WEST HAVEN LITTLE LEAGUE
July 18, 2016
The West Haven 11-12-year-old District All-Star team was hoping the third time reaching the district finals as a group would be the charm. Unfortunately, the Westies suffered the same fate for the third straight season.
After thumping Annex in the semifinals, the Westies looked to avenge an earlier loss in the tournament to Milford in the finals.
Mark Lombardi and his Milford teammates knew it was going to take a solid effort on the offensive end if Milford was going to advance to the sectionals of the Little League tournament.
Lombardi more than held up his end of the bargain.
Banging around five hits, including a pair of doubles, and driving in a pair of runs, Lombardi led his team to a 16-11 victory over West Haven in the District 4 final at Edward C. Wall Field in Northford Saturday afternoon.
“We knew they had a really good pitcher (Steve Baker),” Lombardi said. “We knew they hit home runs and their pitching is really good. We wanted to match them.”
Trailing 5-3 in the third inning, Milford National sent 14 batters to the plate against West Haven starting pitcher Steve Baker. Milford used nine hits and took advantage of a pair of West Haven errors to score 11 runs and take control of the game.
“I did not expect that," West Haven coach Chris Jones said of Milford’s big inning. “They just hit everything we threw. They put the ball in play. They hit the ball well.”
Trailing by two runs after West Haven’s Dylan Supan hit a 3-run homer and Tyler Jones singled to score Greg Baker in the second, Milford exploded in the third.
Milford’s Justin Judge doubled to score Jack Phelan with the first run of the inning, and Nathan Haase drilled a long two-run homer to left to give Milford a 6-5 advantage. Lombardi doubled to drive in another run, and Trevor Knotwell singled to score Lombardi and Zach Werthman
Judge continued his big inning when his single scored two more, and Jaden Wywoda singled to score Judge. Brian Felag capped the inning with a two-run homer for a 14-5 lead.
“That’s the way we have been hitting,” Milford National coach Mark Lombardi said. “The whole team has been doing that the whole tournament. In two games, we hit four home runs. The kids hit the ball.
“If you asked me five years ago if Milford National would win a District title, I would not have ever imagined that. I have been with this team since they were 10. We are just taking it one game at a time.”
Judge retired the Westies without a run in the third, and Milford tacked on two more runs in the fourth when Lombardi doubled to score a run and Judge reached on an error to score another.
With a chance to end the game in the fourth inning via the mercy rule, Milford watched as a resilient West Haven team fought back against Haase in the bottom of the inning.
Down to its last out, West Haven prolonged the game when Greg Baker led off with a homer and Nick Hunkele singled with two outs to score Jones to cut the deficit to 16-7.
West Haven, which has lost in the District finals three straight years, made the game interesting with four runs in the fifth to get within 16-11.
Anthony Velez led off with a walk, Christian Scanlon singled and Greg Baker was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jones followed with his fourth hit of the game, a double to left, to score Velez and Scanlon, getting West Haven within 16-9.
Steve Baker’s grounder to short scored Greg Baker, and Daniel Izzo singled to center to score Jones, getting the Westies within 16-11. Werthman relieved and got the final two outs of the inning to preserve the lead.
“We never quit,” Chris Jones said. “We were down eleven and down to our last out. Nick Hunkele had a big hit. A couple of kids had big hits. We needed a couple more. I love these guys. They are a great bunch of kids.”
Milford coach Mark Lombardi was impressed with West Haven’s resiliency.
“West Haven put up a battle,” coach Lombardi said. “We knew they were not going to give up. I am very happy with the way the game went. Chris (Jones) is an awesome coach. We let the kids battle it out. They are a tough team.”
Judge finished with three hits and three runs batted in for Milford, while Wywoda had two hits and two runs batted in, and Felag added two hits and three runs batted in.
Jones drove in four runs and Supan knocked in three for the Westies.
West Haven advanced to the finals when it defeated Annex 19-0 in the District 4 semifinals in Orange last Thursday evening.
While the Westies lost to Orange the past two seasons, they got an opportunity to claim the title if they could have avenged an opening loss to Milford to start the tournament.
“I think it was a wakeup call for us,” Chris Jones said of the first loss to Milford. “I think maybe we came into that game a little too confident. It was a smack in the face. I think it may have been the best thing to happen to us.”
Despite starting over an hour late due to a rain delay in the first semifinal, Thursday evening’s thumping of Orange saw West Haven pound 12 hits, including five home runs. Greg Baker hit a pair of homers and finished with five runs batted in, Izzo hit a grand slam, and Joe Santos and Matteao Petruzziello each hit a pair of three-run homers.
“Since the Branford game, we have been hitting three or four home runs a game,” Jones said. “I did not expect it, but I am not surprised.”
Annex, which pulled off the upset of Orange in the quarterfinals, had no answer for the West Haven attack. Not only did the Westies finish with double digits in hits, they took advantage of four Annex errors.
Greg Baker relieved his brother with one out in the third and kept Annex without a run. The Baker brothers combined on a three-hitter, striking out six.
“It is nice to get a win like this,” Chris Jones said. “It is nice to get all the kids in and get some at bats. Steve Baker can also come back and pitch Saturday. Tonight could not have worked out any better for us.”
The West Haven 12U Seabreeze team advanced to the tournament playoffs before falling to Annex this weekend
West Haven beat North Haven Thursday evening by a score of 13-1 to finish 5-2 and in third place. The Westies were led by Damon Pascareta, with a home run, single and three runs batted in. Damian Gazzaneo also hit well with a single, double and three runs batted in.
The Westies opened the playoff portion of the tournament against Annex, losing 5-3. West Haven’s offense was led by Joe Hawkins, who had two hits and one run batted in.
Eight other players also had hits.
The pitching was led by Jake Romano, who tossed a strong four innings on the hill.
The West Haven 10U Seabreeze team lost in the finals of the Seabreeze tournament this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Westies defeated top-seeded Orange 8-5 to advance to the finals of the 2016 Milford Seabreeze Tournament.
Brady Price's bases-loaded triple sparked a 5-run first inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. Zach Forbes earned the victory and Price threw 2 1/3 shutout innings in relief.
Offensively, Gabe Santarcangelo, Thomas Porto and Price all had two hit in the team victory.
On Sunday, the Westies played Milford National in the championship game at Ralph Clarkson Field in Milford. West Haven played hard, but fell to a tough Milford team, 10-0.
Jeanero King pitched three strong innings, and had four runs batted in for the champions.
July 11, 2016
The West Haven 12-year-old District All-Star team went 4-0 this week and advanced to the crossover playoffs.
After losing the opener of the tournament, West Haven topped Branford 4-1. Relying on its pitching to get the team going, West Haven watched as Steve Baker pitched a great game to help the Westies pick up their first victory of the tournament.
Offensively, the Westies received clutch hitting and were led by Dan Izzo, who finished with two hits.
West Haven’s bats then got going as the Westies won the next three games in impressive fashion, each ending due to the mercy rule.
The offensive explosion started against North Branford, as the Westies posted a 24-1 victory.
Izzo had a career day, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in. Greg Baker also went 4-for-4 and added one homer.
Pitcher Gianni Gambardella was stellar on the mound as he shut down the North Branford bats.
West Haven followed with a 15-4 thumping over Annex. Christian Scanlon led the offense with four hits, Greg Baker added three hits, including a home run, and Steve Baker also homered.
With the Westies up by eight runs, Tyler Jones hit a 3-run homer to end the contest due to the mercy rule.
West Haven again received solid pitching as Steve Baker pitched well for the win.
In the final game of bracket play, West Haven beat Hamden 12-2.
Gambardella continued the solid pitching trend as he pitched well again for the win.
Scanlon led the offense with three hits and Steve Baker added another home run.
West Haven was up 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Dylan Supan belted a 3-run homer to cap the game due to the mercy rule.
The 12-year-old team begins the single elimination play Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. against East Haven at Morse Park.
The West Haven 12U Seabreeze team won all three games this week, using a high-powered offense to advance to the single elimination round.
On Saturday, West Haven received solid pitching and timely hitting in a 13-3 victory over Cheshire.
Tyler DeSanty led the offense with his first ever home run, and Joe Hawkins added a pair of homers.
Jake Romano was the beneficiary of the offensive attack as his solid pitching helped lead the Westies to the win. Anthony Peschell also pitched well in the victory.
Hawkins continued his offensive display on Sunday, adding another home run, as the Westies came from behind to post an 11-10 win over Branford.
The Westies trailed by five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and rallied for six runs to post the victory. Thomas Parisi hit a two-run single to win the game for the Westies.
West Haven again won in dramatic fashion Monday evening with a 13-12 walk-off decision over Guilford. In a total team effort, Hawkins doubled in the bottom of the sixth to score Joe D’Aurio with the winning run.
With the win, the Westies improved to 4-1 and are tied for first place with two games remaining. The Westies play Annex in West Haven Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and at North Haven Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
The West Haven 10U All-Star team was eliminated from post season play with three tough losses this week.
The Westies opened the week with a 7-2 loss against East Haven at Morse Park. Trailing 2-0, West Haven tied the game with singles runs in the second and third innings.
Anthony Constantinople, who pitched well in defeat and had two hits in the game, started the second inning rally with a single, Mikey Madera walked and Will Panza reached on an error to load the bases. Constantinople scored on an error to get the Westies within 2-1.
The Westies evened the game in the third when Haygen Axelrod, who had two hits, reached on an error, Constantinople singled and Axelrod scored on an error on the play.
East Haven pulled away with three runs in the third and single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Westies had one final rally in the sixth, but doubles by Axelrod and Madera failed to produce a run.
West Haven saw a late rally in Branford fall short Sunday afternoon as Branford posted a 15-12 victory.
The Westies scored twice in the first when Evan Jones doubled and scored on Constantinople’s single. Axelrod, who reached on an error, then scored the second run on a sacrifice fly by Chase Supan.
Branford scored nine unanswered runs and took a 12-2 lead in the third before the Westies rallied to get within 12-7.
Axelrod opened with a single, Constantinople was hit by a pitch, Supan walked to load the bases and Panza walked to score Axelrod. With one out, K.J. Harp, who had three hits, singled to score Cam Larka, Jesse Buonocore grounded to second to score Axelrod, and after Madera walked to load the bases, Panza drove in Jones, and Harp scored on an error.
Branford added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, before the Westies rallied in the sixth.
Constantinople and Supan walked to open the inning and Panza singled to load the bases. Jayden Spreyer walked to score Constantinople, and Buonocore followed with a one-out double to right to score two more. Madera’s ground out scored Buonocore, but the Westies got no closer.
West Haven concluded the tournament with a 13-5 loss against top-seeded Milford.
The Westies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Buonocore reached on an error to score Jones, and Larka stole home.
Trailing 4-2, West Haven got a run back in the second when Cam Cruz walked and Jones singled to center. With two outs, Jones scored on a wild pitch to get the Westies within 4-3.
With Milford leading 8-3, the Westies scored twice in the third to get within 8-5. Supan stole home as part of a double steal and Larka singled to right to score Constantinople.
Jones, Supan and Panza each had two hits in the game.
The West Haven 10U Seabreeze team played a pair of close contests this past week, splitting the two games.
The Westies opened the week with a 9-8 loss in eight innings against Orange.
West Haven was down 7-3 early in the game, but fought back to tie the game with four runs in the top of the third.
Thomas Porto stole home with two outs in the top of the sixth to tie the score, and Brady Price pitched well in relief to send the game into extra innings.
Orange, however, pulled out the nail-biter victory in the bottom of the eighth.
Preston Markham pitched five strong innings in the loss.
The Westies rebounded on Sunday with a 14-12 road victory over Hamden.
West Haven jumped out to a 13-4 lead with nine runs in the top of the fourth inning. Hamden answered with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game close and had the tying run on second and the winning run on first with no outs in the sixth, but pitcher Dylan Agvent got a strikeout, caught a hard line drive back to the mound, and got a soft ground ball to second base for the final out to preserve the victory.
Offensively, Ray Gilbert, Price and Porto were strong for West Haven.
July 4, 2016
The West Haven 12- year-old District All-Star team fell to Milford National 6-5 in the opener of the All-Star tournament this past Saturday in Milford.
Steven Baker started on the mound and pitched well into the sixth inning. Milford scored three runs in the sixth to complete the comeback win.
Greg Baker led the offense with three solo home runs.
In a game which was tight throughout, Greg Baker homered in the second to give the Westies a 2-1 lead. Milford took a 3-2 lead, before Greg Baker’s second homer tied the game at three in the bottom of the fourth.
After Milford scored three in the sixth, Greg Baker’s third homer of the game had the Westies within 6-5 in the bottom of the inning.
West Haven put the tying run on third with one out and then had runners on the corners, but Milford escaped the jam and posted the victory.
The Westies return to action Tuesday in West Haven at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., also in West Haven. The Westies travel to the Annex Friday at 5:30 p.m. and play at West Haven Saturday at 3 p.m.
The West Haven 12U Seabreeze team opened tournament play with a 23-9 win over Orange on Saturday at Morse Park in West Haven.
The Westies had a total of 12 hits in the game, including a grand slam from Joe D'Aurio.
Damon Pascareta and John Lindsay held Orange to just 4 hits.
The Westies return to action Wednesday at Milford National at 6 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m. in West Haven, Saturday at Cheshire at 11 a.m., and Sunday at noon in West Haven.
The West Haven 10-year-old District All-Star team opened the All-Star tournament with a 9-4 victory over North Branford in North Branford Saturday afternoon.
Anthony Constantinople pitched well for West Haven, tossing 4-plus solid innings, allowing just two earned runs.
Constantinople was helped defensively by the play of Camden Larka in left and Mikey Madera in center with two putouts apiece, Jayden Spreyer in right, and Jesse Buonocore and K.J. Harp in the infield. Evan Jones played a superb game behind the plate.
West Haven jumped on North Branford quickly, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Constantinople gave the Westies a 2-0 lead with a two-run single, and Cam Cruz walked to force in another run for a 3-0 lead.
After North Branford evened the game, West Haven took the lead for good with four runs in the third.
Cruz gave West Haven a 4-3 lead when his single scored Madera, who reached on a one-out single. Larka’s two-out double scored Cruz, and Jones followed with a two-run single to score Larka and Chase Supan for a 7-3 lead.
The Westies increased the lead to 9-3 in the fifth when Haygen Axelrod singled to score Supan, and Will Panza singled to score Axelrod.
Madera finished with three hits in the win, while Jones and Axelrod each had a pair of hits. Axelrod and Supan also scored twice, while Harp walked three times.
The Westies return to action Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in West Haven, Saturday at noon in West Haven and Sunday at noon in Branford.
The West Haven 10U Seabreeze team opened tournament play with a 19-8 victory over East Haven at Morse Park in West Haven Saturday morning.
Zach Forbes started on the mound for the Westies, pitching well before Brady Price came on to relieve. Dylan Agvent closed out the West Haven victory.
Ray Gilbert caught the whole game for West Haven, throwing out a couple of East Haven runners. Thomas Porto ended game with great throw to get force out at second.
Forbes gave up four runs in the top of the first, but then settled in to earn the win. Forbes pitched three innings with seven strikeouts. Price and Agvent also pitched well in the victory.
The team had a strong game offensively scattering 17 hits. Porto and Javar Smith led the way, both going 3-for-4.
Porto had a triple and scored three runs, and Smith added a double and also scored three runs.
The Westies return to action Thursday evening at 6 p,m, in West Haven, Saturday morning at 9 a,m, in West Haven and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in Hamden,
The West Haven softball 10-year-old District team opens play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in West Haven, then plays Thursday evening at Annex at 5:30 p.m. The Westies will travel to Milford next Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.
(L. to R.) Chase Supan, Mikey Madera, Cam Larka
June 14, 2016
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 12U baseball team had a pair of playoff games this past week in New Haven.
In the quarterfinal game, the Sea Dogs defeated the third-seeded CT Warhawks 8-1.
Steve Baker was the winning pitcher, going the complete game with nine strikeouts. Christian Scanlon had two hits to lead a balanced offensive attack.
In the semifinal game, the Sea Dogs lost a tough 1-0 game in extra innings to the eventual league champions and second-seeded CT Rebels.
Greg Baker pitched seven innings, not allowing a run and striking out seven. The offense was led by Steve Baker, Greg Baker, Joe Santos, Dylan Supan, Mattaeo Petruziello and Gianni Gambardella with one hit apiece.
The Sea Dogs concluded the spring portion of their season with an overall very respectful 11-10 record against a very talented group of statewide teams. The coaching staff was very happy working with this group of young men and hope to see them for the fall season.
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 10U baseball team wrapped up its season with a tough playoff loss to the Cracker Jacks Friday evening.
The game was close throughout and tied at two until the Cracker Jacks scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Anthony Constantinople pitched a great game and just missed a home run by inches. Chase Supan and Haygen Axelrod also led the offense.
This was the first AAU season for this group and they hope to continue in the fall.
The coaching staff enjoyed working with these boys and would like to thank all the families and our friends for their support this season.
June 7, 2016
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 12U travel baseball team split two games in a rain-shortened week of baseball action this past week.
In the first game of the week, the Sea Dogs were easily defeated 14-2 by the Connecticut Rebels. Tyler Jones and Joe Santos had two hits apiece to lead the Sea Dog offense.
In the next game, the Sea Dogs overcame a five-run deficit and defeated the Connecticut Edge 12-6.The offense was aided by Jones, Santos, Brandon Thayer and Dylan Supan.
Steve Baker and Greg Baker combined on four scoreless innings of relief pitching on the mound.
The Seadogs will now play in the East Shore Travel League single elimination playoffs on Friday Night at the Annex against an opponent to be determined.
The Sea Dogs finished the regular Season 10-9 in the Elite II tier division.
The 10U Savin Rock Sea Dogs travel baseball team went 0-2-1 over the weekend. On Friday, the team lost 11-4 to a very good Westport team, which improved to 14-1.
On Sunday, the Sea Dogs lost the first game of a doubleheader and tied the second game against the Cracker Jacks to wrap up the regular season.
Jesse Buonocore, Chase Supan and Mikey Madera led the offense over the weekend. Supan and Haygen Axelrod pitched well for the team. Cam Cruz, Evan Jones and Jayden Spreyer all played well defensively.
The 10U team plays its first round playoff game Friday at 6 p.m. against the Cracker Jacks at Dom Aitro Field.
May 30, 2016
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 12U travel baseball team played a three-game series against the Connecticut Wolfpack this past week.
The Sea Dogs squandered an eight-run lead and lost the first game by the score of 12-8. Christian Scanlon's two hits and a Gregory Baker triple led the offense for the Sea Dogs
The Sea Dogs bounced back in the second game with a 7-3 win in extra innings. Steven Baker was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings and striking out eight. Scanlon and Matteao Petruzziello led the offense with one home run each.
Savin Rock lost the third game 7-5. Steven Baker hit two homers and Greg Baker hit one to lead the offense. The homers, along with clutch hits by Rafael Martinez and Dylan Supan, were the offensive highlights for the Sea Dogs.
The Sea Dogs will play the Connecticut Rebels Wednesday Night and will also play a doubleheader Sunday afternoon against the Connecticut Warhawks. All three games will be played at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford.
The Sea Dogs’ current record is 9-8.
The 10U Savin Rock Sea Dogs lost four tough games this weekend. In the hard fought battles, Anthony Constantinople pitched very well over the weekend. Jayden Spreyer, K.J. Harp and Haygen Axelrod also contributed strong innings on the mound.
Ray Gilbert was solid behind the plate with several putouts at home. Cameron Cruz and Evan Jones were solid up the middle and Mikey Madera controlled the outfield.
The offense was led by Jesse Buonocore, who had an inside the park home run as well as several more hits. Camden Larka, Aidan Falanga and Chase Supan all contributed offensively.
The Sea Dogs wrap up their regular season with doubleheaders Friday in Westport and Sunday at Dom Aitro Field in New Haven.
May 23, 2016
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 12U baseball team went 2-2 in four games of play last week.
The Sea Dogs started the week with a 15-2 loss to the Hamden Yard Dogs. Christian Scanlon, Tyler Jones and Steve Baker paced the Sea Dogs offense with one hit apiece.
The Sea Dogs then won a thrilling 6-5 contest over the Westport Wreckers. Gianni Gambardella had two hits and also was the winning pitcher in relief.
Dylan Supan's walk-off base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning secured the win.
The Sea Dogs traveled to Monroe to play the Mustangs on Sunday.
The Sea Dogs won an exciting first game, 3-2. Steve Baker was the winning pitcher, going the distance and striking out 10 Mustangs. Mattaeo Petruzziello supplied an important run-scoring single for the Sea Dogs.
The second game was a 9-4 Mustangs victory. Greg Baker's 3-run homer and Supan's three innings on the mound, allowing only two runs, were the highlights in the loss for the Sea Dogs.
The Sea Dogs are on the road Friday at 6 p.m. against the Connecticut Wolfpack at East Shore Field, and Sunday at 2 p.m. also against the Connecticut Wolfpack at Annex Field.
The Sea Dogs are now 8-6 on the year.
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 10 U baseball team ran into an undefeated Trumbull team Friday night losing 15-5. The Sea Dogs jumped to an early lead, but could not hold off the 13-0 Trumbull team. K.J. Harp led the Dogs with two hits.
On Sunday, the Sea Dogs played two very exciting games against the Clubhouse from Fairfield. In both ends of the doubleheader, the Sea Dogs rallied to score four runs in the final frame, but the rallies came up just short in each game, losing 8-7 and 10-8.
The offense was led by Anthony Constantinople and Evan Jones with three hits apiece on the day. Mikey Madera, Aidan Falanga, Ray Gilbert and Camden Larka contributed two hits each. Haygen Axelrod and Chase Supan pitched well in the losses.
The 10U team plays the Connecticut Angels Friday at Dom Aitro Field at 6 p.m. The Sea Dogs will meet the Technique Tigers Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the North End Little League complex.
May 16, 2016
The Savin Rock Sea Dogs 12U baseball Team had a very busy week, playing six games against top-rated Teams from the East Shore Travel League. The Sea Dogs won two of six games and saw their record move to 6-4.
The week started off with a doubleheader loss to the CT Grind by the scores of 7-4 and 10-3. Steve Baker led the Sea Dogs with three hits in the two games.
Next up was another doubleheader loss to the Hamden Yard Dogs by the scores of 5-4 and 12-7. Tyler Jones had three hits and Gianni Gambardella added two hits to lead the offense for the Sea Dogs in the two games.
The week ended with a doubleheader win for the Sea Dogs against the first place and undefeated CT Rebels by the scores of 4-0 and 12-11. Steve Baker pitched a shutout in the opening win with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Greg Baker homered and Brandon Thayer added two hits for the offensive highlights for the Sea Dogs in the second game.
Another challenging week stands ahead for the Sea Dogs with games Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. against the Hamden Yard Dogs, and Friday at 8 p.m. against the Westport Wreckers. Both games will be played at the CT Sportsplex in North Branford. The week caps off with a tough doubleheader on the road against the Monroe Mustangs.
The 10U Sea Dogs ran into a tough Westport American team Sunday afternoon in Westport. The undefeated and first place Westport team won both ends of the doubleheader.
Chase Supan pitched well in the first game, but the team came up short in an 8-3 loss. Westport then took the second game 14-4.
The offense was led by Anthony Constantinople, Aidan Falanga, Cameron Cruz and Supan. The Sea Dogs got some great defensive help from Cruz, Evan Jones, Camden Larka and Mikey Madera.
This weekend the 10U team plays in Trumbull Friday night, and a doubleheader against the Clubhouse at the CT Sportsplex Sunday at noon.
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Chris Jones (l.) and Tyler Jones (r.) of the champion Cubs.