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Westies top Cross in opener
WH nips Governors 6-5
By MIKE MADERA
(April 3, 2019) - The West Haven baseball team opened the 2019 season with a 6-5 road victory over Wilbur Cross. Led by two hits from freshman Gianni Gambardella and a solid pitching outing from Juan Contreras, the Westies improved to 1-0 on the year.
Contreras went the distance, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out six and walking three.
Juan Contreras pitches against Wilbur Cross, April 3, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"Both teams played extremely hard and tough today," West Haven coach Ron Luneau said. "We got one more break than Cross did. Our seniors stepped up in their leadership. It was a very good baseball game."
Trailing 1-0, West Haven took a 2-1 lead in the second. Mike Tonucci led off with a walk, Mike Boni reached on an error, and Tonucci scored on an error. With two outs, Kaden Morgillo singled to score Boni.
West Haven increased the lead to 4-1 in the third. With one out, Chris Cavallaro was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Contreras. Tonucci drove in Contreras for a three-run advantage.
West Haven celebrates a win against Wilbur Cross, April 3, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
"Our seniors are showing our younger guys how to compete," Luneau said.
The Westies took a 5-1 lead in the fifth when Dom Cambino singled, moved to third on a ground out by Cavallaro, and scored on an error.
Cross scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to get within 5-3, but West Haven got that run back in the sixth. Gambardella singled with one out, went to third on an error and scored on a ground out by Hunter Axelrod.
Westies rally past Platt Tech
Six in seventh leads WH to 13-7 win
By MIKE MADERA
(April 4, 2019) - The West Haven baseball team won its second straight contest to start the year with a 13-7 decision over Platt Tech Thursday afternoon in Milford.
The Westies used a balanced attack as eight different players were in the hit column, eight different players drove in runs, and nine different players scored at least one run. West Haven also turned to its youth to help in the win.
Mike Tonucci led the way with three hits, three runs batted in, and two runs scored, while sophomore Tyler Jones had three hits, drove in one run, and scored a run. Seniors Dom Cambino and Chris Cavallaro each had two hits and drove in a run, while Cambino scored twice and Cavallaro scored once.
Sophomore Tyler Jones had three hits against Platt Tech, April 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Tyler Green pitched four innings, allowing six hits and four runs, two of which were earned, walking two and striking out two. Freshman Gianni Gambardella pitched the final three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out three.
Freshman Gianni Gambardella pitches against Platt Tech, April 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westies scored three times in the first inning as Cambino led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a triple by Juan Contreras. Tonucci singled to score Contreras, before Tonucci stole second and scored on a single by Hunter Axelrod.
"We had a problem throughout the game picking up the ball, but we overcame that with some timely hits," West Haven coach Ron Luneau said. "Our pitching was solid, but we need to make more plays behind our pitchers. Platt Tech turned out to be very stubborn. Their coach deserves a lot of credit for that."
After Platt Tech got two runs back in the bottom of the inning, West Haven took a 5-2 lead in the second. Kaden Morgillo walked, stole second. and scored on a single to left by Jones. Cavallaro doubled to score Jones for a three run lead.
Leading 5-4 in the fifth, West Haven added another run when Cambino scored on a sacrifice fly by Contreras. West Haven increased the lead to 7-4 in the sixth as Gambardella doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Boni.
The Panthers evened the game in the bottom of the sixth, before West Haven rallied with six in the seventh.
Cavallaro singled, Contreras walked, and both scored on a double by Tonucci. Axelrod followed with a walk, Gambardella reached on an error to score Tonucci, Boni singled to score Axelrod and Gambardella, and Cambino grounded out to score Boni.
Green Knights top Westies
ND hands West Haven first loss of season
By MIKE MADERA
(April 8, 2019) - The West Haven baseball team was looking to continue its offensive surge which started the season when the Westies took on cross-town rival Notre Dame Monday afternoon. Instead. it was the Green Knights who had the hot bats.
Using 13 hits off three West Haven pitchers and taking advantage of a pair of West Haven errors, Notre Dame cruised to a 10-3 victory over the Westies at Piurek Field.
The Green Knights handed West Haven (2-1) its first loss of the season by breaking open a tight game with six runs in the fourth inning, and holding a hot West Haven offense to just two hits in the game.
Chris Cavallaro hits against Notre Dame, April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead in the second as Max Mariano singled with two outs to score a pair, before blowing the game open with six runs in the fourth.
Notre Dame sophomore Zachary Peters retired the first ten batters of the game before Chris Cavallaro and Juan Contreras walked with one out in the fourth. Peters escaped without any damage as he got a pair of ground outs to end the frame.
Kaden Morgillo against Notre Dame, April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Trailing 10-0, West Haven finally got on the board in the fifth. Hunter Axelrod and Branden Coggins walked with one out, and Dom Cambino reached on an error to score Axelrod.
The Westies added another run in the sixth as Contreras singled, stole third and scored on a ground out by Mike Tonucci. West Haven scored its final in the seventh as Steven Byrd doubled and scored on a ground out to short by Jake Lentine.
Sheehan holds off Westies
13 hits not enough in loss
By MIKE MADERA
(April 10, 2019) - If someone had told the West Haven baseball team it would knock around 13 hits and hold Sheehan to just five, the expectations would have been for a West Haven victory. Such was not the case.
Scoring four times in the first inning on three hits, Sheehan held off West Haven 4-3 in Wallingford Wednesday afternoon as the Westies fell to 2-2 on the year with their second straight defeat.
The Westies had chances throughout the game, but only capitalized with three runs in the third. West Haven saw singles by Mike Tonucci and Gianni Gambardella go to waste in the second, before striking in the third.
Tyler Jones started the rally with a single to right and scored on a double to left by Dom Cambino. Chris Cavallaro followed with a double to center to score Cambino, and Juan Contreras walked. Mike Boni followed with a single to load the bases with one out, before Gambardella delivered Cavallaro with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Westies continued to threaten in the fourth as Hunter Axelrod led off with a single, and Jones hit a one-out single to put a pair on base, but the Westies could not deliver.
West Haven’s best chance to even or take the lead in the game came in the fifth as Contreras led off with a single and Tonucci doubled, but Contreras was thrown out at the plate. Boni singled to put runners on the corners, then stole second, before Sheehan escaped without any damage.
In the sixth, Cambino singled with one out and Cavallaro walked, but each was left stranded. Gambardella singled with one out in the seventh, and Axelrod walked, but Sheehan again recorded the final two outs.
Cambino, Tonucci, Boni, Gambardella, and Jones each had two hits in the loss.
West Haven falls to Hand
Westies drop third in row
By MIKE MADERA
(April 12, 2019) - Knowing it was going to be in for a tough battle, the West Haven baseball team hoped to get off to a quick start Friday afternoon in Madison. Unfortunately for the Westies, that quick start did not occur.
Scoring twice in the first inning, Hand never looked back in a 8-2 victory over West Haven. With the loss, West Haven fell to 2-3 on the year, suffering its third straight defeat.
West Haven looked as if it would get off to a strong start as Dom Cambino led off the game with a single and Mike Tonucci worked a two-out walk, but the Westies could not capitalize. Hand took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the lead held as the Westies went down in order the next two innings.
West Haven cut the deficit in half in the fourth. Contreras led off with a single, moved to second on a ground out by Mike Tonucci, and scored on a single by Mike Boni after moving to third on an error.
The Tigers answered with two in the bottom of the fifth, before West Haven got within 4-2 in the sixth. Contreras opened with a single, stole second, and later scored when Boni grounded to second.
Contreras led the offense with two hits and two runs scored, while Boni drove in both runs.
Hamden tops Westies
Westies drop fourth in row
By MIKE MADERA
(April 16, 2019) - Looking to snap a three-game losing skid, the West Haven baseball team squared off against Hamden Tuesday afternoon in West Haven. Despite 10 hits on offense and a solid pitching performance by freshman Gianni Gambardella, West Haven dropped its fourth straight with a 5-2 loss against the Green Dragons at Piurek Field.
West Haven was led offensively by Dom Cambino, Juan Contreras and Hunter Axelrod as each had a pair of hits. On the mound, Gambardella, tossed a complete game, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, while striking out four.
Hamden took control of the game from the start, leading 2-0 in the first inning and 4-1 after three.
After squandering singles in the first by Contreras and in the second by Lorenzo Espinal, West Haven finally got on the board in the third after trailing 4-0.
Axelrod and Tyler Jones led off with singles, and Cambino followed with another single, but Axelrod was thrown out at third. Mike Tonucci followed with a single to center to score Jones, but that was all West Haven could muster n the inning.
After going down in order in the fourth, Cambino doubled with two outs in the fifth, but was left stranded.
Trailing 5-1 in the sixth, West Haven rallied once again. Contreras led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Chris Cavallaro and scored when Gambardella reached on an error.
Axelrod led off with a single in the seventh, but was left stranded as Hamden retired the next three hitters in a row.
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