Sunday, July 31, 2016

AMATEUR ANECDOTES: Watertown Blaze, Naugatuck Dogs will represent state in Stan Musial World Series

The top two teams in the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League will be representing the state in the AABC Stan Musial World Series, which begins on Thursday.
The Watertown Blaze and the Naugatuck Dogs both begin play on Thursday evening at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. The Blaze open with North Haldeon (New Jersey) at 6 p.m. while the Dogs will go up against the Albany Athletics (New York) at 9 p.m.
The Blaze lost just once during the regular season. As one of four teams from Tri-State in the Stan Musial State Tournament, the Blaze reached the championship game and clinched a World Series berth with wins over Fedells Mechanics (1-0), Downtown Merchants (9-1), Naugatuck Dogs (6-3) and Stratford Storm (2-0).
The Dogs went 16-2 during the regular season. Naugatuck reached the final and claimed its World Series berth with wins over All-Star Batting (9-1), Stratford Storm (1-0, 8 innings) and the Downtown Merchants (16-2).
After winning the first meeting between the teams 6-3 earlier in the tournament, the Blaze dispatched the Dogs 8-0 in six innings at Wallingford's Pat Wall Field on Saturday to claim the championship. Naugatuck was thwarted in its bid for back-to-back titles. The Dogs also won championships in 2011 and 2012. The title is the first for the Blaze.
The World Series has 10 teams, up from the original eight. Games will played from Aug. 4-7 at Municipal Stadium, Fuessenich Park in Torrington and Deland Field in Watertown. The format is double elimination.
Look at the Tri-State League website for more information. There's also the Stan Musial World Series website.

MICKEY MANTLE WORLD SERIES: A look at the CT Outlaws run to the final game

The CT Outlaws went 6-2 and made it all the way to the championship game of the 2016 Mickey Mantle World Series, where they lost to Knights Baseball 3-2 on Sunday.
Here's the roster from the Mickey Mantle runner-up:

1 - Joel Guzman (Sacred Heart)
2 - Jaylen Kelley (Seymour)
3 - John Nolan (Amity Regional)
5 - Charlie Rhodes III (Notre Dame-West Haven)
6 - Jacob Shpur (Housatonic Valley Regional)
8 - Chad Closson (The Gilbert School)
9 - Jacob Rowland (Kingswood-Oxford)
11 - Bryson Cafaro (Ansonia)
14 - Jeremy Mercier (Southington)
15 - Adam Razza (Holy Cross)
16 - Jonathan Mikosz (Southington)
21 - Adam Willametz (Berlin)
23 - Michael Marella (Masuk)
24 - Adrian Velez Jr. (Waterbury Career Academy)
27 - Justin Guerrera (Watertown)
31 - Francis Phelan Jr. (Holy Cross)
33 - Benjamin Tauber (Kingswood-Oxford)
37 -  William Boone (Avon)
39 - Patrick Palmer (Ansonia)
41 - Michael Sansone (Notre Dame-West Haven)
42 - John Jose (Coginchaug Regional)

And here's how the Outlaws reached the final, game by game:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Game 1: CT Outlaws 2, FTB Arecibo (Puerto Rico) 1
At Municipal Stadium
Cafaro pitched the first six innings to pick up the win. He also had a single, RBI and a stolen base. Rowland scored the other run for the Outlaws, and Mikosz pitched the seventh inning for the save.

THURSDAY, JULY 28
Game 2: CT Outlaws 8, Watsonville Aggies (California) 6
At Holy Cross High School
Phelan tossed the first five innings to grab the victory. Velez Jr. was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Razza singled and scored two runs. Nolan went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored while Guerrera was 3-for-3 with a triple, a RBI and two runs scored. Cafaro had two hits and a RBI.

Game 3: CT Outlaws 8, Knights Baseball (Tennessee) 2
At Muzzy Field
Boone pitched six innings to pick up the victory. Nolan and Cafaro each had a triple, single and two RBI. Cafaro also scored two runs, and Closson added a double, single and RBI. Razza had a hit, RBI and run scored.

FRIDAY, JULY 29
Game 4: D-BAT Elite Gowins (Texas) 6, CT Outlaws 0
At Municipal Stadium
Mikosz and Mercier each singled, the only hits for the Outlaws. Tauber started the game and was the losing pitcher.

SATURDAY, JULY 30
Game 5: CT Outlaws 2, Midland Tribe (Ohio) 1
At Municipal Stadium
Playing in their first elimination game, the Outlaws trailed 1-0 entering the top of the seventh inning, but scored twice to win. Rhodes III walked and later scored on an error to tie the game. Guerrera singled, reached second on that same error, then came around to score on Nolan's RBI double. Sansone finished the comeback, and his complete game, in the bottom of the seventh.

Game 6: CT Outlaws 10, D-BAT Elite Gowins 2 (mercy rule 6 innings)
At Municipal Stadium
The Outlaws were again in trouble, trailing 2-1 entering the top of the fifth inning. They proceeded to score four runs in the fifth inning for a 5-2 lead, then blew the game open with five more runs in the sixth. Velez Jr. had two hits, three runs scored and two walks while Razza added two hits and two runs scored. Nolan drove in three runs while Cafaro and Rowland had two RBI each. Guzman walked twice and scored a run. Mikosz pitched all six innings for the win.

SUNDAY, JULY 31
Game 7: CT Outlaws 6, D-BAT Elite Gowins 1
At Municipal Stadium   
Phelan pitched a complete game and picked up the win. Rowland went 2-for-2 with a RBI. Guerrera, Rhodes III and Guzman each drove in a run. The Outlaws scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, thanks in large part to six errors by D-BAT.

Game 8: Knights Baseball 3, CT Outlaws 2
At Municipal Stadium
Mercier led the offense with two hits. Guerrera (single) and Nolan (bases loaded walk) each had a RBI in the top of the seventh inning in the final Outlaw rally of the World Series. Guzman came on as a pinch runner and scored the first run of the inning. Razza drew two walks in the game. Cafaro pitched the first five innings and took the loss. Sansone pitched the sixth inning for the Outlaws.

Game statistics compiled from the GameChanger account of the CT Outlaws. 

MICKEY MANTLE WORLD SERIES: CT Outlaws come up just short in final

The CT Outlaws saw a great run through the Mickey Mantle World Series end with a 3-2 loss to Knights Baseball of Nashville, Tenn., this afternoon in the championship game at Municipal Stadium's Bob Palmer Field.
The Outlaws had to win three elimination games over less than two days just to reach Sunday's final. That stretch included a 6-1 win over the D-BAT Elite Gowins of Dallas earlier today behind a complete-game effort from Fran Phelan Jr. (Holy Cross High School). The Outlaws started Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Midland Tribe. In Saturday's second contest, the Outlaws beat D-BAT 10-2.
A draw between the one-loss Outlaws, Knights and D-BAT gave the Knights a bye to Sunday's final. That meant a rematch between the Outlaws and D-BAT, which the Outlaws won.
In the final, the Knights tallied their three runs on a bases loaded walk, a catcher's interference and a sacrifice fly. The Knights held that 3-0 lead going into the top of the seventh.
The Outlaws had just two hits until the seventh inning, but began to attempt yet another late rally in the World Series. Southington's Jeremy Mercier led off with a single, then was replaced by Naugatuck's Joel Guzman (Sacred Heart High School). Charlie Rhodes III (Notre Dame-West Haven) followed with his own single, then Watertown's Adam Razza (Holy Cross) walked with one out to load the bases. A single by Watertown's Justin Guerrera scored Guzman to make it 3-1. John Nolan (Amity Regional) walked to score Rhodes III and cut the Outlaw deficit to 3-2. 
The Outlaws had Razza 90 feet away from a tying run, but Knights reliever Jacob Pennington struck out two straight batters to close the game.
The Outlaws finished the series with a 6-2 record.

Sunday's championship game information obtained from the GameChanger account of the CT Outlaws.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

BASKETBALL: Locals have stood out at Greater Hartford Pro-Am

The always popular Greater Hartford Pro-Am Basketball Showcase has been going strong for the past month at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford.
Several locals have stood out during the showcase.
Wilby standout Marcus James. James, who played in the National Basketball League of Canada, tallied 31 points, 14 rebounds and an assist in a 110-103 win for the Atty. Ron Johnson Hoop Wave over Cambyland on July 27.
On July 20, James posted 36 points and six rebounds in a 121-87 win over Atty. Deron Freeman.
On July 16, James tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 126-117 loss for the Atty. Ron Johnson Hoop Wave against the Top Dogs. Tyshon Rogers, a former Crosby High School standout, dropped in 31 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 100-97 victory for his Harte Nissan team over Cambyland on July 18. Rogers competed for Paris Junior College in Texas this past collegiate season.
Dale Saunders, another Waterbury standout (Kaynor Tech), put in 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Simoniz Top Dogs in a 108-104 win over the Def Jam Hot937ers on July 18.
Former Crosby standout Damian Saunders has also played in the Pro-Am. Former Wilby star Ryan Gomes has entered teams in the Pro-Am, and others like B.J. Monteiro (Crosby) have shown what they can do.
The final games of the Pro-Am for this summer are tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday. Check out the Pro-Am website here.

MICKEY MANTLE WORLD SERIES: CT Outlaws stay alive with win at Municipal Stadium

It was a simple situation for the CT Outlaws on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium's Bob Palmer Field during the Mickey Mantle World Series.
The Outlaws, a collection of 16-and-under players based out of Middletown, needed a win over the D-BAT Elite Gowins to stay alive in the World Series. The Outlaws trailed 2-1 entering the top of the fifth inning, then erupted for nine runs over the final two frames -- four in the fifth and five in the sixth -- for a 10-2 mercy rule victory.
The Outlaws need two wins tomorrow (Sunday) to take the World Series title, according to Joe Palladino of the Republican-American. The Outlaws face D-BAT in a 10 a.m. rematch at the Stadium. A win puts the Outlaws in the final against Knights Baseball of Nashville, Tenn., with the winner claiming the championship. Palladino reported on Twitter that the Knights won a draw to earn a bye to the final game. Each team has a loss in the double elimination tournament.
Four of locals had great nights for the Outlaws on Saturday. Leadoff batter Adrian Velez Jr. (Waterbury Career Academy) went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. No. 2 batter Adam Razza (Holy Cross High School) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. In the No. 9 hole was Joel Guzman (Sacred Heart High School), who walked twice and scored twice. Both Velez Jr. and Guzman stole bases for the Outlaws.
Fran Phelan Jr. (Holy Cross) is also on the Outlaws roster.
In the pivotal fifth inning, Guzman, Velez Jr. and Razza helped start the Outlaw surge. Guzman and Velez Jr. had back-to-back walks, then Razza singled to load the bases. Guzman scored the tying run on a bases loaded walk to Justin Guerrera (Watertown). Another bases loaded walk, this one to John Nolan (Amity Regional) scored Velez Jr. for the go-ahead run. Razza came home on a RBI single by Bryson Cafaro (Ansonia) to make the score 4-2.
In the sixth, Guzman, Velez and Razza again started the rally. Guzman drew a one-out walk, then Velez singled to right field. Razza followed with a single to right field, and Guzman scored on an error by the right fielder. Velez Jr. scored on a hit by pitch to Nolan, then Razza came home on a wild pitch with Jacob Rowland (Kingswood-Oxford) batting.
Velez Jr. helped the Outlaws get on the board in the first inning. He led off with a walk, reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Razza. Velez advanced to third on a grounder by Guerrera, then scored on Nolan's RBI single. 
The Outlaws will need to go the long route to win the World Series, but they are one of three teams left. Only two other teams can claim that, so the Outlaws have a shot.

Game information came from the GameChanger account of the CT Outlaws.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

TRI-STATE RECAP: Bristol Greeners bow out against Torrington Rebels in tough playoff series

The Bristol Greeners won two games in the final weekend of the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League regular season to earn one of 12 playoff spots.
Bristol entered the playoffs as the No. 10 seed and met the No. 7 Torrington Rebels in a first round best-of-three series. The Greeners nearly stole a game at Fuessenich Park, only to fall in 10 innings. Bristol's season ended the next night at Page Park in Bristol.
Here's what happened:

Game 1, Thursday 7/21
Torrington 7, Bristol 6, 10 innings (Fuessenich Park): The Greeners held a 6-4 lead entering the last of the seventh inning, only to see the Rebels tie the game on a RBI triple and subsequent overthrow that allowed the tying run to score. Troy Micale and Kyle Pilarski had doubles for Bristol.
Torrington 8, Bristol 3 (Page Park): The Greeners were able to tie the game at 2 after falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning. After that, it was almost all Rebels. Torrington was able to keep Bristol's offense at bay and end the series.
 
The Greeners finished the season with a record of 8-11. 

REGULAR SEASON
Bristol claimed victories over the Burlington Hunters (9-4), Southington 66ers (10-5), East Mountain Cougars (2-1), Valley Thunder (9-5), Thomaston Threshers (7-3), Canton Crushers (6-1), Litchfield Cowboys (11-10) and Tribury Twisters (3-1). The wins over Litchfield and Tribury on July 15 and July 17 clinched a playoff berth for the Greeners.

PLAYER NOTES
Jake Martel, an assistant coach with the Bristol Post 2 American Legion program, turned in several solid plays in the outfield during the Tri-State exhibition game against the Torrington Titans on the Fourth of July.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Clemente WS done, but Mantle and AABC still to come in Waterbury

It is a busy several weeks at the Municipal Stadium baseball complex in Waterbury.
One World Series concluded on Sunday in Waterbury, but there are still two left to be played.
The Roberto Clemente World Series (8U) saw the Bunker Hill Reds reach the championship final. There was also a team from the Baseball Association of Wolcott.

The diamond at the edge of Ray Snyder Sr. Field was very active this week as
Waterbury hosted the Roberto Clemente World Series for the second straight year.
Bunker Hill finished second to the Carolina Rangers of Puerto Rico, and Wolcott took fourth.

Next up is the Mickey Mantle World Series on the big diamond at Municipal Stadium. The CT Outlaws will be the host, and they have players from local high schools on the roster.

The Mickey Mantle World Series starts at this beauty of a ballpark on Wednesday.
The park will also host the AABC World Series in August.
Adam Razza of Holy Cross High School (hometown Watertown) is on the roster, as is Adrian Velez of Waterbury Career Academy (hometown Waterbury). The roster also features Joel Guzman of Sacred Heart (hometown Naugatuck). There are also players from nearby towns such as Watertown, Cheshire, Southington and Seymour.
The Outlaws are one of 12 teams to take part in the Mickey Mantle (16U) World Series, which begins on Wednesday. The World Series will be played at Municipal Stadium, Holy Cross High School and Muzzy Field in Bristol. You can find a listing of the teams on the Mickey Mantle World Series website.

After the Mickey Mantle World Series, the AABC Stan Musial World Series (19U) comes to the Brass City. Four teams from the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League, including the nearby Wolcott Scrappers, Watertown Blaze and Naugatuck Dogs, all hope to make the trip to Municipal in August. Here's the official website for the series. No teams are listed yet, but they should start popping in soon. Connecticut will determine its two representatives this week (state tournament started Monday). Games will be played from Aug. 4-7, and both Municipal and Fuessenich Park in Torrington will be used (championship at Municipal).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TRI-STATE RECAP: Brass City Brew see season end against Bethlehem Plowboys

The Brass City Brew had to fight into the last weekend of the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League to secure one of 12 playoff spots.
Brass City earned the No. 12 seed and played the No. 5 Bethlehem Plowboys in a best-of-three first round series. The Brew battled in both games played, but were swept by the Plowboys.
Here's what happened:

Game 1, Thursday 7/21
Bethlehem 11, Brass City 7 (Gallup Field): The Brew jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Plowboys had an immediate answer with six runs of their own.
Brass City battled throughout and tested Bethlehem with its tough lineup, but couldn't muster enough offense to win. Dwight Wildman led the Brew with three hits, including a home run and a double.
Game 2, Friday 7/22
Bethlehem 10, Brass City 9 (Hotchkiss Field): For the second straight high-scoring game, the Brew ran out to a fast lead.
Brass City held a commanding 9-1 lead after three innings, thanks to an eight-run burst in the third. Paul Novakowski capped the big inning with a bases-clearing double. It looked like the Brew were on their way to tying the series, but the Plowboys had a rally in them. Bethlehem scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 9-6, then tallied four more runs in the top of the seventh to stun Brass City.

Brass City ended the season with a record of 7-12.

REGULAR SEASON
The Brew claimed wins over the East Mountain Cougars (18-2), Bristol Greeners (2-1), Bethlehem Plowboys (2-1), Burlington Hunters (9-4), Canton Crushers (5-0), Thomaston Threshers (6-4) and Valley Thunder (5-4). The win over the Valley Thunder clinched the 12th and final playoff spot for the Brew.

PLAYER NOTES
Brew players Gary and Paul Novakowski were drafted by teams involved in the Stan Musial State Tournament. Gary Novakowski was taken by the Naugatuck Dogs while Paul was chosen by the Terryville Black Sox.

Paul Novakowski took part in both the Home Run Derby and the exhibition game against the Torrington Titans at Fuessenich Park on the Fourth of July. A powerful right-hand hitter, Novakowski qualified for the championship round of the derby, then smacked a RBI double in the game against the Titans.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

LEGION STATE TOURNEY: Waterbury needs win to stay alive after falling to Stamford

The Waterbury Post 1 senior American Legion baseball team will have its back against the wall tomorrow night at Palmer Field in Middletown.
Waterbury faces Cheshire in a Southern Division Super Regional elimination game at 6:30. Post 1 was forced into the game against Cheshire following a 5-1 loss to Stamford on Sunday at Palmer. Cheshire scored nine runs in the final two innings of its game against Stratford to claim a 10-3 victory and stay alive.
Waterbury scored first against Stamford in their game Sunday. Elias Torres reached on a two-base error. Tyriq Harris reached first safely on a bunt that moved Torres over to third. Nate Zappone, who left Saturday's game with an injury, hit a sacrifice fly to score Torres and put Post 1 ahead 1-0. A double play kept Waterbury from scoring any further runs.
Stamford responded to Waterbury's one run in the top of the third with four in the bottom of the inning. Stamford combined three hits with two Post 1 errors for a four-run outburst. Another error by Waterbury helped Stamford score its final run in the sixth.
Harris, Peyton Stephens and Elias Torres each had one hit for Post 1. 
Waterbury faces elimination for the first time in the state tournament tomorrow. Post 1 was in a similar situation several times last year. In the Regional portion of the Southern Division, Waterbury lost the first game to Greenwich but won two straight times in a best-of-three series to move on. Waterbury also won two elimination games at the Super Regional level before being knocked out by Stamford.
Post 1 has been in this situation before, and it is a veteran group. Waterbury will again need to show what its made of with its season on the line. 

STAN MUSIAL STATE TOURNEY: Players have been drafted, and the games begin tonight

The Wolcott Scrappers are one of four Tri-State teams that will take part in the Stan Musial State Tournament this week.

The games begin tonight for Wolcott, along with the Watertown Blaze, the Naugatuck Dogs and the Terryville Black Sox. Wolcott opens play against the Stratford Storm at 7:30 at Penders Field in Stratford. Terryville begins with a game against Wallingford at 7 o'clock at Pat Wall Field in Wallingford. Naugatuck goes up against All-Star Batting at 7 o'clock at Danbury High School. Watertown faces Fedells Mechanics at 7:30 at the BAW Complex in Wolcott.

The BAW Complex in Wolcott will serve as a home for the Watertown Blaze tonight
in their Stan Musial State Tournament game against Fedells Mechanics.
Games continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with the championship scheduled for Saturday. The top two finishers from the Musial tourney will advance to the AABC World Series, which will be played next month at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.

The goal for teams participating in the Stan Musial State Tournament is to get here:
Waterbury Municipal Stadium, site of the AABC World Series next month.
Each of the four Tri-State participants got to three draft players from the league to partake in the Stan Musial tourney. Here's who each team chose (Players from area teams or local high schools are in bold. Each has his high school listed)

WOLCOTT -- Mike Milius, SS, Bethlehem Plowboys; Jesse Vermeech, P, Thomaston Threshers; John Lippincott, 2B, Winsted Whalers
WATERTOWN -- Mike Fabiaschi, SS, Tri-Town Trojans; Jesse Darcy, P, Bethlehem Plowboys; Jake Kawiecki, P, Southington 66ers (St. Paul Catholic)
NAUGATUCK -- Miles Scribner, P, Tri-Town; Pat O'Neill, P, Bethlehem; Gary Novakowski, Brass City Brew (Holy Cross)
TERRYVILLE -- Tony Geraci, C, Bethlehem; Paul Novakowski, C, Brass City (Holy Cross); Chris Callahan, OF, Bethlehem (Holy Cross)

Go to the Tri-State website for game results and updates. The Waterbury Republican-American also provides coverage of the tournament, so you can go there as well.

TRI-STATE PLAYOFFS: Wolcott Scrappers are lone local team left

One round of the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League Playoffs is done, and only one local team remains.
The No. 10 Bristol Greeners and No. 12 Brass City Brew were both swept out of the first round, leaving the No. 3 Wolcott Scrappers. Wolcott had a bye through the first round.


The Wolcott Scrappers have a good home field advantage at the BAW Complex,
where the field plays deep (328 feet to left, 322 right, 375 center).
The Scrappers start a best-of-three series against the No. 6 Tri-Town Trojans on Sunday, July 3. Tri-Town swept the No. 11 Tribury Twisters out of the playoffs.
The Trojans have been to the championship series in each of the past three seasons. Tri-Town lost to Wolcott in the 2014 series.
The Scrappers are looking to get out of the second round after having been eliminated by the champion Litchfield Cowboys last year.
Wolcott won the regular season meeting against Tri-Town, 3-1 on June 19 at Community Field in Litchfield.
Here's what happened in that game, via the Tri-State website:

TJ Williams threw a complete game scattering seven hits while striking out eight to lead Wolcott. Ryan Andrade got the scoring started with a sac fly scoring Mike Perugini in the third. Sam Shurberg drove in Landon Gardella with a single to tie the game in the fifth. Matt Cyr gave Wolcott the lead for good with a two run double scoring Eric Soucy and Mike Perugini in the seventh.

It should be a competitive series between the Scrappers and Trojans. Go to the Tri-State website to get the times and locations of the games in the series (they haven't been posted as of today).

 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

LEGION STATE TOURNEY: Waterbury finds a way to win against Stratford in Middletown marathon

How many times can a team come back?
If you're Waterbury Post 1, the answer is three.
Waterbury faced three different deficits in its first game at the American Legion Southern Division Super Regionals on Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field in Middletown. Each time, Post 1 was able to come back.
The last rally won the game for Waterbury, 9-8 in 10 innings over Stratford. Stratford went ahead 8-7 with a run in the top of the 10th inning, then picked up the first two outs against Post 1 in the bottom frame.
Waterbury appeared done, then Elias Torres worked a walk. Down to his -- and his team's -- last strike, Matt Mancini singled to put runners on first and second. 
Post 1 was then handed a gift when a Stratford error on a ball hit by Nelson Merced allowed Torres to score. Mancini made it to third base, and Merced ended up at second.
That set things up for Peyton Stephens, and he singled to bring home Mancini and cap an incredible comeback.
Waterbury will face Stamford at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Palmer Field.
Post 1 trailed 4-0 before anyone picked up a bat. In the bottom of the third inning, Waterbury put together its first rally. Merced's ground rule double scored Elias Torres and got Post 1 on the board. Stephens whacked a double of his own to plate Mancini and Merced to cut the deficit to 4-3. A Brendan Bessette single brought Stephens home to tie the game.
Waterbury took a brief 5-4 lead in the fourth inning, only to see Stratford even the game at 5-5. The score remained that way until the eighth, when Stratford struck for two runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, Armando Torres led off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, then brought Waterbury within 7-6 on Harris' RBI double. Harris got to third on an error, then scored on Elias Torres' single to tie the game at 7.
In the 10th, Stratford again took a lead, this time at 8-7. This time, however, Waterbury completed the comeback, showed the heart of a champion, and pulled off a stunning victory.
The Super Regionals are a double elimination format. The winner goes to the best-of-three State Championship series.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Post University baseball to host league tourney in 2017

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference announced Friday that Post University will host the 2017 baseball tournament at Municipal Stadium.
The tournament starts May 6 with first round games at the higher seed's venue, then it switches to a double elimination format from May 11-13 at Municipal.
Post will even more motivation to return to the double elimination tournament. One, they'll be able to stay home, and two, they haven't been since it was held in Wilmington, Del., two years ago. 
Since there will be 12 teams who play baseball in 2017, eight will make the tournament as opposed to the six in past years. The four first-round winners go to Municipal for the double elimination portion of the tournament.
Here's the official release from the CACC.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LEGION STATE TOURNEY: Waterbury Post 1 finishes sweep of Hamden, moves on to Super Regionals

The Waterbury Post 1 American Legion senior team completed its Southern Division Regional sweep of Hamden in a 5-1 win on Thursday afternoon at Bucks Hill Park.
Shea Dooley winds up to pitch during Thursday's game at Bucks Hill Park.
Shea Dooley went the distance, giving up the single run on two hits. He struck out nine and walked four while throwing 112 pitches. 
Tyriq Harris had two hits and a run scored for Waterbury.
On offense, Tyriq Harris and Nate Zappone each had two hits. Zappone, Nelson Merced, Peyton Stephens and Justin Rodriguez each had a RBI. Harris, Zappone, Stephens, Rodriguez and Elias Torres each scored a run. Rodriguez, Stephens and Brendan Bessette had one hit each.
Hamden was the home team in the second game of the best-of-three series, and it struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Nate Zappone (1) is congratulated by teammates after his successful squeeze bunt.
Waterbury tied the game in the third on a squeeze bunt by Nate Zappone. The bunt brought home Elias Torres. Post 1 took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, then put the game away with two more in the seventh. Waterbury had seven hits in the game.
Second-seeded Post 1 will play in the Southern Division Super Regionals at Middletown's Palmer Field, along with No. 1 Stamford, No. 3 Stratford and No. 4 Cheshire.
Waterbury improved its record to 24-2.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LEGION STATE TOURNEY: Waterbury Post 1 holds on for win over Hamden

It was a little close for comfort at the end, but Waterbury Post 1 emerged with a 5-3 win over Hamden Post 88 on Wednesday afternooon at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.
It was the first game of a best-of-three Southern Division "Regional" series. Waterbury can move on to the "Super Regionals" by beating Hamden in one of two games to be played at Bucks Hills Park tomorrow. It was also Post 1's first game of the tournament.
Jamie Butler pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts for Waterbury. Butler tired a little at the end, and Hamden picked up two runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull within 5-3. Fittingly, Butler ended the game with a strikeout.
Waterbury broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and pushed three runs across. Armando Torres led off with a walk, then stole second and third base. Tyriq Harris walked. Nate Zappone grounded to short, but Harris was called safe. Torres scored on the play to make it 1-0. Harris and Zappone managed to both score on an infield single by Peyton Stephens to up the lead to 3-0.
After Hamden scored a run on a RBI single by Mike Ferrett in the top of the sixth to pull within 3-1, Waterbury scored twice more in the last of the inning for a 5-1 advantage. Brendan Bessette and Armando Torres each drew a walk, then Harris brought both of them home with a two-run double in the gap.
A two-run double by Austin Defilippo made it 5-3 in the top of the seventh, but Butler slammed the door from there.
Waterbury Post 1 looks to move on with a win tomorrow. The first game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Bucks Hills Park, according to the Connecticut American Legion website. The second game, if necessary, would be played afterward.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Locals meet in Arizona League game

There were three local players on the rosters of the Arizona League Reds and Angels when they played each other on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
None of the locals played in the game, won 7-6 by the Reds, but it's still worth noting the local flavor the game had on the rosters. Bristol Central's Matt Blandino and Wolcott's Manny Cruz suit up for the Reds. For the Angels, there's Bristol Eastern's Connor Fitzsimons. Wonder if there's ever been a time where three locals have been in the same professional park.
There could come a time where these guys actually play against each other at the professional level, and that would be a fun experience.

TRI-STATE PLAYOFFS: Wolcott Scrappers are No. 3 seed, earn first round bye

The 12-team Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League playoffs are set, and the No. 3 Wolcott Scrappers will have a bye through the first round.
Wolcott finished the regular season with a 15-3 record, the same as the Terryville Black Sox, but won the tiebreaker.  The Scrappers started the season 3-3, then finished it with 12 straight wins. As usual, pitching was big for Wolcott, though many contributed with the bat as well. The Scrappers are in the hunt for their second championship in three years. Wolcott will play the winner of the best-of-three series between the No. 7 Tri-Town Trojans and No. 10 Bristol Greeners.
Bristol was one of two other local teams that made the playoffs, the other being the Brass City Brew. Both teams had to come up with wins late in the season to qualify.
The Bristol Greeners earned the No. 10 seed by beating the Litchfield Cowboys and Tribury Twisters this past weekend. Bristol will open a best-of-three first round series against the Torrington Rebels on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Page Park. Seventh-seeded Torrington will be the home team in that game (Fuessenich Park in Torrington was unavailable). Game 2 of the series will be at Page again on Friday at 5:45 p.m., with Bristol as the home team. Game 3, if necessary, would be at Fuessenich Park in Torrington at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Brass City Brew saw their season come down to the final day. Brass City needed to beat the newcomer Valley Thunder to earn a bid, but Valley wouldn't go down easy. The Brew snuck by the Thunder by a score of 5-4 in nine innings to earn the final playoff spot. Brass City is the No. 12 seed and will open a best-of-three against the No. 5 Bethlehem Plowboys on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at Gallup Field in Bethlehem. Game 2 is Friday at 5:45 p.m. at Hotchkiss Field in Prospect. Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday at Gallup Field at 1 p.m. The game cannot be played Saturday because Brass City standout Paul Novakowski has his stag for his upcoming wedding.

OF NOTE: Wolcott will also play in the Stan Musial State Tournament, along with the Watertown Blaze, Naugatuck Dogs and Terryville Black Sox, the other three teams that make up the Top 4 in Tri-State. The winner of the state tournament gets to stay close to home. The AABC World Series is at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, along with some games at Torrington's Fuessenich Park.

Waterbury Legion starts tourney play tomorrow vs. Hamden

The Waterbury American Legion Post 1 19U baseball team begins tournament play tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium against Hamden.
Waterbury had a bye through the "Sectional" portion of the Southern Division as the No. 2 seed and Zone 5 champion. Hamden, the No. 7 seed in the Southern Division, took down No. 18 Guilford 1-0 behind a complete game from ace Ron Grant. In the second game of "Sectionals," Hamden defeated No. 10 Wilton 5-2.
The best-of-three "Regionals" series between Waterbury and Hamden begins tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Games 2 and 3 (3 if necessary) will be at Bucks Hill Park on Thursday. Times for those games are to be determined.
The winner of this series will go the "Super Regionals" at Palmer Field in Middletown.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

LEGION TOURNEY: Bristol Post 2 eliminated by Glastonbury

In the close games that are often synonymous with the American Legion state tournament, it comes down to who blinks first.
Bristol Post 2 blinked first during Sunday's Northern Division Sectional second round game against Glastonbury at Muzzy Field, and it cost them in a 1-0 loss.
The defeat ends Bristol's state season at 21-11. Post 2 still has games left to play in the Northeast Regional next month, which they will host at Muzzy. Glastonbury moves on to play Tolland, which won Zone 8.
Bristol head coach Jerry LaPenta (front right) told his team to take the week off from baseball before playing in the Northeast Regional at Muzzy Field next month. Post 2 saw its state tournament run end in a 1-0 loss to Glastonbury.
Bristol head coach Jerry LaPenta is giving his team time off before those games get played.
"They have a week off to get away from ball, then come back fired up," LaPenta said.
In a game that featured little hitting, it was two mistakes that helped bring Post 2's state season to a close. First, Glastonbury's Joe Mercier laid a good bunt toward the third base line with one out. Bristol pitcher Brad Burney -- who threw a terrific game -- tried to make a highlight-worthy play. Instead, the throw went down the right field line, and Mercier ended up on second base.
Brad Burney gave up one unearned run on four hits in seven innings Sunday, but it wasn't enough.
Ryan Molinari was up to hit next, and he hit a slow roller toward shortstop. Cory Fradette fielded the ball and tried to make a play, but his throw went wild, allowing Mercier to score and put Glastonbury up 1-0.
Cory Fradette tries to make a play for his team in the top of the sixth inning.
"It's a tough play," LaPenta said. "It's do or die."
Bristol's Ben Mazzone reached on a hit by pitch with two outs in the sixth, but he was stranded.
To give an indication of how the day went for Bristol, LaPenta sent up Nick Sassu to pinch hit with one out in the seventh. Sassu scalded the first pitch, but it went right at the Glastonbury second baseman for the second out of the inning. 
Nick Sassu hit a rocket in the seventh inning, but it went right at the Glastonbury second baseman for an out.
A strikeout by complete-game winner Andrew Heymann was the final out.
"I knew once the game started going, I knew it would come down to who made a mistake," LaPenta.
Unfortunately for Post 2, they made the mistakes. Now they have time off before they step on to the field at Muzzy again in the Northeast Regional.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

LEGION TOURNEY: Wolcott Post 165 eliminated by Glastonbury

The Wolcott Post 165 American Legion senior team jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just a half inning of its Sectional first round game at Glastonbury on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Wolcott, Glastonbury had seven at bats to get back into the game, and the host did come back. Glastonbury scored one run in the fourth inning, put up two more in the fifth to take the lead, and added one more in the sixth for insurance in a 4-2 victory at Riverfront Park.
Glastonbury, seeded ninth in the Northern Division of the state tournament, will play No. 8 Bristol tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Muzzy Field. Wolcott, seeded 16th, saw its season end at 13-12.
Isaiah Negretti took the loss for Wolcott. On offense, Matt Warren led Post 165 with a 3-for-4 day that included a run batted in. Jacob Gabriel (run scored), Negretti and Justin Proteau each had one hit. Vincent Gambino walked twice and scored a run.
Gambino led off the game with a walk, then Gabriel followed with a single. Gambino scored on a passed ball for the first run, then Warren brought Gabriel home with a RBI single.
Wolcott had a quick 2-0 and Negretti on the mound. Things were looking good for Post 165, but Glastonbury had other ideas.
A Drew Heymann RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning cut Wolcott's lead to 2-1. Back-to-back RBI singles by Aidan Scott and Tom Kuzoian gave Glastonbury a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Joe Mercier brought the last Glastonbury run home in the sixth inning on a Wolcott error.
Warren tried to keep Wolcott alive with a two-out single in the top of the seventh, but he was forced out at second on a ground ball to end the game.

Information obtained from Wolcott Legion's GameChanger website.

LEGION TOURNEY: Bristol Post 2 moves on with 3-1 win over New Britain

The eighth-seeded Bristol Post 2 American Legion senior team took down No. 17 New Britain 3-1 in a Northern Division Sectional first round game on Saturday at Muzzy Field.
Bristol will host No. 9 Glastonbury tomorrow at 1 p.m., also at Muzzy. Glastonbury came from behind to beat No. 16 Wolcott 4-2 at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury.
For Bristol, Noah Cruz pitched the first 6.2 innings to take the win. Brad Burney recorded the final out for the save. Burney needed just four pitches to record the final out.
Post 2 jumped ahead with a single run in the bottom of the first inning. Bristol added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to forge a 3-0 advantage. Post 2 tallied eight hits and didn't make an error.
New Britain scored its lone run in the top of the seventh inning but couldn't get any closer. 
Bristol improved to 21-10 overall with the win.

Friday, July 15, 2016

MINOR LEAGUE MENTIONS: First pro homer for Cruz, first hit for Fitzsimons

On July 8, Manny Cruz did something that he will never forget.
Leading off the top of the third inning for the Arizona League Reds against the White Sox, Cruz lifted a fly ball over the left field fence for his first-ever professional home run.
For the season, Cruz is hitting .288, which places him third on the Reds. 

Fitzsimons gets his first pro hit
It was a long time coming, but Connor Fitzsimons got himself into the hit column on Wednesday for the Arizona League Angels in a game against the Dodgers.
Fitzsimons was inserted as a defensive substitution at catcher in the bottom of the eighth inning. In the top of the ninth, Fitzsimons led off with a line drive double to right field.
Fitzsimons has played in four games for the Angels. He has caught a total of 27 innings and committed two errors.

Blandino makes second start
Matt Blandino made his second start of the season, third appearance overall, for the Reds on July 9 against the Athletics. Blandino pitched 2.2 innings, gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, struck out four and walked one.
Blandino has a 2.79 ERA on the season for the Reds.

 

Connecticut Twilight to hold first Summer Classic tomorrow

The Connecticut Twilight League will be starting something new tomorrow.
The first-ever CTL Summer Classic will be played at Balf-Savin Field on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. All 10 CTL teams will be in action, starting with the two-time defending champion Bristol Knights playing against the Glastonbury Pirates at 8:30 a.m.
The Brickhouse Indians and Portland Panthers are slated to start around 10:45 a.m. The Willimantic Ridges and East Hartford Angels begin around 1 p.m. They are followed by the Elmer's Silver Bullets and Moodus Nationals at about 3:15 p.m. The final game of the day goes off around 5:30 and features the Loco Perro Expos and the Chicago Sam's Orioles.
Game times are limited to two hours each because there are no lights at Balf-Savin Field.
The games were supposed to be played in June at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, but you already know the story of that debacle, so no need to rehash it here.

A quick update on the CTL Standings:

The Knights lead the Central Division and own the CTL's best record at 17-3. The Knights are also first in the playoff standings, which would earn them a first round bye.
Next up is the Central are the Silver Bullets, who are 12-5-1 and 3.5 games behind the Knights. The Orioles are 13-7 (4 games out of first), followed by the Angels at 8-10-2 (8 games out) and the Indians at 7-9-3 (8 games out).
The race in the East is a tight one. The Ridges (9-9) and Nationals (8-8-1) are tied for first with a first round bye in the playoffs there for the taking (division winners get a bye). The Pirates are 7-10-1 and 1.5 games out of first. They are followed by the Panthers at 6-12-1 (3 games out) and the Expos at 2-16-1 (7 games out).
All 10 teams make the playoffs, but there are important caveats. The division winners each get a bye through the first round of the double-elimination format. The bottom four teams start with a loss in the elimination bracket. That means one and done -- one loss and they're out. 
Here is the current playoff order: 1. Knights; 2. Ridges; 3. Silver Bullets; 4. Orioles; 5. Nationals; 6. Angels. Bottom four -- Indians, Pirates, Panthers, Expos.

There is a week of makeup games from Aug. 8-12. The playoffs begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

Connecticut will have two teams in the AABC World Series

Two Connecticut teams will have a chance to win the American Amateur Baseball Congress World Series next month in Waterbury.
Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League commissioner Ed Gadomski made the announcement last night after getting confirmation on the details. The state champion and runner-up -- designated as the host team -- from the Stan Musial tournament will have a shot at the title, along with six others in a double-elimination format. There will be two participants from the Houston, Texas Regional, along with the champions from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Upper New York Regional and New York Metro/Federation Regional.
Games will be played at both Torrington's Fuessenich Park and Waterbury's Municipal Stadium. The World Series runs from Aug. 4-7 under this format:

Aug. 4-5
Four games (9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.) at Municipal Stadium

Aug. 6
Doubleheader with games at Municipal and Fuessenich Park

Aug. 7
Championship at Municipal

To get to the World Series, Connecticut teams must first navigate the Stan Musial State Tournament, a double-elimination bracket with eight teams. There will be four from Tri-State, two from Bridgeport, one from Wallingford and one from Housatonic.
The schedule: games on Monday, July 25; Tuesday, July 26; Wednesday, July 27; Thursday, July 28 rainout date; Friday, July 28; and the championship on Saturday, July 30.

And oh yeah, the Tri-State Playoffs are also going on, starting Thursday, July 21. As per usual, the top four teams have byes while seeds 5-12 face off in best-of-three series. The first round is July 21-23. After a break for the Stan Musial tourney, the Tri-State Playoffs resume with the second round from July 31-Aug. 2. The semifinals are Aug. 10-12 and the Tri-State World Series is Aug. 15-17.

There's a lot of baseball to be played over the next month, and there are two World Series titles up for grabs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tough night for Bristol Legion at Muzzy Field

When the Bristol American Legion senior baseball team walked onto Muzzy Field on Monday, destiny was under its control.
If Post 2 could claim victory over Avon, then beat Southington in a completion of a suspended game, it would have a 1.5 game lead in Zone 1.
As it turns out, neither happened, and Bristol is now 1.5 games behind Avon with time running out on the regular season. Post 2 has a zone game tonight against Avon at 5:30 at Muzzy Field, then plays Torrington on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fuessenich Park in its zone finale.
It was a tough night for Bristol Post 2 and head coach Jerry LaPenta on Monday at Muzzy Field.

Bristol outhit Avon 7-6, yet couldn't get a run across in a 4-0 loss. One bad inning, a four-run top of the sixth, did Post 2 in.
Bristol still had a chance to be just a half game behind Avon in the standings with a win over Southington.
After a break in between games, Bristol and Southington resumed a contest locked in a 3-3 heading into the top of the eighth inning. Noah Cruz, who pitched the seventh inning before the game was originally suspended by city curfew earlier this month, gave Post 2 four more innings of scoreless relief on Monday. That streak included several strikeouts and an 11th inning that saw him strand two runners on base, including one on third. 
Noah Cruz came back for four scoreless innings in the resumption of a suspended game against Southington.

Cruz had reached his innings limit after the 11th though, so Bristol head coach Jerry LaPenta called on Cory Fradette. Southington finally broke through for two runs in the top of the 12th inning to go ahead 5-3. 
Zach Marquis' 12th inning RBI single pulled Bristol to within 5-4 of Southington, but that was as close as Post 2 got.

Bristol got one back in the last of the 12th on Zach Marquis' RBI single, but a force out at shortstop on the ground ball ended the game in a 5-4 defeat.
Bristol dropped to 15-7 on the season. Post 2 has games remaining against Avon and Torrington, but hopes of a Zone 1 title likely faded away with Monday night's losses. 

For photos from Monday night's game between Bristol and Southington, go here.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Waterbury American Legion to reopen Municipal Stadium on Wednesday night

There have been many bumps in the road in the renovation of Waterbury's Municipal Stadium.
From the grandstands to the sod of the field, there have been issues that have kept city teams from playing at Municipal, which originally opened in 1930.
Those issues are due to become a moot point on Wednesday night.
Waterbury's Municipal Stadium reopens Wednesday night with
Waterbury American Legion's doubleheader against Monroe.
The Waterbury American Legion senior baseball team rechristens the old ballpark on Watertown Avenue with a doubleheader against Monroe. The first game is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
Waterbury Legion head coach Frank Melillo is excited about the opportunity.
"It's an honor to be selected as the first team to play there," Melillo wrote in an email.
On Monday morning, workers were busy getting the sod on the field just right. There were others who were testing the sound system. The new bleachers, blue instead of the old red, look great, and so does the scoreboard in left center field, just beyond the 382-foot mark.
The Municipal Stadium scoreboard in left center field.
Funding for renovations was first approved in 2005, according to State Rep. Jeffrey J. Berger's website. Berger serves Waterbury, which is the 73rd Assembly District. 
There have been several phases to the project. The first brought turf to Ray Snyder Sr. Memorial Field next door, where football, soccer and softball are played. The second phase brought work on the grandstands and the diamond. Phase III was work on grandstand lighting and the scoreboard.
Work on the fourth phase of the project includes the south parking lot, which is currently unfinished.
Waterbury Legion has been having a banner season under Melillo. Post 1 has an overall record of 23-2-1, including a solid 18-1 mark in Zone 5. Waterbury is getting closer to clinching the top spot in Zone 5.
"The history of the stadium, with all the great players that have gone through there, MLB stars," Melillo wrote. "The history is rich. The stadium looks great, they did a great job, and we can't wait to add to the history and tradition."
The new bleachers on the first base side of the stadium look great.
There will be plenty more games after Wednesday's double dip, but Melillo has a special feeling about his team's contests.
"We are one of the only true Waterbury teams on all older levels," Melillo said.
Melillo said his team's players have at least one parent that lives in the city.
There's a busy summer ahead for Municipal Stadium after Legion opens it Wednesday night. There is the Mickey Mantle World Series, the Sandy Koufax World Series, and the Stan Musial World Series.
Many will get to experience the beauty of the renovated park this summer, including a bushel of the city's residents. Legion just happens to be the first. 
Here's to a busy and fun summer of baseball at Municipal Stadium.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

UPDATE: Bristol Legion tied with Avon atop Zone 1

The Bristol Post 2 American Legion baseball team finds itself tied with Avon atop the Zone 1 standings following Sunday's Zone 1 games.
Bristol swept a doubleheader against Wolcott Post 165 at Wolcott High School. Avon won the first game of its doubleheader against Unionville, but saw the second game get rained out, according to Gerry deSimas of the collinsvillepress.com website.
Bristol and Avon both sit at 15-5 entering the first of two games against each other this evening at 6 o'clock at Muzzy Field. Post 2 has another game scheduled for 7:45 tonight against Southington. On Tuesday, Bristol and Avon are slated to meet again at 5:30 p.m. at Muzzy. 
Here's how the two games went on Sunday at Wolcott HS (statistics from Wolcott's GameChanger account):

Bristol 8, Wolcott 3
Noah Cruz went 3-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and a run scored to lead Post 2. Troy Micale was 3-for-4 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored while Ben Mazzone was 2-for-4 with a RBI, walk and run scored. Zach Marquis and Chadd Richardson each had two hits. Brad Burney pitched a complete game to pick up the win.
For Post 165, Mike Gugilotti was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Matt Warren had two hits and a run batted in while Isaiah Negretti had a hit and RBI. Negretti took the loss on the mound.

Bristol 8, Wolcott 7
Post 2 was able to hang on for the win over Post 165 to complete the sweep.
Cruz homered yet again for Bristol. He had two hits and a RBI. Greg Lozier had two hits and a RBI while Richardson added a double and RBI. Cory Fradette also drove in a run for Post 2. Zach Marquis added a double, and Wes Lahey picked up the victory on the mound.
For Post 165, Matt Warren went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Robert Perazzella doubled twice, drove in a run and scored a run. Vincent Gambino had two RBI while Gugliotti and Jacob Gabriel added a RBI apiece. 

Wolcott dropped to 11-10 in the zone with the two losses.

Waterbury Post 1 takes Legion doubleheader from Naugatuck, and then some

The Waterbury Post 1 American Legion team managed to win three separate times against Zone 5 foe Naugatuck on Sunday at Bucks Hill Park.
Jamie Butler played a big part in
Waterbury's wins over Naugatuck.
He was the winning pitcher in the
second game of Sunday's double dip.
You may ask: How is that possible? Well, Waterbury and Naugatuck had to first finish a game suspended from June 16 before starting their regularly-scheduled doubleheader.
In the completion of the suspended game, Waterbury won 5-4. The game was suspended because the lights at Bucks Hill Park went out. The contest resumed with Waterbury up 5-2, but Naugatuck scored twice to get the deficit to 5-4. Post 1 was able to close the game out and take the win.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Waterbury smoked Naugatuck by an 11-0 margin. Post 1 completed the sweep with a 7-2 victory in the second game.
Waterbury improved to 18-1 in the zone. Here's more on each game:

Waterbury 5, Naugatuck 4 (completion of suspended June 16 game)
Jamie Butler cleared the bases with a three-run triple on June 16. Matt Mancini had two hits and a run batted in. On the mound, Jude Quadrato pitched six innings on June 16 and ended up with the victory.
Nelson Merced had two hits and
a RBI in the second game of
Sunday's doubleheader.

Waterbury 11, Naugatuck 0 (5 innings)
Shea Dooley fired four no-hit innings (two strikeouts, two walks) for Post 1 in a mercy rule win. Zac Rodrigues pitched one inning of one-hit ball. In this game, it was Peyton Stephens' turn to clear the bases with a triple. Stephens had two hits and two runs scored in the game. 
Nate Zappone had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI while Brenden Bessette added a hit, two RBI and two runs.

Waterbury 7, Naugatuck 2
Butler fired a complete game for Waterbury with six strikeouts. Butler gave up seven hits, but yielded just two runs. 
Tyriq Harris, Nelson Merced, Justen Rodriguez and Elias Torres all had solid games at the plate for Post 1. Harris had two hits, two RBI and a run scored. 
Merced provided two hits and a run batted in. Rodriguez tallied three hits, two runs and a run batted in. Torres chipped in two hits, a run scored and a run batted in. 

Waterbury plays Easton on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

On Wednesday, Waterbury will host Monroe in a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium. The games will be the first in the stadium since it has been renovated.

Photos and game information courtesy of Waterbury Post 1 head coach Frank Melillo.