Wallingford Twilight League: 2007 Season

Tuesday, February 26
2007 results and highlights

  W L T
Hunters * 18 3 1
Total Renovations** 15 6
Cheshire Mustangs** 13 7
Southington Pride 10 11
Downtown Merchants 7 15
Patriot Motors 5 14 1
MountainRidge Sliders 5 16
Connecticut Collegians*** 0 20

*clinched regular season title, earns berth in NABF Tournament
** clinched berth in state AABC Tournament
***Forfeited season

Cheshire Closes Strong, Ready for Postseason.

Total on Tear
Kennedy wins two against Cheshire this week, Marrero defeats Hunters

Nolan continues Impressive season
Jerry Nolan improves to 6-0 and has allowed only two earned runs in 8 games for the Hunters.

Doonan does in Merchants
18 k's in shut out.

Hunters clinch against Pride
Nick Czekaj homers twice and Brian Halpin homers for 8-1 win. Jerry Nolan goes to 5-0.

Hunters win, lose and draw on Sunday
Patriot Motors battles Hunters to 5-5 tie in the opener on Sunday. Scott Sobkowiak Stymies the Hunters.
Wes Dutton does in Hunters, tosses shut out in 4-0 win for Pride, has 14 k's.
Brad Stearns hurls Hunters past Sliders 4-3.

Kennedy sharp in shutout of Merchants
Cassella's continue to pace Total lineup and TJ Delasota making run at player of the year.

Mike McCarthy  (patriot motors) tosses shut out over Sliders

Mustangs making late run to top
beat total 1-0 to keep pace at top. O'Reilly's sac fly in fifth wins it.

Nolan continues impressive streak.
Jerry Nolan leads the Hunters over Total 6-1 to win season series over the Renomen. Jeff Maurutis and Paul Bottigliero had big hits in third inning rally. Rob Cassella had two hits for Total. Nolan has allowed two earned runs to this point, in six starts.

Kiviat and Mills lead Mustangs to sweep of Patriot Motors

Wyman and Stearns lead Hunters to sweep of Pride and Sliders
Mark Iorillo Homers for Pride, Hunters come back to win

Marrero and Doonan continue to pace Total

Hunters win unprecendented triple header
Hunters 9 Merchants 4 Jeff Maurutis 3 run homer, rbi double
Hunters 2 Sliders 1 Jerry Nolan CG win 16 k's, Paul Bottigliero solo homer
Hunters 15 Pride 1 Brad Stearns 1 hitter, Sean Bromley 5-5

Mustangs stay hot with 4-2 win over Patriot Motors

Mustangs knock off Hunters in extra frame
Cheshire scores tying run on wild pitch, winning run on passed ball. Stefan Jurgenson picks up win in relief of Justin Kiviat.

Reno keeps Winning
Marrero and Doonan continue dominating twilight action, Doonan with 15 K's on tuesday and Marrero with 12 k's on wednesday in wins over Patriot Motors and Cheshire Mustangs. Rob Cassella goes deep in both.

Sunday Night Adam Carbo and Matt Chymbor combined to pitch a three hitter. Dan Needleman doubled and scored three runs and Nick Delizio went 2 for 4 with a single and a triple.

Thomas does it all in win over Slider.
Mike Thomas throws and hits way past Sliders despite taking liner off elbow.

Marrero, Delasota and Cassella knock off Patriot Motors.

Tyler Brett Leads Mustangs over Sliders

Pete Karl Shuts Down Mustangs
Rookie Pete Karl goes five strong, Mike McCarthy finishes it, Patriot Motors wins 2-1

Ohlmann and Doonan Keep firing
Liam Ohlmann leads the Merchants past the Sliders and Greg Doonan (13k's) hurls Total past Pride.

DeFrancesco and Ulrich Lead Mustangs to win
Todd DeFrancesco and Ryan Ulrich both of Quinnipiac lead the Mustangs to a season opening win over the MountainRidge Sliders.

Ohlmann leads Merchants over Patriot
Liam Ohlmann, the 2006 Pitcher of the Year, outdueled Mike McCarthy 5-1 for the Merchants second win of the season. BJ Senna and Kevin Weir led the offense.

Merchants back to winning ways
Ben Shafer started it, BJ Senna finished it and AJ Stark went deep as the Merchants (1-4) knocked off the Southington Pride (0-2) to get in the win column.

Antonino's bat leads Hunters again
Ryan Antonino was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Hunters past the Merchants. Antonino and Ken Parcella each scored a run in the first and second to pull away early. Ryan DePolo pitched well to earn his first victory of the season. Mike Thomas led the Merchants with a base hit and a sac fly.

Antonino's 3B beats Total
Down 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Ryan Antonino tripled in Matt Hennessey and Ken Parcella and the Hunters never looked back. Eric Pomroy tripled in Ryan DePolo for an insurance run an inning later. Mike Townsend was 3-3 with a triple for Total and Rick Marrero fanned 13 in going the distance. Vin Dorio picked up the win.

Hunters escape Patriot Motors
Despite being outhit by the new and improved Patriot Motors, the Hunters prevail 7-3. Brad Stearns fires four shut out innings. Parker Kern and Austin McIntyre lead the Moterers offense.

Total Routs Depleted Merchants
The early schedule left the Merchants short players and Total took advantage behind the one hit pitching of Rick Marrero and Rob Cassella.

Hunters defeat Total
Alberto Martinez goes deep, drives in three to lead Hunters over Total 8-3. Pat Tracy earns win in relief of Jerry Nolan. Ryan Antonino and Ryan DePolo contribute two hits each. Rich Cassella gets two hits for Total.

Season opens with 2006 Championship Rematch
The Milford Hunters (formerly FPA) defeated 2006 Champs Downtown Merchants 2-1 behind the outstanding pitching of Matt Hennessey(1-0). Mike Wall (0-1) was equal to the task allowing only a two run first inning home run to Henry Lee. The Merchants didn't go quietly. Courtesy of two errors and a wild pitch the Merchants had runners on second and third with no outs. Hennessey fanned Dan Murray, before AJ Stark ripped a base hit to left field. Hennessey got Clint Mitchell to pop up to first before getting out of the jam with a game ending ground ball to short.
The Merchants look ready to defend their title with great pitching from Wall, solid defense (3 DP's), and clutch hitting from their #9 hitter Star

2007 Schedule

As of july 13, this is the most current schedule.
Red Indicates make up game

Day Date Time Home Away Field
Sunday May 6 5:30 Merchants Hunters PW
Monday May 7 8:00 Hunters Total PW
Wednesday May 9 8:00 Merchants Total WS
Thursday May 10 8:00 Hunters Patriot WS
Monday May 14 8:00 Total Hunters PW
Tuesday May 15 8:00 Total Merchants PW
Tuesday May 15 8:00 Pride Sliders WS
Thursday May 17 8:00 Hunters Merchants WS
Sunday May 20 5:30 Merchants Pride PW
Monday May 21 8:00 Pride Hunters PW
Tuesday May 22 8:00 Total Sliders PW
Tuesday May 22 8:00 Merchants Patriot WS
Wednesday May 23 8:00 Sliders Merchants WS
Thursday May 24 8:00 Pride Total WS
Sunday May 27 5:30 Patriot Merchants PW
Sunday May 27 8:00 Merchants Patriot PW
Sunday May 27 5:30 Sliders Mustangs WS
Tuesday May 29 8:00 Sliders Merchants PW
Tuesday May 29 8:00 Total Pride WS
Wednesday May 30 8:00 Pride Patriot WS
Thursday May 31 8:00 Patriot Pride WS  ppd
Friday June 1 8:00 Sliders Mustangs PW ppd
Sunday June 3 5:30 Merchants Hunters PW
Sunday June 3 8:00 Sliders Hunters PW
Sunday June 3 5:30 Patriot Mustangs WS
Sunday June 3 8:00 Pride Patriot WS ppd rs
Tuesday June 5 8:00 Merchants Mustangs PW
Tuesday June 5 8:00 Total Sliders WS
Wednesday June 6 8:00 Sliders Mustangs WS
Thursday June 7 8:00 Patriot Total WS
Friday June 8 8:00 PW
Sunday June 10 5:30 Merchants Sliders WS
Sunday June 10 8:00 Sliders Mustangs WS
Sunday June 10 5:30 Patriot Pride PW
Sunday June 10 8:00 Patriot Pride PW
Monday June 11 8:00 Pride Merchants PW  ppd
Monday June 11 8:00 Mustangs Total WS  ppd
Tuesday June 12 8:00 Total Patriot PW
Tuesday June 12 8:00 Pride Mustangs WS  ppd
Wednesday June 13 8:00 Sliders Pride WS
Wednesday June 13 8:00 Mustangs Total PW
Thursday June 14 8:00 mustangs hunters ws
Friday June 15 8:00 PW
Sunday June 17 5:30 Hunters Merchants PW
Sunday June 17 8:00 Hunters Sliders PW
Sunday June 17 5:30 Mustangs Patriot WS
Sunday June 17 8:00 Hunters Pride WS
Monday June 18 8:00 Mustangs Merchants PW
Tuesday June 19 8:00 Sliders Total WS
Tuesday June 19 8:00 Merchants Pride PW
Wednesday June 20 8:00 Total Patriot WS
Thursday June 21 8:00 Patriot Sliders WS
Friday June 22 8:00 Total Pride PW ppd
Sunday June 24 5:30 Patriot Mustangs WS
Sunday June 24 8:00 Mustangs Patriot WS
Sunday June 24 5:30 Hunters Pride PW
Sunday June 24 8:00 Hunters Sliders PW
Monday June 25 8:00 Hunters Total PW
Tuesday June 26 8:00 Total Mustangs PW
Tuesday June 26 8:00 Sliders Patriot WS
Wednesday June 27 8:00 Total Merchants WS
Thursday June 28 8:00 Mustangs Hunters WS
Friday June 29 8:00 PW pride vs mustangs (fr 6-12) ppd
Sunday July 1 5:30 patriot Hunters PW
Sunday July 1 8:00 Sliders Hunters PW
Sunday July 1 5:30 Pride Merchants WS (fr 6-11)
Sunday July 1 8:00 Mustangs Pride WS ppd
Monday July 2 8:00 Pride Hunters PW
Tuesday July 3 8:00 Patriot Total PW
Thursday July 5 8:00 patriot hunters ws
Friday July 6 8:00
Sunday July 8 5:30 Sliders Patriot PW
Sunday July 8 8:00 Patriot Sliders PW
Sunday July 8 5:30 Pride Merchants WS
Sunday July 8 8:00 Total  Pride WS (fr 6-22)
Monday July 9 8:00 Merchants Total PW
Monday July 9 8:00 Patriot Hunters WS (fr 7-5)
Tuesday July 10 8:00 Total Mustangs WS
Tuesday July 10 8:00 Pride Sliders PW
Wednesday July 11 8:00 Sliders Pride WS
Thursday July 12 8:00 Total  Hunters WS
Friday July 13 8:00 mustangs total pw
Sunday July 15 6:00 Sliders Pride WS
Sunday July 15 5:30 Mustangs Merchants PW
Sunday July 15 8:00 Merchants Mustangs PW
Monday July 16 8:00 Pride Mustangs WS (6-29)
Tuesday July 17 8:00 Pride Mustangs WS
Wednesday July 18 8:00  Mustangs Patriot WS                          
Thursday July 19 8:00 Mustangs Sliders WS
Friday July 20 8:00 Mustangs Pride PW

Playoff Schedule(tentative based on completion of regular season)
Still subject to change, format will not, dates may
Sunday July 22
Game 1  5:30 west side field  Total vs Sliders
Game 2  8:00 west side field Mustangs vs Patriot Motors
Game 3  5:30 Pat wall Pride vs Merchants
Game 4  8:00 Pat wall winner of game 3 vs Hunters winner advances to champ series
Monday July 24
Game 5 8:00 Pat Wall winner game 1 v winner game 2 winner advances to champ series
Wednesday July 25 8:00 pat wall
Game 1 of best of 3
Winner game 4 vs winner game 5 higher seed is home
Thursday July 26 8:00 pat wall
Game 2
Winner of game 4 vs winner game 5 lower seed is home
Sunday July 29 pat wall
winner of game 4 vs winner game 5 higher seed is home

Tuesday, May 6
2007 wrap up

Milford Hunters set for NABF Regional in Salisbury, Maryland this Thursday to Sunday

Milford Hunters beat Perdue(MD) Chicks 4-3 in 11 innings. Paul Bottigliero's 2 run homer with two outs in bottom of seventh gets Hunters to extras.
Milford Hunters beat Staten Island (NY) Jewelers 7-1 behind Eric Smith.
Milford Hunters lose to Atlantic Coastal Drillers (De)5-3 despite being up 3-2 in seventh.
Milford Hunters lose to Harmony (MD) Highlanders 10-0

AABC State Tournament
Cheshire Mustangs lose 10-1 to Wolcott Scrappers, 4-2 to Brass City Brew
Total Renovations lose 2-1 to Bethehem Ploughboys, 6-0 to Torrington Rebels



Milford cops another Wallingford twi title

By John Pettit
Record-Journal staff
Milford Hunters 4 Total Renovations 1
WALLINGFORD — The team’s name has changed, but the results were much the same Thursday night under the lights at Pat Wall Field.
The Milford Hunters, formerly FPA, won their sixth Walling­ford Twilight League title in the past seven seasons with a 4-1 vic­tory over Total Renovations.
“It’s huge,” Hunters coach Tom Hanley said. “Any championship is a big deal, especially when you play a team like Total Renovations.”
Silky-smooth southpaw Brendan Wyman scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings as Milford swept the best-of­three series. Ryan Antonino and Ryan De Polo smacked RBI singles, while Jeff Maurutis and Nick Czekaj con­tributed two hits apiece for the Hunters, who also won Wednesday’s opener 4-1.
Milford left 11 runners on base in the game, including two in the first inning when Total’s TJ Dela Sota robbed Alberto Martinez with a div­ing backhand catch in right-center field.
The Hunters went ahead 1-0 on An­tonino’s run-scoring single in the top of the fourth inning before batting around for three runs in their fifth. Czekaj and Maurutis started the big inning with singles and Martinez walked to load the bases and chase Total’s Ricky Jackson, who had seven strikeouts in his first start of the sea­son. Reliever Ricky Marrero couldn’t get out of the jam. He walked in a run and Milford used De Polo’s RBI single and an error to build a 4-0 advantage. Wyman (4-0) cruised through the first six innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Total’s Rich Cassella launched a solo home run to start the inning. Wyman got two quick outs, but walked pinch­hitter Gary Duhamel.
“I don’t throw hard,” said Wyman, who finished with five strikeouts and two walks. “I’ve just got to throw a lot of strikes and hit my spots. That’s how I get the job done. I thought I did pretty well. In the seventh inning, I got a little tired.”
Hanley brought in lefty Matt Hen­nessey. He walked two straight to put the tying run on first base, but fanned the pesky Dela Sota to end the game.


“We had a little bit of fight at the end, which is good,” Total Renovations coach Dan Kennedy said. “You have to tip your cap to (Milford). They did what they had to do today. We had a fun year and a great year. It kind of gets me excited for next year. I always think I’m going to hang it up. It makes you want to hang around for a little longer.”
Mike Townsend had a single and double for Total, while Ozzie Ramos ripped a single.
“It would have been nice to win, but the reality is you win some, you lose and we’ll be put­ting on the cleats next year ready to go again,” Ramos said. “We’ll take another crack at it next year.”
Milford improved to 21-3­1 overall with Thursday’s victo­ry, while Total Renovations moved to 17-8. The Wallingford season is over, but the summer will continue for both teams next month.
Milford will compete in the NABF regionals in Salisbury, Md., while Total Renovations and the Cheshire Mustangs will represent the Wallingford league at the AABC Stan Mu­sial State Tournament in Tor­rington next week.


<STRONG><FONT size=4>Milford strikes first</FONT></STRONG> <BR>By Tim Kolehmainen Record-Journal staff <BR>Milford Hunters 4 Total Renovations 1 WALLINGFORD — The opening game of the Wallingford Twilight League best-of-three cham­pionship series seems an odd time to give a pitch­er his first start of the sea­son. Yet that’s exactly what both the Milford Hunters and Total Renovations did. One was by necessity, the other by design. Wednesday night at West Side Field, intention and <EM>Jared Rohrig</EM> overcame need and <EM>Ozzie Ramos</EM> as the Hunters (20-3-1) edged Total (17-7) by a 4­-1 score to gain the series advantage. Rohrig, the longtime Hunters’ ace, started his first game since coming back from an elbow in­jury, giving Milford manager Tom Hanley the lift his club needed. He allowed only one hit in five in­nings, walking one and fanning five. <EM>Chris Arden</EM> came on to pitch two perfect innings in relief for Milford, fanning two. Right elbow wrapped in a black sleeve, Rohrig’s fastball was humming and his slider had late breaking movement. For the first three frames, he was untouchable, inducing weak ground balls to the right side of the infield. “I just wanted to throw strikes the first time out. Get ahead of hitters and get groundballs,” said Rohrig, who threw mostly fastballs until tiring in the fifth inning. Total didn’t get its first baserunner until Rohrig drilled <EM>Rob Cassella</EM> in the shoulder with two outs in the fourth. Meanwhile, Ramos was thrown into the fire af­ter Total Renovations played two games the pre­vious two nights to advance to the finals, includ­ing an 11-inning marathon in Tuesday’s semifinals in which they burned both ace <EM>Rick Marrerro</EM> and No. 2<EM> Dan Kennedy</EM>. Yet Ramos stymied Milford for three innings before they were able to pick up his unusual herky-jerky delivery and different release points. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up six hits and four runs, walking two and striking out one. “He really came through,” said Kennedy. “He junked them and did a great job.” “I can’t say enough about Ozzie Ramos. He came out there and threw strikes and mixed it up,” said Hanley, whose club finally got its first hit against Ramos on <EM>Ryan Antonino’s</EM> infield single with one out in the fourth. Antonino promptly stole second and scored on <EM>Jeff Maurutis’</EM> line single to left. Maurutis then stole second and scored on a single to center by <EM>Nick Czekaj</EM> to give the Hunters a 2-0 lead. “We had to play a little small ball,” said Hanley. “You’ve got to get on base and get them around.” In the bottom of the fourth, <EM>Wink Farrow</EM> led off with a clean single to right, the only hit for Total.<EM> Rick Jackson</EM> walked and Willie Rios sacri­ficed both runners into scoring position. <EM>Mike Townsend</EM> plated Far­row with a grounder to second, but Rohrig reached back to strike out <EM>Gary Duhamel</EM> and end the threat. The Hunters tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away. <EM>Paul Bottigliero</EM> doubled in a run and Ryan De Polo poked an RBI single off reliever Rob Cas­sella. Rohrig, in his sixth year with Milford, pitched in last year’s WTL series-clincher, losing 1­-0 to <EM>Liam Ohlmann</EM> and the Downtown Merchants. As he recalled, it was the first time in his stint with the Hunters that they had failed to win the league playoff title. This year’s series pits the top two teams in the WTL, as the Hunters are the No. 1 seed and Total Renovations is the No. 2 seed. During the year, Milford took three of four head-to­head, losing only the finale. “We know who they are and they know who we are,” said Marrero. Wednesday’s Game 1 victory gives the Hunters a leg up in the best-of-three series. Game two is at 8 tonight at Pat Wall Field and Milford is expected to send lefty <EM>Brendan Wyman</EM> to the mound. Wyman (3-0) is one of many Hunters who play college ball, pitching for Post University. Total ace Marrerro (6-1), just one day removed from a seven­ inning relief stint in their 11-in­ning semifinal victory Tuesday night, will pitch in a must-win situation. “We’ll get into these guys, but they’re tough. They have a lot of good pitchers,” said a confident Marrero. Game 3, if necessary, will be played Sunday at 6 p.m., also at Pat Wall Field.