory over No. 4 Xavier at Yale Field. Shelton coach Scott Gura was impressed.
“These kids are too young to remember Curt Schilling,” the coach said,” that was the kind of effort he gave.”
As good as Daiss was, Xavier coach Rich Magner knew his team was just one hit away.
“I tell them all the time,” Magner said, “‘you’ve got a chance to win a game, step up and get a hit.’“
The Gaels will have a chance to win their second SCC crown in the last three seasons. Shelton last won it in 2010 and Daiss was a member of that team.
“It was a great feeling,” Daiss said. “I hope we get that feeling again on Saturday.”
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

POLL: Who will advance to the SCC championship game?

SCC semifinals

(at Yale Field)

No. 1 Shelton vs. No. 4 Xavier, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Hand vs. No. 3 Amity, 7 p.m.

Hand shocks Notre Dame-West Haven

Touch 'em All Playoff update

#ctbase -- When the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament pairings came out and No. 7 Hand drew No.2 Notre Dame-West Haven, Hand coach Travis LaPointe knew his team would get some valuable experience.

"We said, 'At the worst we would see Notre Dame in the Class L tournament,' " the first-year coach said.  "If we want to win Class L, we have to go through Notre Dame."

The Tigers got through the Green Knights and will now move on to the SCC semifinals after a 3-1 win on Wednesday. This was the first ever win in SCC tournament play for Hand, according to LaPointe. Hand has won six games in a row and will face No. 3 Amity at Yale Field at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

"I'm just amazed by the way these guys are playing baseball," LaPointe said.

The Tigers handed Gary Flowers (6-1) his first loss of the season. Mike Iannuzzi and Dylan Buller both had two hits.

"We were ready for this game," LaPointe said. "We expect to win when we play. This was a really special win for the program."

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Kondor, Shelton survive quarterfinal scare

Touch 'em All Playoff update

#ctbase -- Top seeded Shelton's Bryan Kondor had four RBIs off two hits and drove in some crucial insurance runs in the sixth to lead the Gaels over No. 8 Guilford 5-1 in the Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals. Gaels starting pitcher Ryan Testani struck out four. Ryan Zahornasky had two hits.

Ryan Daiss is scheduled to start the semifinal against either Branford or Xavier, according to Shelton coach Scott Gura. Gura said Daiss twisted his ankle today but, he did finish the game and should be on the mound Thursday.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SCC quarterfinals postponed

PLEASE NOTE NEW SCHEDULE – including times and locations for the quarterfinal games… they have changed a bit due to Shelton and Foran needing to play a regular-season game on Wednesday night.  Quarterfinals – Wednesday, May 23#1 Shelton vs. #8 Guilford – 4 p.m. @Quigley Stadium#4 Xavier vs. #5 Branford – 7 p.m. @Quigley Stadium  #3 Amity vs. #6 Foran – 4 p.m. @West Haven HS#2 Notre Dame vs. #7 Daniel Hand – 7 p.m. @West Haven HS
Semifinals - Thursday, May 24 @Yale Field – 4 and 7 p.m.
Championship Game – Saturday, May 26 @Yale Field – 12 noon   

From SCC Commisisoner Al Carbone
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Seymour/Ansonia suspended

NVL tournament washout

#ctbase -- All Seymour needs is six outs to move on to the semifinals of the Nuagatuck Valley League tournament. And the No. 7 Wildcats will have to wait another day to get those outs after their quarterfinal game with No. 2 Ansonia was suspended due to rain on Monday.

"I was actually surprised we even got started," said Seymour coach Bob Kelo. "If we started at 3:30 I think we might've got (the game) in."

The NVL quarters turned out to be a washout with No. 8 Torrington vs. No. 1 Derby and No. 6 Holy Cross vs. No. 3 Wolcott getting postponed. They will be played tomorrow weather pending. Ansonia and Seymour will resume from the bottom of the sixth inning at 3:30 tomorrow.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Who should get in the poll?

Here is the info for the voters. I'll get the votes back tonight and post it Monday afternoon.

Greenwich (20-0): Def. No. 5 St. Joe's 5-4, Warde 2-0, def. Danbury 2-1
Pomperaug ((19-1): DEf. ND-F 3-2, Bethel 9-6, Newtown 4-3, Stratford 9-0
Bristol Central (17-2): Def. Bulkely 1`2-0, Middletown 10-4, Plainville 4-3 (they play Bristol Eastern on Monday)
Montville (18-2): Def. Stonington 7-0, Woodstock Acad. 8-2, Griswold 7-3
St. Joe's (16-4): Lost to No. 1 Greenwich 5-4, def. Ridgefield 5-0, lost to Warde 2-1
ND-WH (16-4): Def. North Haven 6-1, lost to No. 8 Shelton 7-3, def. Foran 7-1
NW Catholic (18-1): Def. Conard 1-0, Simsbury 4-2, Hall 1-0 (they play Newington on Monday)
Shelton (16-3): Def. No. 6 ND-WH 7-3, Sheehan 5-2, Wilbur Cross 18-1 (they play Foran on Monday)
Fitch (16-3) Bacon Acad. 8-5, Griswold 8-2, lost to East Lyme 4-1 (they play Windham on Monday)
Amity (15-5): lost to Hand 6-5, Xavier 3-2, North Haven 8-0
Others receving votes
Derby (17-3): Platt Tech 14-1, lost to Watertown 4-0, def. St. Paul 10-3
Staples (14-6): lost to Ridgfield 6-1, McMahon 3-2, def. Bassick 19-0
Ridgefield (16-4): Def. Staples 6-1, lost to No. 5 St. Joseph 5-0, def. Westhill 5-4
Waterford (16-3): def. Plainville 9-0, Killingly 13-0, NFA 8-2 (they play North Kingstown, R.I.)
RHAM (16-3): Def. Rockville 10-1, Bloomfield 14-0, Fermi 8-2 (they play Rocky Hill)
Ellington (18-2): Def. SMSA 11-4, Avon 11-2, Portland 6-1

Will Derby win it all?

Get ready for the NVL tournament!

No. 1 Derby vs. No. 8 Torrington at Naugy, 7 p.m. Monday
No. 7 Seymour vs. No. 2 Ansonia at Naugy  4 p.m. Monday
No. 4 St. Paul vs. No. 5 Watertown at Municipal , 4 p.m. Monday
No. 3 Wolcott vs. No. 6 Holy Cross, at Municipal 7 p.m. Monday

Saturday, May 19, 2012

BREAKING: SWC pairings released

The SWC tournament is coming soon!

First round

#1 Pomperaug vs. #8 Bethel at Pomperaug -4:15 pm
#2 Bunnell vs. #7 Oxford at Bunnell - 4:00 PM
#3 Newtown vs. #6 Stratford at Newtown -  4:00 PM
#4 Weston vs. #5 New Milford at Weston - 4:00 PM
Tuesday at Bethel H.S.
Thursday at Bethel H.S.

How far can O'Brien Tech go?

CSC playoffs are on the way!

Quarterfinal Games- Monday 5/21
#8 Norwich Tech at #1 Bullard Havens
#7 O'Brien Tech at #2 Cheney Tech
#6 Goodwin Tech at #3 Wilcox Tech
#5 Putnam at #4 Windham Tech
Semi-Final Games- Tuesday 5/22
Winner Norwich/Bullard Havens vs. Winner Putnam/Windham at higheer seed, time TBA
Winner O'Brien/Cheney vs. Winner Goodwin/Wilcox at higher seed, time TBA
Championship Game- Thursday 5/24
Semi-final Winners at Beehive Field, New Britain, 7:00 PM

What is the best match up in the SCC first round?

Shelton captures No. 1 spot

The SCC playoffs are ready to go!

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, May 22
#1 Shelton vs. #8 Guilford – 4 p.m. @ Quigley Stadium
#2 Notre Dame vs. #7 Daniel Hand – 4 p.m. @West Haven HS
#3 Amity vs. #6 Foran – 7 p.m. @Quigley Stadium
#4 Xavier vs. #5 Branford – 7 p.m. @West Haven HS
Semifinals  - Thursday, May 24 @Yale Field – 4 and 7 p.m.
Championship Game – Saturday, May 26 @Yale Field – 12 noon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Images from the FAA championship

                                  Brunswick wins 10-5

BREAKING: ND-WH coach Lou Kessler wins 300th at school

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- It is not like Notre Dame-West Haven coach Lou Kessler to make a big deal out of an individual accomplishment.

So after capturing career win No. 300 at Notre Dame-West Haven, he didn't.

"I'm home right now getting ready for practice tomorrow at eight in the morning," Kessler said.

The Green Knights defeated Foran 7-1 in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision game to close out the season and give Kessler his 300th career win at the school.

"It's a good feeling for the players and the assistant coaches that I've had," Kessler said.

Kessler, who also played baseball at Notre Dame-West Haven, had previously won 31 games at Platt Tech. He now has 331 career wins. As far as the 300 at ND-WH, Kessler said he didn't even tell his players about it.

"I never mentioned it," Kessler said.

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LIVE: FAA championship

Hopkins battles Brunswick in the title game

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BREAKING: Hopkins advances to FAA final

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- Josh Knopf had a two-run single and drove home another run on a sacrifice fly for the Hopkins baseball team in a 9-1 win over Hamden Hall in the semifinals of the Fairchester League tournament Wednesday at New Haven.
Jack Lubin had three hits and Darren O’Brien and Paul Tupper each hit home runs for the Hilltoppers (15-4).
From the New Haven Register
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BREAKING: No. 8 Shelton can clinch top spot in SCC

Shelton can clinch top spot

#ctbase -- With No. 8 Shelton's 7-3 SCC interdivision win over No. 6 Notre Dame-West Haven on Wednesday, the Gaels put themselves in position to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament.

The Gaels are 14-3 and the Green Knights are 15-4. Shelton has won six straight and has to defeat Sheehan and Wilbur Cross  to close out the week in order to claim the top spot, accordng to Shelton coach Scott Gura.

"We'll avoid Notre Dame and Amity until the finals which is huge," Gura said.

Ryan Testani had a three-run double and Ryan Daiss got the win on the mound. For Daiss, this was his biggest win of the season.

"People were questioning the fact that he pitched against some sub par teams," Gura said. "He went out there and pitched extremely well today."

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Monday, May 14, 2012

POLL: Who has the best pitching staff in the SCC?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

POLL: Who should get in the Top-10?

#ctbase --This is the poll info for this week that was sent to the voters. The poll will be released tomorrow afternoon. Who should get into the poll next week?

Greenwich (17-0): def. New Canaan 4-3, Staples 13-2 (it wasn't that close), Bassick 25-0
Notre Dame-West Haven (14-3): lost to Fairfield Prep 5-3 def. Xavier 3-2 (9), lost to Law 6-3
Pompy (15-1): def. New Milford 6-3, Brookfield 2-1
Bristol Central (14-2) def. Maloney 7-0, Berlin 17-0, Platt 14-4
Amity (14-4): Lost to Shelton 6-2, def. Lyman hall 9-1, def. Cheshire and Branford
Montville (15-2): def. Killingly 8-1, Windham14-1, Ledyard 3-0
Staples (13-4): def. Danbury 14-4, lost to Trumbull 4-2, Greenwich 13-2
St. Joe's of Trumbull (14-2): def. Westhill, Seymour, Stamford, and McMahon
NW Catholic (15-1): def. New Britain 10-1, Southington 3-1, Farmington 12-1
Derby (15-2): lost to Wolcott, def. Woodland and Ansonia
Others receiving votes
Sheton (13-3) def. Amity 4-1, East Haven 11-0, Lyman Hall 10-3
Fitch (14-2) def. New London 6-1, NFA 8-7, Woodstock Acad. 13-4
Waterford (11-3): lost to Woodland 9-2, def. St. Paul 10-6
Ridgefield (14-3): def. Trumbull 7-2, def. Warde 3-0, def. Ludlowe 14-11
RHAM (13-3):  def. Hartford Public 10-2, lost to Tolland 6-2, ef. E.O. Smith 1-0
Newtown (13-4): lost to Bunnell 5-3, def. Masuk 3-0, def. Immaculate 14-0
Others to consider
Enfield, Ellington, North Branford, Foran, Lewis Mills, Northwestern, Branford, East Lyme, East Hartford

Saturday, May 12, 2012

BREAKING: Law bests No. 2 ND-West Haven again

Touch em All update

#ctbase -- Just hours after clinching the SCC Quinnipiac division, No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven lost to Law 6-3 this afternoon.

"We woke up our bats today and took advantage of some opportunities," said Law coach Greg Simler.

Law handed the Green Knights' their first loss in a 1-0 extra inning victory earlier this season.

"ND is a real tough team to beat once, let alone twice," Simler said.

Sean Cameron and Jake Saley had two RBIs for Law. Joe Bannon got the win for Law (7-9).

"Our pitcher made some great pitches and the defense came up big a few times," Simler said.

Mike Panza and Jake DeRosa had two hits for Notre Dame-West Haven (14-3).

Law needs one more win to qualify for a state playoff spot. Law ends the season with Cheshire on Monday, Foran on Tuesday, East Haven on Wednesday and Xavier on Friday. All four teams have defeated Law this season.

"This win was extremely important for us to get to No. 8," Simler said.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Conference playoff schedule (will be updated)

Southern Connecticut Conference

Tuesday, May 22 – Quarterfinals @Quigley Stadium and West Haven HS – 4 and 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 24 – Semifinals @Yale Field – 4 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 – Championship Game @Yale Field – 12 p.m..

Naugatuck Valley League

(all games at Municipal Stadium)
First round: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Monday, May 21, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Championship: Wednesday, May 23,6:30 p.m.

Southwestern Conference

Quarterfinals: Monday, May 21, 3:30 p.m., at home of higher seed.
Semifinals: Tuesday, May 22, 4 p.m., 7 p.m.,  at Bethel H.S.
Championship: Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m., at Bethel H.S.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

BREAKING: Branford clinches the Oronoque (UPDATED)

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- Branford's Connor Moriarty threw a one-hitter and struck out 12 as the Hornets blanked North Haven 2-0 to clinch the Southern Connecticut Conference Oronoque on Thursday.

"This is one of our preseason long term goals," Branford coach George Dummar said.

Branford (11-5, 7-1) takes the division title over North Haven (8-8, 5-2) after both teams were tied for the division lead to start the week.

"We still have a ways to go but, this is a step in the right direction.," Dummar said.

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Images from Fairfield Prep vs. West Haven

West Haven defeats Fairfield Prep 4-2 

West Haven pitcher John Carrano throws a warm up pitch

West Haven catcher Eric Flores receives the pitch out.

Fairfield Prep's Dean Lockery fouls off a pitch from Carrano.

West Haven first baseman Bobby Moretti holds the runner at first.

Flooded field conditions postpones Derby/Ansonia

SCC Hammonasset
Foran at Law, ppd., to Tuesday
Hand at Guilford (Yale Field), ppd., Friday 7 p.m.
Norwich Tech at Platt Tech, ppd., Saturday,   p.m.
Derby at Ansonia, ppd., Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Old Saybrook at Westbrook, ppd. Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Valley Regional at North Branford, ppd. May 17 3:45 p.m.
Morgan at Coginchaug, ppd., Friday 3:45 p.m.
McMahon at St. Joseph, ppd., Saturday 11 a.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Branford's rematch against No. 5 Amity postponed

#ctbase --Shouldn't it be April showers bring May...whatever. Here are the postponements for Wednesday so far. If there are more, I'll add them to the list.
O’Brien Tech at Kaynor Tech, ppd., Thursday, 3 p.m.
Derby at Ansonia, ppd., Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Valley Regional at North Branford, ppd., Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Old Saybrook at Westbrook, ppd., Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hyde/Hillhouse at Portland, ppd., Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Morgan at Coginchaug, ppd., Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
SCC Oronoque
East Haven at Career (West Rock Park), ppd., Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Wilbur Cross at North Haven, Moved up to 6 p.m.

SCC Hammonasset
Hand at Guilford, ppd., Thursday, 7 p.m. at Yale Field

SCC Quinnipiac
Fairfield Prep at West Haven, ppd. Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Hamden at Xavier (Palmer Field), ppd., Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
SCC interdivision
Branford at Amity (Old Tavern, Orange), ppd., Saturday, 11 a.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Law, ppd., Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
SCC Housatonic
Sheehan at Shelton, ppd., Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.
Lyman Hall at Cheshire, ppd., Thursday, 4 p.m.
Pomperaug at Stratford (Penders Field), ppd., Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.
McMahon at St. Joseph, ppd., Thursday, TBA

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fairfield Prep knocks off No. 2 Notre Dame-WH

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- Losers of three straight coming into Monday, sitting on seven wins and staring down No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven, one would think Fairfield Prep would have to wait another day to get that elusive state playoff spot.

Fairfield Prep was tired of waiting.

The Jesuits jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Green Knights' rally to upset second ranked Notre Dame-WH 5-3.

"We've been sitting on seven wins for a week," Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said. "We got tired of sitting on seven wins and a team like Notre Dame brings out the best in us."

With the win, the Jesuits (8-7) clinch a state playoff spot. The Green Knights are 13-2, with losses to Law and now Prep.

"Brett Young did a good job for us today," Mauritz said. "He pitched five really good innings. Got an out in the sixth, a couple guys got on and we started losing some steam."

The Jesuits led 5-0 before ND-WH rallied for three runs in the sixth. However, Prep got out of the sixth and closed out the upset victory.

"It's not going to be easy," Mauritz said. "They're too good to keep down. I didn't expect them to be silent. It was about seeing how much we've grown up and matured as a group of guys. We didn't back down and we did a great job of finishing the game."

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Shelton knocks off No. 5 Amity

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase --The last time Shelton played Amity it didn't end so well for the Gaels. Shelton lost on a walk-off single from Amity's Paul Gusmano. This time around for Shelton, things went according to plan as the Gaels upset No. 5 Amity 4-1.

"We lost to them the first time," Gura said. "It was a walkoff loss, so we knew what it was going to take to beat them."

The Gaels had Ryan Testani go up against Mike Concato. Concato threw a no-hitter last week.

"It was ace vs. ace," Gura said.

The Gaels got strong contributions from Bryan Kondor, whose base hit tied the game, and Ryan Zahornasky, who had a two-run double with the bases loaded to give Shelton the lead. Ryan Daiss also added a RBI

"We had some big hits," Gura said.

Shelton (11-3, unranked) faces Sheehan, Lyman Hall and Hand to close out the week. Are they a Top-10 team?

"I think we have the capability to be a Top-10 team," Gura said. "I think we just have to be more consistent."

However, he went on to say: "I'd rather end the season in the Top-10 then worry about what's going on during the season."

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Who is the Shoreline's best team?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Should Notre Dame-West Haven be No. 1 again?

Who should move up in the poll?

#ctbase -- The info for the new poll has been sent to the voters. I'll have it by 11 tonight and it should be up by tomorrow afternoon. This is what the previous week's top-10 did last week. Who do you think should move up in this week's poll. Also, tell me who your top-10 is by leaving it the comments section.

Last week's top-10

Greenwich (14-0), last week:Def. Westhill 5-1, Trumbull 11-2
ND-WH (13-1), last week:Def. Amity 6-2, West Haven 12-0, Hamden 11-0
Bristol Central (11-2), last week: Def. Plainville 12-1, Bristol Eastern 10-1 lost to RHAM 5-4 in 8 innings
Amity (10-3), last week: Lost to NDWH 6-2, def. Sheehan 1-0 (Mike Concato pitched no-hitter)
Pompy (13-1), last week: Def. Brookfield 11-5, Newtown 7-4, Masuk 5-2
Staples (12-2) last week: Def. Warde 6-1, lost to Wilton 1-0, def. Westhill 11-7
Montville (12-2), last week: Def. East Lyme 6-5, Stonington 10-1, Bacon Academy 10-1
St. Joe's (10-2) last week: Def. ND-Fairfield 3-2, def. Norwalk 14-8
Ridgefield (11-3), last week: Lost to Central 6-3, def. Stamford 11-3, lost to McMahon 3-0
NW Catholic (12-1), last week: Def. Hall 5-1, Newington 4-3, lost to East Hartford 8-6

Friday, May 4, 2012

Should Derby crack the poll?

#ctbase -- Sal Frosceno struck out seven and pitched a complete game shutout to lead Derby over Seymour 2-0 on Friday. Frosceno only allowed four hits, all singles. Ray Kreiger and Colin Haydu had one RBI each for the Red Raiders who improved to 13-1.

The Red Raiders lost 3-2 to St. Paul Catholic back on April 16. Since then, Derby has won eight in a row. North Branford should get some love in this week's poll. NB has won eight of its last nine games, not including Friday's (May 4) game. So my question to you is: Who should get in the poll next week?

Bunnell game at Harbor Yard postponed


Old Saybrook at North Branford; ppd.
Cromwell at Haddam-Killingworth; ppd.
Old Lyme at Hyde/Hillhouse (Bowen Field); ppd.
SCC Oronoque
North Haven at Career (West Rock Park); ppd., Saturday 2 p.m.
SCC Hammonasset
Foran at Guilford; ppd., Saturday 4 p. m.
SCC Quinnipiac
West Haven at Xavier (Palmer Field); ppd., Tuesday 3:45 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Hamden, 6 p.m.; ppd., Saturday 2 p.m.
SCC Housatonic
Amity at Lyman Hall; ppd., Thursday 3:45 p.m.
SCC interdivision
Fairfield Prep at Hand; ppd., Saturday 3 p.m.
East Haven at Shelton, 7 p.m.; ppd., Thursday 7 p.m.
O’Brien Tech at Norwich Tech, 4 p.m.; ppd., Monday  4 p.m.
St. Joseph at Bridgeport Central, 4 p.m.; ppd., May 12 3 p.m.
Stratford at Immaculate, 4:15 p.m.; ppd., Saturday 3 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Bunnell (Harbor Yard), 7 p.m.; ppd., Saturday 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

POLL: Should home teams be the official scorer?

#ctbase –Amity junior pitcher Mike Concato threw his first career no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Sheehan in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division game at Woodbridge.

Concato struck out nine and did not walk anyone. It would have been a perfect game had there not been two errors committed by the Spartans.

However, after the game Sheehan coach Matt Altieri tweeted:

“Real tough only got one hit but pitched and played D well.”
He also tweeted:

“Infield single in 7th but exciting game till the very end.”

According to Amity coach Sal Coppola, the play in question happened in the seventh inning when Mike Kakalow led off with a ground ball that was fielded by Spartans’ third baseman Keith Klebart.

According to Coppola, Klebart’s throw was in the dirt, allowing Kakalow to reach first. Coppola said he thought it was a tough play, but it was makeable.

Altieri said he didn’t know originally Amity had it scored as an error. The home team is designated as the official book and Amity was the home team.

Both coaches didn’t want Concato’s strong effort on the mound to be tainted by any controversy.
“(Concato) pitched such an incredible game,” Coppola said

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Seymour coach Bob Kelo wins 400th career game

Touch 'em all update

#ctbase -- Seymour coach Bob Kelo won his 400th career game Wednesday afternoon against Crosby in Waterbury. The Wildcats won 6-0 to improve Kelo's career record to 400-202 in his 27th season at Seymour. For Kelo, this milestone means he is not a young man anymore.

"It means I've been doing this a long time," Kelo said with a laugh. "I've had great assistant coaches over the years. I have guys that have played for me that have been sending me messages to congratulate me when the game ended, so yeah. It means alot, the relationships you make from coaching over the years."

The Wildcats have won three in a row and Kelo is glad to get this over with.

"I was relieved," Kelo said. "I was hoping this thing didn't carry on for us. I could tell the kids were pressing a little bit."

In his time at Seymour, Kelo has won one state championship in 2007 and guided the Wildcats to the title game six times. The most recent appearance was last season.

"The state title was good," Kelo said, "the times we made it to the finals. The 10 or 11 times we made it to final fours, I mean, those are always good."

And the Wildcats' skipper is hoping to get back to the championship game again this season.

"We're looking forward to that," Kelo said.

                                                                                                                             -- @NHRHenryC

BREAKING: No. 4 Amity's Mike Concato throws no-hitter

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- Amity's Mike Concato pitched his first career no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Sheehan on Wednesday in Woodbridge.

The junior pitcher struck out nine batters and didn't walk anyone. Errors kept his perforamcne from being a perfect game.  Amity pulled ahead courtesy of a Justin Ashworth RBI single that scored Paul Gusmano. Amity is 10-3 and Sheehan falls to 6-7.
                                                                                                                 -- @NHRHenryC

Seymour coach Bob Kelo going for No. 400

History in the making?

#ctbase – Seymour coach Bob Kelo is going for career win No. 400 this afternoon as the Wildcats battle Crosby at 3:45. Kelo currently has a career record of 399-202 with the Wildcats. Seymour is 8-4 on the season. Meanwhile Crosby is 2-10.
The Wildcats have won two straight after dropping a pair. Crosby has lost nine in a row. If Seymour falls this afternoon, Kelo will have another shot at 400 on Friday at 3:45 at Derby.
Check back at the Batter’s Box tonight for postgame reactions from what could be a historical day for Seymour baseball.
– @NHRHenryC