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New Canaan Baseball and Softball Report

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The following are recaps of recent New Canaan Baseball/Softball game play:

Majors 60 Division

Twins  7, Cubs 6: The New Canaan Car Spa Twins beat the Cubs once again in a tight game.  Andrew Kurth gave up one run and recorded five strikeouts in two innings. Jack Pugliese, in his first pitching assignment, tossed a scoreless inning.  Luigi DeRubeis closed it out. The Twins' hitting was well distributed with Jake Ciancio going 3-for-4 and both Seamus Curtin and Jack Pugliese hitting a perfect 3-for-3 and 2-for-2, respectively.

Cub 9 Divison

Brewers 10, Cardinals 9: The Brewers prevailed in a see-saw thriller. The Brewers' offense was led by Christian Carson, who had two extra base hits and six RBI. Other offensive standouts included Jack Hynes, Peter Jardim, Lucas Barry, Jack O'Donnell and Zack Ramppen. The defense was anchored by outstanding play by Alexander Weisman, Will Cosco and Zach Boland.  Austin Platt pitched the final two scoreless innings. Harrison Graber had a solid outing in his first start on the mound for the Cardinals, and he was backed up by strong efforts by Jackson LaSusa and Jack Murphy. Jack Murphy made the play of the game with a diving catch in deep left center off a shot by Zack Ramppen. This highlighted a strong defensive effort by the Cards. Sam Gardiner had a key line drive to left field to drive in two runs and stake the Cardinals to an early lead.  Jack Finnigan, Dylan Pescatore and Andrew Morse also had productive days at the plate.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 3: The Brewers were anchored by solid pitching efforts from Jack Ellis and  Christian Carson, with Will Cosco coming in for the close. The Brewers' offense was led with RBI from Zach Boland, Alexander Weisman and  Lucas Barry. The Cardinals had a standout performance from Jackson LaSusa, who pitched two-plus scoreless innings and helped his cause with two fielding putouts from the mound and a sharp single up the middle to drive in a run.  Dylan Pescatore was solid behind the plate for three innings and also was strong in relief. He also had a hard-hit single. Harrison Graber had two hits on the day.

Bantam 8 Division

Charleston River Dogs 5, Bakersfield Blaze 4: Aidan Marks led the River Dogs’ hitting along with Matthew Axon, Cooper Growney, Barrett Schmitz and Dane Anderson. Nicholas Garcia was effective on the mound, pitching his first game. Justin Villeneuve, Brendan Holahan, Evan Hayes and Connor Finnegan led the defense for the River Dogs.

Charleston River Dogs 10, Lynchburg Hillcats 9: Barrett Schmitz and Matthew Axon pitched well for the River Dogs. The Hillcats countered with two strong innings from Mathew Balkan and Joey Bucci and a great defensive effort led by Nick Burns and Logan Johnson. The hit parade started in the third with Ned Brady, Brennan Weed and Mac Busby providing the fireworks for the Hillcats with a combined five hits and six RBI. The River Dogs saved their best for last with Nicholas Garcia and Justin Villeneuve flashing leather in the fifth inning to keep the game close. This allowed Dane Anderson and Barrett Schmitz to drive in the deciding runs in the sixth.

Reno Aces 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 5: For the Aces, Nick Deligtisch was a standout on the mound. He was backed by great defense from Charlie Mehos and the booming bats of Chaitanya Garg and Trey Kollitides. Johny Dunn excelled on the mound for the Lookouts and Christopher Bopp flashed some leather in the field.  Jared Kramer and Matt Wronski led the Lookouts' hitting attack.

Reno Aces 8, Lynchburg Hillcats 7: Charlie Mehos and Katie Perlitz pitched well for the Aces while Taylor Nancy anchored the defense at shortstop. Mathew Balkun and Joey Bucci combined on a one-hitter for two innings for the Hillcats and turned a 1-0 lead over to the bullpen. The bats woke up in the third with hard hits by Colin Sampson, Mac Busby and Nick Burns. A clutch, two-out, bases-clearing triple by Balkun gave the Hillcats a 5-0 lead. The Aces continued to play tough, chipping away with a few runs in the fifth with George Mulry smacking an RBI double and Justin Higgins going yard with a couple aboard. The Aces continued to rally in the sixth behind big hits from Mehos, Mulry and Higgins. They pushed across the winning runs for the 8-7 final.

Bantam 7 Division

Durham Bulls 14, Hickory Crawdads 14: Travis Sturcke and Sean Watchmaker led the charge for the Crawdads with three hits apiece. Hugh Gardiner anchored the defense with several key plays in the field.  The Bulls stayed in the game behind some timely defense from Paul Ippolito and Cameron Forte. They tied the game in their last at bat as Colin Tiscornia came around to score from first base on Gordie Stuart's clutch extra base hit.

Toledo Mud Hens 26, Salt Lake Bees 13: Carlos Castillejo had the Bee's first RBI of the game. Camron Besaw had a strong force out at third base in the second inning. In the last inning, Salt Lake's Jack McPhillips made a diving catch from the mound and immediately threw to first baseman Henry Cunney for a double play. Trey Hartnett and Henry Garrity both had two doubles in the game.  Nathanial Harrison, Nelson Simon and Trey Hartnett each scored four runs.  In the first inning, third baseman Nelson Simon had two putouts, fielding grounders and stepping on the bag. The third out of the inning came with catcher Tucker Milligan picking up a soft grounder and then stepping on the plate.

Durham Bulls 16, Frisco Roughriders 16: The Bulls offense was led by Gavin Harris, Connor Murphy and Sumner Pellegrini, who delivered two RBI apiece.  Tommy Goetz, Charlie Kaynor and Jack Lenihan made nice defensive plays for the Roughriders. Cameron Forte, Ryan Murphy and Kaden Ward anchored the Bulls' defense, each making a number of clutch plays in the field.  The offensive juggernaut of the Roughriders saw multiple base hits from Drew Logsdon, Cullen McCarthy and George Stewart.

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