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Norwalk Little League Recaps

NORWALK, Conn. – A recap of recent action in the Norwalk Little League:

Major Division

Sports Authority, 7, Laurel AC 7, 3: Sports Authority handed Laurel its first loss of the season. Jeff Joslyn singled, tripled, added an RBI and scored a run. Jimmy Evans had an RBI triple and scored. Peter Young, Joe Alfson, Shane Popkins and Renzo Pablo all added singles. Jack Mathews and Kyle Dobson pitched well in relief.

Signature Landscaping 9, Rotary Club 7: Signature Landscaping took a 7-2 lead into the fifth inning, but Rotary Club stormed back to tie the game. Signature scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for the win.  Dax Generoso pitched four innings, allowing two runs and four hits and striking out eight. Joey Benincaso allowed two earned runs and one hit and struck out one. Matt Howard allowed no runs and one hit and struck out one. Alex Canevari pitched the sixth and earned the save. Jack Fitzpatrick came up big as he reached base all three times, including a leadoff triple in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. Fitzpatrick also scored a run. Howard had three singles, an RBI and scored two runs. Benincaso singled in a run and scored. Canevari and Generoso each singled and scored two runs.

Kiwanis 4, Signature Landscaping 3: Signature took an early 2-0 lead with two runs off starter Scott Whalen. Kiwanis tied the game in the fourth with a double by Brandon Regis.  Kiwanis took a 4-2 lead in the sixth with a two outs. Jack Letizia and Ryan McGonigle both singled and Max Pomponi drove them in with his second hit of the game.

Jack Letizia pitched an outstanding game with four shutout innings, one earned run and 12 strikeouts. In the bottom of the sixth inning Letizia struck out the last three batters, leaving the tying run on third to end the game. Defensive highlights included call-up Cooper Grillo throwing a runner out at the plate and catcher Scott Whalen throwing a runner out at second on an attempted steal.

For Signature, Nathan Stiles held Kiwanis scoreless for three innings, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Jack Fitzpatrick went three innings, allowing one earned run and three hits and striking out five. At the plate for Signature, Alex Canevari went 3-for-3, including an RBI double, and scored a run.  Dax Generoso singled and scored. Fitzpatrick singled and Joey Benincaso had an RBI ground out and scored a run. Generoso also made a great over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field in the top of the sixth with the game tied at 2.

Laurel AC 6, Rowayton Pizza 3: Jeff Joslyn and Renzo Pablo each hit home runs over the center field fence at Bayley Beach to lead Laurel AC over Rowayton Pizza in a solid game by both teams. Jimmy Evans tossed 4? innings, striking out eight batters and allowing three unearned runs on three hits to earn the victory.  Shane Popkins pitched the final 1? innings of relief, striking out three batters. At the plate, Joslyn was 3-for-3 with a single, double, home run and 2 RBIs. Pablo had a home run and 2 RBIs. Kyle Dobson and Shane Popkins each added two hits. Evans scored two runs and gave Laurel AC the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Peter Young caught all six innings.

Signature Landscaping 3, Kiwanis 0: Behind the strong pitching of Alex Canevari, Signature Landscaping shut out Kiwanis. Canevari hurled 5? innings, with no runs, four hits and eight strikeouts. Joey Benincaso came on in relief  to strike out the final batter with the bases loaded to preserve the victory. Signature's first hit of the game came in the fourth when Dax Generoso beat out a ground ball for an infield single. Generoso advanced to third and was driven in on a sharply hit two-strike single to right by Canevari. Vishva Patel lead off the top half of the fifth with a single. Mike Secchi added an RBI for Signature's second run. Generoso lead off the sixth with a double and scored on a wild throw. The defensive play of the day came in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second, Generoso made a diving catch in center field to save two runs.  Logan Raymond started the game for Kiwanis, pitching four innings and striking out 10 batters. Scott Whalen relieved Raymond in the fifth and finished the game with three strikeouts.  Offensively for Kiwanis, Logan Raymond went 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Ryan Mcgonigle, Jack Letizia and Colin Baker each had a single.

Laurel AC 6, Lions 4: Jimmy Evans used his bat and glove to lead Laurel. Evans hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Laurels the go-ahead run, walked and scored three runs. Other contributors on offense were Renzo Pablo with a single and two RBIs, Jeff Joslyn with two RBIs and Shane Popkins with a double and two runs scored.  Evans made the play of the game at first base in the sixth, making a catch in foul territory and throwing out a runner at the plate to end the game with a double play. Pablo started and struck out five, and Popkins pitched well in relief with five strikeouts to earn the win. Joslyn closed the game to get the save. Peter Young had another excellent game behind the plate, and Anthony Africano made several nice plays at second base.

Rotary 9, Sports Authority  4: Grayson Brandfellner pitched a solid five innings and gave up just three runs as Rotary earned its first victory. Mike McLaughlin pitched the final inning in relief to close out the game. The offense was led by Evan Uva's four hits in a solid team effort. Defense played a big part in the victory and all team members contributed, with Evan Uva making solid plays.

Lions 2, Monker Grotto 0: Ryan Byrne threw a complete game, three-hit shutout to lead the Lions to victory. Byrne kept Monker Grotto batters at bay the entire game with three strikeouts and only two walks. The DiIorio brothers provided all the RBIs in the game. Nick DiIorio doubled, driving in Nick Granata in the fifth, and Mike DiIorio’s sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Tyler LaFranco. Chris Restaino had 2 hits and a number assists in the field.  Granata also had a hit.

Other scores: Rowayton Pizza 14, Lions 4; Rowayton Pizza 5, Monker Grotto 4

AAA Division

Partners 4, Rowayton Seafood 3: Partners battled through tough weather against Rowayton Seafood to pull out a victory. On the mound, Partners was led by James Cirifalco and Derek DiMeglio for the first four innings. Korey Morton closed out the last inning. The offense was led by the timely hitting of Andrew Romaniello, Landon Heatly, James Cirifalco and Justin Gibson.

Firefighters 11, Jaycees 4: With challenging weather conditions, the team relied heavily on solid pitching from Jonathan Stefanidis and Mitchell Stiles to keep the Jaycee’s offense in check. They were supported with strong defense by Jake Hufnagel and Brien McMahon. Jack Gratz and Jake Calabrese carried the team offensively with two hits each.

Outboost Computers 8, Eagles 6: For the Eagles, Sean Buzzee, Tyler LaFranco, Tommy Brown and Andrew Miele each scored a run, Tom Essig scored two and had a hit, and Tom Brown and Andrew Miele added singles. Tyler Lafranco pitched three innings and left the game with the lead. Outboost scored three in the first, one in the 4th and four in the 5th to seal the win. Seamus Herlihy relieved  in the second to record two outs and pitched another two-thirds inning more of  one-hit, no-run ball. Arty Cocchia pitched 2? innings of no run, no hit ball to record the win. Vandan Patel, Randy Mateo, Art Cocchia, Louie Cundari and Christian Miller added clutch hits for Outboost.

Stew Leonard's 12, Rowayton Market 1: Stew Leonard's had 10 hits (two each by Daniel Miller, Cooper Grillo and Jalen Garcia), Alex Antunez blasted a double and Noel Vilanova led the offensive attack for the win. On defense, Stew's was led by Cooper Grillo, Jake Pomponi, Alistair Morin and Brandon Croswell.

Firefighters 13, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood  9: The Firefighters continued their hot streak with a hard fought win over The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood.  Offense ruled the day for both teams, with the Firefighters coming out on top led by the bats of Jack Gratz, Stephen Arduino and Jake Calabrese. Joseph Cambareri pitched three solid innings in his first start. Brandon Frederique closed the game with 2 scoreless innings in relief.

Outboost Computers 4, Partners 2: Louie Cundari pitched four innings, allowing five hits, two walks and two runs and striking out seven. Arty Cocchia was solid again in relief, striking out six and giving up no runs. Jayden Anderson had three hits and a run, and Jeff Cocchia and Arty Cocchia each added a run. Partners was led by Korey Morton, Patrick Coulter and Micheal Arena with two hits each.  Derek Demeglio and James Cirifalco had a hit each. Coulter and Morton combined for 13 strikeouts.

Marinello's, 8, Brendan’s 101, 2: In a game much tighter than the score might indicate, Marinello's Pizzeria beat Brendan’s 101 at Bayley Beach.  Marinello's jumped out to an early lead and was led offensively by Ryan Inzitari, Shykeem Harmon, Nicolas Natalie and Myles Andriopoulos.  Brendan’s 101 did a great job of holding Marinello's down for the remainder of the game while mounting several offensive rallies.  Marinello's received great pitching performances from Sean Warde and Joseph DiIorio.

Outboost Computers 11, The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood 1: Jayden Anderson pitched four innings of shutout baseball, allowing three hits, seven strikeouts and three walks in an 11-1 victory over The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood.  Jeff Cocchia pitched, striking out two and getting a hit and a run.  Micheal Langley pitched the sixth and threw three strikeouts for the save.  Langley scored two runs, Anderson had two hits, Arty Cocchia had one hit and three runs and Randy Mateo had two hits and two runs and turned a double play. Louie Cundari chipped in one hit. Cole Forcellina, Vandan Patel and Seamus Herlihy scored runs for Outboost Computers.

Firefighters 7, Eagles 2: Led by four innings of solid pitching by Stephen Arduino, and timely hitting by Joey Cambareri and Brandon Frederique, the Fighters once again rallied from behind to beat the Eagles in extra innings. The Eagles were led by another strong start from Sean Buzzee, who held the Firefighters at bay for the better part of five innings. The game was tied in the seventh, when the Firefighters scored five runs, including a bases-clearing triple by Cambareri, and a two-run double by Brandon Frederique. Other notables included defensive gems by Patrick Lotierzo and Cameron Cosgrove. Mitchell Stiles earned the win with a scoreless three innings.

Partners 1, Marinello’s 0: In one of the best games of the year, Marinello’s and Partners had a good old-fashion pitching duel.  Partners were lead on the mound by Mike Arena and Derek Dimeglio, who combined for six innings of shutout ball. Marinello’s pitching was equally impressive, led by Kevin Hanzlik and Myles Andriopoulos. Partners offense was led by Andre Romaniello, who drove in the only run of the game. Patrick Coulter, Kevin Delio and Korey Morton lead the team on defense to hold off a comeback.

Stew Leonard's, 10, Brendan’s 101, 3: Led by Cooper Grillo’s two extra-base hits and four RBIs, and Joey Snyder's timely hitting and fielding, Stew Leonard’s topped Brendan’s 101. Kevin Pascual, Alistair Morin and Brandon Crosswell all pitched well for Stew’s. Grillo made a fine play at shortstop in the first doubling up a Brendan’s 101 runner, ending a threat.

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