NEW CANAAN, Conn. ? Recaps of recent New Canaan Baseball/Softball game play:
Majors 70 Division
Dodgers 7, Indians 5: The Scenic Designs Dodgers beat the Chicken Joe's Indians 7-5. Dillon Abate pitched three innings and allowed one earned run. Griffin Arnone pitched two innings, allowing three runs, and Mikey Pelli pitched one inning and allowed one run. Ryan McAleer was 2-for-3 and Arnone was 2-for-3 with a double. Will Sheldon was 2-for-3 for the Dodgers. Nathanial Bozzella had a hit and a walk and scored twice for the Indians. Ben Sarda also had a hit and a walk. Alex Welsh ripped a single to center.
Cub 9 Division
Marlins 4, Brewers 3: The Information Services Group Marlins defeated the FactSet Brewers, 4-3, in an exciting game that came down to the final inning. The Marlins jumped out to an early lead, scoring all four of their runs in the top of the first. Griffin Deane and Cameron Hill reached base safely to get the inning started. Callum Wood, Charlie Panella and Matthew Benevento followed with singles. Matty Panella then drove in two more runs with a double to right. The Marlins received solid pitching from Callum Wood, Dukes Plum and Cameron Hill to keep the Brewers in check. On defense, Brandon Kekedjian made a great throw from right field to get a runner at second base.
The Brewers scored three runs in the first inning, with timely hitting by Austin Platt, Christian Carson and Will Cosco and huge RBIs by Zack Ramppen and Carson Perlman. While the Brewers continued to hit the ball, they were stopped by the tight defense of the Marlins. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Brewers Alexander Weismann, Lucas Barry and Peter Jardim loaded the bases with nobody out, but Marlin pitching shut the Brewers down to hold on to the win.
Brewers 12, Padres 4: The Brewers offense was highlighted by timely hitting by Zack Boland, Carson Perlman and Lucas Barry. The Brewers pitching staff finished strong with five shutout innings by Peter Jardim, Jack O'Donnell and closer Austin Platt. The Padres gave a great effort despite missing several players. Andrew Rashad pitched two scoreless innings and had great defense behind him led by Edward Gentner and Julia Bazata. The Padres offense was led by William Haddad, Ryan Lytle and Beckett Walters.
Brewers 5, Astros 0: Brewers pitching was strong, with outstanding efforts by Jack Ellis, Jack O'Donnell and Will Cosco. The Astros pitching was equally tough, but the Brewers were able to scratch out five runs with RBIs from Jack Hynes, Jack Ellis and Zach Boland. The defense was anchored by solid infield play from Austin Platt, Dylan Imbruce and Carson Perlman. The New Canaan Pediatric Astros offense was held in check by the Brewers. Nick Gillio led the Astros' offense, getting on base twice. Xander Arnone made several sparkling plays at first base, while Evan Beiles pitched two strong innings, giving up one unearned run.
Bantam 8 Division
Reno Aces 10, Lansing Lug Nuts 8: Jack Harrison, Eleanor Lapin and Will Stallings provided instant offense for the Lug Nuts. Mike Sanseverino and Vincent Cognetta halted the bats of Aces. Joe Hargrove and Steven Luccarelli, playing defense at shortstop and centerfield, held the Reno Aces from advancing. At the same time, the Aces held the Lug Nuts from the go-ahead run with great defensive plays from George Mulry and Taylor Yancy. Finally, the Aces went ahead, led by Justin Higgins, Matthew Homan and Katie Perlitz.
Charleston River Dogs 7, Chattanooga Lookouts 7: Connor Finnigan and Cooper Growney pitched well in their debuts on the mound. Justin Villeneuve, Barrett Schmitz and Brendan Holahan led the defense, each catching fly balls. Nicholas Garcia and Aidan Marks led the River Dogs hitting, along with Evan Hayes, Dane Anderson and Matthew Axon.
Lynchburg Hillcats 15, Memphis Redbirds 14: Nick Burns and Matthew Balken kept the Redbirds caged in the first few frames, relying on a bevy of fastballs and changeups called by catcher Joey Bucci. The Redbirds countered with Arthur Stedman and Stanley Bright shutting down the Hillcats through two innings. Noah Radecki got the Redbirds going in the third, doubling into the gap to drive in a couple of runs. Jackson Easley followed with an opposite field single, plating Radecki. The Hillcats stayed patient and climbed back into the game, led by Brennan Weeds hot bat and Logan Johnsons four hits. Colin Sampsons bottom-of-the-sixth two-out single followed by Joey Buccis double set the table for Matthew Balkans bases clearing triple and the come-from-behind one-run victory.
Bantam 7 Division
Sacramento Rivercats 15, Durham Bulls 15: The Bulls' attack was led by Connor Murphy, Connor O'Donnell and Gavin Harris, who each contributed with multiple hits. The Rivercats exhibited some fine play in the field, with Daniel Rogers, Reese Hanrattie and Brian Balkun turning in fielding gems. The Rivercats' bats were hot as well behind some timely hitting from Jonathan Jordan, Thomas Garcia and John Tortaro. Ultimately, the Bulls defense held firm in the late innings as Ryan Murphy, Sumner Pellegrino and Kaden Ward chipped in with some timely putouts.
Frisco Roughriders 17, Toledo Mud Hens 17: The Walter Stewarts Frisco Roughriders and the Karl Chevrolet Toledo Mud Hens battled to a 17-17 tie. Timely hitting by the Roughrider lineup included long balls from James Wittman, Flynn Coffey and Charlie Kaynor. Mud Hen Nathaniel Harrison led off the second inning with a double. Tucker Milligan, Colt Alford and Peter Cioffi were five for five, and each scored five runs. Jack Roberts was five for five, with strong hits at every at bat. The Roughrider defense was anchored in the infield with great plays from Drew Logdson, Cullen McCarthy and Andrew Nolan. For the Mud Hens, in the first inning Cooper Dinan playing short stop caught a line drive and threw to second baseman Matthias Simon for a double play. Taylor Brown, Trey Hartnet, Peter Cioffi, Nathaniel Harrison, Colt Alford, Jack Griener and Nelson Simon made terrific put-out plays.
Frisco Roughriders 18, Salt Lake Bees 18: The Bees were paced on offense by Cameron Besaw's double to center field. Beau Johnson added a center field hit for a double and a triple to left. Philip Ettinger also added a long ball to center for a double. The Roughrider offense was led by extra base hits from James Wittman, Drew Logsdon and Cullen McCarthy. The Roughrider defense saw web gems in the field from Tommy Moore, Eoin Mueller and Andrew Nolan.
Majors 12U Softball
Juggernaut 10, Force 5: Claire Leville had two hits and made a spectacular, run-saving catch of a line drive to lead the ONeills Tree Care Juggernaut to a 10-5 victory over the Joes Pizza Force. Julianne Handy, Carolyn Kemp and Kelly Conheeney also had key hits for the Juggernaut, which improved to 4-1 in conference play. For the Force, Molly Rochlin, Sophia Welch and Elizabeth Pettee had a hit and an RBI apiece. Ashley Dunnam played a flawless third base, and catcher Eliza Haney gunned down a Juggernaut runner trying to steal second. Clare Wagner was impressive on the mound, along with Welch and Dunnam, combining for six strikeouts. Juggernaut pitcher Gillian Kane Dinan struck out six batters over three innings to earn the win. Kelly Conheeney picked up the save in impressive fashion with a game-ending double play. Catcher Alyssa Marotta did a great job behind home plate for the Juggernaut.
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