The North Haven baseball team began the 2018 season by winning two of its first three contests to open the year with a record of 2-1. The Indians took a 2-0 loss at Jonathan Law in their season opener, but bounced back to notch a 4-3 victory against Notre Dame-West Haven and a 13-3 win versus Fairfield Warde.
North Haven began the year with a game at Law and dropped a 2-0 decision on March 31. Law scored a run in the third inning and then added another in fifth on its way to the win. Starting pitcher Chris Ciarleglio allowed one unearned run in two innings pitched, after which fellow senior Luca Lawrence gave up one run in four innings. Sophomore Dave Christoforo doubled for North Haven’s only hit.
Then on April 5, the Indians hosted Notre Dame-West Haven at DeMayo Ballfield and edged out the Green Knights 4-3. Notre Dame scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but North Haven came right back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the bottom half. Notre Dame went up 3-2 in the third, and then the Indians scored a run in the fourth to make it 3-3. In the bottom of the sixth, Christoforo led off with a walk and then senior pinch runner Christian Somma advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, sophomore Matt DeRosa clubbed a double that sent home Somma with the go-ahead run. Notre Dame got a runner on via a double in the seventh, but Lawrence retired the last batter on a groundout to preserve the 4-3 victory.
Ciarleglio gave up three runs (1 earned) in 2.2 innings, and Lawrence picked up the win by tossing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. DeRosa doubled twice and had two RBI in the victory. Senior Steven Erbe singled with a RBI and a run scored, fellow senior Kevin Lucey singled, walked, had a RBI, and scored two runs; junior Matt Solomon doubled and walked, and senior Peyton Farina scored a run and stole a base for Head Coach Bob DeMayo’s squad.
Two days later, the Indians hosted Fairfield Ludlowe and scored a 13-3 victory in a non-conference contest. North Haven led 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Indians exploded for seven runs to call the new mercy rule into effect. Lucey went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, DeRosa was 3-for-4 with a RBI, Erbe went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI; and senior Andrew Laudano went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, a walk, and a RBI. Lucey, Erbe, and Laudano each stole a base, as did Solomon, who also scored two runs and drew a walk. Farina drew two walks, scored two runs, and added a RBI in the blowout.
Senior Zack Pincince started on the mound and got the win by allowing two runs in 3.1 innings. Fellow senior Nate Zalegowski gave up a run in one inning of relief, after which Ciarleglio pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.