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Hall Revenges Loss to ‘Canes

Northwest Catholic remembered.

The conditions of early spring nipped at both teams for nearly three hours when the hustling Hurricanes of New Britain emerged with a memorable extra-inning triumph on April 10.

The month between meetings decisively established CCC West boundaries. The Indians soared to the top of the standings and New Britain just couldn’t put together a complete game. Nonetheless, Northwest remembered.

Mac Crispino paced a torrid offensive attack and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as Northwest cruised to an 11-0 victory May 6 at Beehive Field.

When New Britain scored a 3-2 win in 10 innings in the CCC West opener a month ago, a tournament-bound season seemed to beckon, but the Hurricanes proceeded to lose their next eight games coming into the rematch. Northwest, vying for a CCC West title and a run at the Class M championship, took revenge to its ultimate level.

“The lesson here is you have to get up for every game,” Northwest coach Cory Carlson said. “Teams are going to beat teams all the time. All it takes is one guy to throw a decent game, which they got the last time and they stayed right in the game with us. They matched our energy and did a great job and beat us.

“Today, the kids were really focused. They came out the first few innings and tried to put it away and they did a good job with that.”

Crispino, bound for Fairfield University next fall, went 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in three runs and scored three in four plate appearances. The hits whistled off his bat into the right-field alley.

Designated hitter Will Carew lashed a triple and single. Taylor Luciani had two hits. Zeke Angelini and leadoff hitter Andrew Dornfried drove in two runs each.

“We definitely wanted to get one back from them,” Carew said. “We tried to come out swinging and we did a pretty good job. The last game (May 3 at Newington) we lost 1-0 so we tried to come out with an aggressive mentality.”

Arel gave up just one hit in his second straight start after shackling Hall for six innings on April 29.

He was not at his best, walking seven and throwing three wild pitches, but the only hit New Britain could muster was a double by Kevin Dukes in the third. Dukes was thrown out at third on a perfect relay from Dylan Robinson to Hunter Tralli to Ryan Coursey. Zack Niziolek threw a double-play ball to end the sixth and set down the ’Canes in order in the seventh.

While offense has been a problem for the ’Canes, other facets of the game fall apart when the hits do come.

“We’ve been very, very inconsistent,” New Britain coach Roberto Mercado said. “When you don’t put anything together this is what happens against a great ballclub.”

Northwest teed off on starter Kevin Fazio with one out in the first When Carew tripled, Crispino doubled, Brendan Fox walked, Angelini cracked a two-run double into the right field alley and Coursey delivered a two-out RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

The ’Canes had the table set for an answer in the home half. Arel walked Miguel Ortiz Jr. and Dukes and they moved up on a wild pitch with just one out but Danny Annear and Toby Taradeina looked at third strikes.

“Our four and five hitters have to find a way. Both looking. That’s unacceptable,” Mercado said. “A big base hit there changes the complexion of the game.”

Triples by Crispino and Dylan Robinson accounted for two runs in the second inning. A double by Luciani and Dornfield’s two-run single were at the core of the three-run third that made it 9-0. Fox’s RBI hit and a pinch-hit triple by Devin Stewart accounted for two runs in the sixth.

“[After the Newington loss], we worked on approaches, getting ourselves in hitting counts and taking the ball the other way,” Carlson said. “A lot of our righties peppered the right-center field gap today, which is what we’ve been trying to get them to do for awhile.”

At the center of the New Britain effort was the all-around play of shortstop Nick Rodriguez. He went horizontal to make the play of the game in the fifth inning, made contact in all of his plate appearances and hustled right until the last out.

“That’s what we do. The score, yeh, it’s ugly, but if we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down fighting,” Mercado said.

NW Catholic 11, New Britain 0

(May 6, At Beehive Field)

NW Catholic     ab  r  h  bi

Dornfried lf           4  1  1  2

McCarron lf          0  0  0  0

Carew dh               3  2  2  0

Arel p                    0  0  0  0

Niziolek p              0  0  0  0

Crispino cf            3  3  3  3

Fox ss                    3  1  1  1

Robinson rf           3  0  1  1

Stewart ph             1  1  1  0

Angelini c              2  1  1  2

Waitt c                   1  0  0  0

Coursey 3b            3  1  1  1

Luciani 1b              4  1  2  0

Tralli 2b                 3  0  0  0

Foran ph                1  0  0  0

Totals                31  11  13  10

New Britain       ab  r  h  bi

Rodriguez ss         3  0  0  0

Ortiz rf                  0  0  0  0

MSantiago ph       1  0  0  0

Dukes c                 2  0  1  0

Annear  dh             2  0  0  0

Fazio p                  0  0  0  0

Okoro p                 0  0  0  0

McLeod p              0  0  0  0

Fischbein ph          1  0  0  0

Taradeina 3b          1  0  0  0

Silva lf                   2  0  0  0

Crundwell 1b        3  0  0  0

JSantiago 2b          2  0  0  0

Padilla ph              1  0  0  0

Aleman cf              1  0  0  0

Gamber ph            2  0  0  0

Totals                  21  0  1  0


NW Catholic       221  011  0 – 11   13  0

New Britain        000  000  0 –   0     1  1


E – Aleman 2. LOB – NW Catholic 4, New Britain 6.

DP – NW Catholic 1, New Britain 1.  2B – Crispino,

Angelini, Luciani. 3B – Carew, Crispino, Robinson, Stewart.

SB – Dukes, M. Santiago.

NW Catholic    ip    h   r  er  bb  so

Arel  W               5.1   1   0   0   7   8

Niziolek               1.2   0   0   0   0   1

New Britain

Fazio L                1.1   7   6   6   1   0

Okoro                  2.2   4   3   3   3   3

McLeod               3      2   2   2   1   2


WP – Arel 3, McLeod 2. PB – Angelini. A – 87. T – 2:09.

Records – NW Catholic 11-3 (6-3 CCC West); New Britain 2-11 (1-7).