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The following are recaps of recent Darien Little League games.

Baseball Majors:

Playoff Round Robin:VFW 12, Noroton Heights Fire Department  2

VFW captured this key American league playoff win, behind outstanding pitching and hitting by Charlie Sealy and Colby Ravosa.  Sealy worked 4 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and yielding just two hits and two walks, while also picking up five RBI's with a triple and a single.  Ravosa pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his second save of the playoffs, while contributing a double and two singles at the plate. NHFD struck early, pushing across a run in the bottom of the first as Mark Schmidt walked and scored on Justin Plank's line single to center.   VFW tied it up in the second, as Jackson Vaught's single brought in teammate Chris Davey who had singled to open the frame.  After Sealy struck out the side, Jason Gaaserud's third inning lead off single ignited a five run rally.  Jack Maloney singled and Ravosa walked, loading the bases for Thomas Sulger who brought  in one run with a sharp single.  Sealy then cleared the bases with a triple to left center, and later scored to push the score to 6-1 in favor of the Veterans.  The Firemen weren't about to go quietly, coming back with two runs in its half of the third, as Schmidt and Ben Sylvester both scored on Plank's second hit of the afternoon, a double to right center.   VFW put the game away with four runs in the fourth and another two in the fifth.  Vaught opened the fourth with a single, and Jake Geddes walked.  Back to back singles by

Maloney and Brendan Bumgardner netted two runs, and Ravosa's single loaded the bases again for Sealy who delivered a clutch two run single.  In the fifth, Geddes reached on an error and David Ball singled, and both came home to score the game's final two runs. NHFD was led by Plank's two hits, and also got a towering triple to the left field warning track off the bat of Peter Ridder.   The game's defensive highlight came as NHFD's Schmidt hit a deep fly ball to center field, only to have VFW's Jack Maloney track it down just in front of the fence.

Playoff Round Robin:Kiwanis Club 12,  St. Thomas More 2

Kiwanis Club defeated St. Thomas More behind an outstanding pitching performance by Luke Leasure.  Kiwanis Club's Leasure pitched four and two thirds strong innings, giving up only one run to Emmett Sheehan who singled and was knocked home by a double by Carter Hollis.  Zach El-Tayyeb came in relief to close the game out for Kiwanis.  Connor Gonzalez Fall and Emmitt Sheehan pitched for St. Thomas More. Kiwanis broke the game open in the second inning scoring 8 runs behind the offensive contributions of Jason Flynn, Leasure, Nick Walter, Sean Collins and Charlie Keating.  Kiwanis added four more runs in the third.  Justin Van de Graaf had the key hit of the inning with a three RBI triple. St Thomas More had strong offense from Gonzalez Falla, Kevin Klarer, Matt Smith Sheehan, Hollis, and Mikey Borecki who each had hits in the game.

Playoff Round Robin:Rotary Club 4, Darien Fire Department 3

Ryan Neafsey's walk-off single scored Charlie Miller with the game-winning run as Rotary Club edged Darien Fire Department 4-3 in a thrilling game at McGuane.  Chris Vernal scattered seven hits over six innings for the complete game victory.After allowing a run in the top of the first, Rotary Club charged out in their half of the inning.  Vernal and Christopher Drake opened the inning with singles.  After a sacrifice fly by Matthew Drake, Robert Duffy crushed a two run home run over the left center field fence to give Rotary Club a 3-1 lead.However, DFD's Justin Jordan displayed great character in bouncing back from Rotary Club's quick start.  Not only did he retire 13 of the next 15 batters he faced, but he scored each of DFD's three runs in the game. DFD closed to within a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Colin Burke.  Then, Nick Green opened DFD's  sixth inning with a walk.  After a fielder's choice, Bradley Morgan came through with a clutch two-strike double to the fence in center to drive in the tying run, his second RBI of the game.In the bottom of the sixth, Charlie Miller opened with a single, his third hit of the game.  Griffin Ott sacrificed him to second.  After the second out, Neafsey delivered the heroics with a two-strike single to center to score Miller. AJ Scolaro contributed two putouts in centerfield for Rotary Club, while Patrick Burke and Charlie Duggan had hits for DFD.

Playoff Round Robin: Darien Fire Department 6, Piedmont Association 5

Nick Green, Justin Jordan and Patrick Burke combated Grant Duncan and Tyler Grant in a playoff thriller. It eventually went Darien Fire's way, but Piedmont battled every inning. Duncan fought his way out of some serious jams, but Jordan's three doubles proved too much as DFD got its first playoff win of the round robin. Duncan did everything he could to help his team including at two run home run that excited his team and the crowd. DFD settled down and focused just enough to come away with the win. For DFD, Charlie Duggan stretched  his hit streak to three games.

Playoff Round Robin: Lawrence Funeral Home 2, Masonic Club 0

In another close Majors Playoff contest, Lawrence Funeral Home defeated a scrappy Masonic team 2-0.  Behind the terrific pitching of Jack McCann for Masonic and Harry Rayhill of LFH, neither team could post a run on the board through three innings.  In the bottom fourth for Lawrence, Harry Rayhill drew a walk to lead off the inning.  Rayhill stole second and third, and with two outs, Andrew Winsch drove a single to right field to score him. Mark Maley followed with a double to right, driving in Winsch for the second and final run of the game.  Henry Nolte gained the win in relief, with two scoreless innings. Harrison Gill, the LFH closer, gained the save by blanking Masonic in the sixth.  Mitchell Pryor, LFH catcher, caught a towering pop up at home plate to end the game. Jack McCann's gave sterling performance on the mound. Ethan Ehlers and John Selkowitz provided offensive punch for Masonic.  Zack Swetye of Masonic also made some fine defensive gems in the loss, including two great catches in center field, and a stab of line drive at third.

Playoff Round Robin: Rings End 4, Noroton Fire Department 1

Rings End won its second straight in pool play, defeating Noroton Fire Department 4-1 on Saturday.

Rings End jumped on top in the visiting first inning, as Richard Brereton stretched a shot down third into two bases before being driven home on Dylan Neal’s RBI single.  The damage would have been worse, but Noroton’s catcher Hudson Hamill made two put outs at home on the same play.

After stranding a runner on third in the bottom of the first inning, Dylan Neal gave up his only run of the day in the second.  Jake Hyde led off with a single and was driven home on Owen Soule’s double to the wall.

Rings End answered back in the third, scoring two on a hit by pitch, three walks and some nifty work in the bases.  That gave Neal the cushion he needed, and he would give up only one more hit over the next three innings on his way to 77 pitches.

An insurance run in the sixth on a double by Eliot Doll and a single by Nick Elwell set the stage for Rings End’s closer.  Brereton retired the heart of the Noroton order, three straight, the final two on strikeouts, looking.

Playoff Round Robin: Dolcetti Inc. 7, Kiwanis Club 0

A complete game shutout by Gianni Filippone led Dolcettis to a 7-0 victory over a solid Kiwanis Club in the first playoff game for both teams.  Dolcettis opened the scoring with three runs in the first, highlighted by a Sean McKay single and a long home run by Will Allam.  The score remained 3-0 until Cord Fox opened the fourth inning with another Dolcetti home run before they added three more in the fifth, keyed by doubles from McKay and Peter Guttuso.  Sean Gallagher, who was outstanding behind the plate for Kiwanis, and Luke Leasure each had one of two Kiwanis hits off Filippone who struck out 14.  Nick Walters, Leasure, Justin Van de Graf and Zach El-Tayebb pitched well for Kiwanis while Tommy Kruech, Andrew Stueber, Nathan Hadlow, Scott Jonker, Cameron Cirillo and Aldo Stefanoni played solid defense for Dolcetti.  The final out of the game was recorded on a nifty backhand play toward second base by Peter Kniffen.

Baseball Minors:

Nielsens Florist 9, Darien Rowayton Bank 8

In a game this Sunday, Nielsens Florist topped Darien Rowayton Bank 9 to 8.  Nielsens struck first by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Daniel Guarini pushed the first two runs across by stroking an opposite field double.  James Louis caped the inning by plating an additional run with a sharp single to right.  Darien Rowayton Bank was quick to counter by scoring one run in the second inning, four runs in the third inning and three more runs in the fifth inning.  Though Nielsens managed an extra run in the third inning Darien Rowayton Bank's pitching was able to keep Nielsens batters in check until the fifth inning.  In the fifth inning Nielsens was able to push five runs across the plate and take a 9 to 8 lead.  Taking advantage of a couple timely walks Nielsens was able to cap off the offense charge with a two run single by Robbie Gaserude and an inning ending double by Matt Stone.  Matt Stone pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning to secure the win for Nielsens.  Timothy Cone made an outstanding scoop  on a throw in the dirt to end the game.Nielsens victory raised their playoff record to 2-0.

Playoff Round Robin: Viking Global 13, Daigle & Travers Insurance 12

It was really a game for the ages as Viking Global took four extra innings to finally defeat Diagle & Travers Insurance 13-12 after 10 innings of back and forth play. Daigle and Travers Insurance saw numerous outstanding performances offensively. Nolan Crosby had four hits while Duncan MacClear had three hits and three RBIs, Andrew Lucas smashed a triple, and Alex Brodie knocked in two as well. From a pitching standpoint, Ryan Carroll held Viking Global scoreless while Duncan MacClear threw three strong innings to keep the game moving in the extra innings. In this tense battle, Viking Global also had its share of outstanding performances. Facing a 7-0 deficit, they came back to tie the score 8-8 at the end of regulation. Offensively, AJ Arledge had three hits and Nick Pope had two RBIs. However it was the clutch hits that helped Viking Global stay in the game once the extra innings started. Down a run in the bottom of the sixth Luke Berkowitz knocked in Arledge for the tying run. In the bottom of the eighth, Peter Bredahl knocked in a run to tie the game and keep the game going for two more extra frames. And again down two runs in the ninth inning, Viking Global saw heads up base running from Nick Pope and Brett Gillick that allowed them to tie the score once again at 12-12. Finally in the bottom of the tenth, Matthew Fiorita drew a bases loaded walk to end the game.   It wasn't all offense for Viking Global. Tommy Reilly, and Brett Gillick each tossed three strong innings when their team was down and battling back. Likewise, outstanding defensive plays from Gillick, AJ Arledge and Tyler Aponte that saved runs and allowed the teams to continue battling. Viking Global was fortunate to make it past such a difficult opponent and it was the type of game where no one wants to see anyone lose. Numerous veteran coaches and umpires commented that was the most competitive Minors game they had ever seen in their lifetimes. Each player on both teams made contributions to help their team continue the battle across ten long and exciting innings. Darien Little League is unlikely to see a playoff game like that for a long time.

Playoff Round Robin: Vernals BP 11, BMW of Darien 1

Vernals BP continued its march through the Minors round robin tournament with a solid victory over a strong BMW of Darien Squad. Vernals BP combined strong pitching timely hitting and stellar defense to defeat BMW 11-1. Jeb Rooney started for BMW and pitched valiantly for his squad. He was matched up against Tommy Hellman who after a giving up one run settled down to pitch a scoreless second inning. BP struck early and often scoring 5 runs in the first behind the hitting of Jack Bogdan, Tommy Hellman and Laith El Tayyeb. In the third inning Vernals BP discovered their secret weapon in the pitching of Santi Pefumo. Perfmuno took the mound and baffled the BMW hitters for three innings. Perfumo needed only 19 pitches in his first two innings of work. BMW of Darien had strong performances from Mac McLaughlin, Hayden efforts behind the dish and Will Koehler on the mound.It was a close game going into the 4th inning until Brett Vrooman broke the game wide open for Vernals BP with a booming bases loaded base clearing double to left field.Jack Bogdan, came into the sixth and closed the game for Vernals.

Playoff Round Robin: Palmers Market 9,  Kelly Associates 8

Palmers Market edged Kelly Associates in a well played game that was in doubt until the very end.  The first two innings were a pitching duel as Dylan Buckner for Palmers and Willie Noble for Kelly both pitched hitless shutouts.  Noble carried his shut-out through the third inning while Kelly’s bats struck first, posting five runs in the third behind a flurry of hits from Chris Santoro, John Parkhurst, Declan Goulding and Noble.  Kelly added two more in the fourth as Braxton Reynolds and Santoro both drove in a run.  Palmers finally responded in the fourth with four runs behind strong hitting from CJ Hathaway, Connor Fay, Buckner and Rickey Howard.  Palmers added five more in the fifth behind a rally starting single from Tyler Stimpson and RBIs from Hathaway and Alex von Jena.  Kelly battled back in the final frame as Reynolds crushed an one-out triple and was driven in by an identical blast from Jack Neafsey, cutting the lead to one.  However a strong throw by Josh Ageloff and nice tag by Tommy Ropp caught Neafsey at second and Palmers managed to survive the rally.  Ropp and Fay pitched well in relief for Palmers and Everett Chung and Braxton Reynolds combined for three solid innings of relief pitching for Kelly.

Playoff Round Robin: Nielsens Florist  9, Darien Doughnut 1

Nielsens Florist won their first playoff game in commanding fashion by beating Darien Doughnut 9 to 1.  Pitching and defense was the key to Nielsens’ victory.  James Louis pitched three strong innings in which he gave up only one run and struck out five.  Enzo Amatruda and Matt stone combined for zero runs and only two hits over the last three innings.  Enzo Amatruda recorded a perfect fourth inning by recording three outs with only three pitches.  Highlighting Nielsens’ defense was Timothy Cone who had nine put outs at first base without a single error being made.  Offensively, James Louis was 2 for 3 and Ryan Darby was 1 for 3 with two RBI's.  Maguire Shea and Jack Ryan O'keefe each had two walks and two runs scored.

For Darien Doughnut Tyler Sylvester was 2 for 3 with two booming triples.  Darien Doughnut pitchers struck out 11 opposing batters.

Baseball AAA:

Playoff Round Robin: Osherows Live Wires 4, William Pitt Sothebys 0

In a close contest at Cherry Lawn, the Osherows defeated William Pitt by 4-0.   The Osherows got out in front early scoring two runs in both the top of the first and second as key hits were delivered by Teddy Chieffi and Bennett McDermott, and runners Will Henry Harmon, Chieffi, Michael Spenner and Matt Bergwall crossed home plate.    The damage could have been more, but William Pitt worked their way out of bases loaded jams in both innings.  Will Kirby started for the Osherows and pitched three scoreless innings.   Michael Spenner came in for middle relief and did a fine job.    Bennett McDermott closed the door on William Pitt for the final two innings.     William Pitt had the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, when Henry Sparkman hit a strong drive to left.   George Chieffi got on his horse and made a strong running catch for the final out.    George was awarded the game ball for his sparkling defensive play.

Playoff Round Robin:William Pitt Sothebys 16. Shippan Auto Body  10

In a back and forth battle, William Pitt Sotherby's outlasted Shippan Auto Body 16-10.    Derek Chiapetta and Ryan Smith led WPS with two doubles and a combined six hits and five runs scored.   Jack Sparks smashed another tripled to add to his team leading total.   Henry Sparkman and Jackson Bell each had two hits driving in four runs.   Hendrick Gomez, Noah Dewbrey, and Jack Lang also contributed with RBI hits. Derek Chiapetta stuck out four in three innings of pitching and Jackson Bell shut down Shippan Auto Body in the final three innings. The game ended on a line drive double play that Jackson stabbed and threw to 1st base.

Playoff Round Robin: Osherows Live Wires 9  Sportography 4

In a hard fought battle that featured several pitchers, the Osherows defeated Sportography by a score of 9-4.   As the visitor, Sportography came out swinging and lined out the first two pitches to well positioned infielders for outs.   Sportography kept the hit parade coming and took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second.  Starting Osherow pitcher Will Henry Harmon, pounded the strike zone and struck out six of the 10 batters he faced over three innings.

The Osherows struck back in the second and third innings to take an insurmountable lead as the Osherows took advantage of some free passes and delivered some timely hits.   Mark Belak and Evan Devita had big hits, with DeVita stroking a bases clearing triple over the right fielder's head.   Will Kirby got on the band wagon and smoked a huge smash over the left fielder's head for a solo homerun.  Defensively, Will Kirby made two great catches at first, while Bennett McDermott fielded a hard smash at the hot corner to record an out.    While Sportography was threatening, Robbie Stewart hit a deep drive to center field that Chris Bergwall circled under and made the final catch to retire Sportography. The Osherows went on to add a few more runs to make the final score 9-4.

Playoff Round Robin: My Tutor & Me, 17 Richter Bober 4

After a drought of several games, the bats came alive for My Tutor & Me in their 17-4 win against Richter Bober.  Nearly everyone on the squad had a hit, RBI, or run in the effort.  My Tutor was powered by 3 for 4 hitting from Oliver Bolton, and a three RBI day from Sam Wilson.  Extra-base hits were recorded by Grant Doherty, Ryan Kellogg, and Wilson.  Several long hits from other My Tutor batters were either caught or limited to singles by sharp Richter Bober fielding.

Outside of a tough 4th inning, the defense was solid for My Tutor.  The pitching staff recorded a total of eight strikeouts over three innings work from Frank Drugge, two from Wilson, and one from closer John Henry Slonieski.  The game highlight was a double play in the third inning, a line drive to pitcher Drugge who quickly tossed to Bolton at first, just catching the runner off base.

Richter Bober's offense was paced by Will Nelson's two hits, including a double, stolen base, run scored and  RBI, and Austin Dehmel's three-run home run, the first home run for Richter on the season.  Sean O'Toole added a single, stolen base and run scored, while Pierce Leclerc had a single and Charlie O'Connor scored a run in a four-run fourth. The pitching had contributions from many players including O'Connor's strikeout in 2/3 of an inning, Thomas MacLehose's two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning, Matt Couglin's two strikeouts, and Nelson's one strikeout in 1/3 of an inning.  Harrison Hinkley, Pierce Leclerc and Connor LaJaunie's each added solid relief.In addition, Charlie Gedney played some solid defense while Nelson, Hinkley and MacLehose added some web gems in the field, including MacLehose's snaring of a pop to short right just before it hit the ground.

Playoff Round Robin: Conte Garbage and Recycling 10, IST Baseball to 8

Conte Garbage and Recycling won its second playoff game in a hard-fought battle against a very good IST team.  Conte had timely hitting from Pierce Gilhooly, Sam Boston and James Sealy.  Boston and Connor Moore each pitched two great innings.

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