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Monday, May 27, 2013

STATE TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Vote for the state's best, roundups and What we learned

#ctbase -- Day one is in the books. Rain pushed a few games back and halted some. Below you will find Roundup Central to get a rundown on the previous day's action. Click on the division subhead to find the corresponding division's updated bracket. Another new addition is News Central. There you'll find "What we learned," a retrospective look at what we can gather from the previous day's action.

Vote For the State's Best Player

Due to a malfunction with the poll last week, both Xavier's John Gething and East Haven's Nick Lamberti advance in the Best Player in the State tournament. Gethings had more votes when the poll was supposed to close at noon, Lamberti had more when it actually did at 1 p.m. To not shortchange either talented student-athlete, they both advance. If they defeat their opponents this week, they could meet up again in next week's poll. POLLS CLOSE SUNDAY, JUNE 2, AT NOON. IF POLL MALFUNCTIONS AGAIN, ANY PLAYER RECEIVING VOTES AFTER POLL WAS SUPPOSED TO CLOSE IS AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.


No. 6 Amity tops No. 10 Fairfield Prep, headed to Class LL final

 After stranding five runners in scoring position in the first five innings, Amity first baseman Justin Ashworth said coach Sal Coppola said the Spartans were playing too tight. 
"He told us to just play our game," Ashworth said. "We have a term around here we call 'backyard loose.' That's just how we play."
The Spartans loosened up,  Justin Ashworth laced the go-ahead RBI double to cap a three-run sixth inning and Mike Concato came in and got the save as No. 6 Amity topped No. 10 Fairfield Prep 3-2 in the Class LL semifinals at Muzzy Field on Tuesday.
With the victory, the 21-4 Spartans advance to the championship for the first time since 2007.  Amity will face a No. 4 Southington team that eliminated it in last seasons Quarterfinals. 

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

GREENWICH -- Amity's Mike Concato is usually a strikeout pitcher, posting multiple double-digit strikeout performances this season. However against Greenwich in the Class LL Quarterfinals, the senior's strategy was to pitch to contact with a hard fastball on the inside part of the plate.
It worked to perfection as Concato struck out five, did not walk a batter and pitched a no-hitter with the only base runner reaching on an error as the sixth-seeded Spartans topped the third-seeded Cardinals 6-0 Saturday. Read more here.

No. 11 Notre Dame-West Haven takes down Class L defending champ Fitch

GROTON — 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. 

Second Round

Mike Schettino leads No. 3 North Branford past No. 19 Ansonia

North Branford’s Mike Schettino said he has not been about to forget about how the Thunderbirds blew a three-run lead in the seventh inning with two outs and were upset by East Hampton in a Shoreline Conference tournament semifinals.
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.

Semifinals Live

Roundup Central 


North Haven advances


Jaycen Torello’s RBI single in the third inning for the No. 16 seed North Haven baseball team, gave the Indians a 2-0 win over No. 8 Bunnell Saturday in a Class L state quarterfinal-round game at Stratford.

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.




Day 3

The No. 1 team in the state goes fishing and Sheehan's upset tour continues


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).


Day 2

No. 36 Sheehan stuns No. 4 Weston, advances


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).


Day 1

North Haven wins in dramatic fashion and a combined no-hitter for Amity


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.


News Central


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.

Day 3

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.*

Day 2

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!!!

Day 1

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 see

With 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.

Class LL

Second round

No. 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.


No. 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.


No. 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.


No. 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).

Class L


No. 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.


No. 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.


No. 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

Class M


No. 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.

Class S


No. 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

BATTER'S BOX-- This is your one-stop shop for all things Shoreline during the conference tournament. Below you will find live updates, schedules and previews from now until the tourney wraps up on Saturday.

Marvin Gorgas, East Hampton wins 2013 SLC Championship

HIGGANUM -- 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 

Call this one the Miracle in North Branford.

East Hampton trailed 3-0 and was one strike away from being eliminated in the SLC tournament Wednesday against top-seed North Branford.

But the Bellringers staged a miraculous rally to tie it and then won it 5-3 in nine innings.

“It was one of the greatest high school games I’ve ever been a part of,” said East Hampton coach Scott Wosleger. Find out why he said that here.

No. 2 Cromwell tops Old Lyme, advances to Final

CROMWELL  These are the kinds of games Cromwell wins.

Eight times the Panthers have played a one- or two-run game. They won seven of them. Eleven times the Panthers have shut out their opponent.

Cromwell did both Wednesday afternoon, beating Old Lyme 2-0 in the semifinal round of the Shoreline Conference playoffs at Fran Monnes Field at Cromwell High School. Read more here.

SLC Semifinals Live

The Final Four

No. 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

Star pitching performances were the story on a splendid Monday in Shoreline Conference baseball tournament action, highlighted by the two-hit shutout of East Hampton junior Marvin Gorgas in a seedings upset of Haddam-Killingworth.

The Bellringer win sets up a rematch of the 2011 title game, pitting East Hampton against North Branford in a Wednesday semifinal. Cromwell will host Old Lyme (which walked off against Portland) in the other semifinal. Here’s the quarterfinal roundup:

No. 2 Cromwell 1, No. 7 Morgan 0: In Cromwell, the Panthers’ Christian Budzik pitched a three-hit shutout and drove in the game’s only run in the third inning, sending the defending Shoreline Conference champions to the SLC semifinals.

Budzik struck out four in a complete-game effort, outdueling Morgan’s Ron Buchetto, who also gave up three hits.
In the third inning, Cromwell loaded the bases after Doug Davenport walked, Kevin Radziewicz was hit by a pitch and Mike McNally singled to right. Christian Budzik’s line drive to centerfield was caught by a diving Jake Ward, but the hit allowed Davenport to tag up with what proved to be the winning run.

McNally had two of Cromwell’s three hits. Radziewicz had the other.

Cromwell (18-3) will host Old Lyme in the semifinals Monday at 3:45 p.m.. Morgan is 11-10.

No. 6 East Hampton 3, No. Haddam-Killingworth 0: Junior Marvin Gorgas struck out 12 in a two-hit shutout, blanking the Cougars in Higganum.

H-K had the tying run on first base in the bottom of the seventh in a bases-loaded, two-out situation. But Gorgas forced a groundout to end the game, sending the Bellringers to a semifinal matchup at top-seeded North Branford Wednesday.

The unlucky loser was H-K sophomore Brian Moskey, who gave up three runs on three hits in a complete-game effort. H-K committed four errors to East Hampton’s zero.
Nate Heroux had two hits for East Hampton, and Gorgas singled.

Moskey tripled and Jake DeCarli doubled for H-K’s only hits.

East Hampton has played in the last two Shoreline Conference title games: defeating North Branford in 2011, then falling to Cromwell last year.

No. 4 Old Lyme 3, No. 5 Portland 1: The Wildcats’ Slater Gregory hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, lifting Old Lyme to the SLC semifinals in a thrilling finish at home.

Gregory also pitched a complete game and struck out six to earn the win.

Portland’s lone run came in the first inning when Matt Ryan scored on a fielder’s choice. Old Lyme evened the score in the third inning with an RBI single from Mike Mann.

Portland is 13-8. Old Lyme is 15-6.

No. 1 North Branford 3, No. 8 Coginchaug 1: Mike Schettino’s two-hitter lifted the Thunderbirds to a semifinal matchup with Old Lyme.

Schettino struck out six and the North Branford offense posted single runs in the first, second and third innings.

Coginchaug’s lone run came in the fifth when a Charlie Anderson sacrifice fly scored Mike McShane.
North Branford will host East Hampton Wednesday.

SLC Quarterfinals Live

Shoreline Conference

The Last Eight Standing

No. 1 North Branford (17-3): The Thunderbirds seem ready to capture the conference.
No. 2 Cromwell (17-3): They most likely didn't expect to be anywhere other an No. 1 when the season began.
No. 3 Haddam-Killingworth (15-5) The beat Cromwell twice and could see them in the semifinals.
No. 4 Old Lyme (14-6): Three-game winning streak to close the season.
No. 5 Portland (13-7): Defeated Old Lyme twice this season.
No. 6 East Hampton (11-9): Closed the season losing streak.
No. 7 Morgan (11-9): The Huskies dropped their last two to end the season.
No. 8 Coginchaug (11-9): 3-4 in the month of May.

Quarterfinal Bracket Breakdown

Only two teams, Portland and East Hampton, made it from the Small Division. ... North Branford got the top spot in the last week of the season. ... Portland is the only lower seed to defeat the higher seeded team it will play in the first round.


First round today (Monday)
(at higher seed at 3:45)

Second round Wednesday 
(at higher seed, 3:45)

Championship Saturday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich at 6 p.m. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

SCC PLAYOFF CENTRAL: SCC tournament cancelled

BATTER'S BOX -- This is your one-stop shop for all things Southern Connecticut Conference during the conference tournament next week. The tournament begins on Tuesday and ends on Saturday at West Haven High School. Here you can find live updates on game day, schedule, scores, roundups, highlight videos, preview videos and polls prior to each game. It's playoff time, win or go home.

State's Best

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 Postponed

An 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.

Quarterfinals Roundup

Chris Collins and Shawn Blake each had two hits, Kevin Stone had three RBI and a double and David Geric came on in the sixth inning and got the save to lead the third-seeded Fairfield Prep baseball team past sixth-seeded Notre Dame-West Haven 4-3 in the Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals in Fairfield on Tuesday. Griffin Garabedian and Greg Zullo had two hits for the Green Knights (13-8). Prep (15-6) jumped out to a 2-0 second inning lead and never fell behind, topping Notre Dame for the third time this season.

No. 2 Amity 5, No. 7 West Haven 3: Mike Concato struck out eight, Justin Ashworth doubled and Jake Russo added an RBI as the Spartans eliminated the Blue Devils in the SCC quarterfinals in Woodbridge.
No. 4 North Haven 5, No. 5 Shelton 3: Matt Oestreicher was 3-for-3 with a single, double and a home run as the Indians advanced to the SCC tournament semifinals at North Haven.

No. 1 Xavier 14, No. 8 Hand 5: Ben Criscuolo had a home run, two RBIs and was 3-for-3 to lead the top-seeded Falcons topped the eighth-seeded Tigers in Middletown.

The Final Four

No. 1 Xavier (20-1): The Falcons' bats are still red hot.
No. 2 Amity (17-4): Concato started yesterday, making it highly unlikely he will pitch in the SCC Final if the Spartans make it there.
No. 3 Fairfield Prep (15-6): The Jesuits pitching was solid in a grind-it-out victory.
No. 4 North Haven: The Indians survived, despite committing four errors. 

Semifinals Bracket Breakdown

There were no upsets in the first round. ... The only team left that did not win their division if Fairfield Prep. ... Speaking of Prep's division, the Quinnipiac has two of the four teams in the semifinals, Prep and Xavier. 

Semifinals Schedule

(Thursday at Quigley Stadium)

Fairfield Prep vs. Amity , 4
North Haven vs. Xavier, 7

Quarterfinals Live

Southern Connecticut Conference 

The Last Eight Standing

No. 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 Breakdown

Four 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.

Who might go fishing earlier than expected?

Tournament champions

2012: 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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GOOD EYE: Live updates and a nightly recap

Game of the Day: Greenwich at New Canaan (Greenwich Time)

NEW CANAAN -- The New Canaan and Greenwich baseball teams had both secured spots in next week's FCIAC tournament, meaning neither team needed a win Wednesday at Mead Park but that did little to diminish the playoff like atmosphere present from the opening pitch.
After grabbing an early lead, Greenwich came from behind to beat the Rams 7-5, with the final two outs coming on strikeouts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Read more here.

Wednesday's Recap

Derby 6, Ansonia 4: Dillon McMahon had two hits and two runs and winning pitcher Sal Frosceno had a double and scored twice for the host Red Raiders in this Naugatuck Valley League win.

Michael Kreiger had a single and two RBIs and Victor Soto hit a two-run home run for Derby (10-9). Ryan O’Connor had a double, triple, two runs and two RBIs for the Chargers (11-8).

Guilford 7, Cheshire 3: J.P. Peters hit a three-run home run and Ben Monte was two-for-four with and RBI as the Indians (9-8) topped the Rams (8-10) in Cheshire.

North Haven 4, Fairfield Prep 3: Chris Brockett walked with the bases loaded to score John DeCusati with the walk-off run in the Indians’ (12-7) victory over the Jesuits (13-6) in North Haven.
Shelton 3, Foran 0: Justin Lynch had a two-run single and Vin Backert struck out five in the Gaels’ (13-6) victory over the Lions (8-9) in Shelton.

Stratford 2, New Milford 0: Josten Beato allowed four hits and struck out five in the complete game for the visiting Red Devils in this South-West Conference win.

Beato drove in the eventual winning run for Stratford (8-10), which qualified for the state tournament.

West Haven 7, East Haven 5: Michael Brand and Tom Wilkerson doubled and the Blue Devils (11-7) topped the Yellow Jackets (9-11) in East Haven.

No. 2 Xavier 9, Branford 1: Ben Criscuolo pitched a complete game five-hitter and helped his cause with two hits for the visiting Falcons in this SCC interdivision win. Xavier is 19-1.


Monday, May 13, 2013

GOOD EYE: Live updates, the updated Top 10 and the baseball notebook




MIDDLETOWN — Xavier and Amity gave baseball fans a sneak preview Monday of what next week’s Southern Connecticut Conference tournament might like look.

They also gave those folks planning on attending the SCCs fair warning to fasten their seat belts: it’s going to be a wild ride.

Xavier’s magical season and penchant for late-inning thrills continued as the Falcons rallied past Amity, 6-5, at Palmer Field. Read more here.


Ryan Testani threw a two-hitter for the Shelton baseball team, which beat Fairfield Prep 2-0 Monday in this Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision win at Fairfield. Marcello Ursini had two hits, including a double, for Shelton (11-6), which scored both runs in the second inning on a throwing error. Shawn Blake had both hits for Prep (13-5).

West Haven 2, Cheshire 1 (8): Nick Price’s RBI single in the eighth inning gave West Haven this SCC interdivision home win. Price allowed just one unearned run, outdueling Cheshire’s Ethan Lonardelli for the Westies (10-7).Kyle Hodgson went 3-for-4 for the Rams (8-9).

Career 6, Hand 4: Catcher Joe Tiroletto hit a three-run homer and pitched the final inning for the save as Career notched an SCC interdivision road win at Career. Tiroletto’s homer highlighted a four-run third inning that gave Career a 4-0 lead it never relinquished. Hand (8-8), which received four hits Scott Braren, made it interesting with three runs in the sixth to make it a 6-4 game.

Jose Negron (3-3) picked up the win for Career (6-12). James Powell took the loss.
North Branford 6, Cromwell 0: Mike Schettino tossed a five-hitter and Chris Caron went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead North Branford to a Shoreline Conference win at Cromwell. Kyle Hart added two doubles and four RBIs for North Branford (14-3). Cromwell fell to 15-2.

Ansonia 4, Woodland 2: Adam Thayer struck out eight and Ryan O’Connor went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead Ansonia to this Naugatuck Valley League victory at home. Corey Dezienkiewicz added a double for Ansonia (11-6). Woodland fell to 6-11.

Foran 6, North Haven 1: Anthony Alicki and Joe Zanghi combined on a two-hitter to lead Foran to the SCC interdivision home victory. Casey McCone hit a two-run homer for the Lions, (8-7). Matt Ostreicher had an RBI double for North Haven (11-7).

Platt Tech 7, Goodwin Tech 5: Todd Pertucci went the distance on a win and helped himself with two hits, two runs and three RBIs as Platt Tech won this Constitution State Conference game at Milford. Raul Robles went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run for the Panthers (9-8, 9-4). Jensey Baez went 2-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases for Goodwin Tech (8-10, 7-8).

Morgan 4, Coginchaug 3 (8): Jake Mastroianni hit a three-run double and Tyler Anglin hit the game-winning single with one out in the eighth for Morgan (11-7) in a Shoreline Conference game at Clinton.



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Not much changes up top, but a few at the bottom. The updated Top 10 right here.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

GOOD EYE: Hopkins takes on Hamden Hall, live updates, the updated Top 10 and more.



Hopkins 4, Hamden Hall 0: Simon Matthews had an RBI double and struck out six on the mound in a complete game shutout triumph over rival Hamden Hall in Hamden on Tuesday. 

Hopkins 4, Hamden Hall 0: Chris Durham blooped an RBI single to score Doug Schaffer and provide the insurance run in the seventh that may put this one away.

Hopkins 3, Hamden Hall 0: Doug Schaffer laced a RBI double down the left field line that scored Paul Tupper, who reached via an error by the shortstop, and the Hilltoppers extend their lead in the bottom half of the fifth.

Hopkins 2, Hamden Hall 0: Simon Matthews came up big with an RBI double to extend the Hilltoppers lead to two runs in the top of the fourth at Hamden Hall.


Drew DeRubeis had a hit and an RBI to lead the host Law baseball team to a 4-1 non-conference upset over No. 4 St. Joseph Tuesday in Milford.

Kevin Johnson doubled for the Lawmen (7-9).

Brett Olayos had an RBI and Jake Amoroso had a single and a double for the Cadets (12-3).

East Haven 8, Career 7: Brian Kucharski drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the host Easties to this Southern Connecticut Conference Oronoque Division win.



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GOOD EYE: Monday's recap


Hand 4, Foran 3: Kyle Anderson had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the host Tigers, who won the SCC Hammonasset Division title with a victory over the Lions at Madison.

Scott Braren had an RBI double for Hand (8-7). Chris Yee had two hits and an RBI for the Lions (7-7).

Coginchaug 4, Valley Regional 1: Jack Granger hit a home run for the visiting Blue Devils in a Shoreline Conference win at Deep River.

Steve Thody and Charlie Anderson had doubles for Coginchaug (9-6). Dan Thayer had a home run for the Warriors (5-9).
Career 9, Wilbur Cross 1: Joe Tiroletto allowed three hits and one run to earn his first win of the season in the Panthers’ SCC Oronoque Division win at New Haven.

Melvin Santiago, Jose Negron and Eric Colon each had two hits for Career (5-11). Melvin Mujica had two hits for Wilbur Cross (3-12).

Shelton 5, Guilford 1: Tyler Tice, Justin Lynch and Ed Groth had two hits apiece for the host Gaels in an SCC interdivision win. Shelton is 10-5.

Wolcott 5, Derby 1: Mike Meier’s three-run homer in the seventh highlighted Wolcott’s Naugatuck Valley League win at Derby.

Jason Matos added a hit and two RBIs for the Eagles (15-0). Victor Soto had two hits for Derby (8-8).

Haddam-Killingworth 6, Old Saybrook 3: Jake Decarli pitched a complete game, allowed five hits and struck out six for the host Cougars in a Shoreline Conference win at Higganum.
Rob Annino had two hits and two RBIs for H-K (11-4). Ben Endrizzi had two hits for the Rams (3-12).

North Branford 11, East Windsor 1: Nick Perrelli had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs to lead the Thunderbirds over East Windsor at North Branford.

Chris Caron had two hits with an RBI and Mike Funaro had two hits for North Branford.

No. 10 Fairfield Prep 4, Notre Dame-West Haven 0: David Gerics had a single, triple and two RBIs for the visiting Jesuits in an SCC Quinnipiac Division win at West Haven. Fairfield Prep is 12-4, 4-2.

Ansonia 1, Seymour 0: Matt Pitney’s single — Ansonia’s only hit of the game — drove in Bobby Schryver in the seventh to lift the Chargers to a walk-off win at Ansonia.

It was Pitney’s third walk-off hit of the season. Adam Thayer struck out seven and allowed five hits for Ansonia (9-6). Nick Kuzia tossed a one-hitter and struck out five for Seymour (6-10).

Friday, May 3, 2013

GOOD EYE: Live updates and a nightly recap

 Friday's Recap

J.P. Peters was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded with the count full to score Matt Brockett as the Guilford baseball team defeated Law 5-4 in nine innings in a Southern Connecticut Conference game in Guilford on Friday.

Ben Monte had an RBI double that scored Matt Brockett.

Notre Dame-West Haven 11, Hamden 3: Zach Balabon had three hits, three RBIs and a double in the Green Knights’ win over the Green Dragons at Quigley Stadium.

North Haven 6, Career 5: Dominic Fusco scored the winning run off an error and Mike Acampora came in relief and got the win as the Indians (10-4) topped the Panthers (4-10) in North Haven.
Shelton 4, Sheehan 2: Ryan Testani had two hits, Justin Lynch had an RBI and the Gaels (9-5) topped the Titans in Shelton.

Kevin Duffy had two hits for Sheehan (6-7).


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

GOOD EYE: Wednesday's recap and box scores


Career 9, Branford 5: Eric Colon had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Panthers to their SCC Oronoque win in New Haven.

Notre Dame-West Haven 6, West Haven 3: John Amendola pitched into the seventh inning and struck out 11 for the Green Knights in this SCC Quinnipiac Division win at West Haven.

Zack Korwek had three hits and two RBIs and Parker Barnell struck out both batters he faced in the seventh inning to earn the save for Notre Dame (9-5).

Jason Wilkerson had two hits and a run and Nick Price had two hits and an RBI for the Westies (7-6).
Derby 6, Naugatuck 0: Jordan LaRue had a triple, single and three RBIs and Ryan LanDona had a double and an RBI for Derby (7-7) at home.

Hamden 6, Wilbur Cross 5 (8): Winning pitcher Zach Morgillo drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Green Dragons to this SCC interdivision win in New Haven.

Christian Colon had a solo home run for Hamden (4-9).

Melvin Mujica had a double and a triple for the Governors (2-11).

Hopkins 2, Rye (N.Y.) 0: John Knopf had four strikeouts and allowed four hits for the Hilltoppers (11-3) in their prep school win in Rye, N.Y.

Morgan 5, Valley Regional 0: Alex Lipka was 2-for-2 with two runs score and Ronnie Buchetto struck out seven in a complete game victory for the Huskies (8-5) in Clinton.
North Haven 4, East Haven 0: Chandler Andrewsen had three hits for North Haven in an SCC Oronoque Division win at East Haven.

Matt Oestreicher had a double and an RBI for the Indians (9-4, 5-0). East Haven dropped to 7-9, 3-2.

North Branford 6, Haddam-Killingworth 0: Nick Perrelli had three hits and pitched a complete game shutout, Kyle Hart added two RBIs and the Thunderbirds (10-3) picked up a Shoreline Conference victory over the Cougars (9-4).

Seymour 13, Crosby 1: Pitcher Nick Kuzia struck out seven and walked none and had two hits with a double and two RBIs to lead the host Wildcats to their NVL win. Jake Walkinshaw had two hits and an RBI and Jim Vartelas had two hits, a double and an RBI for the Wildcats (6-8).

Shelton 5, Cheshire 2: Tyler Tice had three hits and two runs, Marcello Ursini had a two-run double and Ryan Testani had two hits and on the mound struck out seven for the Gaels (8-5) over the Rams (5-7) in an SCC Housatonic Division game. Cooper Mrowka had two hits for the Rams.

No. 2 Xavier 8, No. 9 Fairfield Prep 4 (8): Mike Purcell had a two-out three-run go-ahead double in the eighth inning to lift the Falcons (13-1) over the Jesuits (10-4) in an SCC Quinnipiac victory in Fairfield.

Jack Gethings, Ben Criscuolo and Pat Downey all had two hits each for Xavier.


(at Ansonia)

Sacred Heart 101 020 0000 --- 4 7 2
Ansonia 100 021 0001 --- 5 8 2

Zack Goldberg, Evan Devico (6), Vin Lombardi (10) and Matt Campion; Corey Dzienkiewicz, Sean Bonaparte (7) and Matt Pitney.

WP: Sean Bonaparte (1-1). LP: Zack Goldberg.

Team records: Sacred Heart High 8-6; Ansonia 7-6. Comments: A-Matt Pitney had a game-winning RBI single with one out in the 10th inning.


(at New Haven)

Branford 202 000 1 --- 5 10 4

Career 002 007 X --- 9 9 1

Kyle Minter, Erickson (6) and Charlie Ahern; Will Jackson, Jose Negron (3) and Joe Tiroletto.

WP: Jose Negron (1-2). LP: Kyle Minter (0-4).
Team records: Branford 5-8; Career 4-10.


(at Milford)

Cheney Tech 110 203 0 --- 7 8 0

Platt Tech 100 200 0 --- 3 6 4

Tim Cate, Steve Soto (6) and Tom Blazys, Steve Brears (5); Jason Waxman, Angelo Genovesi (6) and Mike Raccio.

WP: Tim Cate. LP: Jason Waxman.

Team records: Cheney Tech 13-1, 12-0; Platt Tech 8-6, 8-3 CSC.


(at Derby)

Naugatuck 000 000 0 --- 0 4 1

Derby 500 100 X --- 6 5 2

Spencer Greher, Rickey Plasky (1), Adam Taures (6) and John Dean; Victor Soto and Tim Garrity.

WP: Victor Soto (2-2). LP: Spencer Greher (2-2). 3B: (DE) Jordan LaRue .

Team records: Naugatuck 5-8; Derby 7-7.


(at New Haven)

Hamden 100 101 21 --- 6 12 1

Wilbur Cross 020 000 30 --- 5 12 7

Marc Masciantonio, Zach Morgillo (6) and Exavier Santiago; Thomas Mieles and Bryan Velez.

WP: Zach Morgillo. LP: Thomas Mieles (0-4). 2B: (HA) Morgillo; (WC) Thomas Mieles, Kevin Gonzalez, Melvin Mujica. 3B: (WC) Mujica. Hr: Christian Colon (HA)

Team records: Hamden 4-9; Wilbur Cross 2-11.


(at Rye, N.Y.)

Hopkins 000 010 1 --- 2 7 0

Rye 000 000 0 --- 0 4 0

Josh Knopf and Jim Martino; Chris Waite, Ben Stefani (7) and Stefani, Ryan Mills (7).

WP: Josh Knopf (4-2). LP: Chris Waite (0-2).

Team records: Hopkins 11-3; Rye 6-2.



(at Higganum)

North Branford 000 201 3 --- 6 8 0

Haddam-Kill. 000 000 0 --- 0 3 0

Nick Perrelli and Brandon Basil; Brian Moskey and Rich Sleight.

WP: Nick Perrelli (3-1). LP: Brian Moskey (2-1). 2B: (NoBfd) Kyle Hart, Chris Caron, Will Coleman; (HK) Brian Moskey.

Team records: North Branford 10-3; Haddam-Killingworth 9-4.


(at East Haven)

North Haven 100 110 1 --- 4 9 0

East Haven 000 000 0 --- 0 2 2

Zack Brown and Matt Oestreicher; Tom Moore and Brian Kucharski.

WP: Zach Brown (3-2). LP: Tom Moore (3-3). 2B: (NH) Oestreicher.

Team records: North Haven 9-4 (5-0 SCC Oronoque); East Haven 7-9 (3-2).



(at West Haven)

Notre Dame 100 410 0 --- 6 12 1

West Haven 000 003 0 --- 3 9 2

Amendola, Barnell (7) and Burton; Stone, Gambardella (3), Carter (5) and Balzano .

WP: John Amendola (3-2). LP: Tyler Gambardella (3-3). SV: Parker Barnell.

Team records: Notre Dame-West Haven 9-5; West Haven 7-6.


(at Clinton)

Valley Regional 000 000 0 --- 0 2 3

Morgan 000 203 X --- 5 6 2

Dave Bradbury and Alex Jaillet; Ronnie Buchetto and Tom White.

WP: Ron Buchetto (4-2). LP: Dave Bradbury (2-3). 2B: (MO) Tom White.

Team records: Valley Regional 5-7; Morgan 8-5.


(at Seymour)

Crosby 000 100 0 --- 1 4 5

Seymour 041 161 X --- 13 11 3

Pete Petteway, Zac Rodriguez (5) and Ozzie Rivera; Nick Kuzia and Mike Conlan.

WP: Nick Kuzia (2-4). LP: Pete Petteway.

Team records: Crosby 1-12; Seymour 6-8.


(at Cheshire)

Shelton 110 030 0 --- 5 10 0

Cheshire 000 100 1 --- 2 5 1

Ryan Testani and Ed Groth; Christian Colp, P.J. Watson (5) and Wes Robertson.

WP: Ryan Testani (3-2). LP: Christian Colp (3-2). 2B: (SHE) Marcello Ursini; (CH) Ethan Lonardelli.

Team records: Shelton 8-5; Cheshire 5-7.


(at Fairfield)

Xavier 030 100 04 --- 8 10 4

Fairfield Prep 000 022 00 --- 4 5 1

Ben Criscuolo, Sean Carroll (5) and Chris Cardi ; Kyle Mollo, Dave Gerics (7) and Jake Berry.

WP: Sean Carroll (4-1). LP: David Gerics (). 2B: (XV) Mike Purcell.

Team records: Xavier 13-1; Fairfield Prep 10-4.