Kankel Blanks Lyman Hall

The Indians moved to 4-4 on the season after splitting two games last week. North Haven took a defeat against Bethel, but came back to get a win versus Lyman Hall in an SCC Quinnipiac Division contest.

On April 16, North Haven hosted non-conference opponent Bethel and lost by an 11-0 final. Bethel scored four runs in the first inning, two runs in the fifth, and five more the sixth, before the game was called due to the mercy rule after the sixth inning. Junior Mason Balmer had a single with a stolen base for North Haven.

The day after that, the Indians headed to Wallingford to take on Lyman Hall in an SCC Quinnipiac Division game. North Haven recorded an 8-0 shutout over the Trojans at Pat Wall Field to improve to 2-0 in divisional play this spring. Senior Reid Kankel turned in a dominating performance on the mound by tossing a complete-game shutout for the Indians. Kankel allowed just two hits, walked nobody, and struck out six in seven innings pitched to earn his first win with North Haven.

The Indians scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Senior Gianni DiMartino had an RBI single, and fellow senior Danny Cannavaciolo hit an RBI double for North Haven. The Indians increased their lead to 7-0 by scoring four runs in the sixth. Senior Matt Solomon had an RBI single to highlight the big inning. Solomon added another RBI single in the seventh to cap off North Haven’s 8-0 victory.

Solomon went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. Cannavaciolo had a single with a double and an RBI, while junior Matt DeRosa had a single and two RBI. Balmer hit a single, drew a walk, scored a run, and stole a base; senior Hunter Garthwait had a single with two runs scored, junior Owen Silk had two walks to go with a run and a stolen base, and Kankel helped his own cause by getting a single and scoring a run.

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