West Hartford Youth Baseball League Web Site: Welcome

Wednesday, December 28
WHYBL Launches New Website

The WHYBL is pleased to announce that it has launched a new website hosted by LeagueAthletics.com.  

If you have bookmarked this page, please change your bookmark to www.whybaseball.com to get to the new site. 

Please contact League President Rob Gallo at 860-402-0616 or whyouthbaseball@gmail.com with any questions.

Farmington Champs
10U Blue Thunder Farmington Champs
Friday, August 19
10U Blue Thunder Finish Travel Season

The Travel 10U Blue Thunder completed a successful season with a Tournament Championship win in Farmington and a loss in the semi-finals in the West Hartford Little League Tournament.  They finished the summer with an impressive 19-6 record. 

10U Blue Thunder Win Farmington Lindquist Tournament 

The Blue Thunder rolled through the Farmington Tournament with an impressive 10-0 record. The last two games of the round robin portion of tournament included a 13-2 victory over New Hartford and a 14-0 victory over Simsbury.  While the scores themselves are impressive what stands out is that not a single hitter from West Hartford struck out in these two games. 

West Hartford 13, New Hartford 2 

The Blue Thunder jumped to an early 5-0 lead against New Hartford and at the end of three innings the score was 10-1 led by Dominic Niman’s grand slam home run over the right center fence in Bailey field. After that, West Hartford never looked back.  Colby Lytle and Alex Dobbins contributed with two hits a piece and Casey Shane, Matt Langevin, Will Carpenter, Tim Cotter and Bryan Renker also contributed with a hit.  Colby Lytle worked the majority of the innings and was relieved by Matt Langevin to hold a tough New Hartford team to only 2 runs. 

West Hartford 14, Simsbury 0 

In a wrap up of regular tournament play, West Hartford put together back-to-back 5 run innings to take a 10-0 lead and ultimately finished the game up 14-0.  Will Carpenter led the offense with 2 hits and Aidan Shea, Ben Castro, Zander Boehm, Matt Beazoglou, Alex Dobbins, Bryan Renker (triple), Josh Wolmer, Colby Lytle and Dom Niman each picked up a hit.  Pitchers, Josh Wolmer, Will Carpenter, Alex Dobbins and Tim Cotter combined for the shutout. 

Semi-Final: West Hartford 13, Burlington 2 

After receiving a first round bye in the playoffs, West Hartford entered the semi-finals to take on Burlington.  At the end of the 1st West Hartford had a 5-0 lead and tacked on another 5 runs in the 3rd to have a 10-2 lead before closing the game out with a 13-2 victory.  Bryan Renker and the West Hartford defense held Burlington to 2 runs over three innings while Casey Shane came on in relief.  Matt Langevin, Casey Shane, and Will Carpenter contributed with two hits a piece supported by Colby Lytle, Josh Wolmer, Bryan Renker and Matt Beazoglou who each chipped in with a base hit.      

Championship: West Hartford 10, Barkhamsted 2 

In the Championship, the Blue Thunder had a 2-1 lead after two innings until Barkhamsted tied the game in the top of the 4th.  In the bottom half of the 4th inning, West Hartford broke the game wide open with clutch hits from Dom Niman, Will Carpenter, Tim Cotter and Zander Boehm to take a 7-2 lead after four.  The Blue Thunder tacked on 3 more runs in the 5th powered by hits by Aidan Shea and Casey Shane to take a 10-2 lead into the sixth inning.  Dom Niman pitched into the fourth, striking out 6 and allowing only one run while Matt Langevin came on in relief to strike out another 5 batters from Barkhamsted to secure the Championship for West Hartford.  

10U Blue Thunder Advance to Semi-Finals of the West Hartford Little League Tournament

In addition to playing and winning the Farmington Lindquist Tournament, the West Hartford 10U Blue Thunder stopped one game short of back-to-back Championship games. The Blue Thunder ended regular tournament play with back-to-back wins over East Hartford (15-11) and Simsbury (11-7). 

West Hartford 15, East Hartford 11 

After spotting East Hartford a four run lead after two innings, the Blue Thunder bats came alive to outscore East Hartford 10-2 to secure the 15-11 victory.  Josh Wolmer (3 hits), Matt Langevin (2 hits), Tim Cotter (2 hits), Ben Castro (2 hits) and Aidan Shea (2 hits) led the offensive output supported by Casey Shane, Don Niman, Will Carpenter, Bryan Renker, Alex Dobbins and Zander Boehm who each contributed a hit. 

West Hartford 11, Simsbury 7 

The Blue Thunder took a 4-0 lead after one inning against a tough Simsbury team and never looked back taking an 11-7 victory into the West Hartford tournament playoffs.  Matt Langevin, Dom Niman, Josh Wolmer, Will Carpenter, Bryan Renker and Alex Dobbins led the offense. 

Quarterfinals: West Hartford 12, Farmington 8 

In the first round of the playoffs, the score was tied 2-2 after four and then Farmington took a 6-2 lead in the top of the 5th. In the bottom half of the same inning, the Blue Thunder scored 10 runs to secure a 12-8 victory and advance to the semi-finals. Casey Shane led the offense with 2 hits supported by Matt Langevin, Dom Niman, Josh Wolmer, Will Carpenter, Alex Dobbins, Matt Beazoglou and Aidan Shea.  Matt Langevin, Matt Beazoglou and Dom Niman pitched for the Blue Thunder. 

Semi-Finals: Avon 14, West Hartford 9 

After falling behind 6-1 after two innings, the Blue Thunder pulled within one run after three innings. In the next frame each team scored 3 runs leaving the score 9-8 in favor of Avon.  Thereafter, the Blue Thunder fell short conceding the game to Avon 14-9 after six innings losing only their second game out of seventeen played in West Hartford and Farmington. Casey Shane, Dom Niman and Tim Cotter led the Thunder with multiple hits and Matt Langevin, Colby Lytle, Josh Wolmer, Bryan Renker and Aidan Shea each chipped in with a base hit.  

A's Summer Champs
Summer League Champs
Friday, August 19
A's Beat Tigers in Summer League Championship

The 2011 Summer League season ended last Friday night under the lights with the A's beating the Tigers 14-2. 

Ned Blanchard got things off to a great start for the A's pitching a scoreless 1st inning and then leading off in the bottom of the inning with a sharp single.  The A's scored three times in the inning with RBI hits by Tim Simplicio, Drew Nemirow and Bailey Nemirow. The tenacious Tigers responded with one run in the top of the second on solid hits by Colin Fitzsimonds and Max Berman. The A's increased their lead in the second frame with hits by Matt Shea and Joe Hussey, both of whom scored on a two RBI single by Sam Musto. Ned Blanchard threw another scoreless inning in the third. The A's offense surged in the bottom of the third with 5 runs on a single by Ned Blanchard, a scorched triple by Tim Simplicio, an RBI single by Drew Nemirow, a single by Peter Simplicio, a two RBI single by Bailey Nemirow, and an RBI double by Brian Namnoum. The Tigers valiantly tried to claw their way back into the game against fastballer Drew Nemirow in the top of the fourth but were only able to score one run on an RBI single from Hugh Wells to score Sean Hurley. The precocious A's finished the game in the bottom of the fourth with a hit by Sam Musto and RBI singles by Ned Blanchard and Tim Simplicio.

Hungerford Champions
Monday, August 8
Travel A Cannons capture Ken Hungerford 12u Championship

The Travel A Cannons defeated a very tough Hartford team 4-3 in a classic pitchers duel to win the Hungerford 12u Championship.

Both Marcel Diaz for Hartford and Sam Newton for the Cannons were outstanding, making for an extremely tight battle.

The win capped an undefeated run through the tournament for the Cannons.

Congratulations to both teams on a great tournament!

Click on the following link to view West Hartford Patch article on the game by Ken Lipshez http://westhartford.patch.com/articles/newton-fans-10-as-cannons-win-hungerford-final.

Nutmeg Champions
Sunday, August 7
Travel A Cannons Win Nutmeg Games Gold Medal!

The Travel A Cannons completed an undefeated run through the 12u Nutmeg Games tournament with a 12-2 victory over the USBA Hurricanes.  This came on the heels of a 9-6 semi-final win over Ridgefield earlier in the day.

In pool play, the Cannons defeated Fagan-New Britain 10-0, the Hurricanes 6-4, and the Simsbury Mustangs 20-1.

Thursday, August 4
11U Team Beats Newtown 6-0 to Win Hungerford Tournament

Duquette Champs
11U Storm Win Duquette Tournament
Thursday, August 11
11U Team Wins Dan Duquette (MA) Tournament in Thrilling Fashion

Amidst the hot summer sun, storm warnings were issued in the Berkshires last weekend as The West Hartford Storm (11U) traveled to western Massachusetts to defend its 2010 title in the highly regarding Dan Duquette Sports Academy Baseball Tournament in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  Fresh off a tournament championship in Southington, these 12 players from the West Hartford Youth Baseball League put on a show of force and resiliency rarely seen even at the highest levels, en route to capturing the title in a heart stopping final game, and in the process, upped its team record to an astounding 30-3 on the summer.  

Game #1:  West Hartford Storm  14  Bethlehem Bombers (NY)  1 

Friday night’s opener featured a 2009 championship rematch between the vaunted Bombers and the Storm.  West Hartford left no doubt early who would be the victor this time, scoring runs in the first 5 frames to blow out the Bombers.  In the 1st, with one on and one out, Drew Hungerford drove the first pitch he saw over the wall in right center for a 2 run home run to start the uprising.  In the 2nd, the local stars scored 5 more to make it 7-0.  Luke Fox (2 for 4) started things with a single to right, followed by singles from Charlie Murray and Ryan DeLutrie to load the bases.  Paul Wilson then singled to left to make it 3-0.  Sean Langan (2 for 4, HR, 4 RBI) then smashed a grand slam home run to deep center to push the lead to 7-0 after 2 complete.  The Storm put it away for good in the 4th, scoring 5 more times.  After 3 consecutive walks to open the inning, Drew Hungerford (2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI) laced a single to right to plate a run, and Chase Jeter (3 for 5, 2 RBI) singled hard to right to score 2 more.  Will Jackson (1 for 3, 2 RBI) ended the uprising with a single to right to push across the final 2 runs of the inning.  Sean Langan (2 IP), Luke Fox (1 IP), Will Jackson (1 IP) and Nick Gaglioti (2 IP) shared the pitching duties. 

Game #2:  West Hartford Storm  13  Thompsonville Titans (CT)  8 

In a battle for Connecticut bragging rights, the Storm held off the Titans to move to 2-0 in the tournament.  A 6 run 3rd and 4 run 5th were all the stars needed as the locals banged out 12 hits in the contest.  In the 3rd, Nick Gaglioti (1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI) launched a 3 run homer to cap off an inning of 6 runs and 5 hits.  Chase Jeter (3 for 4, 4 RBI) also had a 2 run single in the inning.  In the 5th, West Hartford took advantage of 2 walks, an RBI single by Jeter and a 2 run double from Luke Fox (2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI).  Nick Becker, Sean Langan, Patrick Baron, Paul Wilson, Fox and Chase Jeter all saw action on the hill for West Hartford. 

Game #3:  West Hartford Storm  5  Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (MA)  4 

Down 4-2 into the 6th inning, West Hartford staged a furious rally to tie it in the 6th, and then punched in the go ahead run in the 7th to sneak by a gutty Sharks squad.  The Sharks scored 2 in the 1st and one each in the 2nd and 3rd to lead 4-2 after 3 innings.  West Hartford’s 2 runs came in the 1st on a walk to Nick Becker, double by Drew Hungerford and back to back singles by Chase Jeter and Luke Fox.  Will Jackson (3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K) entered the game at pitcher and proceeded to shut down the Shark offense over the next 3 innings to give the Storm a chance in the 6th.  Down to its final at bat, Jeter (2 for 3) began the inning with a single to left.  After an out, Jackson singled to right, Jeter advanced to 3rd.  Now with two outs and down to their final at bat, Nick Gaglioti (1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI) strode to the plate.  Working the count full, Gaglioti laced a 2 run double deep to left center to plate 2 runs to knot the game at 4.  The Sharks escaped from there to send the game to extra frames.  Jeter retired the Sharks in order in the 7th on 11 pitches, setting the stage for more Storm heroics.  With one out, Sean Langan boomed a double to left, and on the next pitch, executed a perfect delayed steal to 3B.  Drew Hungerford (2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI), West Hartford’s clean up hitter, then laced an 0-2 fastball to right field, scoring Langan with the winning run, and advancing the Storm to the Championship bracket on Sunday. 

Game #4 – West Hartford Storm  9  Reynolds Baseball (MA)  7 

Patrick Baron (4 IP) and Ryan Orlowski (2 IP) combined to pitch West Hartford into the Championship game.  Nick Becker (1 for 1, 2 BB), Drew Hungerford (2 for 2, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI), Will Jackson (1 for 2, RBI) and Baron (1 for 1, RBI) were the hitting stars on the day. 

Championship:  West Hartford Storm 13  Reynolds Baseball  12 

In a game worthy of an instant ESPN Classic, the Storm rallied from behind 4 times in this see saw battle to capture the tournament crown and up its summer season record to a stratospheric 30 wins and 3 losses.   Reynolds Baseball jumped out 2-0 in the top of the 1st, taking advantage of four base on balls and mixing in an RBI single from Anthony Whitely.  The Storm responded with 3 runs in the bottom half on a single from Nick Becker, double by Sean Langan and a 2 out RBI single from Chase Jeter.  After a walk to Ryan DeLutrie, DeLutrie and Jeter executed a perfect double steal, with Jeter racing home untouched.  Reynolds Baseball came right back, scoring 4 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd to increase its lead to 7-3.  In the 3rd, with the bases loaded, Reynolds was thwarted from adding to their lead on a nifty double play by Drew Hungerford, who snared a hot shot down the 1st base line, stepped on the bag and fired to catcher Langan, who blocked the plate and applied the tag to end the threat.  In the bottom of the 3rd, West Hartford rose to the challenge once again.  Hungerford (2 for 4, 2B, RBI) led the inning off with a sharp single to center.  Chase Jeter had an infield hit.  Luke Fox (2 for 4, HR) blasted a 3 run home run into the trees in center to help West Hartford crawl within one run, and swing the momentum at the moment in the locals favor.  West Hartford lefty Chase Jeter set down Reynolds in order in the 4th, and the Storm got right to work at the plate.  Paul Wilson doubled to the gap in left to start things, and Nick Becker singled to right, followed by consecutive walks to Langan and Jeter to force in a run.  Will Jackson (2 for 3, RBI) continued his hot hitting, singling to left to plate a run, and Fox finished the scoring with a hard single to center to give the Storm a 10-7 lead after 4 complete.  Just when it looked safe, up rose Reynolds Baseball again.  Brett Murphy did the damage this time, blasting a 3 run home run to knot the score at 10-10.  Again, West Hartford’s hometown heroes showed no signs of panic.  In their half of the 5th, with 2 outs, Langan (2 for 3, 2 2B) scorched a double to left.   Drew Hungerford came to the plate with a chance to put West Hartford in front.  Hungerford delivered, scorching a double to left center to plate what looked like the clincher to give West Hartford an 11-10 lead after five innings.  The celebration was short lived, however.  In the 6th, Reynolds Baseball took advantage of one West Hartford error, a bunt single and a 2 out double from Jake McNiese to take a 12-11 lead.  With the large sports academy crowd now on its feet, West Hartford was down to their last at bat.  Somehow, this group of young guns from West Hartford found another gear and refused to lose.  Jackson doubled to start the inning to keep hope alive.  Two quick outs ensued, and down to their final out, up stepped Ryan Orlowski.  Orlowski proceeded to drive a 1-0 fastball 215 feet off the wall in left to bring home Jackson with the tying run.  With barely time to catch his breath, and the West Hartford fan base going crazy, Paul Wilson (2 for 5, RBI) blistered a single to left on the first pitch, sending Orlowski around third and scoring just ahead of the throw with the winning run, setting off a sea of red and black as his teammates mobbed him at home plate celebrating the improbable victory, and giving West Hartford back-to-back titles (2010 – 2011) at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy.

Tuesday, August 2
WHYBL vs. WHLL Photos (Hungerford 11U Tournament)

Tuesday, August 2
Travel 11U Wins Southington South Tournament

West Hartford Youth Baseball League’s 11U team, the West Hartford Storm, have been taking the state by storm this summer, and capped off a great week with a championship victory in the much heralded and prestigious Southington South Tournament on July 27th.  The tournament is the top 11U tournament in the state, where this year 12 of the best 11U baseball teams converged on Recreation Park in Southington for two weeks of top notch baseball.  The locals won the championship with a hard fought 5-3 victory over Wallingford to complete an 8-0 run in the tournament and moved its record to an amazing 24-3 on the summer to date.  Let’s recap the championship round of the tournament: 

Quarterfinal:  West Hartford Storm  14   Southington North 12 

In this back and forth contest; West Hartford outslugged Southington North to advance to semi final action.  The Storm jumped out 6-0 in the 1st, only to see its lead evaporate in the 2nd.  In the 1st, Paul Wilson walked to open the game.  Nick Becker then singled sharply to right, with Wilson going to 3rd.  Sean Langan singled hard to left, followed by Drew Hungerford’s single up the middle to plate Becker.  Chase Jeter (2 for 4, 3B, 3 RBI) then ripped a triple to the right field corner, scoring both Langan and Hungerford.  Charlie Murray followed with a sacrifice fly as the locals stormed out to a 6-0 advantage.  Southington would not be deterred.  Southington put up a 7 spot in the 2nd to take a 7-6 lead.  Again, West Hartford fought back.  In the 3rd, West Hartford scored 6 more to stretch its lead to 12-7.  Two walks opened the inning, then Luke Fox drilled a base hit to right which opened the flood gates.   Wilson (1 for 2, RBI) then singled, Becker walked, Langan (2 for 3, RBI) singled and Hungerford (3 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI) singled as the bats continued to roar.  In the 4th, Southington fought back with 4 more runs to put the score at 12-11 through 4 innings. Jeremy Spooner delivered the big blow for Southington, a 3 run shot in the inning.   In the 5th, West Hartford pushed its lead to 14-11 as Hungerford ripped a double to deep center to plate Langan, who had walked and stole second.   The locals then survived a Southington threat in the 6th to advance. 

Semi Final:  West Hartford Storm  10  Plainville  0 

The semi final match up was billed as a thriller, as Plainville was the pre tournament favorite, and both teams came in with undefeated records in the tournament.  West Hartford turned this much anticipated matchup into a ho-hummer with a methodical 10-0 victory in a 4 inning mercy shortened game.  Sean Langan took the mound for West Hartford.  In the 1st Langan got a nifty 4-6-3 double play from Wilson – Jackson – Hungerford to erase any thoughts of a 1st inning rally for Plainville.  Then the bats got to work.  Paul Wilson, West Hartford’s leadoff extraordinaire, worked a 7 pitch walk to start things.  Nick Becker reached on a catcher’s interference.  Sean Langan then dropped a bunt single, scoring Wilson who had advanced to 3B on a passed ball.  Drew Hungerford and Chase Jeter delivered RBI’s with infield ground outs to put the score at 3-0 after 1 inning.  Meanwhile, Langan continued to dominate the vaunted Plainville lineup with his scorching fastball, setting down 9 straight batters.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Langan got all the support he needed as the Storm unleashed a 7 run barrage off Plainville ace Mike Wisnicki.  Wilson singled to start things.  Becker (1 for 2) singled to right advancing Wilson to 3B.  Langan (2 for 2, RBI) smoked a 1-2 pitch over the left fielder’s head to plate Wilson.  Hungerford (1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI) then ripped a first pitch double to the gap in left center to score both Becker and Langan and push the score to 6-0.  Chase Jeter followed, and copied Hungerford, ripping a first pitch double to the exact same spot to score Hungerford.  After 2 walks, Luke Fox (1 for 1, 3B, 2 RBI) put the stamp on this one, rifling a liner into the right field corner for a 2 run triple to put the score at 10-0.  Langan closed out Plainville with a 1-2-3 4th to send West Hartford into the championship game. 

Final:  West Hartford Storm  5   Wallingford  3 

A capacity crowd greeted the teams in the final game of the tournament, a match up of the tournament’s only unbeaten teams.  It was an anticipated matchup between’s the teams ace’s, Chase Jeter for West Hartford and Mike Huttgren for Wallingford, and neither disappointed.  Wallingford jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Kyle Ransom ripped the second pitch of the game over the left fielder’s head for a stand up double.  Jeter then worked 2 outs in the inning, but Anthony Caposso ripped a double to right to score Ransom.  Jeter limited the damage to 1-0 to give the bats a chance.  With 1 out, Nick Becker drew a 9 pitch walk to start things.  Sean Langan then dropped a bunt single down the line at 3B.  Drew Hungerford (2 for 3, RBI) then singled to center, scoring Becker to tie things.  Jeter (2 for 3, RBI) helped his own cause with an infield ground out to score Langan to give West Hartford the 2-1 lead after 1.  Wallingford fought back to knot the score at 2 with 2 hits in the 2nd.  Again, this resilient bunch of West Hartford’s finest responded.  Patrick Baron (1 for 1) ripped a single to left to start the inning.  Ryan DeLutrie (1 for 1) singled to center.  Paul Wilson then laced a single to right to score Baron, and DeLutrie came around to score on consecutive ground outs to give the Storm a 4-2 lead after 2.  Huttgren and Jeter then settled in, with Jeter retiring 9 straight through the 3rd, 4th and 5th, mixing a blazing fastball and sharp change up to keep Wallingford off the scoreboard.  West Hartford increased its lead to 5-2 via a Nick Becker solo home run, a shot into the bleachers in left, and got 2 hits from Nick Gaglioti (2 for 2), but could not convert.   Becker would be called on for some heroics in the 6th as well, this time with his arm.  As Jeter neared the 85 pitch limit, Becker was called upon the get the last 2 outs.  With the bases loaded, Becker induced an infield ground out to Will Jackson, who had a spectacular play to his right at short and flipped to 3B for the force.   A classic at bat followed with Mike Jameson, as Jameson had a 13 pitch at bat before drawing a walk to load the bases once again.    Becker then beared down, striking out the final Wallingford batter on a 3-2 heater to set off a celebration amongst the West Hartford faithful.  

Travel 11 Storm players include:  Will Jackson, Ryan DeLutrie, Patrick Baron, Ryan Orlowski, Paul Wilson, Drew Hungerford, Nick Becker, Charlie Murray, Nick Gaglioti, Luke Fox, Chase Jeter, Sean Langan.

Tuesday, July 26
Fall Baseball Registration -- Register Before August 15th

The Fall Baseball League (not affiliated with WHYBL) is currently accepting registrations for their 2011 Fall Season.  Outgoing 12 year olds should register for the Big Diamond and 7-11 year olds should register for the Small Diamond.  Both forms attached below.

Spots fill up fast, so please get your forms in before the August 15th deadline.

Please contact Peter Veilleux with any questions at pmvbaseball24@yahoo.com.

Handout: Fall Baseball

Thursday, July 14
Travel B Defenders Finish Ripken Experience Tournament in Myrtle Beach

The Travel B Defenders wrapped up a week long trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where they played 6 games in the Ripken Experience Tournament.  The trip marks the first time that any West Hartford travel team has traveled that far from West Hartford.  Look for pictures and comments on the Team's Facebook page by searching for West Hartford Defenders.  Also, look for a complete wrap-up on our website when the team returns to West Hartford.

Here are the scores and highlights so far:

Monday - West Hartford Defenders 4, Westerville (OH) Wildcats 3

Justin Bernheimer was the star in this one as he pitched a complete game allowing just three hits and one walk with 7 K's.  Torrie Green and Henry Fisher were the hitting stars with key RBI singles as West Hartford rallied from behind in the 5th.  Graham Struthers was great at shortstop and Brendan Connors made a game saving catch in the outfield.

Tuesday - Hilliard Panthers (OH) 5, West Hartford Defenders 4

Tuesday - West Hartford Defenders 7, Plum (PA) Mustangs 5

Wednesday - LITH Pirates (IL) 12, West Hartford 4

Wednesday - Tampa (FL) Typhoons 14, West Hartford 2

Thursday - Fairfield County (OH) Bulldogs 3, West Hartford 1 

White Sox Champs
Dick's Sporting Goods White Sox Minor League Champs
Tuesday, July 12
Dick's Sporting Goods White Sox Win Minor League Championship

The Minor League Championship was played by the best two teams during the season, the American League Champion Dick's Sporting Goods White Sox and the National League Champion Cricket Press Brewers. Both teams came into the final game with 13 - 1 records having both strong pitching and hitting.

The Championship game was a battle from the start. Thomas Costello (Brewers) and Carl Nicklas (White Sox) both pitched 3 scoreless innings with the big defensive play made by Sam Kursman diving to stop a ground ball at second base and throwing from his knees to keep the Brewers off the board.  The Brewers outfield kept the White Sox scoreless with 3 outfield catches. In the 4th inning, the White Sox scored their first run led by a walk by Sam Wilder, a single by Chase Maxwell and a double by Sam Kursman.  The White Sox scored again in the 5th inning led by a single from Carl Nicklas, a  stolen base and a RBI single by Andy Le.  The White Sox pitching of Chase Maxwell and Henry Glucksman held the Brewers scoreless for the remaining 3 innings and the White Sox won the Championship.

Twins Champs
Budget Printers Twins Win Instructional Championship
Tuesday, July 12
Twins Beat Cubs 10-6 in Extra Innings to Win Instructional League Championship

The two top teams in the Instructional League met to decide the championship Saturday on a hot day at Eisenhower Park.  And in fitting fashion for two such great teams, six innings was not enough to decide the outcome.  It took extra innings before the Twins were able to defeat the Cubs, 10-6 in 7 innings.  The Twins rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh behind big hits from Ethan Raisner, Josh Liebman, Brian Chelli and Dylan Heinen to capture a thriling victory.

But the story of the day was defense.  Both teams made play after play including big catches from Drew Seidman, Brooks McConnell and Heinen for the Twins and Seth Ehrlich and Matthew Glassman for the Cubs that all took away base hits.

The Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, before the kid pitching took over.  The three Twins pitchers , Heinen, Jacob Newbury and Seidman, threw three shutout innings as Twins pitchers went the entire season without giving up a run.  Cubs pitching was almost as impressive including 3 straight strikeouts from Cooper Silver and a one-two-three inning for Ehrlich.  The Twins did manage to score 2 runs in the third, however, to push their lead to 4-0. Great at bats by Heinen, Ross Kowalski and McConnell were key to the scoring inning.

The game was far from over, as the Cubs pushed across four runs in the fifth to tie it behind big hits from Mitchell Baboff, Brad Blanchard and Jimmy Gaston.  In the top of the sixth, the Twins regained the lead and headed to the bottom of the sixth with a 6-4 lead.  They were one out away from victory, but the resillient Cubs battled back once again to tie the score.  A great stretch by Liebman at first base to record the third out in the sixth prevented the Cubs from scoring the winning run forcing extra innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Twins defense, which has led the way all season, once again shut the door on an opponent allowing only one batter to reach before McConnel fielded a ground ball at second and flipped it on to Liebman to end the game.

Following the game, the two teams received trophies to celebrate their fine seasons.  Congratulations to the Cubs and Twins for an outstanding game and a fantastic year.

Tuesday, June 21
Venora Electric Wins Town Championship -- Beats Lions 7-1 in Game 2

See Ken Lipshez article about Town Championship on West Hartford Patch: http://patch.com/A-j6rQ

Monday, June 20
K of C Beats Hall's Market 7-1 to Win President's Cup

See Ken Lipshez article about President's Cup on West Hartford Patch: http://patch.com/A-j40N

Monday, June 20
Venora Electric Wins Game 1 of Town Championship 10-6

Trailing 6-3 in the top of the 5th, Venora Electric exploded for seven runs on six hits to take a 10-6 lead and then held on to take Game 1 of the best of three Town Championship.

Venora finished with 15 hits on the night and wasted no time in the top of the 1st scoring three runs on three doubles from Antonio Masse, Anthony Giannone, and Sean Langan, and an RBI single from Josh Wolmer. Lions immediately responded in the bottom of the inning with a two run blast from Scott Riley (12th) to cut the lead to 3-2.

Scott Riley then settled in and threw three scoreless innings for Lions allowing just three hits with 5 K's. Meanwhile, the Lions offense roared for four more runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 6-3 lead. The 2nd inning was highlighted by a leadoff walk from Camron Wilson, a scorching double from Jack Lazor, a hard RBI single from Riley and a booming triple to right field from Torrie Green.

Dan Fitzsimmons pitched beautifully in the middle innings for Venora with two scoreless innings on just 18 pitches. This setup the dramatic 5th inning for Venora. Stephen Laffin led off the inning with a single, followed by an RBI double from Giannone and a single from Langan. L.J. Luba then crushed a three run home run to left centerfield which brought the fans to their feet and a memorable home run trot from Luba to put Venora back in the lead 7-6. Wolmer followed Luba's home run with a single and two outs later Ryan Smith walked. Masse then ripped a 2 RBI triple to left centerfield and Laffin followed with an RBI single to make it 10-6.

Sean Langan then entered the game to pitch for Venora and was dominant over the final two innings to earn the save allowing just a hit by pitch with 3 K's.

The Venora offense was led by Masse (3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI's, 2 doubles, triple), Laffin (2 for 2, run), Giannone (2 for 4, 2 doubles), Langan (3 for 4, 2 runs, double, RBI), Luba (1 for 4, home run, 3 RBI's), and Wolmer (3 for 4, RBI). Ryan Smith caught a great game behind the plate and Will Krebsbach (3B), Laffin (1B), and Masse (CF, SS), also played well.

For Lions, Scott Riley (2 for 2, HR, run, 2 RBI's), Torrie Green (2 for 3, run, triple, 2 RBI's) Cam Wilson (walk, run) and Jack Lazor (double) led the offense. Green played great at 1B including an over the shoulder catch in foul territory. Harry Freda made a nice play at 2B on a low throw and Lazor, Freda, and Tanner Kreidel combined on a beautiful 9-4-5 play to tag Masse out at 3B. Riley pitched 4.2 strong innings and was relieved by Matt Meigs who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at Wolcott Park at 7:30 pm.

Pitching: Venora - Giannone (2 IP), Fitzsimmons (2 IP), Langan (2 IP).

Lions - Riley (5 IP), Meigs (2 IP).

Home Runs: Lions - Riley (12)
Venora - Luba (2).

Thursday, June 9
We Are West Hartford Youth Baseball Video

Thank you to League Photographer Scott Caricato from Rookipix for helping us to create this great video capturing all of the best action shots so far this season.  

Click on the thumbnail below to watch the video in standard definition.  For HD version, please click on the following link: http://animoto.com/play/MF6cBRrJrZoz4sgcsM7OOQ.

preview We Are West Hartford Youth Baseball

Saturday, June 4
All League Photos Available At Rookiepix

For a complete selection of all photos taken by Rookiepix this season (Jamboree and action shots), please follow the link above.