Here are recaps of recent Norwalk Little League games:
Lions Club Tops Rowayton Pizza in the Eighth
Jack Potochney and John Swick did a great job on the mound for Lions Club, combining for 11 Ks, without giving up a walk, through eight innings. Swick earned the win in extra innings. He also had a terrific day at the plate, going 3 for 5, with a double, scoring twice, driving in a run. Potochney also had a great day at the plate, going 3 for 4, with two doubles, scoring twice, and driving in four runs. Jake Sullivan was 2 for 4, scoring a run and driving in two runs in extra innings. Great job Jake! Mike McLaughlin also had a great game, going 2 for 4, with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Tevin Paulemon was 1 for 4, scoring a run and notching an RBI. Mike Powers and Andrew Goldstein also scored runs and played tough on defense against an excellent Rowayton Pizza team.
Kiwanis Club One-Ups Signature Landscaping, 1-0 In an old-fashioned pitching duel, Joey Benincaso hurled a six-inning complete game shutout of Signature Landscaping. Benincaso allowed 3 hits, walked none, struck out 9 and threw only 69 pitches. He was aided by great defense as he helped his own cause, turning a first- inning double play. Left fielder Alex Ruther made a nice grab in the second inning. Joe Murphy played a stellar first base. The defensive play of the day came from AAA call-up Nick DiIorio, who snagged a line drive in center field in the 5th, saving 2 runs. At the plate for Kiwanis in the first inning, Benincaso walked, Nick Granata singled and Benincaso scored on Mike DiIorio's RBI ground-out to shortstop. Chris Restaino had the only other Kiwanis hit, a shot down the left field line in the second inning.
Eagles Fly in the Right Direction After having their wings clipped by Rotary, the Eagles, lead by the arm of Isaac Keehn, got past the Laurels. Keehn went 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, no walks, and no earned runs while striking out 11 and helping himself with 2 hits and 1 RBI. Shawn Hanzlik added 2 hits and 3 RBIs, Nicholas Howard picked up 2 hits and 1 RBI and Matt Howard added a single to lead the offense. Nicholas Howard come on in relief to shut the door. Laurel AC once again was led by the strong arm of Michael Pascarelli and hot bat of Jimmy Evans but came up short in losing to the Eagles 7-3. Jimmy Evans continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3 for 3 and scoring twice. Matt St. Louis hit a booming triple, Michael Pascarelli had two singles and Maxwell Pagano and Jeff Joslyn scattered singles. On the mound, Pascarelli tossed 5 2/3 strong innings, allowing 7 unearned runs and two walks while fanning 5 batters. Maxwell Pagano, Anthony Africano and Danny Frattaroli made excellent plays in the field.
Rowayton Pizza 5, Monker Grotto 1
Victor Silano pitched a complete game, striking out 7 batters and walking no batters. Nick LaFranco hit a triple, Scott Whalen had two hits and Jack Letizia had a hit. Moe Ortiz scored the lone run for Monker, in the first inning. Defensive highlights included a double play by Ortiz, who snagged a line drive and threw to Marcus Garcia doubling off the runner at 3rd. John Hogan also made a nice catch in left field.
Kiwanis Topples Rotary Club 9-3 Kiwanis rode the arm of Tommy Benincaso as it toppled Rotary Club, 9-3. Benincaso scattered 6 hits over 5 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, walking 1 and striking out 7 to earn his 3rd win in as many tries. Brandon Luffman came in to wrap things up, allowing no earned runs and striking out 1. At the dish, Joey Benincaso singled 3 times, drove a one-hop double to the fence in left, had an RBI and scored twice. Nick Granata tripled, doubled, had 2 RBIs and scored a run. Joe Murphy had a big two-run single in Kiwanis' five-run 5th and added another single in the 6th. Tommy Benincaso singled, doubled and scored a pair of runs. Chris Restaino singled, doubled and scored. Mike DiIorio singled in a run and scored.
Rotarys defense fell down again as Kyle Mossop pitched well, giving up 2 earned runs. Rotary made 5 fielding error's which led to the scoring of 7 unearned runs. Evan Uva, Chris Buzzeo and Brian Brown had hits, Kyle Mossop was 2 for 3 with a triple and a double and Nick Covino had a pair of singles.
Laurel AC Trims Signature Landscaping, 6-4
Both teams played well, and once again Laurel AC was lead on offense by Jimmy Evans, who continued with his hot bat, going 3 for 3 with a booming triple and 2 RBIs. Jeff Joslyn and Joey Laracca both contibuted with 2 RBIs and Mike Pascarelli added two singles. Danny Frattaroli pitched a complete game for Laurel AC, allowing 4 runs in the first inning and then settling down to shut down Signature over the next 5 frames. For Signature, the brother duo of Trey and Alex Canevari worked the pitching rubber to strike out 11. Trey Canevari, Michael Boyian, Rasheed Tyree and Chris Platt had hits for Signature. Matt St. Louis, Jimmy Evans and Jake Guaglione both made several outstanding plays in the field for Laurel AC.
Lions Pull Out the Win in the Sixth
Norwalk Lions Club rallied in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a four-run deficit, edging Monker Grotto 11-10. It was a total team effort for both teams. For the Lions, the comeback started with Mike McLaughlin, Mike Waring, Elijah Dash and Joe Langley scoring in the sixth. The final run was driven in by Jack Potochney, who had a walkoff double, driving in Johnny Swick for the win. Ryan McGonigle, Michael McLaughlin and Mike Powers all contributed on the mound. Offensively, Monker Grotto was led by Moe Ortiz, who had a double, triple, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Victor Silano had a double and drove in two. Jack Letizia singled and drove in two. Nick LaFranco collected a double, single and drove in a run while Alex Escalante had a base hit and 1 RBI. Ty Samuel had a good day at the plate, collecting 2 hits, and Nathan Breen had a hit.
Rotary Brings Down the Eagles Rotary bats came alive in this game, posting a season-high 11 hits. Evan Uva was outstanding on the mound, striking out 5 in 4 innings. Grayson Brandfellner came in to close it out. Renzo Pablo had 4 RBIs. Amari Brown had a triple and a RBI. Brian Brown, Nick Covino, John Chieffalo and Brandfellner all had hits and RBIs. Kyle Mossop was outstanding in the field and also had a hit and scored twice. Chris Casseus made a great play in the outfield that saved at least 2 runs.
Signature Whacked By Pizza Men
Matt Arduino and Alex Canevari pitched for Signature. The lone run in the 4th inning came as Trey Canevari singled and then used his legs to work his way around the diamond. Logan Raymond tripled, Rashid Tyree doubled, and Sam Delio singled. Jack Coulter was robbed of a hit in the first inning when his sharply hit ground ball up the middle was tracked down behind the 2nd base bag by Rowayton Pizza SS Jack Feinstein.
Lions Hold Off Eagles in the Sixth
Jack Potochney and Mike Powers combined for the 5-3 win, hurling 9 Ks and giving up only 3 hits. At the plate, Mike Powers was 1 for 2 with 3 RBIs. Tevin Paulemon was 1 for 2 with a run scored. Jake Sullivan was 1 for 2. John Swick, Andrew Goldstein and Mike Waring all scored, due to heads-up base running.
Kiwanis Bounces Back for 4-3 Win Over Laurels For the second straight game it took Kiwanis Club 7 innings to pull out a one-run victory. Starting pitcher Nick Granata was nearly flawless as he hurled 5 innings, allowing no runs, no walks and 3 hits and striking out 4. Granata was relieved in the 6th by Mike DiIorio. DiIorio was victimized by 2 miscues in the 6th that lead to the tying run. DiIorio tossed the final 2 frames, striking out 2 to earn the win. Kiwanis scored first in the 2nd inning, as DiIorio singled, advanced to third following a pair of walks and stole home. Kiwanis would not score again until the bottom of the 7th, as John Skroly lead off with a six-pitch walk, followed by a base hit to right by Alex Ruther. Joey Benincaso singled in Skroly to cut the Laurles' lead to 1. A hit batter and a fielders choice left runners at 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Granata then took the first pitch he saw and singled to right center scoring the tying and winning runs for Kiwanis.
Laurel AC wasted another strong starting effort by Michael Pascarelli and the hot bat of Jimmy Evans. Pascarelli tossed 5 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing no earned runs. Jeff Joslyn was the tough-luck losing pitcher. He escaped a jam in the 5th and hurled a strong 6th inning but took the loss in the bottom of the 7th. Jimmy Evans continued to lead the team in batting with a 3 for 4 effort, including a two-out two-RBI booming triple in the top of the 7th inning to give Laurel AC a temporary 3-1 lead. Other contributors on offense were Maxwell Pagano, Matt St. Louis and Anthony Bombace. Evans was also flawless at first base with 9 putouts and a couple of nice scoops. Jack Guaglione played an excellent second base and Matt St. Louis made several nice plays at the hot corner.
Rowayton Pizza beats Laurel AC, 7-2
Laurel AC could not overcome the excellent pitching of Jake B. and the flawless defense of Rowayton Pizza, losing 7-2 at Bayley Beach. Jimmy Evans pitched 5 strong innings, striking out 7 batters, walking two and allowing 5 hits. The Laurel AC defense let the team down with 5 errors that lead to 5 unearned runs. Jimmy Evans and Michael Pascarelli both hit booming RBI doubles. Jeff Joslyn and Anthony Africano had the only other hits for Laurel AC. Matt St. Louis and Jeff Joslyn made outstanding plays in the field.
Signature Notches First Win on Late Rally A four-run 5th inning gave Signature Landscaping the victory over Rotary. Trey Canevari, Logan Raymond and Alex Canevari took care of the pitching duties, combining for 11 Ks. Michael Boyian, Trey Canevari, Raymond, Alex Canevari, Chris Platt, Rasheed Tyree, Kyle Gordon, Sam Delio and Steven Valverde all had hits to lead a balanced offensive performance.
Eagles Live to Fly Again
The Eagles scored eight runs in the first inning to take an early lead and then held on after a late rally by Monker. The offense was lead by Matt Howards triple, double and single for 3 RBIs, Shawn Hanzliks double, triple and homerun for 4 RBIs, Nicholas Howards 2 singles and 2 RBIs, Andrew Clarks double and 2 RBIs, Param Patels two singles and a triple, Bailey Andrews two singles, Isaac Keehns double and 2 RBIs, Trevor Rivkens single and Stephen Howards single. Nicholas Howard Pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win. Monker Grotto was led by Alex Escalante, who had a double, single and 4 RBIs. Jack Letizia had 3 hits and drove in 3 runs while Nick LaFranco had 3 singles and scored twice. Victor Silano doubled, singled, drove in 2 runs and crossed the plate twice. John Hogan singled twice and drove in a run. Moe Ortiz singled twice and scored twice, while Marcus Garcia and Scott Whalen each collected a hit.
Kiwanis Comes Back in 7th, Beats Lions 7-6 Kiwanis Club came back from a four-run deficit to tie it up 6-6 in the bottom of the 6th. In the bottom of the 7th, Tommy Benincaso, with an 0-2 count and 2 out, lined a game-winning RBI single to left field. Kiwanis was held hitless for the first 3 frames, until an RBI double in the 4th by Tommy Benincaso and an RBI single by Mike DiIorio brought Kiwanis to within 3 runs. In the 6th, Kiwanis took advantage of 3 miscues, a walk, a single by Isaiah Rodriguez and DiIorio's second RBI single to tie it up. In the 7th, back-to-back singles by Brandon Luffman and Rodriguez put the winning run at 2nd. Tommy Benincaso laced an RBI single to left, scoring Luffman from 2nd. Joey Benincaso scattered 9 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and striking out 8. Nick Granata tossed the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1 to earn the victory.
For The Lions, John Swick pitched well for 6 innings, strikingout 6 while allowing only 3 hits and walking 1. At the plate, Mike Powers was 2 for 3 and scored twice. Jack Potochney was 2 for 3, scoring twice and stroking two RBIs, Mike Waring was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs, John Swick was 1 for 3 with a ground-rule double, Ryan Mcgonigle was also 1 for 3 with a ground-rule double and an RBI, Tevin Paulemon was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Mike Mclaughlin was 1 for 3 and scored a run, and Andrew Goldstein caught a great game and scored a run.
Partners and Mathews Restoration End It in a Tie
Mathews Restoration and Partners ended a 10-10 battle when darkness settled in at Vets Park. Ron Secchi, former umpire and current Music Department Chairmen at Brien McMahon High School, was called from the stands in the second inning when the game umpire was injured behind the plate. A sparkling performance by Secchi fueled rumors that he is considering throwing his hat into the arena for future umpiring positions. Partners faced tough pitching in the first four innings, producing only one hit, a solid double by Donny Shaffer. It wasn't until the fifth and sixth innings that Partners bats came alive with hits by Matt Vaccaro (2), Mike Arena, Bill Lopez (2) and Luca Piacenza. Partners pitching included strong performances by Kevin Delio, Sean Warde, Brandon Croswell and Donny Shaffer.
Michael Boyian was spectacular, going 3 2/3 innings of one-hit, nine-strikeout ball as Mathews bats took an early eight-run lead into the 5th inning.
The offensive power was supplied by a total team effort. The standouts were James Cirifalco, 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs, and Boyian and Gordon, 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. But the evening was marked by the improvement of the middle to the bottom of the order, which produced 6 of 12 hits, 6 RBIs and 8 of the 10 runs scored. Sarah Arena continued her clutch hitting and three-game hitting streak, contributing an RBI. Even bigger offensive news came on Demetrius Dassouras first hit of the season, along with 2 RBIs, a hard, clean single up the middle into center.
There were pitching debuts in AAA, with Ryan Pellini earning his first strikeout, along with James Cirifalco and Shawn McKay, who also got strikeouts. But the highlights belong to the Partners team, which battled back from an 8-0 hole to take the lead in the top of 6th, scoring 7 runs to go ahead 10-9. Mathews made the most of the bottom of 6th, scoring once to tie it up, but it left the bases loaded after Sara Arena ripped a hard hit ball with 2 outs. Her moment was stolen by a fine defensive play by pitcher Donny Shaffer, who snatched a sure game winner to preserve a tie.
Marinello's Pizza outlasts Jaycees 4-3 Marinello's got a solid start from Max Pomponi, who struck out 8 and gave up 1 run in 3 innings. Nick DiIorio came in and gave up 2 runs in 2 innings while striking out 5. Joe DiIorio pitched the 6th, striking out 3 to earn the save. The hitting stars for Marinello's were Ryan Byrnes, who doubled and tripled. Jake Pomponi also doubled, while Alex Antunes collected 2 singles.
Stew Leonards Defeats Grizzlies Behind Battle and Morin Stew Leonards defeated the Grizzlies, 12-3, behind Darren Battles big 2-run double and Alistair Morin's 2-hit 2-RBI day. Jack Fitzpatrick was the winner again, striking out 6 in 3-plus innings of work. Patrick Coulter pitched well in relief, striking out 6 batters. Eric Palacio played a great defensive game behind the dish, throwing out 2 would-be base-stealers. Cooper Grillo played well all around with 2 hits and fine defense at second base.
Mathews Improves to 6-1 Mathews improved to 6-1, defeating always-tough Marinello's Pizza. As expected, the pitching horses were out, Kyle Gordon leading Mathews and Chandler Greene hurling for Marinello's. After loading the bases in the first, Greene settled in and dialed up 6 strikeouts over 2 innings before being relieved in the 3rd. Gordon stayed strong and went for his longest outing of the season, 3 solid innings of 1-hit, 1-run, 6-strikeout ball. Jack Mathews finished for Mathews with a strong final 3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 6 strikeouts. Mathews offense came to life in the 3rd as its motto took form, Swing Hard and Make Things Happen. Mathews took advantage of walks and timely hitting by Jack Mathews, Gordon, Michael Boyian and Ryan Pellini, who accounted for the 5-run third. In the 4th, Mathews tacked on 3 insurance runs with timely two-out hitting by Jack Mathews, who drove in 1, and Gordon, who doubled in the gap for 2 RBIs. Jack Mathews earned the game ball as he went 2-2 with 2 walks and 1 RBI and solid pitching. Sarah Arena, for the second game in a row, showed signs of a big bat with another deep fly ball to left that found the turf for a stand-up double. Marinello's got a good pitching performance from Chandler Greene. Greene totaled 6 strikeouts. Marinellos offense was led by Chris Murrales, who doubled and knocked in 2 runs. Max Pomponi and Nick DiIorio each had a hit. DiIorio and Jack Cocchia each scored a run. Cocchia also added an RBI.
Stew's 5-Run 5th Drops Rowayton Hose Stew Leonards exploded for a 5-run 5th inning and got timely relief pitching from Cooper Grillo as it beat Rowayton, 7-3. Patrick Coulter had a big single in the 5th, and Jack Fitzpatrick singled home 2 runs. Vishva Patel added a line single and Patrick Coulter played an outstanding game at catcher, making 15 putouts at home.
Grizzlies Hold Off Jaycess Both teams made a great effort, but the Grizzlies bats and pitching made the difference. Tyler LaFranco and Bert Santiago did not just in long relief and closing but with their bats as well. Matthew Mullins had his breakout game, going 2 for 2 and getting on with a walk. Trey Diurno, Shane Popkins, Adam Love and newcomer Justin Smalls swung big bats, while Jaden Ortiz, Noel Vilanova, Andrew Romaniello, Claudia Uva and Tommy Brown played small ball but crossed the plate for the winning Grizzlies.
Marinello's Pizza Escapes Hose, 3-2
Marinello's used a three-run 6th inning to get the win. Marinello's pitcher Ryan Byrnes threw 5 innings of 1-hit ball. The winning run came in when Chris Murrales was hit by a pitch with the base loaded. Marinello's got great defensive efforts from Chandler Greene, Jack Cocchia and Max Pomponi.
Partners Overcome Late Mauling by Grizzlies Brandon Croswell and Donny Shaffer pitched the Partners to victory in a hard-fought, well-played game with the Grizzlies. Partners were ahead 6-1 in the 5th until the Grizzlies came alive and jumped ahead 7-6 in the top of the 6th. Partners tied it up in the bottom of the 6th with an RBI by Luca Piacenza. Michael Arena came up with the bases loaded and drove in the winning runs with a walk-off shot towards right field. A combined Partners team batting effort was lead by solid hitting from Shaffer (2), Croswell, Vaccaro and Arena.
Mathews Comeback Win in Extras
Mathews won in extra innings, nipping Matarese, 6-5, in 7 innings of nail-biting baseball. Starting pitcher Zackary Brace for Matarese was virtually untouchable for 4 1/3 innings, yielding 1 run on 3 hits with 10 strikeouts. All 10 strikeouts came in row as he dazzled the Mathews batters through 4. Matareses bats came out smoking, roughing up Mathews starter Jack Mathews for 4 runs in the first inning. Jack managed to settle down and finish his duties on the mound with 3 consecutive strikeouts. Kyle Gordon relieved Jack in the second and held Matarese at 4, going 2 innings of 1 hit, no-run ball before turning it over to Michael Boyian. Boyian pitched the long haul and earned the victory, going 3 2/3 innings of 2-hit, 1-run baseball. Mathews trailed by 4 going into the bottom of the 5th inning when Kyle Gordon and Michael Boyian combined for back-to-back singles, Boyian driving in Kyle. Nathan Stiles drove in Boyian on a fielders choice as Mathews chipped away to come within 2. In the bottom of the sixth, the determined Mathews team battled back as Shawn McKay got the bat on the ball, scratching an infield hit to start a last-inning rally. He was followed by James Cirifalco, who hit a sharp ground ball to third as McKay was called safe at second on the attempt to get the lead runner. Both runners advanced on stolen bases and with 2 outs and 2 on, Sarah Arena came to the plate. With one swing of the bat, Sarah blasted a hard line drive to right center, driving in 2 to tie it up. It was her first hit of the season! In the 7th, Mathews wasted no time. Michael Boyian doubled to right and stole 3rd, and Nathan Stiles singled Boyian home for the game winner.
Marinello's Pitches Past Partners, 13-4
Joe DiIorio and Jake Pomponi threw 5 combined innings. The 2 struck out 9 and only walked 1. Jack Cocchia struck out 3 to close the game. Chandler Green homered and drove in 4. Ryan Byrnes went 3 for 3 driving in 2. John Kruy singled and scored 2 runs.
Grizzlies Roar and Win After a long winters hibernation, the PAL Grizzlies finally awakened for their first win of the season. Shane Popkins gave a masterful pitching performance, throwing 5 no-hit innings, 14 K's, and retiring 15 of 16 batters. Tyler LaFranco pitched the final inning for the close. For the Grizzlies offense, Adam Love went 3 for 3, including a bases-loaded triple. Trey Diurno delivered a scorching double in the first, while Jayden Ortiz and Noel Vilanova scored runs. Matt Mullins had a big single in the 3rd. Peter Young, Tommy Brown and Andrew Romaniello had key walks.
Marinello's Swings past Partners 17-5
Chris Murrales went 2 for 2, including a home run for Marinello's in a 17-5 victory. Max Pomponi struck out 7. Murrales came in to record the final 3 outs. Chandler Greene also had 3 RBIs. Alex Antunes scored 2 runs and had an RBI.
Despite Outhitting Fuel, Stews Is Outscored Rowayton used timely pitching and hitting to knock off Stew Leonards, 5-2. Stews left 15 runners on base. Jack Fitzpatrick pitched a wonderful game despite the loss, allowing only a couple earned runs over 4 innings against a tough Rowayton team. Eric Palacio pitched a scoreless 5th. Clayton Bray had 2 hits and Fitzpatrick added a line single and RBI for Stew Leonards.
Mathews Goes on the Offensive
Mathews played an outstanding game, beating the Jaycees 13-1 behind the starting pitching of Michael Boyian, who went 2 2/3 innings, allowing no hits, 1 walk and striking out 5. He was followed by Jack Mathews, who went 1 inning and allowed no hits, 1 run and 3 walks while striking out 2. Kyle Gordon went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 1 hit, no runs and 1 walk while striking out 5. Nathan Stiles closed the game out, going 2/3 innings with no runs and 1 strikeout.
The Jaycees starting pitcher, Sabastian Longo, had an impressive outing, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing 2 runs and 4 hits while striking out 4. Mathews started its offensive attack in the first as Kyle Gordon used his speed to beat out an infield ground ball, then stole second and third. Michael Boyian wasted little time singling to left and scoring Gordon. Jack Mathews came to life with a line-drive single to left scoring Boyian. But thats all the scoring that Sabastian Longo would allow, as he settled down and quieted the Mathews bats until he was relieved in 3rd inning. In 4th, the Mathews offense exploded when Michael Secchi and Gordon got back-to-back singles. Both Boyian and Stiles matched back-to-back triples, Boyian driving in 2 and Stiles driving in 1. James Cirifalco delivered his first hit of the season with a line drive shot to left field following a single by Shawn McKay. Cirifalcos single drove in Mathews, who walked to cap a 5-run inning. But Mathews was not done. In the 6th, the top of the lineup again sparked another offensive eruption. Gordon walked, stole second and third and once again Boyian singled to drive him home. Stiles walked, and Jack Mathews lined another single to left center, driving in 2. Following a walk to Shawn McKay and Cirifalco being hit by a pitch, Patrick Lotierzo singled to drive in 2 for his first hit of the season. Honorable mention to Ryan Pellini, who also got his first hit of the season. Matarese Comes Back To Beat Rowayton Hose Down 4-0, Matarese climbed back in the 5th to take a 6-5 win with hits by Kyle Dobson and Brandon Lesoveck and RBIs by Kayshawn Crawley, Jeff Cocchia and Jake Calabrese. Good pitching by Kayshawn Crawley and a great finish by Sean Buzzee.
Rowayton Fuel Outduels Marinello's Pizza 3-0 Marinello's got an excellent pitching performance from Chandler Greene and Nick DiIorio. Greene struck out 10 in 4 innings. DiIorio added 2 K's in 2 innings of work. DiIorio also added a double and Jack Gratz also had a hit. John Kruy and Jalen Garcia made two outstanding defensive plays.
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