Baseball: Amity Crushes Foran 9-1 in Final Home Game of Season

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May 152013


Orange Live Sports Writer

Bouncing back from Monday’s come-from-behind 6-5 seventh inning walk-off victory by Xavier, Amity pounded Foran 9-1 Tuesday night in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional clash at Brinley Field in Orange. Senior right-hander Mike Concato limited the 8-8 Lions to only 1 run on 2 hits, while walking 2 and striking out a season-high 13 batters in his 6 inning outing that improved his record to 6-2. The Dartmouth-bound Concato also slugged a solo home-run over the left center field fence. It was his second round tripper of the spring.

According to Concato, “I was loose and felt really good tonight. All my stuff was working from the start and I hit my spots. I had all 4 of my pitches. I think this was 1 of my better outings and the hardest I’ve thrown all season, but I got tired by the sixth inning and I was leaving the ball up. I really had to bear down to get the last few outs.”

The 15-3 Spartans wasted no time in jumping on Foran hurler Tyler Chacho (now 1-1). In the bottom of the first inning Jake Russo walked with 1 out. Anthony Capozzielo followed with the first of his 4 base hits. Concato ripped a long single off the left field screen and Russo tried to score from second base but was thrown out on strong throws from left fielder Andrew Patrick and shortstop Christian Malave that enabled catcher Joe Zanghi to slap the tag on the sliding Russo. After being denied that chance to score, Amity struck right back with an RBI single from Sebastian DiMauro.

Things got much worse for Foran in the bottom of the second inning. Chacho got himself into trouble by walking both Chris Cimino and Sean Beaulieu. Chris Katz followed with a bunt single down the third base line. Facing then bases loaded with no one out, Chacho battled back to easily retire the next 2 Spartan batters. Capozzielo stepped in with the bases still loaded and slugged a 2-run double into the left center field gap. Amity took advantage of an error by third baseman Casey McCone to add and unearned run and extend its lead to 4-0.

“Cap’s second inning hit was the biggest hit of the game because it came with the bases loaded and 2 outs. It broke the game open for us,” Coach Sal Coppola said.

After Concato’s bases-empty, fourth inning blast made it 5-0, the Black and Gold put the game out of reach by pounding Chacho for 5 more hits and 3 more runs. Beaulieu got the rally going with a 1-out base hit. He swiped second base and soon raced home on the front end of Keith Klebart’s 2-bagger over the head of Foran center fielder, Chris Yee. Russo beat out and infield roller, setting the stage for Capoziello’s 2-run double into left field. Now leading 8-0, the winners tacked on a final run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

While Capozzielo and Co. were mauling Chacho for 9 runs on12 hits, Concato  easily mowed down the over-matched Foran batters. The first 7 outs Concato recorded were strike outs. The only stains on his scorebook after 5 innings, were a second-inning lead off single by Zanghi and a fourth-inning free pass handed out to Anthony Alicki. Foran finally spoiled Concato’s shut-out bid in the top of the sixth inning. With 1 out, Malave walked, moved around to third base on a pair of wild pitches, and was driven home on Zanghi’s second single of the game.

Nick Fusco replaced Concato in the seventh inning. After walking Dillon Brown, he proceeded to whiff the next 3 Lion batters.

Coppola added, “Foran is better than its record but we also had a good night. Mike (Concato) looked really sharp and all 4 of his pitches were working. He was certainly throwing in the upper 80’s. Their pitcher (Chacho) threw a lot of slow stuff—slow curves and change ups, but we sat back and hit the ball hand.”

The veteran Spartan coach denied having any concern about a team let down coming off the tough, last inning loss to Xavier.

He said, “We had an off-game against Xavier. It can happen to any team. We made some costly mistakes against 1 of the top teams in the state, but I wasn’t concerned about any carry-over effect tonight. I just wanted our guys to forget that game and be aggressive tonight.”

In addition to his double and 2 singles, Capozzielo scored twice and drove in 4 runs. Concato added 2 base hits to his home run. Beaulieu singled twice, walked twice, scored twice, and stole 2 bases.

This was the Spartans’ final regular season home game. They conclude the regular season with a Friday night visit to Hamden and then a Monday afternoon visit to Foran.  The SCC play-offs will follow later next week.