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Darien Little League Action

The following is a recap of recent Darien Little League game play.

Baseball Majors

Lawrence Funeral Home 4, Darien Police 2

In a close game, Lawrence Funeral Home edged Darien Police, 4-2, at McGuane. Lawrence Funeral Home scored one run in the first inning after Harrison Gill singled and Andrew Winsch doubled him home. Lawrence then scored two runs in the second, after singles by Bobby Leonard, Kevin Gruen and Henry Adiletta, to take a 3-0 lead. Police came back, scoring twice in the fourth inning after Jack Campbell reached on an error, Jack Farren slugged a triple and Chris Bilby singled. Jack Farren was strong in relief for the Police, while Harry Rayhill pitched shutout ball for Lawrence in the last two innings. Leonard's spear of a hard line drive by Jack Farren to deep right field ended the game on an exciting note.

Masonic Club 4, Darien Fire Department 3

Masonic downed the Darien Fire Department, 4-3, in a seesaw battle at McGuane Park on Tuesday. Cavan O'Brien drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to left. Masonic took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Nate Skolds. Darien Fire pitcher Nick Green shut down Masonic for the next three innings with power pitching. Darien Fire squeezed in two runs in the third on bold base running by Justin Jordan and Green. Masonic pitcher Will Enzor then shut the door. In the top of the sixth, Green stole home, giving Darien Fire a 3-2 lead. In the home half, Masonic batters Timmy Luz, Ethan Ehlers, and Zac Swetye all reached base, Luz scoring on Swetye's single. This set the stage for O'Brien's winning fly ball, scoring Ehlers. Patrick Burke pitched well for Darien Fire. Ehlers got the win for Masonic.

Kiwanis Club 10, Darien Sport Shop 8

Kiwanis Club overcame a 3-0 deficit early to win a thrilling 10-8 game over Darien Sport Shop in eight innings Saturday. Darien Sport Shop got off to a fast start as Dillon Jones and Max Gasvoda reached base safely to lead off the game. Then, the lightning-fast Shelby Grant knocked a rope down the first base line and legged it out for a three-run inside the park home run. After Sport Shop added another run in the second, Kiwanis fought back with three in the third behind back-to-back doubles by Justin Van de Graaf and Luke Leasure, knocking in Sean Gallagher, Nick Walter and Van de Graaf.  Kiwanis took the lead in the top of the sixth behind runs by Will Rooney, Joey McPartland and Jason Flynn.  Max Grant of Sport Shop scored the tying run in the bottom sixth. With two outs in the bottom of sixth, Nick Walter of Kiwanis made an incredible grab off a laser shot from JW Keever to send it into extra innings. Both teams traded a pair of runs in the seventh, sending the game into the eighth. Kiwanis added two more runs by Flynn and Sean Collins in the top of the inning. In the bottom, Sean Gallagher of Kiwanis came in to pitch with runners on the corners and closed it out to get the win.

Kiwanis got strong pitching from Leasure, Nick Walter, Justin Van de Graaf and Gallagher. Sport Shop hurlers included Aiden Connolly, Arthur Xanthos, Shelby Grant and Max Gasvoda.

Kiwanis Club 7, St. Thomas More 6

Kiwanis Club came from behind for the second game in a row to win a close, well-played 7-6 game against St. Thomas More. St. Thomas More got things going in the early innings to take a 6-0 lead behind great hitting from Connor Gonzalez Falla, Henry Adiletta, Kevin Klarer, Matt Smith, Drake Corrigan, Craig Triano and Emmet Sheehan. Gonzalez Falla pitched three outstanding shutout innings to start the game. In the fourth inning, Kiwanis started its comeback with a leadoff home run by Luke Leasure, his second of the season. Zach El-Tayyeb singled up the middle and later scored.  Will Rooney also scored to bring the game to 6-3. After El-Tayyeb blanked St. Thomas More in the fourth and fifth innings, Kiwanis tied it up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth behind runs scored by Jason Flynn, Justin Van de Graaf and Luke Leasure. Nick Walter pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Kiwanis. As dusk was settling over McGuane, Kiwanis won in the bottom of the sixth as Zak Swetye stole home for the winning run.

Lawrence Funeral Home 15, Darien Fire Department 11

In a back-and-forth game Sunday afternoon, Lawrence Funeral Home defeated Darien Fire Department, 15-11, in Majors Division play. Lawrence jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the strong pitching of Andrew Winsch only to see Darien Fire roar back to take a 9-4 lead. However, Lawrence staged a late comeback rally in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory.

Riley Marsh was the winning pitcher in relief and also contributed on offense with a triple and an RBI.  Other offensive leaders for Lawrence included Andrew Winsch, who had a triple, single and RBI; Harry Rayhill hit a long double and knocked in the go-ahead runs with a two-run single; Mitchell Pryor hit a screaming triple to right and stole two bases; and Andrew Crane and David Kristof had two hits each. The Lawrence defense was led by the stellar catching of Jaime Kellogg, which included a throw out at home. Fine glove play was also on display by Mark Maley, Henry Nolte and Bobby Leonard.

For Darien Fire, Nick Green and Justin Jordan had multiple hits, while Brad Morgan kept them in the game by pitching effectively for more than three innings. Darien Fire's defense was led by the Burke brothers, Colin at first base and Patrick behind the plate.

Baseball Minors:

Fox Hill Builders 11, Daigle & Travers Insurance

Fox Hill Builders defeated Daigle & Travers Insurance, 11-5. Daigle loaded the bases in the first inning with booming hits by Nolan Crosby and Duncan MacLear and a key walk by Justin Canelli. But Fox Hill negated the run with splendid defense by pitcher Christian Pllumbi, who threw to home to get the force out. Early offense for Fox Hill came off the bat of Henry Williams, who hit a scorcher to deep center field knocking in two runs. Daigle pitcher, Charlie Baylis kept the game close and Daigle batters continued to pound the ball with two doubles off the bat of Ryan Sullivan. Fox Hill middle relief pitchers Sam Smith and Reilly Warble kept the Daigle bats quiet until the top of the sixth when Alex Brode hit a single and Duncan MacLear hit a bases clearing triple. As darkness loomed and Daigle continued to reach base, Fox Hill called on their closer, Jack Sullivan, to record the final out of the game.

Palmers Market 11, Kelly Associates 5

Palmers Market edged Kelly Associates in an exciting game featuring great pitching, hitting and amazing defense. Shane Ford set the tone for Palmers with a leadoff single (finished four-for-four with two doubles and two RBIs) and then scoring off a single from Connor Fay. Kelly Associates leadoff hitter Everett Chung responded scoring on a sacrifice by Braxton Reynolds (two-for-four with a double and three RBIs). Palmers added three with a triple from Tommy Ropp, a single from Alex von Jena and nice base running from Tyler Stimpson. However, Kelly kept it close as Max Burke was driven home by Reynolds and great defensive plays by Jack Neafsey, Reynolds and Chung on hard hit balls by Josh Ageloff and Ricky Howard kept Palmers off the board in the fourth. Palmers broke the game open in the fifth behind a home run from Dylan Buckner, a triple from Fay, a double from Connor Percarpio and singles by Howard, Ropp and Jake Talucci and a hard hit ball by Will Ageloff. Kelly threatened in the final inning scoring three as Chung and Parkhurst picked up RBIs before the rally was ended by nice plays from Howard and Ford. From the mound for Kelly, Chung, Parkhurst and Reynolds pitched well, giving up only four walks in six innings. For Palmers, Talucci, Ropp, von Jena, Howard and Buckner scattered 4 hits over six.

Fox Hill Builders 10 Darien Doughnu t

On the first weekend of little league baseball, the Fox Hill Builders defeated Darien Doughnuts, 10- 4. FHB scored first with a Stephen Wood two out single that drove in two runs. Additional offense came later in the game from Luke Stahl who worked out a walk and survived a pitch to his helmet and scored both times. Christian Pllumbi also got a hit and turned in some nifty defense with two put outs at first base. Henry Williams dominated the pitcher's mound by throwing three scoreless innings. Parker McLane and Brian Cicero both had base hits and scored runs for the Donuts. Charlie Magnotta had an RBI single. But the Fox Hill relief pitchers, Sam Smith, Dylan Fram and Jack Sullivan held the Donuts bats in check to secure the win.

Baseball AAA:

Jakes Place 6, Conte Garbage & Recycling 5

Jake's Place outlasted Conte Garbage and Recycling, 6-5, on Tuesday evening. Ted Roberts stood out for Jake's on the offensive side going two-for-three with two RBIs. Connor Martin also went two-for-three, driving in one run, and Ian Brown and Max Sharp also drove in one run each. Alec Stephens started Jake's off on the right foot, striking out six in his two innings.

James Sealy scored one run and had two hits for Conte Garbage & Recycling and pitched two strong innings, with Alex Oh pitching two strong innings as well. Conte Garbage made a push in the final inning, scoring one run, but stranding the tying run on third when Aaron Sears struck out two of the final three batters he faced.

Jakes Place 6, Darien Stop & Shop 1

Jake's Place defeated Darien Stop & Shop, 6-1, on Saturday behind some good team hitting and strong pitching. Alec Stephens led the way going three-for-three, with three RBIs and two runs scored. Connor Martin was one-for-three with an RBI single, and Eamonn Redmond was brilliant on the mound, allowing one hit over two innings, while striking out five batters, also contributing an RBI on the offensive side.

Some strong plays in the field were turned in by Colby Powers who stopped a couple of rallies put together by Jake's, with Louis Messina striking out two over his two innings of work.  Truman Wismar hit a hard line drive, where he was held to a single by some good outfield work by Aaron Sears.  Max Hewitt hit the ball hard for Stop & Shop as well.

Baseball Babe Ruth 14-15 year-olds

Darien Equinox 4, Baywater 2

Darien Equinox 14-15 team defeated Baywater 4-2 behind the stellar pitching of Conor Davey, Matthew Coe and Quinn Rudner. The three pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter (Jimmy Stone, Andrew Boe and Anthony DiMeglio), while allowing only six base runners in total. Equinox received all the offense it would need with hits by Colin Sullivan, Dan Murphy, Jimmy McKee and Cooper Drippe. Griffin Ross, Jonas von Schmidt, Mason Propper and Riggs McDermott came up with outstanding fielding plays, including a double play to keep Baywater off the board.

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