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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:

NAA Girls Fast Pitch Softball

Juggernaut 14, Dolphins 8: O’Neill Tree Care’s Kelly Conheeney had a bases-clearing triple and for the second consecutive game, she ended the game with a double-play on defense.  Riley Mottolese, Claire Leville, Mallory Ehlers, Sarah Street and Julianne Handy had key hits for the Juggernaut, who won their third consecutive game. Solid defense was turned in by catcher Carolyn Kemp and third baseman Giuliana Ponterotto. Juggernaut pitcher Gillian Kane Dinan struck out seven hitters in three no-hit innings to earn the win.

Heat 17, Dolphins 15: Jillian Augustine's bases-loaded walk drove in the winning run as the New Canaan Firefighters Heat beat the Norwalk Dolphins 17-15. Augustine also made a game-saving catch of a Norwalk line drive to preserve the Heat victory. Allary Landeck, Rachel Smith and Lauren Sturm all had hits for the Heat. Cassie Kane did a great job pitching, and Rose Engel and Caroline Knightly were defensive stalwarts for the Heat.

Majors 70

Dodgers 7, Indians 5: Dillon Abate pitched three innings allowing no earned runs. Griffin Arnone pitched two innings allowing three runs and Mikey Pelli pitched one inning with one run allowed.  Ryan McAleer was two for three.  Arnone was two for three with a double.  Will Sheldon was also two for three 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.

Orioles 7, Indians 2: The game was closer than the final score indicated. Justin Greco and Zach Lopez shared the pitching duties holding the Indians to two runs on five hits. The Orioles offense was held in check through 4 1/3  innings, but came to life late in the game. The Orioles offense was lead by Shafer Jones with a single, RBI and run scored, Jimmy Stanley with two hits and the go ahead RBI and Robby Jones with two hits including a two out grand slam which plated Michael Gentile, Jimmy Stanley and Frankie Rampenn. Alex Welsh, Chas Fitchner and Alex Merjion pitch well for the Indians. Also, Trevor Donnelly and Nathaniel Bozzella each had hits.

Cub 10

Athletics 6, Angels 2: The Franco Wine Athletics beat the Apple Cart Angels 6-2. James Singer, Bart Codd and Dylan McDonald combined for 10 strikeouts for the A's and allowed only six hits. Catcher Bobby Naughton threw out a runner at third in a steal attempt. Offensively, the Athletic runs were scored by Singer, Codd, Grant Mellinger, Max Plum, Jamie Ullman and Alex Meintzer. The play of the game belonged to Codd when he cleared the bases with a three-run double. On the Angels’ side, Vinny Lapolla recorded a solo double play at first base, when he snared a line drive and doubled up the runner to kill a rally. Lapolla, Luke Beiles and Thomas Doster all pitched well. Doster went two for three with a run scored. Alex Rashad, Beiles, Mike McDonnell and Chris Carratu also got Angel hits.  The outcome of the game was in question until the final frame and it evened the series between the two teams at one apiece.

Cub 9

Marlins 6, Astros 3: The Information Services Group Marlins came from behind to defeat the New Canaan Pediatric Group Astros. On offense for the Astros, Evan Beiles went two for three with two RBI, Luke McPhillips walked and was hit by pitches twice and Will Galvan was one for three with an RBI. On defense for the Astros, pitchers Joey Generalis threw a three strikeout inning and Nick Gilio went 1-2-3 and both pitchers did not allow a run. The Marlins received strong pitching from Griffin Deane, Matthew Benevento, Cameron Hill, Dukes Plum and Ben Loomis, allowing them to keep the game close. Trailing 2-0, the Marlins offense eventually woke up. Anthony Cascione and Brian Campe reached base safely to ignite the rally. Hits by Deane, Plum, Callum Wood and a double by Benevento followed. The Marlins were able to score six runs in the inning to erase the deficit and then hung on for the win.

Brewers 7, Marlins 1: In their first meeting of the season, the Marlins and the Brewers hooked up for an exciting night of baseball. The Brewers got solid pitching efforts from Jack O'Donnell, Peter Jardim and Zack Ramppen.  Most of the Brewers runs were scored in the third inning with timely hitting by Zach Boland, Austin Platt, and Zack Ramppen.  RBIs were produced off the bats of Dylan Imbruce, Christian Carson, Jack O'Donnell, Carson Perlman and Will Cosco.  Griffin Deane, Matthew Benevento, Charlie Panella and Dukes Plum pitched well for the Marlins. Brandon Kekedjian made a great catch in right field to limit the damage. On offense, Joe Whitcomb reached base safely three times and Anthony Cascione had an RBI single for the Marlins only run.

Marlins 4, Padres 2: The New Canaan Advertiser Padres played the Information Services Group Marlins in an exciting contest that came down to the final inning. It was a well pitched game on both sides, with the Marlins scoring late for a 4-2 win.  The Padres’ Jake Barna and Andrew Rashad combined to pitch three scoreless innings. On offense, clutch hitting by Griffin Koch and William Haddad allowed the Padres to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. The Marlins countered with strong pitching from Griffin Deane, Charlie Panella, Dukes Plum, Cameron Hill and Matthew Benevento. Each pitched a scoreless inning. Still trailing 2-0 late in the game, Joe Whitcomb, Anthony Cascione and Ben Loomis reached base safely to start a Marlin rally. Key hits by Deane, Hill and Benevento followed and the Marlins’ were able to score four runs to complete the comeback.

Marlins 11, Astros 2: In a game that was closer than the score would indicate, The Information Services Group Marlins defeated the New Canaan Pediatric Group Astros 11-2. The Astros were missing several of their key players, but managed to keep the game close into the late innings. The Astros had solid offense from Evan Beiles who was 3-for-4. Wally Brown was two for three and Will Galvan was one for three. The Astros’ pitching kept the Marlins down for much of the game. Joey Generalis pitched two solid innings, giving up one unearned run.  Evan Beiles and Wally Brown also pitched strong innings. Defensively, AJ Eason played third base for the first time and made several sparkling plays. The Marlins offense was eventually able to get untracked. Matthew Benevento, Cameron Hill and Ben Loomis each had three hits. Another two hits apiece from Matty Panella, Charlie Panella and Joe Whitcomb, along with a key single from Trevor John, allowed the Marlins to take control. While the offense pounded out the hits, it was the Marlins’ pitching that was the key to the game. Griffin Deane, Callum Wood and Matthew Benevento each pitched a scoreless inning. Dukes Plum followed with two more stellar innings, keeping the Astros off the board and securing the win.

Bantam 8

Charleston River Dogs 10, Lynchburg Hillcats 9: The Joe’s Pizza River Dogs delivered against the Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy Hillcats for a 10-9 win. Barrett Schmitz and Matthew Axon were sharp for the River Dogs on the mound keeping the Hillcats off balance with an array of pitches. 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 though with Nicholas Garcia and Justin Villeneuve flashing leather in the fifth inning to keep the game close which allowed and Dane Anderson and Schmitz to drive in the deciding runs in the sixth for a 10-9 final.

Reno Aces 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 5: In an exceptionally well played game the New Canaan Foreign Car Reno Aces and the Help Me See Chattanooga Lookouts battled to a 5-5 tie.  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.  Johnny 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.

Bantam 7

Durham Bulls 14, Hickory Crawdads 14: The Newmark Knight Frank Durham Bulls and the New Canaan Wine Merchants Hickory Crawdads played a hard fought game that resulted in a 14-14 tie. 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 clutche extra base hit.

Frisco Roughriders 18, Salt Lake Bees 18: The Walter Stewarts Frisco Roughriders and the Thermo Seal Spray Foam Salt Lake Bees played to an 18-18 tie.  The Bees were paced on offense with 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 paced 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.

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