Hartford notches first win since 2011
What a stunning day in New London, the weather was perfect, Dev’s hosted, all teams played and Hartford won, what more could a boy ask for?
Springfield over Hangovers
This week’s action took Springfield, the Hangovers and York Street to New London’s beautiful secluded Sutton Park for Sunday’s action. The Hangovers had a tough doubleheader facing off against two of the hottest teams in the league. Springfield took to the field riding an eight game winning streak thanks in large part to an outstanding lineup as well as a rejuvenated defense. Sunday’s game started out with several miscues defensively for the Hangovers on some searing line drives by the powerful Springfield offense, allowing the Eagles to jump on top early scoring six times in the first inning with hot hitting Chris Cordima leading the charge along with Kenny Keyes who put on a hitting clinic using the opposite field like he owned it. The Hangovers hung tough scoring some late runs showing they have some fight. According to the Hangovers Springfield came out strong in the first inning strong as expected. They scored six in the top of the first inning. But the Hangovers didn’t let that get them down and showed their character by catching many flies and converting enough fielder choices showing good fundamental softball. Kudos to handsome rookie Joel Horton for stepping up and playing third base for the first time, and doing a fine job of it. Joey Farrell and all the outfielders were prepared and rose to the challenge of the Springfield batters. Offensively Paul Garcia and Tim Hoffacker were 3 for 4 as the dynamic duo lead the Hangovers, but everyone contributed by getting on base at least once.
York Street over Hangovers
In the last game of the day York Street found space to hit the ball. The Hangovers could make no adjustments that were effective against Sacco and his first place team. Again the Outfield worked hard and caught 12 fly balls out of the total 18 outs against York St. This includes the last three outs all caught by talented rookie Michael Shanks. Mike also supported the team at the plate hitting three for three including a three RBI home run in the sixth inning. Will Richardson was also three for three contributing to the Hangovers seven runs.
Competitive Division Recap
Springfield over York Street
The second game of the triple bill pitted York Street against the Springfield Eagles in a much anticipated game of two hot teams both sporting impressive records. The battle for first was on, both teams started out slowly as the pitchers would take early control. Scoring two runs in the first the Eagles would hold that lead till the third when Nick Sacco would cross the plate for York Streets first run, the score stood at two to one, Eagles. Springfield broke out with six runs in the bottom of the third scoring five times with two outs putting some distance between them and the unusually quiet York street offense. Kenny Keyes continued his hot hitting and was aided by some solid hits by Springfield catcher Mark Ertel. The (always entertaining) Holmes was credited with some key hits throughout the afternoon as well. Springfield ended the day with a ten game winning streak, they haven’t lost a game since dropping two games opening day. York Street remains poised to give Springfield all they can handle as the battle for first place rages on. Springfield wins.
Pulse over Hartford
Veterans Field is one of the best venues in SNE, pristine infields and fenced in outfields. Hartford and Pulse were ready to battle, Jeremy Teele vs. Dale Smith. Pulse jumped out to an early lead only to let Hartford battle back. Ross Hoel, Phil Halibozek, Bruce Kabel and Mr. and Mr. Arsenault all contributed in Hartford’s offensive attack. Hartford’s infield looked mismatched but over preformed with Doug Booth at first, Cara Hatfield at second, Phil Halibozek at short and Daisy Dukes at third. The end result was Hartford did not have enough offence and their losing streak continued. Pulse was led by Erika Bourque, Jim Bourque and amazing hitting performance by Sean Lepak (he was ON FIRE).
Hartford over Pulse
Well well well!!! The world as we know it is now back to normal. After coming so close all season Hartford notched their first victory over a stunned Pulse team. This was a total team effort anchored by a great pitching performance by Brian Arsenault. With Brian’s Dad Leo looking on the Hartford team used his father’s day karma to take it to a flat Pulse team. Cara Hatfield looked like the missing link; she played fantastic both on offence and defense. Brian was added in the field by a slick duo of Phil Halibozek and Elly May Clampett. Brian’s replacement DS 1 looked sharp in center field.
NH York Street 10-2
NH Pulse 8-4
Recreational Division Recap
Dev’s Place over Alpha Cats
Joe Henry pitches DEV'S to second win of the season. Joe pitched a complete game allowing only four hits while striking out two. Offensively Robbie Mannino, Tasha Evans and Nick Carlson had three hits each leading the attack.
Alpha Cars over Dev’s Place
The second game saw the Frank's bats awaken with 15 hits. This game followed suit as the first game with plenty of walks leading to multiple runs being scored due to a fluctuating strike zone, throwing Dawn, Kevin and Charlie off of their pitching game quite a bit. Dev’s trusted leader David Menard had this today following the action, “all in all two very fun games and beautiful weather for a twin bill”. The only run for Dev's scored by Tasha Evans hitting a triple and scoring on Joe Henry's ground out to second base. As mentioned above The Alpha Cats had a tough loss in game one so it was nice to see Frank’s regroup behind an effective battery scoring 17 runs with the defense being the key in holding Dev’s to just one run. Gerald Flanders hit his round tripper with a HUGE (three run) HR blast. Key catches in the outfield by John Scott (With a split. Neither hangover, cute boys nor gloom of night will stop Mr. Scott from the completion of his appointed catches.). And perhaps best of all, Nikki making a rolling catch were highlights of the defense.
NL Frank’s 7-9
NL Dev’s Place 2-14