The North Haven baseball team continued its red-hot start to the 2018 season by rattling off three more victories last week. The Indians defeated Cheshire (1-0), Sheehan (9-3), and Barlow (8-1) to improve to 5-1 with a five-game win streak intact.
North Haven opened up the week with a home game against Cheshire and defeated the Rams 1-0 at DeMayo Ballfield on April 9. North Haven scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the first inning, when Andrew Laudano reached on an error, took second base on fellow senior Peyton Farina’s sacrifice bunt, went to third on a single by senior Steven Erbe, and then came home on a wild pitch. Junior Ben Sbabo earned his first varsity win by allowing two hits and one walk in 3.1 scoreless innings. Senior Luca Lawrence got the save by tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in which he allowed one hit and a walk.
Two days later, the Indians hit the road to face Sheehan and claimed a 9-3 victory. North Haven scored three runs in the second inning, two more in the second, and cruised from there. Zach Pincince picked up his second win by allowing one unearned run on three hits and no walks with six strikeouts in four innings pitched. Fellow senior Chris Ciarleglio gave up one hit and a walk in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
At the plate, sophomore Dave Christoforo went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, two runs, and a RBI; senior Kevin Lucey was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, a run scored, two RBI, and a stolen base; and Farina singled and walked with a run and a stolen base for North Haven. Sophomore Matt DeRosa doubled with a run and a RBI; Erbe singled, scored a run, and drove in a run; senior Nick Perillie drew a walk, scored a run, drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and stole a base; and junior Hunter Garthwait hit a pair of sacrifice flies in the blowout.
North Haven wrapped up the week by posting an 8-1 home win over Barlow in a non-conference game on April 14. The Indians led 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, when they scored four runs for some insurance. North Haven later tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning. Sbabo got the start and allowed one run in 2.1 innings, after which Lawrence threw four perfect innings with six strikeouts for his second win. Senior Nate Zalegowski retired the last two batters to seal the victory.
For the offense, Farina had a nice all-around game as he singled, drew two walks, scored two runs, drove in a run, and had a stolen base. Perillie hit an RBI double and scored a run, while junior Gianni DiMartino doubled and stole a base. Lucey had an RBI with a run scored and a stolen base, and DeRosa walked, scored a run, and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly for North Haven.