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Darien Little League Action

The following are recaps of recent Darien Little League games:

Baseball Majors:

Rings End 11, Noroton Heights Fire Department 0

Though the Rings End offense exploded in an 11-0 victory over Noroton Heights Fire Department, the story of the night was pitcher Dylan Neal.  Neal twirled a 63-pitch, complete game masterpiece keeping the league-leading Noroton Heights line-up off balance all night and allowing just one hit and no walks while recording fivestrikeouts.  Neal faced just the minimum three batters in every inning except the second, marred only by a base hit from NHFD’s powerful clean-up hitter Justin Plank.

For Rings End, Nathaniel Pucci, Eliot Doll and Matt Arcamone had two hits apiece, Pucci and Richard Brereton both scored twice, and Harrison Kadish and Kurt Voges both added timely runs.  Neal also drove in two to help his own cause.  Voges flashed some leather in the third inning to stamp out a possible NHFD rally, snaring a line drive smash off the bat of Scott Walter and assisting on a nifty putout moments later.

Thomas More 14, Brown Thayer Shedd 12

St. Thomas More and Brown Thayer Shedd were locked in a see-saw battle Sunday afternoon.

BTS jumped out to a 1 run lead on the first of three home runs by Casey Brown (4 for 4).  STM answered in the bottom of the first with a leadoff single by Connor Gonzalez-Fall (4 for 4) who eventually stole home.   BTS scored four in the top of the second off of hits by Jonathan Stimpson, Oliver Williams and Connor Brown.

Going into the 6th inning tied, Casey Brown hit his third and farthest home run of the game to give BTS the lead going into the bottom of the sixth.  Gonzalez-Falla started the rally with his fourthsingle of the game, followed by a double by Henry Adiletta. Kevin Klarer hit his first home run of the season for a walk off three-run homer to end the game.

On the mound for STM, Connor Gonzalez-Falla, pitched four strong innings followed by closer Emmet Sheehan.  Owen McKessy continues to be solid behind the plate.  Adding to the STM offense were hits by Matt Smith (2 for 3), Carter Hollis (1B), Kevin Grune (1B), Tom Berisha (3 for 4).

On the mound for BTS Casey Brown, Ryan Jones, Jonathan Stimpson and Zach Dimonekas all pitched well.

St. Thomas More 9, Dolcetti Inc. 6

St. Thomas more combined strong offense and strong defense to beat a tough Dolcetti's team.  St. Thomas More jumped out to a quick three run lead in the first off of hits by Connor Gonzalez-Falla (1B) and Kevin Klarer (2B).  Dolcetti's answered with fiveruns of their own in the bottom of the 5th hits by Will Allam and a 3 run Home Run by Andrew Steuber.

STM did not stay down for long a second inning rally was started with the lead off single by Will Pegler, followed by timely walks by Nick Santomassi and Gonzalez-Falla.  Henry Adiletta hit a two rbi double to tie the game and then scored on the double by Klarer (3 for 4).  The strong Pitching of Carter Hollis, Klarer and Gonzalez-Falla were able to hold the tough Dolcetti bats to only one additional run in the game.  The STM pitchers allowed only walk in the game.  Drake Corrigan in center field made a key catch of an Allam ball driven to centerfield in the 6th to stop a Dolcetti rally.

Owen McKessy was strong behind the plate going all six innings, while Matt Smith was strong at 1st and second base.

In addition to the Steuber home run, Dolectti had two hits from Zach Swetye,  a hit from Will Allam, who also pitched a great game.

Baseball Minors:

Miceli Insurance 10, BMW of Darien 9

A very close  contest between BMW and Miceli insurance did not start out that way.  BMW's hitters came out smoking with five first inning runs capped by a tremendous blast by Charlie Zuro (unstoppable with three RBI and two runs scored)  with a bases loaded triple scoring Forrest Lazzara and Alex Klarer who would later each score again.  Miceli was able to cut the deficit as Ryan Eppley (two hits on the day), scored on the front end of a two run double by Matthew Brewer.

BMW extended thier lead to 8-3 in the third when speed demon Max Johns beat out an infield hit driving in another run.  Jared Lopiano was robbed of a hit when his hard hit ball was grabbed by Brian Seiter, however Lopiano did pick up an RBI on the fielder's choice.  Miceli's batters struggled back to tie the score on Jack Whittier's bases loaded walk and run scoring hits  by Ryan Eppley and Quenten Ehlers.  A tremendous catch by Jeb Rooney (who also made a sensational stop earlier at second base) in centerfield ended the threat.

Not to be out done, BMW retook the lead  in the fourth, but Miceli pitchers Christian Pizzarelli and Draper Faulkner managed to bear down and hold the game to a one run deficit. A spectacular diving stop at third base by Kenneth Klarer saved extra bases and looked to end another Miceli threat.  However, with Miceli trailing by one, Austin Hagander singled in Matthew Brewer to tie the score, then stole two bases and scored the game winner on Justin Laughlin's sacrifice fly to right field for a 10-9 final and a Miceli victory.

Nielsens Florist 7, Fox Hill Builders 7

Strong starting pitching by Fox Hill's Henry Williams limited Nielsens early in the game, but Nielsens offense came alive by scoring seven runs over the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings.  Leading Nielsens offensive charge were Matt Stone, Ryan Darby and Robbie Gaaserud.  Matt was was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Ryan knocked in two RBIs and Robbie laced a double to right with a RBI and a run scored.  Nielsens stingy defense was anchored by Timothy Cone's continued strong play at First Base.

For Fox Hill Builders Henry Steinthal had an MVP day with a 2 RBI single and a game saving catch on a diving line drive hit by James Louis to end the game in a tie. Camilo Orozco made two stellar defensive plays in the field. Reilly Warble hit a long double and pitched well allowing no runs in two innings.

Viking Global 7, Fox Hill Builders 4

Despite soggy field conditions Viking Global relied on strong pitching efforts from Nicky Briganti, Tyler Aponte, Nick Pope, Brett Gillick and Luke Berkowitz to tame the fierce Fox Hill Builders offense.

That Fox Hill Builders offense was at its peak in the third inning as the team batted around the order and saw runs scored by Reilly Warble, Henry Williams, and Christian Pllumbi. Fox Hill Builders also had a defensive highlight when catcher Henry Williams gunned down a would-be base stealer in the first inning to set a defensive tone.

Viking Global had numerous offensive stars lead by Tyler Aponte who paced the team with four RBIs. Also Robbie Dolcetti had two runs scored and other runs were also scored by Brett Gillick, Nick Pope, Mac MacLean and Tommy Reilly.

Gardeners Center 8, Griebs Pharmacy 5

Gardeners Center used savvy base running by Michael Minicus, Spencer McLane, Devyn Kipphut, Mac McLean, Doug Werner and Thomas Brown to manufacture its runs.  Gardeners pitchers who managed to hold Grieb's mostly in check were Kipphut, McLean, Dylan Bean and Parker Ravosa.

Griebs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a walk by Jack Maley and three consecutive singles by Jasper Richards, Connor Zielinski and Jack Gordon.  In the bottom of the first, Nick Giotis made the catch of Ravosa's fly ball to centerfield, and in the bottom of the fourth David Castaldo snagged the hard hit ball to centerfield by McLean.

BMW of Darien 8, Upper Crust Bakery 7

A walk-off single by Mac McLaughlin in the bottom of the sixth drove in Jared Lopiano to score the winning run for BMW.  BMW took an early 6-2 lead in the second inning, but Upper Crust battled back to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the 5th.  BMW tied it up in the bottom of the fifth, and held on for the win.

McLaughlin led the BMW offense with two hits, a run scored and the game-winning RBI.  Kenneth Klarer chipped in with a run and a screaming shot to right field, but was gunned down trying to stretch the double by excellent UCB defense.  Forrest Lazarra and Charlie Zuro also each had a hit and scored a run.  On defense, BMW was lead by Zuro and Alex Klarer who both pitched 2 strong innings with 4 strike outs each.

The Upper Crust offense was led by Christian Marchesi, who had 3 strong hits and scored 2 runs.  Henri Pfeifle had a pair of hits and scored a run, Nicholas Duffy had a hit and scored 2 runs, and Jimmy Fitzpatrick added to the attack with 2 hits.

Baseball AAA:

Conte Garbage & Recycling 14, William Pitt Sothebys 11

In a hard fought game, Conte Garbage and Recycling edged out William Pitt Sothebys 14-11.  Conte hitting was led by Sam Boston who reached base every at bat.  Boston also did an excellent job behind the plate.  Jack Finke, James Sealy, Liam McLaughlin and Colin Adams pitched well to keep the game close.  Great defensive play by Edmund Steeves helped Conte get critical outs.

Jack Sparks and Henry Sparkman combined for  3 hits and 6 RBIs for WPS.    Jackson Bell went 2 for 2 with two runs scored.    Jack Lang, Luke Sini and Derek Chiapetta also had key hits for WPS driving in two runs.    Derek Chiapetta KO'd four batters in two innings,  Hunter Ross, Jack Sparks and Jack Lang also pitched well for WPS.

Osherows Live Wires 9, IST Baseball 4

A depleted Osherow roster topped IST Baseball 9-4 in a battle of heavy hitting squads.    The IST team was led by Jack Conti, Alex Tomasello, Trey Tucci and Ryan Mulliken who all hit sharp singles or line drive outs.

The eight man Osherow team  positioned their players in key spots and limited the damage of the sharp hitting.    Twice shortstop Teddy Chieffi snared line drives that would have gone for extra bases.    Pitcher Will Henry Harmon minimized his pitch count by throwing strikes and fanning batters or letting his infield complete key defensive plays.     First baseman, Will Kirby made a great running catch in foul territory which would have made the ESPN web gem segment.    Michael Spenner played strong defensive as the catcher and battery mate for relievers Bennett McDermott and Will Kirby.

Other key at bats for the Osherows were delivered by Mark Belak, McDermott, Spenner, Andrew DeChellis and Harmon, who ran for a triple. The Osherows took advantage of some free passes and delivered timely hitting and aggressive base running to secure the result for their team.

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