AAA Softball Infusium 11, Strazza Builders 5
In a matchup between two talented softball teams, Team Infusium erased a 4-0 deficit to defeat Strazza Construction by a score of 11-5 Saturday.
Strazza plated three runs in the first on big hits from Olivia Budington and Sophia Strazza. Infusium got one back in its half of the inning with fine base running from Chloe Sokol and a rope double by Hannah Belanger.
Belanger came on to pitch in relief, striking out the side in the second. That proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered to get her teams bats going. With a seeing eye double by Katie McDonough and clutch hits from Victoria Richards, Rachel Nadel and KC Johnson, Infusion took its first lead of the day, 6-4
Strong pitching and great defense again quieted the Strazza bats allowing only one run in the third. The combination of great defense from Hastings and Campbell Johnson retired the side in the bottom of the third to hold the lead.
Team Strazza fought to the end with great defense from Natalie Wallon, Anna Imrie, and Zoey Weiss, while Eleanor Imrie and Alex Wadehra were constant threats on the bases but came up short against a determined Infusium team. In the fourth inning, Sokol made her debut on the mound, allowing no runs in her first outing.
AA Baseball Au Pair in America Bees 5, Realty Seven Inc Hooks 4
Olivia Gladstein ripped a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Dominick Caratozzolo, as the Au Pair in America Bees defeated the Realty Seven Inc Hooks, 5-4, Saturday. The game-winner came after the Hooks had rallied to tie the game at 4 with a three-run outburst in the top of the last inning.
The Bees took a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Lewis Cropper delivered two RBI on the first of his two doubles on the game. He scored three batters later on Brandon Kirinichs opposite field single.
The Bees extended their lead in the fourth on Christian Eidts RBI single, his second base hit of the game. The Hooks comeback in the sixth could have been more but was held to three runs thanks to some heads-up defense. An outfield assist by Matthew Kurtz and a pick off of a player caught in a rundown by Kyle Gordon snuffed out the Hooks' rally.
The pitching combination of Kirinich, Cropper and Eidt led the Bees to victory with eight strikeouts against only two walks for the game. Johnny Shiller struck out seven batters for the Hooks in his three innings on the mound. John Walsh led the Hooks offensively with three hits and three RBI on the afternoon.
AA Baseball Wilton Mobil Rock Hounds 8, Merrill Lynch Mud Cats 2 In a pitchers duel, the Wilton Mobil Rock Hounds survived a late-game rally by the Merrill Lynch Mud Cats to win, 8-2. Andrew Travers had 11 strikeouts for the Rock Hounds. Nick Sheehan was equally impressive with 10 strikeouts for the Mud Cats.
Matt Wenger had two hits and scored twice for the Hounds. Clyde Tinnen, Sam Ermark and Tucker Walden each had hits as well. Tinnen, Ermark, Jimmy Curto, Rishabh Raniwala, Sam Marsan and Anthony Andre also scored runs. Jake Zeyher had a hit and scored for the Cats. Dean Griffin scored the Cats other run.
A Baseball Sound Property Development Grasshoppers 6, Clearview Capital Blue Claws 0
The Grasshoppers jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first and never looked back, topping the Blue Claws, 6-0. Troy Bucciero and Shane McCaghey provided the big hits for the Grasshoppers. The Blue Claws could not get their offense going in the early innings, thanks to terrific control from Grasshopper pitcher Cameron Case. They finally started getting men on base when Case moved to the field, but the Grasshoppers played solid defense to keep the Blue Claws off the board. Owen Pettit, Sky Reznik and Shane McCaghey gave solid performances in relief of Case. Daniel Gruseke and Neil Satsangi had hits for the Blue Claws in an attempt to rally. The Grasshoppers added to their lead in the later innings, pushing across a run on a long double by Owen Petit and getting hits from Jack Baker and Max Mannino, among others.
The damage would have been far worse but for solid fielding plays from Blue Claw shortstop Ian Kineon and second baseman Dean Kaduboski kept the deficit at six. Everett Anderson and Michael Gruseke were reliable making plays at first base, and Mason Chrabolowski made a key catch of a line drive.
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