Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

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