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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Another classic

The prevailing thought in the Southern Connecticut seems to be it's Amity, then there's everyone else.
Let's amend that just a little: it's Amity and Shelton, then everyone else.
Amity and Shelton played to another classic, extra-innings tilt, with Amity prevailing 2-1 in 10 innings before a sparse crowd only because Mother Nature still isn't cooperating, and probably because the game was moved to Amity from Shelton on Tuesday because Amity's field can take on water in case of more rain.
If not for the legs of Brian Kownacki, the game may have eventually been halted on account of darkness with the game still tied. Shelton's attempt to get a double play in the bottom of the 10th inning was foiled and the ball tipped off first baseman Matt Mauri's glove and just went a little bit up the first-base line. Heads-up base-running by Kownacki, Amity's leadoff hitter, who saw what happened, then busted it down the line to score easily for the victory and keep the state's No. 1 team undefeated.
Max Russell and Jason Foster were pretty close to perfect, allowing one run apiece through eight innings. While Foster went one more inning, Kyle Birdsall relieved Russell and pitched two scoreless innings. Mark McCormack was not as fortunate when he relieved Foster in the 10th.
The last time these two teams got together, Shelton handed Amity its last loss, back on May 8, 2006, 3-2 in 12 innings. Shelton will be looking for some revenge in the rematch, which comes in approximately three weeks.
It should be a night game and it should be at least a little warmer - I hope. That means more people should come out to see these two eventual SCC playoff teams square off one more time.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Where are you going Wednesday?

Assuming fields will be playable after Sunday's Nor'easter, there are plenty of Southern Connecticut Conference division baseball games pitting rivals against one another Wednesday afternoon.
None are bigger and better than Amity at Shelton. The last time these two teams met, back on May 8th of last year, Shelton won 3-2 in 12 innings. That was Amity's first Housatonic Division loss in three years. Expect to see Max Russell toe the rubber for Amity, which tied Shelton for the division title last year based on that one result.
Another good one is Branford at North Haven: Legendary North Haven coach Bobby DeMayo and his state-leading 755 career wins up against Branford coming off a Class L championship. The winner here gets an early leg up in the SCC Oronoque, although I still like to think they are both still in the Hammonasset, or even the old Housatonic League.
Then there is the battle of West Haven at Quigley Stadium. West Haven and Notre Dame are trying to bounce back off subpar seasons in 2006 and remain in the thick of things in the Quinnipiac. Another Quinnipiac battle has Xavier travelling to Hamden.
Other division games include Foran at Hand, Sheehan at Cheshire and Wilbur Cross at East Haven.
So where will you be on Wednesday afternoon?

Interesting note out of Seymour: Not only are the Wildcats undefeated at 4-0, but a freshman by the name of Danny Perez hit one of three home runs in Seymour's 6-0 win over Kennedy. Yes, that is the younger brother of former Seymour standout Jay Perez, who played in the minor leagues for the Houston Astros.