The North Haven baseball team opened up SCC Quinnipiac Division play by facing divisional opponents Branford and East Haven to go with a game versus Shelton last week. North Haven lost to Branford (5-2), defeated Shelton (4-2), and then beat East Haven (7-5) to improve to 7-2 overall with a record of 1-1 in the Quinnipiac this season.
North Haven hosted Branford on April 18 and took a 5-2 loss in its divisional opener. Branford scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and two more in the fifth for a 4-0 lead on its way to the win. Senior Zach Pincince pitched the first 1.1 innings for the Indians, Chris Ciarleglio threw three innings, and fellow senior Nate Zalegowski pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. Senior Steven Erbe and sophomore Matt DeRosa both went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
North Haven then hit the road to face Shelton on April 20 and doubled up the Gaels, 4-2. The Indians trailed 2-0 entering the fifth inning, but tied the game by plating a pair of runs, and then scored two more in the sixth to take the lead. Junior Leo Konopka gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down and allowed just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Senior Luca Lawrence pitched two scoreless innings to earn his third win of the year, and then Ciarlegio retired the last two batters for the save.
Kevin Lucey doubled home fellow senior captain Peyton Farina with the go-ahead run and went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI for the day. Hunter Garthwait was 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI; fellow junior Matt Solomon had a double with a walk and an RBI, sophomore Matt DeRosa doubled with an RBI, and Farina had double with a walk and a run scored.
The next day, the Indians notched a 7-5 victory at East Haven. North Haven was up 6-3 when the Yellowjackets scored twice in the fifth inning, but the Indians came back with an insurance run in the top of the seventh and hung on for the win. Junior Ben Sbabo started on the mound, and Lawrence earned his fourth win of the year by pitching 6.2 innings of relief, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks with seven K’s. Farina had a big day at the dish by going 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. Senior Andrew Laudano had two hits and two RBI, Garthwait had a pair of base hits, Solomon singled and scored two runs, and sophomore Dave Christoforo had a single with an RBI in the win.