The game got off to a slow start and was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Colin Beaulieu (#11) scored the first run of the game on Teddy Hague’s single.
At the top of the sixth, Amity was on top 1-0 and it stayed that way until the last inning.
At the top of the seventh, Hand put on its game face and got a couple of good hits in, and after tying with Amity, they had one opportunity after another and twice loaded the bases and managed to get two more runs, leading Amity 3-1.
The Tigers immediately began celebrating, and rightly so, believing they had broken the Spartans five game winning streak.
But wait! As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
With their opponents in the lead, the Spartans were feeling the pressure to excel. Andy Hague (#1) was first in the lineup. He hit a single and waited for Pat Winkel (#30) to move him forward. Winkel also hit a single and the game was on. Jack Nolan (#22) walked and with the bases loaded, every single action counted.
Max Scheps (#21) was next up, he smacked one out, but Hand caught it, and he was out, but not before Hague crossed home plate as Amity edged up on the Tigers 2-3.
At this point Hand changed pitchers from Michael Elias (#25) to #11 unidentified on their roster.
Rohan Patel (#18) was the first Spartan to face him, and after several fouls, Patel got a hit and brought in Winkel, Nolan followed and BAM, It WAS over. Spartans win 4-3.
Records: Amity 6-0, Hand 3-3
The teams seemed fairly evenly matched through the top of the fourth inning with great pitching on both sides. THEN Amity showed why they are Number 1 with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
The Blue Knights managed to get one run in the fifth inning, but that was the end of it.
The Spartans picked up another run in the sixth inning and that’s all she wrote — Amity wins 5-1 and advances to the Semi-finals.
Amity will face New Milford at Muzzy field in Bristol Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
It must be hard being any other team than Amity right now.
How do you think the Stamford Black Knights reacted when they learned they’d be going up against the #1 Amity Spartans in the first game of the CIAC Class LL Tournament? My guess is “Oh #%&*!”
Stamford was good enough to get into the bracket, yet as Amity steamrolled them with one run after another on a hot, humid sunny Tuesday afternoon, they must have known that this was the end of the road by the second inning.
Amity easily won the first round 10-0.
This is not to say that the Spartans won’t take tomorrow’s game seriously — they want the title and they KNOW they CAN be beaten. — Cheshire handed them their one and only loss (4-3) of the regular season on Wednesday May 4.
Tomorrow, June 1, our Amity Spartans are back on the home field at 4 p.m. for the second round against Danbury. (Danbury defeated Manchester 12-2 in the first round).
It’s supposed to be cloudy, yet hotter. But if you love the Spartans, grab an umbrella or find a shady spot and come on out to Amity to cheer them on.
The Spartan’s second baseman wears #1 on his jersey and was chosen as #1 (The MVP) in the SCC Championship game against Notre Dame West Haven today.
Hague and his brother Teddy #7 (a pitcher who also plays outfield), both juniors at Amity, have had a phenomenal year and fans look forward to seeing what they will contribute to the team next year.
Andy is a popular guy, always smiling and showing a positive attitude on and off the field, and the boy has skills!
Congratulations Andy Hague, this year’s SCC Ed Marocco Most Outstanding Player Award Winner. And thank you for an exciting regular season.
Orange Live Sports Writer
WEST HAVEN- At 5-feet 9-inches, 165 pounds, Jake Russo is certainly not the biggest or strongest member of the Amity baseball team. Yet it was Russo who slugged a 2-run home run in the top of the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 deadlock and sent the Spartan on to a 3-1 Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional victory over Notre Dame of West Haven Wednesday afternoon at Quigley Stadium in West Haven.
Sean Beaulieu led off the sixth inning by beating out a bunt single that he dropped along the third base foul line. One out later, Russo stepped up and launched his 350 foot blast over the left field fence to give his team its 3-1 lead.
According to Russo, “I was surprised that the ball went out. I thought I t would be a double but the ball just kept going. I didn’t see the ball clear the fence but I heard everybody cheering before I hit second base. Then, I Knew it was gone. I’m not usually a home run hitter. I usually hit the ball from gap to gap. Sean got things going with a great bunt. Fortunately, I was able to capitalize on what he started.”
Spartan Coach Sal Coppola also admitted that he was surprised by Russo’s round tripper.
“It was Jake’s first Amity home run. He really ripped the ball and drove it deep. It was a great rip and not an easy thing for him to do. In the past, he’s been a doubles hitter, but this year, he’s stronger and has been showing more power,” he said.
The Green Knights posted their lone run in the bottom of the third inning. With 1 out, Drew Arciulo singled, stole second base and scored on Brandon Wynne’s single into right center field. That lead was short-lived as Amity matched it in the top of the fourth. Keith Klebart swatted a lead-off double into center field and he moved over to third base on a base hit from Pat Capozziello. Mike Concato reached base on a fielder’s choice that erased Capozziello but also sent Klebart home with the game-tying run. Concato moved up a base on a wild pitch by ND pitcher Troy Terzi (whose grandfather, Al Terzi is a long-time television newscaster). Sebastian DeMauro followed with a shot up the middle. Concato tried to race home from second base, but was ruled out at the plate on what proved to be a very controversial call by umpire John Basso. Coppola and Concato both challenged Basso’s call but their protests were to no avail. A digital photo taken by Orange Live Editor Terri Miles appeared to uphold Amity’s claims that Green Knight catcher Zack Balabon failed to tag Concato. The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 until Russo’s game-winning sixth inning shot over the left field fence.
Right-hander Sam Nepiarsky (who recently signed his official letter of intend to accept a baseball scholarship and enroll at UConn in the fall) went the full 7 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits (all in the first three innings), while walking 1 batter, striking out 4, and upping his record to 3-0.
While pleased to see Nepiarsky hurl a complete game, Coppola admitted that it was not his best outing of the spring.
He said, “Sam won without having his best stuff. I’ve seen him sharper and throw harder than he did today. It was a gutsy performance as he wasn’t hitting his spots early in the game. He was missing high but later in the game, he got the ball down. His fastball tends to have batters get out in front and drop their hands. That’s why he had so many fly ball outs today. When Sam really snaps off his curve ball, he is very hard to hit as he drives the ball down. Notre Dame (now 5-3) swings aggressively, especially early in the count, and gets the bat on the ball.”
Terzi also hurled a complete game and is charged with the loss. He surrendered 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1 and whiffed 2 Spartans.
With this inter-divisional victory over Notre Dame, Amity improved its record to 6-1.
The winners return home to Janenda Field on Friday for a 3:45 p.m. Housatonic Division clash with Shelton.
The Amity Varsity Baseball Team had a very strong start to the season on Thursday, April 4.
Spartans pitchers Mike Concato, Nick Fusco, Ross Weiner and Max Richie combined for a no-hitter in the 2013 season opener at John Janenda Field in Woodbridge. The pitching staff kept Guilford off balance the entire afternoon.
Hitting from the two senior captains, Concato 2 for 2 and Kleibart 2 for 3 to rout Guilford 15 – 1.
Amity is back on the field today against West Haven for a noon start at West Haven High School.
Come out and cheer this awesome team on.
— Submitted Story