NORWALK, Conn. Reports from recent games in the Norwalk Cal Ripken Baseball League Minor Division:
Furst Properties 9, Sono Field House 0: Furst Properties used three different pitchers to post a team shutout of Sono Field House. Joe Druin, Ryan D'Amico and Keegan Agostino pitched two innings each, and the trio totaled 13 strikeouts and yielded only two hits. When the ball was put in play the team's solid defense recorded the outs. Furst Properties took control of the game early, scoring four runs in both the first and second innings for an 8-0 lead. The middle of the order did the most damage, as Randy Mateo and D'Amico went a combined 6-for-6 with four extra-bases hits and six RBIs. Leadoff hitter Jayden Gonzalez got on base in each of his three at bats and scored three runs, and Brian Ehlers had two hits and two runs scored. Sono Field House pitchers Chris Veneruso, Owen Liscio and Zaire Profit combined for 13 strikeouts, and Liscio walked twice, singled and stole a base. Veneruso doubled and walked.
Sono Energy 16, Sono Field House 5: First-place Sono Energy exploded for 16 runs, anchored by three innings each from two pitchers (Jake Dumas and Jake Deleo) and hits throughout the lineup. Kiron Martinez singled twice and scored three runs, and Deleo had a three-hit game, just missing the cycle with a long home run, a double and a single. Dumas added a double and scored twice, Kameron Walker doubled, Bradley Barker singled and scored twice, and Stanley Bullock singled and scored. Cameron Hurd, Michael Mezza, William Hinton and Donny Defalo all walked and scored runs. Chris Veneruso had another good game for Sono Field House with a triple, single, three stolen bases, three runs scored and two RBIs. Owen Liscio singled, scored a run and stole two bases, Sean Mitchell also singled and Jacob Feinstein made the defensive play of the game with a sliding catch in the outfield. Three pitchers (Veneruso, Daniel Goodnow and Javier Gonzalez) worked two innings each and combined for 12 strikeouts.
Furst Properties 11, George Comfort & Sons 6: Furst Properties erased an early deficit in the third with a three-run rally to take the lead for good. Brian Ehlers led off with a triple and was quickly singled home by Ryan D'Amico (two hits, two RBIs). After a walk, Tarique Carter singled home two more runners for a 3-2 lead. Furst Properties stole 20 bases, which was another key to the win. Brian Mallozzi scored two runs and an RBI, and three pitchers (D'Amico, Ehlers and Keegan Agostino) combined to strike out 14. George Comfort and Sons took the lead in the bottom of the first as Justin McNamara walked followed by back-to-back singles by William Tully and James Baumblatt. Bryan Lowden then doubled in two more runs. Baumblatt had another hit in the third, doubling and scoring again as Lowden drove in his third run of the game with a single. Impressive defensive plays were made by James Nuzzo and Joseph Yerindes. Belcher and Connor Murray turned in solid pitching performances.
Sono Field House 11, Furst Properties 6: Chris Veneruso anchored a good pitching staff that included stints by Javier Gonzalez and Owen Liscio. Each pitcher went two innings and the trio totaled 15 strikeouts. Veneruso also led the offensive charge with two hits (a double and a single), two steals and two runs scored, and Chase Hewitt also contributed two hits (a double and a single). Zaire Profit doubled, stole two bases and scored two runs, and Ben Boccanfuso singled, stole two bases and scored twice. Daniel Goodnow singled, scored twice and stole a base, and Gonzalez contributed a single, a run and a steal. Dane Buffardi led the way for Furst Properties with two hits, two steals and a run scored. Key RBI hits came from Tarique Carter, Joe Druin and Brian Mallozzi. Pitchers Ryan D'Amico, Keegan Agostino and Brian Ehlers combined to strike out 13.
Furst Properties 7, Sono Energy 1: Good pitching by Keegan Agostino (three scoreless innings, seven strikeouts), Ryan D'Amico and Brian Ehlers limited the tough Sono Energy lineup to one run on three hits. The offense was keyed by Randy Mateo (3-for-3, three RBIs), Ryan D'Amico (2-for-2, two steals) and Jayden Gonzalez (double and two runs scored). Jake Dumas had two of Sono's three hits, and Bradley Barker had the third. Jake Seco pitched for the first time ever and was solid, allowing only two runs in two innings.
Sono Energy 14, George Comfort & Sons 4: Jake Deleo led the way with a long homer and a single, and Jake Dumas chipped in with two big doubles. Deleo and Dumas also anchored the pitching effort, which included Cameron Hurd and Kiron Martinez. Hurd had two singles to go with his two good innings of pitching, and other big hits came from Stanley Bullock (double) and William Hinton (single). Jake Seco, Michael Mezza and Donny Defalo also continued their habit of drawing walks and scoring runs. GC&S scored three in the fourth sparked by a leadoff double from Jack Belcher. Connor Murray followed with an RBI single, and then James Baumblatt and Bryan Lowden had back-to-back singles to score Murray. Baumblatt scored the third run on a fielder's choice. Sean Notley and Tate Olsen also came through with hits, and Belcher pitched two scoreless innings to start the game.
George Comfort & Sons 4, Sono Field House 4: Owen Liscio led the way for Sono Field House, pitching two scoreless innings, smacking two doubles and scoring two runs. Chris Venarusso scored the other two runs with a double and an "inside the park" home run, drove in three of the runs and also pitched a couple of good innings. Daniel Goodnow and Javier Gonzalez also had hits for SFH. For George Comfort & Sons, James Baumblatt's two-run double was the key hit of the game. Connor Murray and Sean Notley also had big hits for GC&S.
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