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July 27, 2014

 

Not much is settled with a week to go in our league…

 

What is a given, is that Bridgeport is cruising. They swept the Nighthawks 5-2 and 6-2. They are just plugging away waiting for the post season to begin.

 

The Hackers got everything they could handle from the Flyers this weekend. Game one was tied 0-0 all the way to the ninth inning when the hackers hit a solo shot to right. The Flyers, Paulie Hernandez did everything he could pitching 7 scoreless innings while striking out 10, giving him an ERA of 1.20 on the year. In the bottom of the ninth the flyers Vinny purgatore started the inning off with a single while Alfred Anzalone got him over to third on a double to left.  Joey Cardoso tied the game advancing Vinny to home on a ground ball to second. After 12 long innings the hackers took the lead and held it for the 3-1 win.

In Game 2 the Flyers got a much needed bounce back victory. Chris Folsom got the win going 6 innings with 6 strike outs on 1 earned run. Donte Younger, John Kelly and Joey Cardoso all went 2 for 3. One of Cardoso’s hits was a solo shot to right field in the second inning. Flyers win 8-3. The Hackers have clinched a playoff spot and the Flyers are currently in but still needs to win next week to clinch a spot. Any losses next week could spell doom for the new team in the league.

 

 

The Owls stayed hot with a sweep of Orange. In Game 1 the Owls pulled off a 9 inning 7-6 win. They got 5 scoreless innings on the mound from Tommy Roy, who also had two BBs and scored twice in the game.  They were led offensively by Connor Miniter, who went 2-5 with 2 RBIs, and Vinny Daurio, who had 2 RBI's and two doubles.  The score was 3-3 until the 9th inning when Matthew Oestreicher came up with a bases loaded and hit a bases clearing double down the 3rd base line.  James Ineson pitched the final 4 innings and got the W for the Owls.

In Game 2 the Owls won by an identical 7-6 score. Vinny Daurio, pitched a complete game for the Owls.  James Ineson went 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored,  CJ Romanos went 2-3 with 2 RBIs, Connor Miniter went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBIs, and Aaron Summers went 2-4 as the Owls bats are starting to come alive at the right time. Both teams are currently holding on to playoff spots but anything can happen heading in to the final week. Both will clinch a spot with a win next weekend.

 

Durham got a huge sweep of the Milford Monsters. Durham will also clinch a playoff spot with a win against Orange next week and Milford is currently out of the playoff picture but control their own destiny and do not need any help to get in. With a sweep of the Machine next week they will punch their ticket and knock them out in the process

 

 

Meriden went from out of the playoffs to jumping all the way to 6 th place in the standing with a huge sweep of Southington.  In Game 1 JD Tyler was dominant on the mound throwing a complete game shutout and 10 strikeouts. Justin Poirier and Alex Rivera Each had 2 hits to lead Meriden to a 3-0 win.

In Game 2 Meriden got the 7-2 victory. Josh Lovely got the win. The offense was lead by Alex River and Josh Lovely who both went yard. Meriden need to win one game next week and will clinch a playoff spot. Southington currently holds the last spot but still needs to win next week to officially get in.

 

Cromwell and the Heat played one game this weekend. The Heat looked like they were going to get their first win of the year up 4-2 late in the game but the Steam stormed came back in the bottom of the 6th scoring 6 runs to take a 8-4 lead and denying the Heat that elusive win. Dave Krochko went the distance pitching a complete game in the victory. Mike Maksymiw was 1-1 with a SB, RBI, and run scored. TJ Grande went 2-4 with two runs batted in. Eric O'Brien was busy on the base baths with two stolen bases and 3 runs scored. O'Brien also had an RBI double. Mike Mercik rounded out the Steamers hitting attack going 2-3 with an RBI.

 

This weeks match ups (last regular season games)

Bridgeport vs the Heat @ Platt HS

CT Hackers vs Nighthawks @ JLAW

Durham vs Orange @ Old Tavern Road

Owls vs Cromwell @ CMS

Monsters vs Meriden @ Ceppa

Southington vs Flyers @ TBA

 

 

 

July 20, 2014 

And down the stretch they come. With the final 2 weeks of the regular season left only 2 teams have clinched playoff spots and there is a serious log jam in the middle of the standings, where 7 teams are fighting for 6 spots and any losses can cost you the season.  

 

 

One team who's in cruise control is Bridgeport, who clinched the regular season with a sweep of Orange. In game 1 Jason Rago was the winning pitcher and the offense was lead by Tyler Caserta, Alberto Martinez and Mark Komarmy. The All-Stars led the entire game but with the score 8-2 in the seventh inning, Orange rallied for 5 runs and had the tying and go ahead runs on 2nd and third. Matt Bartolomei came in and closed the door on Orange’s comeback in the 8-7 win.

In Game 2 Bridgeport won 13-10. It was a seesaw battle with the lead going back and forth for multiple innings. Bridgeport had some uncharacteristic sloppy play which made things tough on the All-Star pitcher, Riley Shuckerow but he gutted it out for the win. The Bridgeport offense was led by Joe Poletski, Mark Consorte and Charlie Mason who each had two hits in the game. Matt Bartolomei made his second appearance of the day in the seventh to earn the save. Orange will clinch a playoff berth with another win next week when they play the surging Owls.

 

 

Naugatuck swept the Steamers 3-0 and 6-5 to lock up a playoff spot. In game 1 Jeff Farrell threw a complete game 3 hit shutout.  Dave Krochko pitched well in the loss for the Steamers. John Pember and TJ Grande had the only hits for the Steamers. Grande went 2-3 including a triple.

 

 

 

In game 2 the Hackers used a huge 4 run rally to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game and eventually won it on a walk off single by Mat Jaronko in the 8th. Once again John Pember was the tough luck loser. The Steamers defense made two crucial errors allowing the inning to extend and for the Hackers to come back to tie the game 5-5. The Steamers had the go a head run on third with one out in the top of the 8th but were unable to produce. The Hackers finished off the Steamers in the bottom of the 8th. TJ Grande continued his hot hitting going 2-4 including a solo home run. Dylan Danko got the win in relief for the Hackers. Naugatuck is peaking at the right time for their usual playoff run. The defending Champs will play the scrappy new team, CT Flyer next week. The Flyers currently hold the last playoff spot and will need to win this week to stay alive…

 

 

The Owls are peaking at the right time! They moved all the way up to 4th place in the standings with a sweep of the Nighthawks 12-1 and 2-0. They’ll have a major road block ahead of them facing Orange this week. The Owls can’t afford any losses and I’m sure Orange is ready after getting swept by the Port! This will be a dog fight!!!

 

The Southington Aftershock got a huge sweep of the Milford Monsters this week to make things very interesting in the standings. The Shock took game one 7-1. Kevin Ryan allowed 4 hits and an unearned run as he recorded his first win with the Shock. Southington bats were on fire, totaling 13 hits in the game. Kyle Lentini led the offense going 3 for 4 with a double, 4 RBI's, and a run scored. Tommy Stagis and Nick Dzioba also had multi hit games and combined to score 3 runs.

Southington completed the sweep taking game two by a score of 1-0. Tommy Stagis had one of the best pitching appearances all season, throwing a perfect game to record his 7th win and lower his ERA to 1.98. Lentini and Bryan Baker both had multi hit games. The lone run came in the 5th inning from a sac fly off the bat of Jon Blais to score Bryan Baker. Both teams are now 12-10. As big a win it was for Southington, they were even bigger loses for Milford who slipped from fourth place in the standings all the way to seventh. These losses also cost them the tie breaker with Southington, if they end up with the same record, the Shock will get the nod. Southington will host the Machine next week and Milford will visit Durham. Look at the standing and you’ll see why it’s going to be an exciting NABA week!!

 

Speaking of Durham…they swept the Heat 11-6 and 3-2. Durham is quietly lurking around and ready to pounce into the post season. They are currently in 5th place but have match ups against Milford (who needs to win) and Orange left! Currently with 9 losses, Durham could be in trouble if they don’t come out swinging these last 2 weeks. Durham’s last 2 week will be interesting to watch.

 

Mean while the league’s new addition, CT Flyers, has proven they can play with anyone. The Pitcher of the Year candidate Paulie Hernandez has been huge this year, racking up almost every win they have this year. Hernandez also went to Cooperstown with the Main Pub (Fall League) and brought back a championship for the CT NABA. He got a huge win for the team in the semi’s to get them in to the championship game. This Sunday he got another win for the Flyers against the Machine in game 1. He racked up 8 strikeouts on 5 hits with no earned runs. Donte Younger went 1 for 3 with a huge RBI double in the 5th, John Kelly went 2 for 3 with an RBI himself and a double. Flyers won 4-1. 

 

The Machine bounced back in game 2. Both teams have made a habit of splitting double headers and now cannot afford another loss. The Flyers are currently holding the last playoff spot and the Machine currently out of a spot, needs to win and hope for some help heading into the last 2 weeks. The Flyers mentioned above are going to Naugatuck and the Machine is headed for a huge game against Southington, where both teams control their own destiny.

 

This could be one of the most exciting 2 weeks in the history of our league…..

PLAYBALL!!!!

 

 

Week 10-July 20, 2014

 

The Bridgeport train keeps on chugging with a sweep of Milford 4-2 and 9-1. Next week they will take on Orange. With a win they will clinch the league title.

 

Orange matched up this week against last year’s Champions, CT Hackers. Mike Fox is in his normal late season form getting the win for Naugy 3-1 in extra innings. Fox went a complete game and was helped by Mike Townsend who connected on a solo homerun. Dam Kaminski got 2 hits including an rbi knock in the extra frame to put the Hackers up for good.

Orange bounced back with a 3-1 win in the second game. Naugatuck made things interesting in the 7th loading the bases with no outs but Orange got out of the jam to secure the win.

 

The Flyers made quick work of the Heat by sweeping them this weekend. Nick Drenchen got his first win on the mound going 5 strong innings giving up 2 hits and striking out 5 on 0 runs. Paulie Hernandez and Donte Younger led the offense scoring 2 runs each. Flyers win 6-0

Game two Hernandez pitched his first complete game shutout striking out 8 in the 5 inning game, only allowing 2 hits. John Kelly went 3 for 3 with an RBI. Vinny Purgatore went 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs and Donte Younger crossed the plate 3 times in the Flyers win 13-0

 

Southington and the Owls matched up in a close battle. Southington came out on top in game one 1-0. Nick Dzioba pitched a complete game one-hit shut out with 7 striking out. Dzioba had a no hitter broken up in the 6th inning by an infield single. Nick Cesca had the web gem of the day in the 6th inning making a diving catch in right field with two outs and the bases loaded to save the lead. Tommy Stagis went 2 for 4 with the only run scored. Kyle Lentini had the RBI double to drive Stagis in. 

The Owls took game two 4-2 in 8 innings. Southington’s, Tommy Stagis pitched a strong 8 innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 14. Lentini led the offense again going 2 for 3 with a run scored and a walk. Mike Severino was driven in by Brian Gargiulo in the bottom of the 6th to take the lead 2-1. The Aftershock surrendered the lead in the top of the 7th to force the game into extras and eventually lost in the 8th inning. 

 

The Machine swept Cromwell. In Game 1 Alex Rivera had a big 2 out hit to score 2 runs. That's all Meriden needed to hold on to a 2-1 victory.  Willie Rios got the win and Donny Crook closed it out in the 7 for the save.

In Game 2 the offense was led by Derek Drag with 2 hits and an Rbi.  Ricky Marrero and Brad Lorusso each had 2 hits to back the pitching of Josh Lovely who went  6 strong innings with 9 strikeouts for the 9-6 win.

 

The Chanticleers also got a sweep over the Nighthawks. In game one Durham scored eight runs in the first three innings to cruise to a 10-0 win. The offense was led by Nick Toth (2-3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI), Sean Zapatka (2-3, 1 Run, 1 RBI),  Bryan Kotlarz (2-3, 3 RBIs) , Nick Marchese (1-2 1 BB 1 HR, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs)  Nick Marchese racked up three RBIs on a homer for the Chanticleers. Steve Simon had an impressive outing against Nighthawks' lineup. Nighthawks managed just one hit off of Simon, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his two innings of work.

In game 2 the Chanticleers used another huge inning in the 2nd (6 runs) to pulled out another 10-0 win.  Michael Baranowski (2-3 1BB, 2 Runs, 1 RBI), Wesley Beaulieu (2-4 1 Run, 2RBIs), Nick Marchese (2-4, 1 HR, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs), Nick Toth (2-4 1 Run, 1 RBI) collected big hits. Nick Marchese racked up another three RBIs on two hits for Chanticleers. Durham’s Austin Brassaw kept Nighthawks off the scoreboard for all six innings he was on the rubber. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on four hits while ringing up four.

 

 

 

Week 9-June 29, 2014

 

Bridgeport jumped all over the Owls winning 14-4 and 15-0 to keep pace on the leagues top spot. In game 1 Ryan Blinderman got the win on the hill for the All-Stars. Throughout the day the All-Stars were led Offensively by JJ Montello who went 4 for 4 with a grand slam, Alberto Martinez with another homer on the year, Ant Searles 3 for 3 with a triple and Mike Saia 2 for 2.

 

The CT Flyers are making a name for themselves in the league. They have played great baseball in the first year and have had some impressive wins, including the first game against Orange.  With the Flyers down 4-1 all the way to the 7th inning, Paulie Hernandez notched another win under his belt allowing 6 hits and 3 runs in 7 innings. Chris Folsom came up huge in the 7th inning hitting a triple knocking in 3 runs and eventually scoring the go ahead run on a blotched pick off throw to put the flyers up 5-4. Ian Bezahler pitched 5 innings of one run ball for Orange in the tough loss.

 

Game two was a pitchers dual. Gary Flowers pitched five innings of one run ball as orange topped the Flyers in extras 4-1. The Flyers Chris Folsom was the tough luck loser pitching a gem. He struck out 10 and allowed only 1 run in 7 innings. Orange had a big 3 run 9th to eventually win the game. Mike Dew had a nice game for the Flyers going 3 for 4.

 

Naugatuck and the Nighthawks also split. In game one Steve Webb picked up the win for the Hackers and Wes Dutton hit a 3 run homerun in the 10-4 win. In game 2 The nighthawks used the right arm of Laz Barrios to bounce back. Barrios pitched a complete game 1 hit shutout and also got 2 hits in the game to lead the much improved Nighhawks for the 2-0 win.

 

 

Meriden and Milford split. In Game 1. Meriden’s Lenny Rivera and Brad Lorusso led the offensive charge with 2 hits in the 7-2 victory. Willie Rios was masterful only giving up 1 earned run a picking up the win. Milford was led by Drew DeRubeis Going a perfect 2-2 at the plate for Milford Monsters. He singled in the second and sixth innings. Meriden was sparked by Marrero and Riveria, who teamed up for four hits and three RBIs.

 

Milford rallied to take game 2. With the Monsters trailing by one, Dennis Hine came to the plate and tripled, scoring Buddy Hine and Zack Davidson. Hines collected three extra-base hits in the game. Rich Catalano recorded the win for Milford Monsters. He pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out four, walked none and surrendered three hits. Milford Monsters' Rich Catalano, Buddy Hine and Dennis Hine combined for seven hits and five RBIs. Milford Monsters closer Anthony Alicki put away the final three outs to record the save. Meriden was once again led by Lorusso with 3 more hits in the game. Rios and Rivera also chipped in with 2 hits in the 9-7 lost.

 

Chanticleers Defeat Cromwell 12-0 on Sunday after a 12-run rally in the fourth inning. Durham silenced the steamers with a double header sweep. In game 1 the Chanticleers scored in the fourth on an RBI single by Alex Adorno (2-3 2RBIs, 2 Runs), a two-run single by Bryan Kotlarz (2-3 2 RBIs, 1 Run), a sacrifice fly by Austin Brassaw, a passed ball, an RBI single by Nick Toth (1-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run), an RBI single by Steve Simon (1-2 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 BB), an RBI double by Wesley Beaulieu (2-3 1 RBI, 2 Runs), a two-run single by Dan Milardo (3-3 2 RBIs, 2 Runs), an RBI single by Alex, and an RBI single by Bryan.  Dan Milardo got a hit in each of his three at bats. Cromwell's lineup had no answer for Nick Toth. Cromwell managed just one hit off of Toth, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three during his 4 1/3 innings of work. Chanticleers had six hitters combine for 12 hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored in the 12-0 win.

 

In game 2 Chanticleers jumped out to an early lead on Cromwell and captured a 10-0 victory on Sunday. With seven runs in the first three innings, Chanticleers left no doubt about the eventual outcome. An error and a two-run single by Dan Milardo (3-3 4RBIs, 1 Run) in the first inning and a passed ball during the second inning helped Chanticleers put some runs on the board early. Dan Milardo racked up four RBIs on three hits for Chanticleers. Chanticleers' Austin Brassaw kept Cromwell off the scoreboard for all five innings he was on the mound. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up two. Chanticleers added three more runs in the top of the third. Dan Milardo doubled, scoring Steve Simon (2-3 1 RBI, 1 Run)  to start the inning. That was followed up by Michael Baranowski's (1-3 1 RBI, 1 Run) single, bringing home Bryan Kotlarz (3-3 3Runs). Chanticleers increased its lead with two runs in the fourth. Steve kicked things off with a single, scoring Nick Marchese (1-2 2 Runs, 2 BB). That was followed up by Dan Milardo's single, bringing home Nick Toth.

 

The Southington aftershock swept the Heat. In game one the Aftershock won 8-2. Kyle Lentini made his first pitching appearance of the year and pitched a complete game allowing 3 hits and one earned run. Lentini helped his own cause with a solo home run. Nick Blais has been hitting well of late going 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

Game two was more Aftershock with a 14-3, 5 innings win to keep the Heat winless. Tommy Stagis improves his record to 6-2 with the win, allowing one earned run through 5 innings. All eleven of Southington's batters recorded a hit. Stagis and Mike Gargiulo led the offense with two hits and a 2-run home run apiece. Jon Blais went 2 for 3, scoring three runs. Nick Blais continued to stay hot going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. 

 

 

 

Week 8-June 22, 2014

 

 

 

After this weekends games Bridgeport has flipped flopped with Orange and now holds the top spot in the standings.

 

 

The All Stars swept the Steamers in Cromwell. In game 1 the All Stars defeated the Steamers 13-0 behind the pitching of Ryan Blinderman who threw a No Hitter in the 5 inning mercy game. The offense was lead by Joe Poletski who was 3 for 3 with two Home Runs a single and 5 RBI. Mike Torello also had a HR in the game. JJ Montello and Alex Miller had two hits.

 

in Game 2 Mike Torello started on the mound and pitched two good innings before handing the ball off to Ryan Blinderman who pitched 3 innings and Joe Poletski came in for the 6th and 7th innings to get the win for Bridgeport. Joe Poletski had a great day, in his first at bat He Homered again for the third time making it 3 home runs on the day. After that he was intentionally walked twice.  In the top of the seventh trailing 7-6 Poletski lead off with a Moonshot to center field for a double.  Mike Torello singled, scoring Poletski to tie the game. The Next Batter Mike Saia hit an opposite field triple to score Torello putting the All Stars up 8-7. The next Batter Sal Savo singled in Saia making the score 9-7. Sal Savo and Ryan Blinderman each had 3 hits in the game. John Pember pitched a complete game in the loss. The Steamers down 6-1 battled back to take a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 6th. Gary Perez had 2 hits including a 2 run double and 3 rbi's in the game. TJ Grande busted out of his slump with 2 hits and an RBI. (Bridgeport 14-2, Cromwell 4-10)

 

 

Orange split with the Monsters slipping them to second place in the standings. In game 1 Orange went up for good in the first, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Joe Pisano and a two-run single by Brian Speer. Despite a big day at the dish from Eddie Klukojc, who finished 2-3, the Milford Monsters lost 6-0 to Orange at Old Tavern. Joey Bannon took the loss for Milford Monsters. He allowed six runs in six innings, walked four and struck out three.

 

In Game2 the Milford Monsters fought back to salvage the split and defeating Orange 12-11. With the score tied at eight, Eddie Klukojc came to the plate and hit into a fielder's choice, plating Dennis Hine. Eddie racked up two RBIs on two hits for Milford Monsters. Each team blasted the other's pitching, and there were 23 total runs and 22 hits during the game. Milford Monsters staved off Orange as Orange was unable to match Milford Monsters down the stretch. Orange scored three runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Ryan Adams and an error. Unfortunately, Orange wasn't able to take the lead back. Matty Talone recorded the win. He struck out two, walked four and surrendered five hits. Matty, Eddie, Steve Hine and Zack Davidson helped lead Milford Monsters. They combined for nine hits and eight RBIs. Milford Monsters went up for good in the sixth scoring six total runs, which came home on two singles. (Orange 10-2, Milford 11-5)

 

 

Naugatuck is creeping up in the standings. With a sweep of Southington they are only half a game out of second place. In Game one Mike Fox was back to his usual self no hitting the Shock and getting the 4-0 complete game shutout. Southington Kevin Ryan started his second game doing all that he could pitching a complete game, allowing only 4 hits and 3 earned runs in the loss.

In Game two Mike Doran went a solid 6 innings for the win.  Nick Dzioba pitched a strong complete game allowing only 4 earned runs and striking out 7 but The Shock's bats remained quiet. Brian Gargiulo and Jon Blais hit back-to-back doubles and Mike Severino added a sacrifice fly to score the runs for Southington. Steve Webb closed it out for the Hackers. (CT Hackers 11-4, Southington 7-9)

 

 

The Owls made quick work of the Heat, sweeping them 11-0 and 6-2. In game 1The Owls scored 6 runs in the first and never looked back. Vinny Daurio pitched 6 innings of scoreless ball and Alex Miniter came in to finish the game in the 7th.  The Owls bats were let by Robert Miniter, who went 3-3 with 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored and a BB.  

 

The Owls completed the sweep by taking the second game 6-2.  Tommy Roy got the win in relief. He entered the game in the 4th and throwing shutout ball the rest of the game.  Roy also went 1-2 at the plate.  Alex Miniter led the offense going 2-2 with a double and 3 runs scored.  Robert Miniter went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored. (CT Owls 9-6, Heat 0-14)

 

 

The Nighthawks and the Machine split in Milford this weekend. Game one went to the Hawks 6-5. Meriden was led by  Dom Calistro and Brian Jackson both had 2 hits and 2Rbi. Game 2 Meriden bounced back with a quick 12-1 win. The offensive was led by Brian Jackson and Justin Poirier who each had 3 hits. There was also hits by  Anthony Rodriguez,  Brad Lorusso, and a big bases loaded Triple by Ricky Marrero. (Meriden 7-9, Nighthawks 5-11)

 

 

Durham and the Flyers split. Durham won the first game 12-1 and the Flyers won the second game 3-2. Paulie Hernandez continues to shine. He got the win in game 2, only allowing 5 hits. He also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Joey Cardoso went 1 for 3 with a huge double scoring 2 runs in the game. (CT Flyers 6-8, Durham 5-9) 

 

Week 7-June 15, 2014

 

Orange keeps on plugging along. This week they took two games from the winless Heat. Game one was a tight one until the sixth inning. Down 1-0, Orange exploded for 11 runs. Mark Boland, Joe Pisano, and Zack Sousa had three hits each in the game. Ian Bezahler picked up the win 11-1.

 

In game two Austin Pokluda was in control striking out 12 through six innings. Big hits in the fifth inning by Joe Pisano and Brian Speer helped lift Orange to a 5-2 win. The sweep pushed the Concentration’s record to 9-1 on the year. The loses sent the Heat to 0-12.

 

 

Bridgeport is hot on Orange’s trail. They also got a swept of Durham 10-0 and 9-1 to move their record to 12-2 on the year. The loses makes the Chanticleers 4-8.

 


In typical fashion the Milford Monsters is streaking midway through the year.  They have swept their last 6 games. This week was the Nighthawks in the battle for Milford. In game 1 both teams volleyed the lead four times but the Monsters came out on top for a 7-6 win on Sunday at Jonathan Law. Steve Hine had a hot bat for Milford Monsters going 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the third and seventh innings. Matty Talone  (1-0) brought the heat against Nighthawks during his outing. Nighthawks managed just one hit off of Talone, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during his 4 2/3 innings of work.

 

In Game 2 Milford Monsters shut the door early on Nighthawks, capturing a 22-4 victory on Sunday at Jonathan Law. Ten runs in the first three innings allowed Milford Monsters to put the game away early. A two-run single by Zack Davidson during the second inning fueled Milford Monsters' offense. Joey Bannon (2-2) got the win for Milford Monsters despite allowing five runs over five innings. Joey struck out six, walked four and gave up five hits. Milford Monsters pounded Nighthawks pitching, as six hitters combined for nine hits, 14 RBIs and 17 runs. Milford is holding down third place in the standings with a 10-4 record. The loses drop the Nighthawks to 4-10. 

 

The Hackers made quick work of the Meriden Machine sweeping them 6-1 and 7-2. The Hackers have won 7 straight games to get their record to 9-4. The Machine is headed in the opposite directions losing 7 straight and dropping fast in the standings with a 6-8 record

 

 

Southington has been splitting games with their opponents all year. This week was no different. In Game one the Aftershock lost a close 4-2 game to the leagues new faces, CT Flyers. The flyers have been impressive. Paulie Hernandez has to be in seriously considerations for post season awards! He got his 5th win this season (out of 6 total wins the Flyers got) while striking out 6 and also helping himself at the plate going 2-3. Southington’s Nick Dzioba was the tough luck loser. Dzioba pitched the complete game allowing 6 hits while striking out 5 and allowing no earned runs. Mike Severino and Kyle Lentini led the offense going 2 for 3 a piece. Brian Gargiulo added a sac bunt, a single, and three stolen bases in the loss. 

 

 

In Game two the Aftershock true to form, bounced back winning 7-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning but the Flyers Ricky Rodriguez's made this interesting with 3 run shot in the fifth inning to tie it up into the extra frames. Southington’s Tommy Stagis continues his great season earning his 5th win. Stagis pitched all 10 innings, striking out 14 and allowing 3 earned runs. Nick Dzioba had a solo home run and two RBI's. Stagis helped his own cause going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's. Nick Blais singled in the bottom of the 10th and was driven in by Stagis' 2 run walk off home run to seal the victory. The Flyers Donte Younger pitched well going 5 1/3 giving up only 2 hits, one being the walk off homer. Vinny Purgatore went 2-3 and Dan Geier went 2-4 with a RBI in the losing effort. The Split keeps Southington with an even 7-7 record, while the CT Flyers are keeping pace with a 6-7 record.

 

 

In another league split the Owls and Cromwell matched up. In game 1 Tommy Roy pitched another complete game for the Owls, allowing only 1 earned run in the victory.  Roy was also 2-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Connor Miniter was also 2-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Jordan Colonese was 1-3 with an RBI. Mike Maksymiw had an RBI single for the Steamers. Dave Krochko pitched well in the loss with one tough inning where he allowed 3 runs.

 

 

The Steamers battled back to take game 2. Mike Maksymiw stayed hot adding two more hits on the day. John Pember went the distance for the complete game shutout. The Steamers finally stepped up for Pember playing superb defense and giving him just enough runs for the win. Pember also had a double at the plate. Justin Falcon and Dave Krochko had RBI's in the win for the Steamers in the 2-0 win. James Ineson pitched a complete game and allowed only 2 runs in the Owls loss.  Aaron Soto was 1-2 for the Owls at the plate with a SB. The Owls stay balanced at  6-6 and the Steamers are now 4-8 on the year.

 

 

Week 6-June 8, 2014

 

 

Things are heating up for the top spot in the league. Looks like Orange and Bridgeport are on a collision course…

 

Orange clubbed their way to a sweep of Southington. Orange hit five home runs in the doubleheader. In game one Dave Wirkus pitched a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts. Orange's Nick Baviello, Mark Boland, and Zack Sousa accounted for all six runs scored as all three hit home runs. Nick Dzioba pitched the complete game for the Shock allowing 5 earned runs over 6 hits. Aftershock bats were quiet until the 7th inning when they loaded the bases but failed to score. Brian Gargiulo led the offense going 2 for 2. Benny Soto, Jon Blais, and Mitch Gugliotti also added hits. Orange topped Southington 6-0

 

Game two took all seven innings to decide. Tommy Stagis pitched a solid 7 innings allowing 5 earned runs for the Shock. They got out of the gates quick scoring 2 runs in the first inning but the Concentration evened the score after an error plagued first inning by Southington. The Aftershock added to their lead in the 6th scoring 2 runs. Heading into the 7th with a 3 run deficit the Concentration scored 4 runs when Paul Gusmano and Ryan Adams started the rally with back to back singles. Mark Boland scored a run with an RBI groundout and Nick Baviello followed him with an RBI single. Dave Wirkus stepped to the plate as the winning run and hit an opposite field home run to end the game. Brian Speer also hit a home run and Joe Pisano got the win in relief comeback 7-6 victory. Kyle Lentini, Mitch Gugliotti, and Nick Cesca all contributed with 2 RBI's a piece. Nick Blais, Stagis, and Cesca all had multi-hit games. 

 

 

Bridgeport has won 8 straight games and used their momentum to keep the Heat winless. They made quick work of the Heat 8-3 and 21-0.

 

 

Don’t look now but Milford has quietly crept back into the top of the standings. After this week’s sweep of the CT Flyers they are in sole possession of third place. In Game 1 Rich Catalano drove in the go-ahead run to give Milford Monsters the lead in the sixth inning, as Milford Monsters hung on to beat the Flyers 3-1 on Sunday. Buddy Hine, Steve Hine and Zack Davidson led the offense. Connor Nolan had an impressive outing against the Flyers lineup. The Flyers managed just two hits off of Nolan, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out six during his seven innings of work to improve to (5-1).