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Baseball: No-Hitter, Amity Shuts Out East Hartford 10-0 In The Rain

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May 292013
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Mike Concato was throwing at about 93 mph that day.

Mike Concato was throwing at about 93 mph that day.

Orange Live Sports Writer

For the second time this spring Amity senior right-hander Mike Concato has thrown a shared no-hitter. Back on April 4th, the Spartans opened their season with Concato and 3 relief pitchers combining for a 14-1 no-hit win over Guilford. Yesterday, Concato tossed 6 hitless innings and Ross Weiner came on to seal the no-hit deal with a seventh inning mop-up job in Amity’s 10-0 shutout victory over East Hartford.

The CIAC Class LL first round state tournament game was played under a steady drizzle at Janenda Field in Woodbridge. With the victory over the 27th-ranked Hornets, Amity (ranked No. 6 with an 18-4 record) moves on to play the winner of this afternoon’s Fairfield-Ludlowe vs. Southbury-Pomperaug winner in a second round contest on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Woodbridge.

According to Concato, “Once I came out after the sixth inning, people on the bench told me I had a no-hitter. I didn’t know before that. There were runners on base during the game, so I wasn’t thinking about a no-hitter.”

While admitting that he was disappointed to learn that he couldn’t finish his no-hit bid, Concato added, “I didn’t really mind coming out. My pitch count was high (100 pitches). I need to rest and be ready to pitch (in the quarter-finals) on Saturday. I thought I threw really well today. All my pitches were working but I threw more change-ups today. The drizzle made it a little harder for me to grip and throw the ball, but I thought I got stronger as the game went on.”

With this win, Concato (who walked 2 Hornets, hit 1 with a pitch and struck out 10) upped his record to 8-2.

Amity jumped on Hornet starter Jeremy McDermott for 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning—without the benefit of any base hits. Consecutive errors by East Hartford third baseman Manny Alejandro and shortstop Freddy Cruz were followed by free passes to Anthony Capozzielo, Concato, and Sebastian DeMauro to give the Spartans their first 2 runs. Capozzielo also scored when Justin Ashworth banged into a double play.

The Black and Gold finally unloaded their bats in the bottom of the third inning, raking McDermott for 5 runs on 6 hits. With 1 out, Ashworth doubled into the right-center field gap and scored on Chris Cimino’s base hit. He raced home on Chris Katz’s 2-out, 2-bagger into left-center field. Keith Klebart’s base hit put runners on the corners. Jake Russo’s run-scoring base hit plated Katz to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead and chased McDermott off the mound.  Cruz replaced him and immediately served up Concato’s opposite field, 2-run single into right field that extended the winners’ margin to 8-0.

“We started slowly but we finally began to swing the bats in the third inning,” Coach Sal Coppola said.

With 2-outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Amity tacked on 2 additional runs. Pinch hitter Matt Ronai walked, stole second, raced on to third base on a throwing error by Hornet catcher Steve Martel, and then score on Cruz’s wild pitch. A base hit up the middle by Sean Beaulieu set the stage for Katz to close out the scoring when he whacked his second RBI double of the day.

Coppola added, “Chris had a great game.”

Going back to his decision to remove Concato after 6 innings, the Spartan mentor said, “I knew Mike had the no-hitter but I still took him out. It was a muddy, cold day and I knew I might need him to come back later in the week to put out a fire. That would have been tough to do if he threw 20 more pitches in the seventh inning. He had thrown over 100 pitches only once this season. Adding everything up, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make,”

“We played well on a sloppy, cold day. This was the first time we played in tough conditions like this. Their defense (which made4 errors) obviously helped us but  I thought we played really well. Our defense was great,” he added.

Katz led the winners’ 9-hit attack with his pair of doubles. He also drove in 2 runs and scored once. Klebart singled twice, stole 2 bases, and scored 2 runs. In addition to mound gem, Concato singled and drove in 3 runs.

With a big grin, he added, “I like to pitch but I like to put the bat on the ball too.”

East Hartford closed out its season with a 9-12 record.

NOTE: Terri Miles did not bring her camera out in the rain, so these are file photos from the May 21 Game.

Varsity Sports Schedule Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

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Oct 272012
 

Here is this week’s varsity sports schedule. Those depicted in red are home games.

Mon. Oct.  29    

FIELD HOCKEY*                                                TBA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

GIRLS SOCCER*            @ Shelton                  TBA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

BOYS SOCCER*             Sheehan                   3:00 PM

SWIMMING*               @ Cheshire               4:00 PM  

 Tue. Oct. 30              

VOLLEYBALL                TBA                            TBA            

SWIMMING&              @ Hamden              5:00 PM

Wed. Oct.  31             

GIRLS SOCCER                TBA                          TBA                                                                                                                                                                                      

BOYS SOCCER                TBA                          TBA

Thu.  Nov. 1               

SWIMMING#                   SCSU                        6:00 PM

VOLLEYBALL                   TBA                            TBA

 Fri.   No. 2                

FOOTBALL                      @ Hamden                7:00 PM

BOYS XC+                      @ Wickham Park      1:00 PM

GIRLS  XC+                     @  Wickham Park      1:00 PM                                       

Sat.  Nov. 3              

BOYS SOCCER#              @   Sheehan              7:00 PM                                                                

GIRLS  SOCCER           @ Sheehan                5:00 PM                                                     

VOLLEYBALL#               @ North Haven          6:00 PM               

 

+  CIAC State Open

* SCC Tournament

#  SCC Championship 

& SCC  Diving Championship

Phil’s Preview: Boys Cross Country

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Sep 102012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Despite having 4 of his top 7 runners from last fall graduate in June, the word “rebuild” never comes out of the mouth of veteran Coach Bob Orgovan. As he begins his 37th year at the helm of the Spartan harriers, Orgovan is in the midst of reloading his roster. The 2011 season was a glorious one for the Spartans. In addition to winning the Housatonic Division championship with a 4-0 record, the Black and Gold ended up 9-0 overall, second (to Xavier) in the Southern Connecticut Conference, sixth in Class LL, and then fourth in both the State Open and the New England Championship race. Amity currently has qualified for 9 successive New Englands, which is longest qualifying streak in the Nutmeg State .

Clark Shurtleff, Adam Kelley, Nate Arndt, and Brendan Regan were all along the team’s top 7 runners last fall and departed in June.

Returning will be senior Shae Belinksi, who currently holds down the No.1 spot on the team, senior Captain Brian Dunleavy at No 2, and his twin brother Connor Dunleavy in the No. 3 hole. Rounding uot the top 7 varsity runners are: junior Aaron Barkin, junior Mikke Yuan, senior Anthony Bartella, and junio Brian Moser.

Asked about his team’s chances for success this fall, Orgovan said, “We do have some talented, experienced runners but after the first 3 guys, we lack experience. Our goals for this season are to win the Housy again; place among the top 3 in the SCC (Fairfield Prep  and Xavier appear to be Amity’s toughest competition); qualify for the State Open by finishing among the top 6 in Class LL; and, qualify again for the New Englands by finishing among the top 6 teams in the Open.”

He added, “Those goals are not easy but they are attainable.  It is possible we could do as well as we did last year. That’s not out of the question. In order to do that, we have to avoid injuries to our top runners. If our 1,2, or 3 guys get hurt, we could be in big trouble. Our No. 4-7 guys are inexperienced. As they gain experience during the season, their times will drop and their confidence should grow.”

The Spartans head into Saturday’s season-open Windham Invitational in Willimantic ranked No. 3 in the state (behind Danbury and Xavier with Prep right behind Amity). The Spartans kick off their season in the Varsity No. 2 race which gets underway at 1 PM.