The follwing are recaps of recent Darien Little League games
Playoffs: Rings End 7, Rotary Club 2
Rings End made it to the National League Championship Game courtesy of a 7-2 win over Rotary Club, which had been undefeated in pool play.Rings End nosed ahead early, as lead-off hitter Richard Brereton reached on an infield hit, moved to second on Dylan Neal's single, tagged on Nathaniel Pucci's deep drive to center and scored on Matt Arcamone's single.The damage could have been worse but pitcher Matthew Drake threw Neal out at home on a tricky blooper and ended the inning on a come-backer to the mound. Rotary's lead-off hitter Chris Vernal also singled and scored, this time on a throwing error, and the game was knotted at 1 apiece. In the second, Will Culliton and Ryan Niederreither opened with back-to-back singles and, having advanced during the next two strikeouts, scored on Brereton's two-out base hit, the second run scoring as Brereton allowed himself to be caught in a rundown and Niederreither timed his dash from third perfectly.
Pucci then settled down to business and was masterful, allowing no hits over the next three innings, while Rings End tacked on three more runs. Arcamone scored in the third, and Neal and Kurt Voges were driven in by Eliot Doll, giving Pucci a 6-1 lead entering the home fifth. AJ Scolaro led off the inning and scored on back-to-back singles by Vernal and Chris Drake and Pucci had reached his pitch count limit. He would leave having allowed one earned run on just four hits. Closer Brereton entered and recorded the last out on a pop up to catcher Arcamone in foul territory. Brereton walked, stole and was driven in by Pucci for the game's final run before an eventful home sixth featured three walks, two strikeouts and a caught stealing at home.
Playoffs: VFW 4, Dolcetti Inc.0
VFW prevailed in this well-played quarterfinal match up, advancing to the American League championship game, as hurlers Jake Geddes and Charlie Sealy combined for a four-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking just three.
Lead-off batter David Ball started things off right for the Veterans, legging out an infield single to open up the game. With Ball at third and one out, Brendan Bumgardner laced an RBI single to right center to plate the game's first run. Cleanup hitter Thomas Sulger knocked in Bumgardner with a sharp ground ball to second, making the score 2-0 as Dolcetti's took its turn at bat. VFW hurler Geddes got two quick outs before Dolcetti's pitcher Gianni Filippone roped a single to center. Geddes was able to record the third out to maintain the two run advantage. VFW threatened with two outs in the second as Geddes singled and Gaaserud walked, but Filippone pitched out of the jam. Geddes worked a scoreless second, striking out two.
Ball singled to open up the VFW third, but was doubled up on an outstanding play by the Dolcetti second baseman. Bumgardner followed with his second single of the day, and came home with VFW's third run on Sulger's triple to the right field fence. Geddes again pitched strong, picking up two more strikeouts before yielding the mound to teammate Sealy who picked up the final out of the inning. After a scoreless top of the fourth, highlighted by VFW's Jack Maloney's single, Sealy found himself in a bit of a jam. The powerful Dolcetti lineup put two players on base with just one out as Will Allam ripped a sharp single, and Andrew Stueber took a pitch on the back. Sealy bore down and got a strike out for the second out, before Dolcetti's Aldo Stefanoni hit a tricky bouncer toward the gap between first and second. VFW's Geddes fielded the ball and smartly threw to second to pick up a force for the third out of the frame.
VFW's Connor Henry singled to left to open up the fifth, and when Ball reached on an error, the Veterans were threatening again. Dolcetti's pitcher Cord Fox threw well to get the next two outs, but Sulger came up big again for VFW as he brought in Ball with a clutch two out single, extending the lead to 4-0. Sealy worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth, matched by Fox as he retired the VFW squad in order in the top of the sixth. Dolcetti did not go quietly as Filippone picked up his second hit with one out, and Peter Guttuso followed two batters later. With two outs, Stueber hit a sharp ground ball to VFW second baseman Ball, who stayed with a tough hop and threw to first to get the game's final out.
Dolcetti's Filippone pitched well, striking out five and yielding just seven hits and one walk over four innings while picking up two hits himself. Fox also pitched well, striking out two, giving up just two hits and no walks. Sulger, Ball and Bumgardner had two hits each for VFW, with Sulger picking up three RBI's.
Playoffs Round Robin: Lawrence Funeral Home 16, Piedmont Association 7
Lawrence Funeral home defeated Piedmont Associates 16-7 in a very entertaining Majors Round Robin playoff game. Lawrence mounted a consistent offensive attack by scoring runs in every inning. Andrew Crane, Mitchell Pryor and Mark Maley led the offense with two hits each and knocked in runs. Jaime Kellogg, Bobby Leonard and Henry Nolte also contributed timely hits to aid in the victory. Another Lawrence highlight was the three stolen bases from David Kristoff who was a whiz on the base paths. The Lawrence pitching and catching battery was solid throughout the game with Henry Nolte starting on the mound, Jaime Kellogg and Mark Maley looking good in middle relief and Andrew Crane coming in as the closer. Catchers Bobby Leonard and David Kristoff framed a nice target behind the plate and worked hard to keep the speedy Piedmont team from running wild on the bases. Piedmont Associates put on a balanced offensive display with Jack Consolini, Grant Duncan and Tyler Grant all stroking two hits each. In a memorable at-bat that went eight pitches, Brandon Golino ripped a double down the right field line in his final at bat in the Majors. The defensive highlight for Piedmont was the acrobatic double play by Tyler Grant who scooped up a hard grounder to shortstop, stepped on second and threw to first to nab a quick Lawrence batter.
Playoffs Round Robin: Darien Police 7, Piedmont Association 4
Chris Bilby had two huge two-out base hits to drive in four runs for the Police. Bilbys hot bat propelled the Police to a 7-4 victory over Piedmont. The Police were cruising along with a 5-1 lead and in the fifth when Piedmont started to make its comeback. Piedmont scored three to make it 5-4 but the Polices star pitcher, Jack Campbell battled and left the tying and go ahead runners on second and third. A Campbell single and Jeremy Toscano double in the bottom of the fifth,gave the Police a three run cushion heading into the final inning. Kyle Fisher came on to pick up the save in the sixth. Fisher has become the Polices closer in the round robin play. The defensive play of the game was turned in by the Polices Max Toscano in the fourth inning. Piedmont had the bases loaded and one out when Fin Batson ripped a line shot to right. Toscano made a shoe string catch of the sinking line drive and doubled the run off first base to end the Piedmont threat. Piedmont rapped out 10 hits in the game: Grant Duncan (one hit and two BBs), Batson (one hit), Jordan (one hit and one RBI), Sean OMalley (two hits, one run and one RBI), Dan Cone (two hits &and one run), Nick Santomassi ( a hit, a run and a RBI) and Grant Noble (two hits).
Playoffs Round Robin: Darien Police 6, Darien Fire Department 5
In the first game in round robin play, the Darien Police came from behind to pull out a 6-5 win over Darien Fire. The Police were trailing 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth and rallied for two runs on hits by Jeremy Toscano and Chris Bilby. Polices Kyle Fisher pitched an effective sixth inning in relief to pick up the save. Jack Campbell was the winning pitcher going five innings for the Police. The Police offense was powered by Jack Farren (two hits and two runs), Kyle Fisher (two hits), Jeremy Toscano (two hits and two runs) and Jordan Kuhlman (a double and a RBI). Patrick Burke was the hitting star for the Fire. Burke had two hits, scored a run and drove in two. Quentin McDermott, Justin Jordan, Colin Burke and Charlie Duggan all chipped in with hits. Brad Morgan and Justin Jordan combined to pitch a solid game for the Fire.
Playoffs Round Robin: Griebs Pharmacy 15, Miceli Insurance 14
Grieb's defeated Miceli 15-14 in an extra inning playoff slugfest that also featured several defensive highlights. Miceli jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first on solid singles by Ryan Eppley, Matthew Brewer, Quenten Ehlers and Justin Laughlin, and an RBI double by Austin Hagander. Grieb's answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first on hard hit singles by Jasper Richards and Jack Maley to drive in Nick Giotis and Jack Gordon. Richards was strong on the mound for Grieb's, striking out five batters, including two in a scoreless second inning to keep the score at 3-2. Miceli extended its lead to 8-2 in the top of the third, with Eppley, Brewer, Draper Faulkner and Hank Thomas all contributing big hits. The inning ended, however, on a stellar defensive play by Grieb's centerfielder Matthew Alvarado, who chased down a double in the gap and fired the ball to Gordon at shortstop. Gordon then made the relay to third baseman Joey Strada to nail the Miceli runner at third base for the out. Grieb's kept the game close, scoring four runs in the bottom of the third to make it 8-6. Connor Zielinski and Giotis, who both singled in the third, were the catalysts at the top of the order, with each reaching base four times and scoring a total of seven runs in the game. It looked like Grieb's would add one more run when Connor Darby also connected at the plate in the third, but a fine play by the Miceli third baseman ended the inning. Miceli extended its lead to 12-6 in the top of the fourth, but Grieb's again answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull within one. Alvarado and Cole Anderson started the action for Grieb's in the fourth after both reached base and then executed a double steal, while David Castaldo had the big hit in the inning, lining a single down the left field line with the bases loaded to make the score 12-11. Miceli added two more runs in the top of the fifth for a 14-11 lead before Maley, now pitching in relief for Grieb's, recorded his third strikeout of the inning. Grieb's made it 14-12 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Alvarado. Looking for insurance runs in the top of the sixth, Miceli's potent offense was shut down by Gordon, the Grieb's closer. Gordon induced three ground balls from the heart of the Miceli lineup for three quick outs, including two by Grieb's third baseman James Cherico, who cleanly handled both hard hit balls and made the long throws to first base for the outs. With Grieb's still trailing 14-12 in the bottom of the sixth, Zielinski and Giotis both walked and stole a base. Castaldo then drove in two more runs on another hard hit ball, and Giotis raced home from second to send the game into extra innings with the scored tied at 14-14. After Gordon again shut out Miceli in the top half of the seventh, Grieb's had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the inning. Maley gave Grieb's hope by lacing a leadoff single into centerfield and stealing second base, but after two quick strikeouts the pressure was on. Alvarado then came to the plate and he delivered in the clutch, legging out an infield hit while Maley dashed home from second base to give Grieb's the thrilling come-from-behind win.
Playoffs Round Robin: Palmers Market 12, Fox Hill Builders 8
Palmers Market edged Fox Hill Builders in a very close game, in doubt until the final inning. Palmers struck first posting two behind hits from Alex von Jena, CJ Hathaway, Tommy Ropp and an RBI from Connor Fay. Fox Hill responded with three in their at bat behind doubles from Christian Pllumbi and Henry Williams and a nice hit by William Krueger. Palmers added five runs in the third as von Jena, Fay, Ropp, Shane Ford and Connor Percarpio all singled and Hathaway added a triple. Fox Hill responded with three behind hits by Williams, Krueger and a nice hit from Henry Steinthal. In the fifth, Palmers added one as Ropp belted a lead-off double and was driven in by Dylan Buckner. However, Fox Hill tied it up in the fifth on a hit by Jack Sullivan and an RBI collected by San Smith the hard way, being hit by a pitch. Palmers finally put the game out of reach in the sixth as Percarpio lead off with a double and was driven in by von Jena who launched a blast that bounced off the fence and Fay and Ropp added RBI’s. On the mound for Palmers, Percarpio, Ford, Tyler Stimpson, Fay and Hathaway combined to keep the game close. For Fox Hill, Pllumbi, and Dylan Fram pitched well, keeping the game within reach until the end.
Playoffs Round Robin: Palmers Market 13, Daigle & Travers Insurance 7
Palmers Market edged Daigle & Travers Insurance in a close, well played game. Palmers struck first as Connor Fay drove home CJ Hathaway and then Tommy Ropp homered. Daigle came roaring back posting five behind a hit from Duncan Maclear and walks by Nolan Crosby, Andrew Lucas, Andrew Masone, Ryan Sullivan and Ryan Carroll. Palmers tied the score in the second as Connor Percarpio drove in Shane Ford and Alex von Jena doubled scoring Tyler Stimpson and Josh Ageloff. Palmers added three in the third as Ford delivered an RMI and then broke the game open in the fourth as Ropp delivered a grand slam, collecting six RBIs for the day. Daigle rallied in the sixth for two runs off of singles by Andrew Lucas, Duncan Maclear (2 for 3 on the day) and Ryan Carroll, but came up short on a great defensive play by Fay on a rocket line drive by Nolan Crosby to end the game. On the mound for Daigle, Lucas, Crosby, Duncan Maclear and Carroll all pitched well. Carroll came in to finish the fifth and pitch the sixth, and struck out all five batters he faced. For Palmers, Dylan Buckner, von Jena, Hathaway and Fay combined for six outstanding innings.
Playoffs: My Tutor & Me 8, William Pitt Sothebys 7
With a slot in the semifinals at stake, My Tutor & Me came from behind to triumph over William Pitt Sothebys 8-7 in extra innings, in perhaps the most exciting AAA contest of the year. WPS took an early lead through three innings on solid hitting and heads up baserunning. My Tutor finally struck back with three runs in the 3rd and four in the 4th, to tie the score at 7. My Tutor reliever John Henry Slonieski proceeded to shut down the opponent's offense with seven strikeouts over the next three innings. However, WPS proved equally stingy on defense, turning away a bases-loaded rally in the fifth, and with six innings complete the game stood tied 7-7. Finally, after My Tutor closer Frank Drugge worked out of a jam, with runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh, he sealed the win himself by driving home Emme Cooke in the bottom of the inning.
In addition to Drugge (3 for 4 with three RBI), My Tutor had two RBIs and two runs from Cooke, and clutch RBIs from Chris Benedict and Jack Brown, as well as a single and run from Clifford Blaze. Nearly all the rest of the team contributed a hit or RBI. Starting pitcher Oliver Bolton struck out two over two innings work, followed by relievers Grant Doherty and Sam Wilson and the fine work by Slonieski and Drugge. Jackson Bell led WPS hitting with two hits and two runs scored. Ryan Smith, Derek Chiapetta, Henry Sparkman, Hunter Ross, and Luke Sini all contributed with hits and four combined runs scored. Jack Sparks, Jack Lang and Noah Dewbrey also each scored runs for WPS. Henry Sparkman and Derek Chiapetta combined for six strikeouts and only three walks over six innings.
Playoff Round Robin: Osherows Live Wires 3, Richter Bober 2
On a cold and drizzly day, the Osherows closed out the round robin playoffs with a victory over Richter Bober by a score of 3-2. Playing conditions were tough for both sides as several pitchers lost their grip on the wet baseball. Richter Bober team got out in front early taking advantage of some free passes from Osherow starter Michael Spenner. Osherows went deep into their rotation and saw short stints from Teddy Chieffi, George Chieffi, Will Henry Harmon, Bennett McDermott and closer Will Kirby. The Osherows battled back to take the lead then held on to close it out. Both sides bats went quiet and the game turned into a defensive struggle. Matt Bergwall had a nice hit for the Osherows that he stretched into a double.
William Pitt Sothebys 11, Richter Bober 5
William Pitt Sotherbys defeated Richter Bober 11-5. WPS pitchers Ryan Smith, Noah Dewbrey, Jack Lang and Hunter Ross scattered 4 hits over 6 innings. Hitting was led by Derek Chiapetta and Henry Sparkman with 3 hits each and 5 combined runs. Campbell McEvoy, Henry Darby, Jackson Bell, Hunter Ross and Luke Sini scored runs for WPS. Richter's offense was paced by Matt Coughlin's three hits, two runs and one RBI; Charlie O'Connor's two hits and one run; Will Nelson's one hit and one RBI; Harrison Hinkley's one hit, one run and one RBI; Andrew Smith's one hit and one run; and Charlie Gedney's two RBI. The pitching was led by Hinkley's three strikeouts, Connor LaJaunie and Thomas MacLehose with two strikeouts each, and one strikeout apiece for Nelson, Coughlin and O'Connor. The defense saw several sparkiling plays by Sean O'Toole and two unique double plays at the plate.
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