Chris Piccirillo, Sports Editor • Contact Reporter Published May 13, 2018 • Last Updated 09:41 pm, May 13, 2018
The North Haven baseball team posted victories versus East Haven, Branford, and Shelton last week to raise its record to 13-3 on the season. With these wins, Bob DeMayo now stands just three victories away from career win No. 900 as the Indians’ head coach. DeMayo is in his 60th season as North Haven’s skipper, a time during which he has guided the Indians to five state championships, the most recent which came in 2015. North Haven has four games remaining in the regular season. The Indians will play at North Branford on Monday, May 14 and then have home games against Xavier on Wednesday, May 16; Law on Thursday, May 17; and North Branford on Sunday, May 20. The first game versus North Branford begins at 3:45 p.m., and the Indians’ last three games all start at 7 p.m. North Haven will be competing in the postseason after that. In last week’s action, North Haven defeated SCC Quinnipiac Division opponent East Haven 4-3, earned a 3-1 win over Branford in a divisional duel, and then routed Shelton 8-1 for its sixth straight win. The Indians improved to 4-1 in the Quinnipiac by beating East Haven and Branford. North Haven notched 4-3 home win over East Haven at DeMayo Ballfield on May 7. The Indians trailed 3-0, but then took the lead by scoring four runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, senior Andrew Laudano drove home three runs on a single to give North Haven the advantage. Sophomore Matt DeRosa went 2-for-3 and scored the tying run, while junior Matt Solomon singled in a run and scored the go-ahead run. Chris Ciarleglio allowed three runs in 5.1 innings to get the win, and fellow senior Zach Pincince recorded the save by throwing the final 1.2 innings. Two days later, the Indians avenged an earlier loss to Branford by defeating the Hornets 3-1 on the road. North Haven scored all three of its runs in the first inning. Steven Erbe singled in the first run, and then fellow senior Kevin Lucey drove home two on a base hit. DeRosa hit a pair of doubles, while senior Peyton Farina went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run, and a stolen base for the game. Pincince pitched the first 1.1 innings, after which senior Luca Lawrence threw the remaining 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on two hits to improve to 7-0. North Haven finished off the week by posting an 8-1 home victory over Shelton on May 11. Ciarlegio picked up his fifth win by giving up one run in six innings. Senior Nate Zalegowski worked a scoreless seventh to close the shutters on the victory. North Haven scored six times in the first inning on its way to the lopsided win. Erbe had a huge performance at the plate by going 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Lucey also had a big day by going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, a run, and three RBI. Sophomore Dave Christoforo hit a two-run triple, drew a walk, and scored a run; Farina went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, and two stolen bases, and junior Hunter Garthwait singled in a run.