NORWALK, Conn. Highlights from recent games in the Norwalk Little League:
Laurel AC 5, Rotary 1: Jeff Joslyn and Shane Popkins combined to toss a no-hitter for Laurel AC. Both pitchers were in command, only allowing two balls to be put in play, while striking out 15 batters. Joslyn went 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run and struck out 11. Popkins pitched 1 1/3 innings and struck out four batters to earn the win. The offense was led by Jack Mathews with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth plus two runs scored. Jimmy Evans had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Popkins ripped a double and scored a run. Joslyn added an RBI single and Kyle Dobson added a single.
Rotary 16, Lions 3: Michael McLaughlin threw a two-hit gem, allowing three runs in four innings. There was solid fielding from Donny Shaffer, Jared Blue and great work behind the plate from Grayson Brandfellner. Rotary bats were hot with multiple hits from Brandfellner, McLaughlin and Blue and singles by Shaffer, Eric Palacio, Jake Laychak, Cameron Shockley and Liam Willkehr.
Laurel AC 9, Lions 4: Jimmy Evans pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run in a match up of division leaders. At the plate, Evans was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Jack Mathews' bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Laurels the lead for good. Also contributing were Shane Popkins with a single and two runs scored and Peter Young with two singles and two runs scored. Kyle Dobson and Renzo Pablo added singles and scored a run each. Dobson made several nice plays in center field and Popkins threw out a runner attempting to steal from behind the plate.
Kiwanis 15, Rotary 9: Kiwanis starter Jack Letizia pitched 2 1/3 innings with four strikeout. Max Pomponi relieved and pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and Dylan Longo finished the game by striking out three. Offensively, Kiwanis was led by Scott Whalen who went 1-for-2 with a double and three RBI, Colin Baker was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and three runs scored, while Jack Letizia had a hit and two RBI. Logan Raymond had a hit and scored a run while Sebastian Longo was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Max Pomponi, Dylan Longo and Cooper Grillo each had an RBI and Brandon Regis scored twice.
Monker Grotto 2, Rowayton Pizza 1: Monker starting pitcher Nathan Brenn pitched a strong 4 2/3 innings racking up seven strikeouts. Danny Frattaroli got the final four outs, striking out three. The top of the order led the charge, scoring in the first and third innings as runs were scarce. Rowayton Pizza's Stephen Kosthohyrz pitched well, completing the game while only allowing two runs before shutting down the Grotto bats for the final three innings. Rowayton catcher James Stefanowicz had a solid game allowing no pass balls. The hitting stars were Kyle Gordon with two hits and two runs scored, Michael Boyian with a hit and an RBI and Danny Frattarolli with a hit and an RBI. Jack Cochia and Frankie Greco added hits.
Rowayton Pizza 8, Signature Landscaping 7: Signature Landscaping scored six in the top of the first but were shut down the remaining five innings. Joey Benincaso tossed three innings for Signature, allowing one earned run with six strikeouts. Dax Generoso came on in relief and allowed no earned runs. At the plate, Tyler LaFranco singled and scored two runs, Generoso doubled and scored, Alex Canevari singled and scored. Jack Fitzpatrick singled and scored. Matt Vaccaro singled and made a nice catch in center field.
Monker Grotto 6, Kiwanis 0: D anny Frataroli flirted with a no-hitter, throwing a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts. Frataroli carried the no-hitter into the sixth inning before Logan Raymond blasted a triple to right. Kyle Gordon had a hit, Frataroli had two hits and four RBI, Michael Boyian was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Joseph Langley had a hit and an RBI. For Kiwanis, Logan Raymond struck out nine batters. Defensive highlights included Colin Baker throwing out two runners at second. Also Kiwanis turned a double play started by first baseman Dylan Longo.
Sports Authority 9, Lions 8: Nick Monteleone had two hits and Mike DiIorio had a double. Chris Restaino pitched a solid game for the Lions.
Kiwanis 8, Monker Grotto 7
Outboost 15, Marinello's 7: Jaden Andersons inside-the-park grand slam in the fourth put Outboost ahead for good. Outboost's top offensive players included Christian Miller (two hits, two runs), Cole Forcellina and Jeff Cocchia. Cayden Beck, Christian Hernandez and Seamus Herlihy scored runs. Anderson earned the save with a game-ending strikeout. For Marinellos, starting pitcher Kevin Hanzlik pitched well with relief help from Myles Andriopoulos, Nicolas Natalie and Sean Ward. Ryan Inzitari doubled and singled, Hanzlick doubled and Sean Ward singled.
Stew Leonard's 2, Parnters 1: Both teams' pitchers combined for 32 strikeouts in a well-pitched contest. Daniel Miller, Jake Pomponi, and Cooper Grillo did the damage for Stew's while Patrick Coulter and Korey Morton pitched brilliantly for Partners. Noel Vilanova had the lone hit for Stew's, an RBI single knocking in Sean Donnelly in the second inning. For Partners, Korey Morton had an RBI and Patrick Coulter and Andrew Romanello added doubles for Partners.
Marinello's 8, Brendan's 101 7: Marinello's Pizzeria rallied for the extra-inning win. Kevin Hanzlik had three hits, two RBI and scored for Marinello's, which pushed home a run in the sixth to force extra innings. Shykeem Harmon and Sean Warde also had hits in that last inning and the game-tying, RBI single was delivered by Michael Dubissette. Joseph DiIorio drove in Ryan Inzitari with the game-winning run. Joseph DiIorio, Shykeem Harmon and Myles Andriopoulos all pitched well for Marinello's.
Partners 6, Rowayton Market 5: Andrew Romaniello hit a walk-off single to lead Partners in a come-from-behind win. Mike Arena pitched well for four innings and Derek Dimeglio came in for two strong innings to shut down Rowayton Market. Offensive stars of the game were Korey Morton and Patrick Coulter, who combined to drive in four runs and each connected for key extra base hits.
Eagles 16, Rowayton Seafood 3: Tommy Essig pitched 4 2/3 innings with five stirkeouts. Ryan Buzzee and Christopher Drummond made outstanding defensive plays. Sean Buzzee had an inside-the-park home run and Tyler LaFranco's bases-loaded double paced the offense. Tommy Brown and Chris Muralles played well in the field at first and third, respectively.
Stew Leonard's 18, Norwalk Firefighters 5: Noel Vilanova, Brandon Croswell, Kevin Pascual, Dimitri Dassouras and Jake Pomponi led Stew's 14-hit attack. Dassouras made two fine defensive plays for Stew's.
Outboost Computers 12, Jaycees 2: Seamus Herlihy pitched two scoreless innings in his first start for Outboost. Vandan Patel followed with a strong outing in relief and Jeff Cocchia struck out two for the win. Arty Cocchia, Christian Miller, Randy Mateo, Jaden Anderson, Louie Cundari, Cole Forcellina, Micheal Langly, and Alex and Christian Hernandez led the hit parade. For the Jaycees, James Greco pitched well. Malachi Longo and Robert Myers had hits while Norman Cruz and Jose Sanchez added runs.
Eagles 11, Brendan's 101 9: The Eagles won their fifth straight and held off a late rally. Down 11-4 in the last inning, Brendans made a strong comeback that was ended with a great catch by Jackson Fiscina, who collided with the pitcher but hung on for the final out. Chis Murales, Chris Drummond, Jaden Ortiz, Tyler LaFranco Andrew Miele and Tommy Brown led the Eagles' offense. A key sacrifice by Zain Cheema helped add an insurance run. Ryan Buzzee, Brown and LaFranco pitched well. Catcher Chris Drummond threw out a runner for the second straight game.
Rowayton Market 5, Marinello's 2: Both teams had outstanding pitching performances. Sean Warde and Shykeem Harmon combined in the effort for Marinello's. The two teams went back and forth in the middle innings with Rowayton Market jumping in front in the top of the third and Marinello's coming right back to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. An RBI single from Ryan Inzitari drove in Noah Sackowitz with the game-tying run, and a RBI base hit from Myles Andriopoulos scored Inzitari. Rowayton Market tied the game in the fourth and went ahead for good in the sixth, scratching out three runs and then holding off a late Marinello's rally for the win.
Stew Leonard's 7, Jaycees 6: Brandon Croswell delivered a key single in the bottom of seventh to drive home Noel Vilanova with the winning run as Stew Leonards won in dramatic fashion against the Jaycees. The Jaycees jumped out to a 6-3 lead on a big hit by Justin Smalls. Stew Leonard s got two hits apiece by Dimitri Dasouras and Cooper Grillo.
Outboost Computers 9, Norwalk Firefighters 8: Micheal Langley's fly ball catch in left with the go-ahead runs on base with two outs in the sixth ended the game Randy Mateo's triple scored two and Jeff Cocchia's two-run single were the big hits. Louie Cundari and Cole Forcellina pitched well. Arthur Cocchia, Jaden Anderson and Forcellina led the offense. Cocchia pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Firefighters pitcher Brandon Frederique pitched four strong innings leaving with the lead. Jose Vasquez, Mitchell Stiles ,Jack Gratz, Stephen Arduino, Brien Lotierzo each had a strong game for the Firefighters.
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