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Darien Little League Action

The following is a recap of recent Darien Little League game action:

Baseball Majors:

Darien Sport Shop 7, Lawrence Funeral Home 2

The Darien Sport Shop (DSS) won its second game of the season against Lawrence Funeral Home, 7-2. For DSS, Shelby Grant had a stellar game, pitching three solid innings and contributing three hits, including his third home run of the season. Dillon Jones pitched three good innings to seal the victory. Max Grant (2B/3B) and JW Keever had two hits. Ollie Steeves, Dillon Jones and Max Gasvoda each contributed a hit. Shelby Grant made a couple of outstanding plays at shortstop, and Ollie Steeves was solid at second base. Peter Marren and Arthur Xanthos had standout performances behind the plate.

The Lawrence Funeral Home received solid pitching performances from Riley Marsh and Henry Nolte. Andrew Winch hit a triple, and Mark Maley singled. Andrew Crane was a defensive standout. Despite the loss, the Lawrence Funeral Home played a good game. The standout performances by both teams made this an entertaining game.

Dolcetti Inc. 13, Masonic Club 8

In an offensive display by both teams, Dolcetti outslugged Masonic, 13-8, in a Saturday contest at McGuane. Peter Guttuso pitched the first three innings for Dolcetti, recording five strikeouts while giving up two runs. Sean Mckay, Gianni Filippone, Cord Fox and Will Allam led the Dolcetti offensive attack while Tommy Kruech, Andrew Stueber, Scott Jonker, Nathan Hadlow and Peter Kniffen were impressive defensively. Aldo Stefanoni came on to record his first save in the majors. Masonic was led by the strong pitching and hitting of Ethan Ehlers and the outstanding overall play of Jack McCann, including catching. Zak Swetye showed a valiant effort on the mound in addition to timely hitting for Masonic, which was also led on offense by Timothy Luz, Cavan O'Brien and John Selkowitz. Nate Skolds was stellar defensively.

Lawrence Funeral Home 4, Dolcetti Inc. 3

The outcome was in the balance until the final out, as Lawrence edged Dolcetti, 4-3, in an exciting game. Lawrence got on the boards first in the home half of the second thanks to a two-out single by Mark Maley, driving in Andrew Crane and Riley Marsh. Harry Rayhill doubled for Lawrence in the third and scampered home two batters later to make it 3-0. What proved to be the decisive run came in the fourth, with Bobby Leonard singling and then reaching home on an error, making it 4-0.

Andrew Winsch pitched a perfect first four innings for Lawrence, helped by a nifty catch in center by David Kristol. But the Dolcetti bats came alive in the top of the fifth, battling back to make it 4-3.

Gianni Filippone led off with a blast to deep left that Lawrence fielders Spencer Hillman and Harrison Gill did well to limit to a double. One batter later, Dolcetti's Cord Fox unleashed a towering home run over the center field fence to make it 4-2. With two outs, Andrew Steuber matched Fox with a solo homer also clearing the center fence for 4-3. But Winsch got his ninth strikeout to end the frame.

Tommy Kreuch pitched splendidly in relief for Dolcetti, keeping his team within one run and recording his last six outs with strikeouts.

Harry Rayhill came on in relief in the sixth and picked up the save for Lawrence. Henry Nolte snared a liner to right, and a nifty cover of first by Rayhill ended the game and stranded a Dolcetti runner in scoring position.

St. Thomas More 3, Rings End 1

Pitching was the story in the St. Thomas More vs. Rings End game. Kevin Klarer was strong on the mound for STM, going six innings, striking out 10, giving up only two hits and walking none. Emmet Sheehan was great behind the plate, holding onto several strike-three tips for important outs.

For STM, Connor Gonzalez-Falla and Henry Adiletta continued their strong hitting and heads-up base running to account for all three of the team's runs. Mike Borecki had a well-timed single.

Strong plays in the field came from Drake Corrigan at short who grabbed a line drive; Carter Hollis at first had several scoops; and Tom Berisha at shortstop played well. Kevin Grunes' lightning speed in left field kept Rings End hits to doubles.

Rings End pitchers Brian Minicus, Elliot Doll and closer Richard Brereton were strong, combining for only four hits and striking out three. Richard Brereton hit a big double to the gap in left center field, followed by a hit to the right field gap by Nathaniel Pucci. The Rings End catchers Matt Arcamore and William Culliton caught two STM base stealers.

Baseball Minors:

Miceli Insurance 12, Kelly Associates  2

In what was really two games in one, Miceli Insurance triumphed 12-2 over a gritty Kelly Associates squad.  The Miceli bats stuck hard in the first two frames led by Justin Laughlin's two doubles, Ryan Eppley's two singles, Quenten Ehlers two singles and two runs scored, and then the big blast by Draper Faulkner who followed his first inning RBI single with a second inning moonshot for a grand slam home run.

Kelly Associates looked primed to answer back with two runs in the bottom of the first as Jamie Mitchell followed base hits by Max Burke  and John Parkhurst with an RBI double.  Braxton Reynolds drove in Nick Van Ingen who had singled but Miceli's Austin Hagander bore down on the mound and ended the threat and then followed by pitching two more scoreless innings.

Henry Brennan capped off the scoring for Miceli with and RBI double for his scond hit to drive in Hank (The RBI Guy) Thomas who added two of his own hits and a run batted in. At this point the game changed dramatically as Kelly's Everett Chung came in to toss 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball striking out four against just one hit and walk.  Excellent defense by both teams over the last three scoreless innings was evident highlighted by the arm of Matthew Brewer who threw out one runner at second from right field and caught one stealing as catcher.  Brian Seiter threw a scoreless inning in his first appearence on the mound for Miceli this season and Matthew Brewer closed out the game for a save with two more scoreless frames.

Griebs Pharmacy 7, Darien Doughnut 4

Griebs jumped out to an early lead that it never relinquished, beating Darien Doughnut, 7-4. Griebs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when leadoff hitter Jack Gordon singled, then stole second and third base, and scored on a single by cleanup hitter Jack Maley. Griebs extended its lead to 6-0 in the top of the second on RBI singles from Joey Strada and James Cherico to drive in Alexander Barnard (who later also doubled) and Cole Anderson, followed by two more RBI singles by Gordon and Maley.

Griebs maintained its lead with stellar pitching and near flawless defense. Gordon, the starting pitcher, gave up only one run with four strikeouts in his first two innings, with another out coming on a fine play by Anderson at second base. DD rallied for three more runs in the third inning with Tyler Sylvester (one stolen base) and John Locktefeld (two singles, one stolen base) scoring on a smash to the outfield by Brian Cicero. He rounded the bases and also scored on a close play at the plate when centerfielder Connor Zielinski rifled the ball to Barnard at catcher. Griebs, however, snuffed out the rally with another fine play, this time by second baseman Nick Giotis and a strikeout by relief pitcher David Castaldo. The hard-throwing Castaldo recorded three more strikeouts in the fourth inning, while DD reliever Charlie Magnotta pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five to keep the score at 6-4.

After Griebs added an insurance run in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 7-4, relief pitcher Jasper Richards closed out the victory, striking out three of the six batters he faced, with the other three outs coming on plays in the field by third baseman Matthew Alvarado, Maley at shortstop and the final put-out by Richards on the mound.

Nielsens Florist 8, Swimm Pools 7

After the exchanging the lead on a couple of occasions, Nielsen's Florist prevailed over Swimm Pools, 8-7. In securing its first win of the season, five players for Nielsen's Florist had RBIs. Ryan Darby delivered the big blow in the fourth inning with a base-loaded triple. Blake Cellar secured the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning by working out a walk in a multipitch at bat. Other RBIs were delivered by Timothy Cone, Robbie Gasserud and James Louis. James Louis and Enzo Amatruda contributed three solid innings of scoreless ball, and Timothy Cone anchored a solid defensive at first base.

For Swimm Pools, Alex McKay scored a pivotal run in the fourth. Spencer Smith had an RBI single and drove in a run. Timmy Egan scored twice and roped a double that brought in two more. Ethan Marsh also had a two RBI hit, and scored from second on an infield single. Nick Casciari and Quinn Galante each struck out four of the six batters they faced.

Fox Hill Builders 8, Merrill Lynch 7

Before the game, the players, coaches, umpires and parents observed a moment of silence for the recent death of William J. Koslo Jr., father of Merrill Lynch player, William Koslo III.

Fox Hill jumped to an early 2-0 lead with a single by Stephen Wood, a double by Henry Williams (four hits) and a bunt single by Paul Ridder (two hits). Merrill answered with some lumber of its own, with timely hits by Ethan Haas (three singles), Peter Gorman and William Dale. Early excitement came on Dale's frozen rope to deep left field that was relayed from Henry Steinthal to Sam Smith to the catcher for an out at home. Matthew Hedges also came up big by scoring two runs for Merrill.

Henry Steinthal and Paul Ridder made their pitching debuts for Fox Hill, with each loading the bases but pitching themselves out of jams. Merrill's ace pitcher, Peter Gorman, kept Fox Hill from inflicting any further damage and allowed only one run in three innings. Merrill clawed its way back to within a run, but Fox Hill closer Henry Williams faced the minimum of six batters in the last two innings to secure the win for Fox Hill.

Baseball AAA:

Sportography 10, Shippan Auto Body 9

In a hard-fought, back-and-forth, contest, Sportography prevailed over Shippan Auto Body, 10-9. For the home team, Sportography, pitchers Robbie Stewart, Calvin Smith (2 KOs), Carter George, Sean Gifford (3 KOs), and Colin Ruppenstein (two-out save) bent but did not break versus the Shippan batsmen. Aided by the sterling defense of Trevor McKay, Tyler Galante, Jackson Leone and Christopher Mancini, Sportography halted its opponent's rallies. Sportography's offense was driven by the patient work at the plate of Charlie Kerr and Jack Archie, and timely hitting by Galante, Ruppenstein (two-RBI double), Mancini (two-for-two), Stewart and Tommy McKay.

Trey Parisi lead the Shippan Auto Body offense, driving in seven runs with a single, home run and a triple. George Hult pitched and went two-for-two with two singles. Sluggers Rex Elwell, Henry Dale and Logan Reynolds all had hits. Charlie Callery played another great game in the field and helped Shippan get out of a few tough situations.

Conte Garbage & Recycling 3, Darien Patch 0

Led by spectacular pitching from Colin Adams and James Sealy, Conte Garbage & Recycling slipped past a good Darien Patch team, 3-0. Sealy led the Conte hitters by going four-for-four, hitting for the cycle. Good defense from the Darien Patch team kept the game close.

William Pitt Sothebys 13, My Tutor & Me 12

In a high-scoring affair, William Pitt Sothebys outslugged My Tutor to a 13-12 victory. Down four runs going in the last inning, WPS came up with five runs to take a one-run lead into the bottom of the inning. With the lead run for My Tutor on base and the tying run on third and only one out, Jack Sparks snagged a line drive and stepped on third to end the game.

Henry Sparkman and Derek Chiapetta led the attack for WPS with a combined four hits, five runs and four RBIs. Jackson Bell drove in four runs and scored while Henry Darby had two RBIs. Jack Lang, Ryan Smith and Luke Sini each contributed RBIs. Noah Dewbrey, Hendrik Gomez and Hunter Ross all scored.

Leading the way for My Tutor was slugger John Henry Slonieski, who was three-for-three with six RBIs, three of those coming on a home run in the first. Also having a three-for-three day was Sam Wilson, who added an RBI of his own, as did Grant Doherty and Frank Drugge. Ryan Kellogg and Drugge had two hits each. Jack Brown, Oliver Bolton, Emme Cooke, Cliff Blaze, John Michael Fallon and Max Berry also stroked singles for My Tutor.

Starting pitcher Doherty softened up the opposition for middle reliever Slonieski, who applied the heat and allowed only one run in 2 1/3 innings, followed by closer Wilson.

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