Connecticut NABA: News

Thursday, April 18
Week 1
April 18, 2013

The 2013 season is underway… 


3 teams started the season with sweeps. The Southington After Shock is coming out of the gates strong with two victories over the Nighthawks. In game 1. Southington went up early scoring 2 runs in each of the first 2 innings. The Nighthawks began to chip away in the 4th when Shane Sweeney singled to center to score Luke Altieri. The Nighthawks tied it up scoring 2 runs in the sixth with a 2 run homer by Brandon Waterman and the game tying homerun coming in the 7th off the bat of Brian Gonzalez. Southington scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th off of an overthrown pickoff attempt to third. Mike McQuillan pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up only 3 earned runs while striking out 10. John Filip also went 3-4 for the Nighthawks. Sothington’s Nick Dzioba pitched the full game going all 8 innings with 7 strike outs. Jon Blais went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Neal Ayotte went 2 for 3 with a run, RBI, and a double, and Mike Severino went 2 for 4 with a run. 

In Game 2 Tommy Stagis controlled the game as Southington won 7-0. He pitched a complete game striking out 8 and only allowing 3 hits. Kyle Lentini went 2 for 4 with a home run and a stolen base, and Eric Csinsi went 3 for 3 with a double. John Filip went 1-1 for the Nighthawks, while also pitching 6 innings. Luke Altieri threw 1 strong inning for the Nighthawks striking out the side.  


Orange tradition of strong starts continued with a sweep of Durham.  In game one Kyle Birdsall pitched five scoreless and earned the win. Dave Wirkus had an RBI double and earned the save as Orange won 2-0. Durham was led by Dan Fonseca who went 1-1 while having a solid defensive day at second base. Nick Toth pitched a solid game in the lost.

In game 2 Ned Wood pitched 5 1/3 to pick up the win. Pete Testa had a home run and Joe Pisano, Brian Speer, and Brian Paturas all had RBI singles to help Orange go up 4-1 in the fifth. Brian Speer notched the save in game two as Orange won 4-2. Steve Simon was pretty good in defeat, recording 11 strikeouts and adding a Home Run for Durham.  Jon White also contributed and Rbi the Chantileers. 



The Machine swept the Heat 12-11 and 6-1  



Milford and Cromwell split. In game 1 The Steamers’s Dave Krochko pitched a solid complete game in a 5-3 win. TJ Grande and Eric O’Brien got 2 hits in the game. O’Brien in his Steamers debut knocked in 3 to lead the comeback win.  Josh Parrow went 5 innings striking out 7, taking a no decision for Milford.

In game 2. Jeff Kotos went the complete game striking out 6, in the Monsters 6-4 win. Dave Gryga, Mike Boucher and Grande had 2 hits for Cromwell. Gryga got 3 rbi’s, Grande scored 2 runs in the lost. DJ McQuillan pitched 4 scoreless innings of relief quieting the Milford offense and giving the Steamers a chance for a the possible comeback but Kotos got the job done in the 6-4 win for Milford.   



Naugatuck and Bridgeport split. Naugatuck won the first game 4-3 and Bridgeport won the second game 8-2.

Wednesday, May 8
Week 2
April 28, 2013-Week 2   
Orange has taking an early lead in the standings with another sweep. This time the Heat were the victims.  Orange used the arm of Kyle Birdsall in the first game.  Brian Speer drove in three runs in the game as Orange topped the Heat 7-4.  Dave Wirkus got the save.  Joe Milici led the Heat with 3 hits and 2RBI

In Game 2 the Orange offense exploded in the 2nd inning plating 6 runs highlighted by 3 back to back Doubles.  They took advantage of some poor pitching the rest of the way to a 10 run rule victory with a 12-2 victory over the Heat.  Dan Brown had a 2 RBI Double for the Heat. (Orange 4-0, Heat 0-4)

The CT Owls opened up the year perfect with a tough fought double dip against Cromwell that lasted almost 7 hours to complete. In game 1 Tommy Roy pitched 5 innings and got the win while going 3-4 at the plate.  CJ Romanos went 2-4 with a towering home run and 5 RBIs.  Jordan Colonese went 2-2 and scored 3 runs.  Aaron Summers went 3-5 with 3 runs scored. Steve Reiser also scored 3 times while going 3-6, Adam McCaherty went 1-2 with a double and Mike Biondi went 2-4. In the 17-12 victory. Joe Faienza and TJ Grande led the Steamers offense. Grande was 2-3 including a 2 run homer and 3 runs scored. Faienza was 2-4 with 2 doubles. 
In Game 2 The Owls completed the sweep of the weekend on the road with a wild finish by coming back down 5 runs after 5 innings.  In the 6th inning, Mike Biondi hit a single that drove in two runs.  Down 3 runs going into the bottom of the 7th, Jed Colonese led off the inning with a single.  After a walk by Aaron Summers, a single  by Steve Reiser, a walk by both Roy and Romanos:  Adam McCaherty hit a bases loaded grounder to third base that drove in the game winning run.Jed Colonese went 3-4 in the game while scoring 2 runs, Steve Reiser went 3-5 also scoring twice, and Vinny Daurio pitched 4 strong innings.  CJ Romanos got the win in relief in the 12-11 win. Faienza again powered the Steamers offense going 4-5 including a double and 4 rbi's. Mike Boucher & Justin Falcon added two hits each for the Steamers. (CT Owls 2-0, Cromwell 1-3)
In a battle for town bragging rights for The city of Milford, the Monsters Swept The Nighthawks on 19-0 and 14-2. In game 1  Josh Parrow picked up the complete game win giving up 2 hits.  In game 2, Jeff Kotos picked up his 2nd win on the season going the distance giving up only 1 hit while striking out 4.  Offensively on the day Milford was led by Rich Catalano & Eddie Klukojc who each went 6-9 on the day. (Monsters 3-1, Nighthawks 0-4)
Naugatuck is answering the challenge of having the toughest schedule to start the season by splitting with Bridgeport last week, sweeping Meriden this week and looking forward to their match up against Orange next. So far the Hackers are off to a good 3-1 start. This week they beat Meriden 6-0 and 8-7. Mike Fox was back to his dominating self on the hill with a game 1 shutout. He went the distance, scattering 4 hits while striking out 4. Offensively, Mike Bochino was 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Dan Kaminski was 2 for 4 with a run scored, and Mike Townsend was 2 for 3.

In Game 2 Jeff Farrell (0-0) started on the mound, and carried 7-1 lead through the end of the 5th inning. Hackers relievers made things interesting by givingup 6 runs in the 6th and 7th innings, tying the game at 7 a piece. With one out in the bottom of the 7th, with the score tied 7-7, Mike Bochino came to bat and blasted a triple to deep right-center field. The relay throw came in from the outfield, and subsequently sailed over the head of the 3rd baseman into dead ball territory allowing Bochino to score the winning run. Also of note: Mike Bochino missed hitting for the cycle with a homerun. Ricky Cool was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and Ryan Mazurkivich went 2 for 3 with an RBI. (Naugatuck 3-1, Meriden 2-2)
Bridgeport swept Durham 9-1 and 9-3 (Bridgeport 3-1, Durham 0-4)

Thursday, May 23
Week 3

Week 3-May 5, 2013 


Orange and the Monsters made a statement this week with some impressive sweeps!!! The CT Owls are cruising right along…  


Orange stayed on top of the standings and perfect on the year against a good Hacker squad. In game one Kyle Birdsall went the distance striking out 9. Nick Baviello had three hits and Joe Pisano added two RBIs as Orange topped Naugatuck 5-3.

In game two Ned Wood got the win pitching six strong innings. Pete Testa and Dave Wirkus both had two hits. Testa also drove in three runs while Joe Pisano and Brian Speer had two RBIs each as Orange won the game 9-3 (Orange 6-0, CT Hackers 3-3)   



The Owls are off to a good start! They are undefeated so far and have put up impressive runs on the board. The Owls are averaging more than 11 runs per game to lead the league.  In Game 1 against The Southington After Shock,  they put up a 9 spot but it was the pitching who led the way in the 9-1 win. Tommy Roy pitched 5 innings of shutout ball while going 3-3 at the plate.  Steve Reiser, CJ Romanos, Jordan Colonese, Mike Biondi and Adam McCaherty all went 2-4 as the Owls had 17 hits in the game.  Kenny Berntsen finished the game for the Owls pitching 2 strong innings with 3 strikeouts.  For Southington, Kyle Lentini went 2 for 2 with a double, a run, and a stolen base. Mike Skurtowicz also went 1 for 1 with an RBI.  

In Game 2 Southington gave The Owls everything they could handle. Tommy Stagis pitched the entire game for Southingtom. He allowed 6 earned runs and struck out 7 in the intense game that went 10 innings. But in another dramatic finish for the second straight week the Owls stepped up for another walk off victory 7-6.  CJ Romanos went 3-4 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. CJ also got the win on the mound throwing 6 strong innings in relief with 7 punch outs.  Tommy Roy and Steve Reiser went 2-5 at the plate, and Vinny Daurio threw 4 solid innings for the Owls. Southington’s Neal Ayotte went 3 for 4 with a run and Kyle Lentini stays hot going 3 for 4 with a run, a stolen base, and an RBI. (CT Owls 4-0, Southington 2-2)   



The Milford Monsters took it to the defending champions, Bridgeport All-Stars! In game 1 Josh Parrow took control, throwing a complete game only giving up 2 earned runs while striking  9 against a typically potient offense.

Milford would use it’s bats to overcome the All-Stars in game 2. Matty Talone continued to stay hot going 4-5 with 3 RBIs in the 13-4 Monster victory. Andy Eggleston picked up his first win in relief. (Monsters 5-1, Bridgeport 3-3)   



In Meriden, the Machine got back on track with a sweep of Cromwell. Josh Lovely pitched a complete game for the 10-3 win in game 1. Offensively AJ Silberman lead the office going 3-3 with 2 RBI, Justin Poirier had 2 hits and Dan Zarnik had 2 hits with 2 RBI.  

In game 2 Dan Zarnik pitched a complete game for the Machine in a 9-1 win. The offense was lead by Brad Lorusso who hit a 5th inning Grand Slam, Willie Rios and Ryan Thayer had 2 hits. Eric O'Brien led the offense for the Steamers throughout the day. He had 4 hits including 2 doubles and 2 stolen bases. Mike Boucher, TJ Grande, Justin Falcon, and DJ McQuillan had two hits a piece on the day for the Steamers. (Meriden 4-2, Cromwell 1-5)     



Durham’s pitching was dominant in a double header against the Nighthawks.  In game 1, Nick Toth pitched a great game giving up 5 hits that produced only 1 run with 12 strike outs! Nick Marchese went 1-2 with a game changing bases loaded double giving him 3 RBIs in the 4-1 victory. Mike McQuillan did everything he could to get the Hawks a win. He brought a no hitter into the 5th inning. The Nighthawks made things interesting in the bottom of the 7th loading the bases and pushing across 1 run off of singles from Shane Sweeney and John Filip. McQuillan pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in the losing effort. Sweeney and Filip each went 2-3. 

In game 2, Steve Simon was masterful and benefitted from some great defense by first baseman Nick Marchese. White went 2-3 at the plate with 2 RBIs and a run. Ross Burton was 1-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Nick Toth went 2-3 with 1 RBI and a run.  The Hawks were led by John Filip and Luke Altieri each went 1-2. (Durham 2-4, Nighhawks 0-6)


Tuesday, June 4
Week 4-May 19, 2013
Week 4-May 19, 2012  


After four weeks the Owls jump out on top of the standings staying the only unbeaten team in the league with a sweep of the Heat. They continue to hit the ball, scoring 26 runs in the double dip played at the Sportsplex in Branford. In game one, Tommy Roy got the win only giving up 1 run while going 1-3 with a Home Run and 3 RBIs.  Mike Biondi led the Owls attack with 2 Home Runs and 6 RBIs, including a 1st inning Grand Slam.  CJ Romanos drove in 2 runs, and both Aaron Summers and Adam McCaherty had 2 hits while scoring two runs in the 16-5 victory. In game 2 they were backed by a strong pitching performance by Vinny Daurio.  Every Owls batter had a hit in the game.  Aaron Summers, Adam McCaherty, and James Ineson all had 2 RBIs. The Heat are still looking for their first win of the year. The Owls are in good shape for a title run but will be tested starting in week 7. They have a string of games against Bridgeport, Milford, Naugatuck and the Machine in that order starting on June 16 th Those four weeks will make or break their title hopes. I’m looking forward to the match ups… (Owls 6-0, Heat 0-8)  


Orange is quietly keeping pace. They suffered their first loss of the season to a formidable opponent, the Milford Monsters.  Game one was a typical battle between the two teams going 9 innings to determine a winner. Orange down 2-3 in the top of the seventh got a clutch single by Brian Hoffman to tie the game and force extra’s. A sac fly by Brian Speer in the top of the eighth put Orange ahead 4-3 but Milford countered to force a ninth inning where they won in the bottom half on a Dennis Hine game winning knock! Hines was 2-4 in the game and had 2 RBI's. Josh Parrow went the distance for Milford to pick up his third win on the year.  Kyle Birdsall pitched 8 strong innings for Orange and Pete Testa had two hits.

In game 2 Orange answered back from their first loss by exploding to mercy Milford 17-0 and handing them only their second loss in the year. Pete Testa had a home run while 8 of the 10 Orange batters had multi hit games. Ned Wood pitched well and got his 4th win for Orange. (Orange 7-1, Milford 6-2)


Meriden swept the Nighthawks and have won 5 games in a row and is currently tied for 3 place in the standings.  In Game 1 the Machines defeated the Nighthawks 9-6. Offensively they were lead by AJ Silberman going 3-3 and an RBI. Rick Marrero, Mack Litke, and Ray Thayer each had 2 hits with an RBI. Willie Rios and Will Hammerstein also contributed a hit and an RBI each. Dan Zarnik pitch a complete game for the win. In Game 2 the Machines beat the Nighthawks 11-2. Offense was lead by Derek Drag going 3-3; 2 singles and a triple. Justin Poirer and Ray Thayer each had 2 hits in the game. AJ Silberman and Willie Rios each had hit in the game. Josh Lovely received the win on the mound. (Meriden 6-2, Nighthawks 0-8) 


The Hackers also won two games this weekend. They beat Southington 14-1 and 8-5. In game 1 the Aftershock bats were quiet with only one hit coming from Nick Dzioba. Jon Blais scored a run and Brian Thompson had an RBI for Southington. In Game 2 Southington’s Tommy Stagis and Kyle Lentini both pitched 3 innings a piece. Mike Severino was the main contributor going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and a run and an RBI. The Aftershock led the whole game until two pass balls and an RBI single gave up the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Hackers the win. *No results were giving by Naugatuck so I have NO idea who pitched the one hitter (Hackers 5-3, Southington 2-4)  


Bridgeport and the Steamers split! In Game 1 Bridgeport used the left arm of Karl Derbacher and the bats of Alberto Martinez and Mike Lucas to pull out a 3-2 win. The Steamers, TJ Grande battled through 7 innings of well pitched baseball despite taking the loss for the Steamers.    In game 2 the Steamers were able to bounce back to even the series for the day with a 12-4 win. Dave Krochko pitched a complete game to pick up his second win of the season. Eric O'Brien was busy going 2-2 with a double, 2 walks, 2 SB's, and 4 runs scored. Mike Maksymiw went 3-4 including 3 rbi's. Joe Morales had 2 hits on the day for the Steamers. (Bridgeport 4-4, Steamers 2-6) 

Tuesday, June 11
Week 5-June 2, 2013

Week 5-June 2, 2013






Things are starting to heat up…




Durham gave the Owls their first lost of the year and are showing the rest of the league that they have some talented pitchers. Nick Toth shut the Owls offense down in game one, pitching a solid game only giving up one run on a homerun in the 4th.Nick Marchese and Steve Simon had back to back triples in the first inning giving the Chanticleers the early lead. Wes Beaulieu went 2-2 at the plate and carry Durham to a 2-1 victory.


In game two the Owls scored 4 unearned runs off of Steve Simon and the hole was too big to overcome as the Owls battled for a 4-3 win. Alex Kup got two RBIs on his hit for Durham. Despite the loss the Owls remain on top of the standings. (Owls 7-1, Durham 3-5)




In another huge match up Orange and The Machine split. In game one Kyle Birdsall was brilliant as he struck out 12 through 6 innings for the Concentration. The game had no score until the bottom of the fifth when an RBI single by Joe Pisano was followed up by a two run home run by Max Russell. Marc Demattie also had two hits for Orange as Orange won 9-3.

Meriden bounced back on the right arm of Josh Lovely. Lovely finished with a complete game 3 hit shutout against a strong Orange lineup in the 1-0 win. Ned Wood was the tough luck loser. Orange keeps pace and stays in second place while the Machine is holding the third place spot in the standings.
(Orange 8-2, Machine 7-3)




The Connecticut Hackers are back on track sweeping the hot Milford Monster team. Mike Fox was brilliant once again pitching a complete game shutout. Fox has only giving up 4 hits over his last 2 starts. Rick Cool added a homer in the 7-0 win.


In game 2, Wes Dutton lead the offensive barrage with a grand slam in the 11-2 win. The sweep drops Milford from second place all the way to fifth and the Hackers jumps all the way into a third place tie with the Machine. (Hackers7-3, Milford 6-4)





Southington has been streaky so far this season but jumped back into the mix with a sweep of the Steamers 9-3 and 7-0. In Game 1 Southington’s Nick Dzioba pitched a complete game only allowing 1 earned run while striking out 8. Jon Lewis went 3 for 3 with 2 runs and an RBI. Neal Ayotte, Matt Bernacki, Nick Dzioba, and Brian Thompson all had a multi-hit game. The one shining moment for the Steamers was John Pember making his 2013 debut. Pember came in relief in the 5th and struck out 10 batters through 3 innings with zero earned runs. 



 In Game 2 Southington’s Tommy Stagis pitched his second complete game shutout of the year, allowing only 2 hits while striking out 8. Kyle Lentini and Mike Severino both went 2 for 3, combining to score 4 runs. Neal Ayotte went 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. The Steamers were led by Mike Maksymiw who went 3-4 with 2 runs and a double. Justin Falcon and Dave Gryga each had 2 hits. (Southington 4-4, Steamers 2-8)




  The Heat finally got in the winning collom with a sweep of the Nighthawks behind a vintage pitching performance from Len Rivera in game 1, The NABA veteran only allowed 3 hits.  Pedro Rosado had an RBI double to kick things off for the Heat.  In the 3rd, Alex Rivera had a 2 run double and Len Rivera had an RBI triple. Dan Brown contributed 2 hits and an RBI as well. Ryan Kinsella led the Nighthawks with 2 hits in the Heat 5-1 win.

In game 2 action, Bryan Winchell tossed a 2 hitter to earn his 1st victory on the year.   Phil King led the Heat offensive attack with 3 hits, an RBI and run scored.  The Nighthawks played excellent defense throughout the game to keep the game close despite the Heat threatening in multiple innings.  The Nighthawks threatened in the 7th inning by getting 2 runners on with 2 outs, but Winchell dueled for a final strikeout on the day to seal the win and a Heat 3-1 win.
(Heat 2-6, Nighthawks 0-10)


Wednesday, June 19
Week 6-June 9, 2013

Week 6-June 9, 2013





The Owls are back on track sweeping the Nighthawks 4-1 and 9-2.  In game 1 Tommy Roy threw a complete game 2-hitter and went 1-3 with a double at the plate.  Mike Biondi drew two walks and scored two runs.  Both James Ineson and Vinny Daurio went 1-3 to lead the offense. The Nighthawks did their damage in the 6th when Nick Cowell hit a RBI double to score Ryan Lasella. Mike McQuillan pitched 5 strong innings for the Nighthawks giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits on the game.



In game 2 Vinny Daurio got the win and CJ Romanos closed out the game, giving up 0 hits while striking out 4 in three innings.  Steve Reiser went 2-3 with an RBI.  Jordan Colonese went 1-2 with four stolen bases.  Tommy Roy went 1-3 with 2 RBI's; and both Adam McCaherty and James Ineson went 1-3 while driving in a run. The Nighthawks got on the board early, scoring 2 runs in the first inning but that’s all Daurio would give up to complete the sweep. The Hawks offense was led by Pat Kinsella, Chad Sweeney, Mike Mcquillan, and Nick Cowell each of whom went 1-3. The Owls are headed for a challenging stretch in the schedule. First up will be the defending NABA Champions the Bridgeport All-Stars this coming week at the Complex on Old Tavern Road. (Orange 9-1, Nighthawks 0-12)






Orange and Bridgeport split in a much anticipated rematch of last year’s championship game. Bridgeport won game one 8-0 behind the left hand of AJ Nevill. He went the distance striking out 8. Taylor Stuart played solidly in the field and led the offensive change going 2-3.  Karl Derbacher also got 2 hits in the game. Orange bounced back with a 3-2 win in game 2. Orange stays in second place overall with the split and has a bye next week. Bridgeport has a big match up against the league leading, CT Owls. Bridgeport is currently tied for sixth place in the standings with Durham and Milford. (Orange 9-3, Bridgeport 5-5)






The Hackers remained in forth place with a split with the Steamers. Game 1 was another NABA classic. It took 10 innings to declare a winner. The Steamers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when Mike Boucher knocked in Joe Faienza who singled earlier and stole second. The Hackers answered back in the top of the 5th. With 2 outs the Hackers scored 4 runs on back to back doubles by Jeff Farrell and Dan Kaminski. Farrell had the first big blow with 2 strikes on him when John Pember hung a curve that got knocked into the right center gap scoring the first two runs. The Steamers chipped away in the bottom half of the 5th. Steve Cuci started things with a single followed by Gary Mackiewicz's double leaving runners on second and third. Faienza stepped up and singled in Cuci to cut the Hackers lead to 4-2. Mike Maksymiw followed by legging out an infield hit which scored Mackiewicz to make it 4-3. Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the 7th. With the first Steamers batter retired Gary Mackiewicz stayed hot by hitting a hard lined single up the middle. With two outs Mike Maksymiw kept things going by legging out another infield hit. This set the stage for Mike Boucher who with 2 outs singled to right scoring Mackiewicz from second on a close play at the plate. Mackiewicz was initially called out but the catcher could not hold onto the ball allowing the run to score and tie the game up.  The game carried on until the bottom of the 10th. Pember got things started up again for the Steamers with a base hit followed by another hit by Dave Krochko. With 2 outs Steve Cuci stepped up to the plate and lined a hard single to left on the first pitch bringing in the winning run making Pember a winner in the game in which he battled through 10 innings to pick up the much needed 5-4 win for the Steamers.



Game 2 was all Hackers who won it in six 13-3. Jeff Farrell kept the Steamers hitters off balanced picking up the win. The Hackers offense was led by Farrell and Dan Kaminski who both homered in the game. Justin Falcon kept his bat hot going for the Steamers by knocking a 2 run homer and ending up with all 3 rbi's for the game. Eric O'Brien tripled and Joe Faienza added two more hits giving him four for the day. (CT Hackers 8-4, Steamers 3-9)






The Monsters slide continues and the Aftershock stock continues to climb with a sweep of Milford 5-3 and 5-0. In game 1 Nick Dzioba pitched a complete game, striking out 6. Kyle Lentini was 3-3 with 2 runs scored and Brian Thompson and Brian Thompson 3 for 3 with 5 RBI's. Down 3-2 in the top of the sixth with two outs and the bases loaded Brian Thompson hit a bases clearing double to put the score at 5-3. 



In Game 2 The Aftershock’s Tommy Stagis pitched a complete game shutout, his third of the season, with 8 strike outs. Mike Severino went 3 for 3 with a run and two RBI's, Kyle Lentini went 2 for 3 with a run and 2 RBI's. Eric Csinsi and Nick Dzioba also added two hits a piece. Southington is quietly putting together a nice season holding down fifth place in the standings, over taking Milford after this weekends games. Milford is currently tied for sixth with Bridgeport and Durham. (Southington 6-4, Milford 6-6)





Durham is also keeping place in the standings  taking care of business this week with a sweep of the Heat 11-1 and 5-4. Nick Toth got a little revenge against his former team, pitching a complete game only giving up 3 hits. Jon White led the offense going 4-4 with 4RBIs and a Run. Steve Simon also chipped in going 2-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks.



In game 2, Durham held on to late Heat charge to finish the weekend with a sweept. Steve Simon hit a crucial game winning single at the bottom of the seventh with two runners on to help his own cause. He picked up the win and recorded 11 strikeouts. Mike Baranowski and Ross Burton account for the other two hits. Dan Fonseca scored two runs one of which was a steal of home plate in the first inning! Byran Winchell settled down after a rough start and Chris Porter added a bases loaded clearing double to give the heat a chance.   (Durham 5-5, Heat 2-8)


Tuesday, July 2
Week 8
Week 8  


Huge week in the standings!!! Orange, Naugatuck, Bridgeport sweeps and the Owls and Meriden split to cause a major shakeup and log jam in the standings!   Orange takes over the lead in the standings with a sweep of the Nighthawks 9-0 and 11-1. In game one Kyle Birdsall was masterful striking out 13 in six innings. Dave Wirkus led the charge offensively with four hits. Zack Sousa and Brian Speer had two hits each.

In game two Ned Wood got the win while allowing three hits. Joe Pisano and Pete Testa each had extra base hits. Brandon Waterman went 2-2 for the Nighthawks and Brian Gonzalez went 1-2 with the lone RBI in the game. (Orange 11-3, Nighthawks 0-16)   



The Owls remained on top of the leader board after a 9-1 win over the Monsters in game 1. Vinny Daurio led the Owls by throwing 6 innings of two hit ball.  Steve Reiser went 3-4 with 4 RBI's;  James Ineson also went 3-4 at the plate, scoring 3 runs and finished the game off on the mound for the Owls.  Jed Colonese went 2-3 while scoring twice, and both Jordan Colonese and CJ Romanos went 2-4 at the plate. 

In Game 2 Milford used a huge sixth inning to rally from a 3-0 deficit to give the Owls their fourth loss of the year and dropping them into third place in the standings. Jack Palumbo went the distance picking up his first win of the year. The Owls will once again get challenged next week when they take on the Hackers at home. (Owls 10-4, Milford 8-8)    



With a sweep, Naugatuck climbed all the way into second place overall. In game 1 they used a big 4th inning to put away the Heat 12 -3.  Naugatuck was led by Josh farrell, Nick Pereira, an Mike Fox who accounted for 7 runs scored.

In game 2, The Heat took a 5 run lead in the top of the 2nd only to give it right back as Naugatuck scored 8 runs in the bottom of the frame.  Mike Doran cruised on the mound for the Hackers through six but the Heat made it interesting in the 7th bringing the tying run to the plate with bases loaded.  Naugatuck managed out of the jam for the 11-7 victory.  Phil King, Kelvin Ayala, and Dan Brown each had 2 hits for the Heat. (Naugatuck 12-4, Heat 3-11)



Bridgeport is playing it’s best ball of the year and used a sweep of a very competitive Southington team  to jump right back into the mix.  In Game 1 AJ Nevills who went all 7 in a tight 3-2 win. Hits were hard to come by for the Allstars but John Tenn, Jeff St. Pierre and mike Lucas lead the offense for the All-Stars. Nick Dzioba was the hard luck loser for Southington, pitching the full game allowing only 5 hits. Jon Lewis went 3 for 3 with 3 stolen bases. Brian Thompson went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Shock.

In Game 2 Bridgeport's Bats came alive.  The All Stars had 12 hits in the 6-4 victory.  The offense was lead Alberto Martinez and  Mike Forgione who each had two hits. Forgione doubled and tripled in the game. The winning Pitcher was Avery Ford who pitched 5 good innings. He was relived by Fraz Kader who earned the save. Tommy Stagis started and pitched 4 strong innings, striking out 6 and allowing 3 runs before leaving the game with an injury. Neal Ayotte went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run, Brian Thompson went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a triple. Jon Lewis also went 2 for 3 with a run. Southington is a few breaks away from being one of the top teams. Bridgeport will visit The Machine in their annual rivalry. Both teams have identical 9-5 records and have to get through each other for a shot at a title. (Bridgeport 9-5, Southington 7-7)   



In the games I’m calling “the Super Moon games” I witnessed probably the strangest double dip ever played in the league. Durham and Meriden split. In game 1, Durham’s Nick Toth was in complete control of the game. Only giving up 5 hits through the first 6 innings. With a 5-0 lead in the seventh, Toth walked the first 2 batters of the inning. He seemed to have settled down with 2 quick outs but then walked another one to load the bases. Up comes the Machine cleanup hitter, Fransico Acensio, who unloads a grand slam to left field. With the score 5-4, the Durham manager makes a call to the pen. The next batter, Glen Marrus, greets the relief pitcher with a bomb to center field to tie it up at 5. As the next batter gets in the box, the pitcher appeals the play and the umpire rules that Marrus DID NOT touch home plate and was rule out. Ending the game on the spot and Durham winning 5-4.  

In game 2 more of the wacky….the Machine took their frustrations out on Durham’s very good ace Steve Simon. Meriden got 19 hits in 5 innings. 6 of those were for homeruns. The Machine hit 2 back to back homeruns in the game (if the homerun in game one counted they would of ended the day with 3 back to back’s) Derrick Drag hit 3 homeruns. Glen Marrus and Fransico Acensio hit 2 and Ricky Marrero also got one. Marrero also pitched a complete game shutout in the 11-0 win. Wish I could explain these games better but I guess you had to be there to see how bazaar it was! (Meriden 9-5, Durham 7-7)

Tuesday, July 9
Week 9
Week 9-June 30 Orange continues it’s march forward with their quest for a league championship with a sweep of the Steamers. In game one Orange Concentration used the bats of Ryan Adams who had 4 RBI’s and Dick Pyrdol’s 2 RBI. Pyrdol also earned a 6 out save in the 9-3 win. Joe Faienza got 2 hits including a double and the only rbi for the Steamers. In games 2 it was more of Adams who got 2 more hits and an RBI. Zack Sousa got his swag back with a long two run home run. Brian Speer tossed a CG giving up no earned run in the 6-3 victory. Dave Gryga had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s in the fame for the Steamers. Orange holds a 2 game lead with 4 weeks left. (Orange 13-3, Steamers 4-12) The Owls and the CT Hackers split in a highly contested double dip. The first game took 8 innings to decide with the Owls squeaking a 8-7 win. Naugatuck bounced back to also pull out a 4-3 nail biter in the nightcap. (CT Hackers 13-5, CT Owls 11-5) In a much anticipated battle amoungst the league traditionally strong teams Bridgeport made a statement! In Game 1, last years Pitcher of the Year, AJ Nevills earned the win going 5 strong innings. He was relieved by Avery Ford who retired all six batters he faced in the 6th and 7th innings. Taylor Stuart lead the offense with a leadoff triple, single and 3 stolen bases. Mike Lucas, John Tenn had hits and in a rare Occurrence Fraz Kader hit an in the Park Home Run in the 9-3 win. Ricky Marrero lead the Machine’s offense getting 3 hits. In Game 2 Bridgeport starting pitcher Ryan Rougeot went five strong innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 3. In the sixth Meriden had back to back to back doubles to push some runs across. Joe poletski came in relief and closed out the game. Offense was again led by Taylor Stuart. Willie Rios got 2 hits for Meriden. With the sweep the hot Bridgeport team is currently tied for third place with the Owls. Meriden drops down to fifth place and have a huge weekend coming up against the Owls. (Bridgeport 11-5, Meriden 9-7) Southington is also on the fast track to become one of the top teams in the league with a sweep of Durham. In Game 1 Nick Dzioba earned his fifth win of the season, pitching a complete game and allowing only 4 hits and an unearned run. Brian Thompson led the offense going 2 for 3 with a run scored. Tommy Stagis also went 1 for 2 with a run in the 2-1 victory. In Game 2 Tommy Stagis pitched his fourth shutout of the season, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 9 in the process. Kyle Lentini went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 runs scored, Matt Bernacki went 2 for 3 with a 2 run home run. Southington is quietly maintaining it’s place in the standings deadlocked with Meriden in the fifth spot. Durham is still very much in playoff contention holding down eigth place. (Southington 9-7, Durham 7-9) Milford got back on track with a sweep of the Heat 4-1 and 11-6. (Milford 10-8, Heat 3-13)