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Brookfield (CT) takes New England 10U title 8-7 over Marlboro

 Brookfield (CT) - 2015 New England 10U Regional Champions

Brookfield (CT) – 2015 New England 10U Regional Champions

CF Cameron Cole after catching the final out

CF Cameron Cole after catching the final out

(Bridgton ME) Brookfield took an 8-7 lead in the second inning and rode that score to win the 2015 New England 10U Regional baseball title on Thursday afternoon at the Ham Complex in Bridgton.

The Barracudas, from Connecticut, move on to the Cal Ripken World Series held in nearby (??) Jonesboro, Arkansas in early August.

Once Brookfield rallied back to get the lead in the second their coaching staff switched shortstop Chris Catania to pitcher, first baseman Matt Guilbeault to short and pitcher Casey Katz to first. Those moves turned out to be directly connected to the Brookfield win.

Chris Catania allowed only one hit over the final four innings and struck out five. He threw strikes and put up an occasional changeup that handcuffed several Marlboro batters.

Shortstop Matt Guilbeault came up throwing in the last inning

Shortstop Matt Guilbeault came up throwing in the last inning

In the tense final inning (sixth), Matt Guilbeault snared a line drive to start the Marlboro frame. Then Matt rushed a slow grounder, rushed his throw but 1B Casey Katz dug out the errant throw and caught speedy Ryan Taylor for the second out. After Braden Deckers reached, Austin Hunt’s fly ball to center was easily handled by CF Cameron Cole and the Brookfield celebration began.

Marlboro (representing Western Massachusetts) nearly defeated Brookfield two days earlier. In that 2-1 loss Marlboro carried a 1-0 lead into the late innings but an infield 2-run throwing error gave Brookfield the runs needed to win.

So you can imagine that Marlboro got pretty excited early in this game when they put across five runs in the first inning. The visitors were already chanting, “I believe that we will win,” in the top half of the first inning! That’s way too early no matter who the opponent is. Against undefeated, in the tournament, Brookfield it was silly early.

Marlboro’s Ryan Taylor tripled over CF Cameron Cole’s head off of Brookfield starter Casey Katz to lead off the Marlboro first. Cam Ginnetti’s sac fly scored Ryan. Later, Adam Cronin singled to bring home Braden Deckers. Then it was Jack McCabe’s turn to get a big hit as his single to right brought teammates Austin Hunt and Adam Cronin across. Marlboro reloaded the bases and the tenth batter of the inning (Ryan Taylor) walked forcing in LT Quirion.

Marlboro ran into the final out of highly-productive inning at the plate. Brookfield catcher Kyle Rosa quickly retrieved a passed ball and tossed to pitcher Casey Katz who was able to tag Drew DeFranzo for the last out.

Down 5-0, Marlboro turned aggressive and came back with four runs. Key play for certain (maybe of the game?) happened after Brookfield loaded the bases with one out. Catcher Drew DeFranzo chased down pitcher Ryan Taylor’s wild pitch and looked to have a good chance to get Jake Micelli trying to score. Not only did Marlboro not get Jake but Drew’s throw went past Ryan and through the opening into the Marlboro dugout. That throw allowed two more runs to score. So Brookfield picked up three runs on that wild pitch and bad throw. That’s costly for sure! Later, after a terrific catch by CF Jason Knollenberg, Ryan Sanborn tripled to the left field corner scoring Casey Katz.

Jake Miceli slides while Ryan Taylor awaits throw

Jake Miceli slides while Ryan Taylor awaits throw

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ball gets away from pitcher Ryan Taylor and goes out-of-bounds

ball gets away from pitcher Ryan Taylor and goes out-of-bounds

Marlboro added two more runs in their half of the second. An infield bobble (2B Jake Micelli) put runners on first and second. Adam Cronin’s single between third and short delivered Austin Hunt. Jack McCabe’s fielder’s choice enabled Cam Ginnetti to add Marlboro’s 7th run.

3B Adam Cronin about to start a double play

3B Adam Cronin about to start a double play

Brookfield erased their 7-4 deficit with a 4-run second. Matt Guilbeault walked with the bases loaded on a 3-2 count to force in the first run (Caden Borges). Cameron Cole followed with a hot shot through the right side of the Marlboro infield bringing across teammates Jake Micelli and Chris Catania. Brad Deckers came on to relieve Ryan Taylor and was greeted with an RBI single to center by Casey Katz that brought Matt Guilbeault in with the 8th Brookfield tally. Third baseman Adam Cronin started a 5-4 double play to get Marlboro out of the inning.

Never dreamed that no more runs would be scored but that is what happened. Chris Catania and Marlboro’s Austin Hunt threw strikes (Austin had five K’s) and that score held up.

What didn’t hold up was the rain which resulted in a 10-minute delay in the 4th inning. Typical Maine rain. I live five miles from the Bridgton Complex and my wife reported that it never rained there.

Marlboro ran into an out leading off the third inning. Drew DeFranzo walked and just kept running to second. Pitcher Chris Catania’s throw to shortstop Matt Guilbeault had Drew by plenty.

2B Jake Miceli gets an out from his knees

2B Jake Miceli gets an out from his knees

The visitors had solo runners reach in the 4th and 6th but Chris Catania had strikeouts and solid defense behind him to carry the day.

Cameron Cole was named MVP of the Brookfield team. He had two hits, two RBI, and scored a run.

Casey Katz and Ryan Sanborn had two hits apiece in Brookfield’s nine-hit attack.

Jack McCabe registered three RBI for Marlboro.

Adam Cronin (Marlboro MVP) had two of their seven hits.

This tournament was well organized. Three officials were used in the championship game.

If Marlboro had won this game there would have been another game between the same two teams shortly afterwards. Why? This was a double-elimination tournament and Brookfield had yet to lose.

Give credit to the fans from both sides for coming out on a Thursday afternoon. Brookfield is at least five hours away while Marlboro is over three hours.

Brookfield box

Marlboro box

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Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Chris Catania

Chris Catania

Marlboro pre-game

Marlboro pre-game

Kyle Rosa

Kyle Rosa

Runner-up Marlboro

Runner-up Marlboro

Winning coaches celebrate

Winning coaches celebrate

Cameron Cole - Brookfield MVP

Cameron Cole – Brookfield MVP

 

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Undefeated Newtown knocks off Brookfield 21-14 in South-West Conference football

Action in the trenches at the Newtown-Brookfield SWC game

Action in the trenches at the Newtown-Brookfield SWC game

Julian Dunn hauls in what turned out to be the game winner

Julian Dunn hauls in what turned out to be the game winner

(Newtown CT) Losing the first one is always tough.

Two Friday nights in a row highly regarded, undefeated teams have squared off against Newtown at Blue and Gold Stadium.  Both teams (Ansonia and Brookfield) left the stadium unhappy and no longer undefeated.

On this night it was Brookfield’s turn.  The Bobcats (6-1) certainly made things interesting but fell short, 21-14, to the undefeated (7-0) Newtown Nighthawks on a cool Friday night.

With numerous reasons to be happy afterwards including; control of the South-West Conference, winning 28th straight regular season game, and winning 29 of last 31 games, NHS coach Steve George was under-happy afterwards.  Why?  In the closing minute, with Newtown in possession and Brookfield out of timeouts, a skirmish broke out after a play in front of the Newtown bench.  According to reporters closer to the action, Newtown’s Jared Pearson was ejected and there was some pushing and shoving between the teams.

(Just before the controversial roughing the passer call late in the game.

(Just before the controversial roughing the passer call late in the game.

“What happened at the end was not characteristic of my team,” said Coach George.  “I’m a little upset with them now.”

Meanwhile back at the game I was intending to describe!  Newtown scored three straight touchdowns after Brookfield converted a fumble into an early score. Newtown had what I thought was a commanding 21-7 halftime lead.  Brookfield, however, had the only score in the second half (8:56 of the 4th quarter) but never had a real threat for more, thereafter.

Both teams benefited from opponent miscues in getting their first TDs.  Ethan Carpenter tried to return a punt in heavy Brookfield traffic and ended up fumbling.  Matt Biondi recovered for the Bobcats.

Bobby Drysdale (9) gets into the Newtown secondary

Bobby Drysdale (9) gets into the Newtown secondary

Later, Bobby Drysdale (118 yards/1 TD) reached the Newtown end zone from five yards out for his 13th touchdown of the season at 8:14 of the first quarter.

Consecutive turnovers led to the first Newtown score.  First Hafeez Yussuf intercepted a Jacob Burden pass intended for Julian Dunn at the Brookfield 16.  Bobby Drysdale, however, fumbled the ball back to Newtown (Ryan Shaw) on the next play setting the Hawks up in terrific field position.

Less than a minute later (5:02) Nick Rubino rolled left untouched for a 4-yard TD.  Bryce Mather added the kick to tie the score.

Jaret DeVillis scores

Jaret DeVellis scores

Early in the second quarter (11:14) Jaret DeVellis (7th TD) finished a long Newtown drive bouncing off Austin Reich to score from 3 yards out.  The kick gave Newtown a 14-7 advantage.

Because Newtown was content to run the ball, and did often, fake handoffs gave QB Jacob Burden plenty of time to throw.  Ethan Carpenter and Julian Dunn were spread wide to either side most of the game.  Julian (6’3″) was being covered one-on-one by Hafeez Yussuf (5’9″).

Early in the game Julian’s passing route was straight down the right sideline.  On Newtown’s 3rd TD drive, Julian ran an up-and-in and was wide open for a long gain.  Later in the same drive, Julian had the time to add an “out” to the pattern and ended up alone in the right side of the end zone from 17 yards out at 5:27 of the second quarter.  The completion to Julian was Jacob Burden’s 10th touchdown pass in 2014. The kick put Newtown further in front, 21-7.

Johnny Roscigno finds the end zone

Johnny Roscigno finds the end zone

Punting dominated the early going in the second half.  I thought at the time that Newtown had the horses to get a few more scores and also could keep the visitors off the board the rest of the way.

The Brookfield defense, however, surprised me.  It gave up yards and first downs but came up big when they needed to.  Certainly Newtown penalties helped put the Nighthawks in bad field position in the second half.

One Newtown penalty (Jake Lambert – roughing the passer), was key in Brookfield’s fourth quarter TD drive.  A heavy dose of Bobby Drysdale moved Brookfield to the Newtown 15.  From there, QB Johnny Roscigno faked a handoff to Bobby going right and instead rolled left.  There was a still a Hawks defender in the left side of the secondary but Johnny faked outside and then cut inside for a free lane to the end zone at 8:56 of the final quarter.

The Bobcats would get the ball back but there wasn’t time to grind with Bobby Drysdale and there also wasn’t enough time for QB Johnny Roscigno to find receivers.

BHS coach Rich Angarano questions the roughing the kicker call

BHS coach Rich Angarano questions the roughing the kicker call

The Bobcats burned timeouts late and would have gotten the ball back one last time with a minute left but Andrew Collins collided with punter Julian Dunn.  The penalty gave the ball back to Newtown for the rest of the game.

Brookfield has now lost five straight times to Newtown.  The talk afterwards by BHS coach Rich Angarano to his team was that, “We can play with this team,” and “We could face them again in the SWC championship game.”

Newtown defeated the Bobcats, 28-7, in last year’s title game.  Julian Dunn caught two TDs in that one while Bobby Drysdale was limited to 43 yards.

Brookfield had only allowed 53 points in their first six games.

Bobby Drysdale (1 TD - 118 yards)

Bobby Drysdale (1 TD – 118 yards)

Bobby Drysdale (6’1″ – 200) is obviously the key to any team’s defensive schemes versus Brookfield.  He had 27 touchdowns in 2013 and rushed for 2,096 yards.  Gang tackling Bobby is essential as he added extra yards several times when in the grasp of one tackler.  Bobby’s presence also set up the second Brookfield TD because the Newtown defense followed him and gave QB Johnny Roscigno plenty of room the other way.

I’ve seen Newtown twice now and can see why it is so hard to prepare for their offense.  They are very content to take what a defense allows.  NHS coach Steve George said afterwards that the play calling (many runs) may have looked conservative but, “It was just too tempting to run the ball.”

Ethan Carpenter was the blocker near punter Julian Dunn.  His block on Andrew Collins may have had something to do with Andrew’s running into the kicker.  Julian did a pretty good job of selling the hit.

Excellent Homecoming crowd as well as the usual spectacular halftime show.

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Julian Dunn makes a reception

Julian Dunn makes a reception

Peter Manesis

Peter Manesis

pumpkin wager

pumpkin wager

Jaret DeVillas (1 TD - 21 carries - 109 yards)

Jaret DeVellis (1 TD – 21 carries – 109 yards)

 

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Strong first half gets Bethel past Brookfield 20-0 in Class M Thanksgiving Day game

Bethel coach Jason Gill helps raise the Thanksgiving Day trophy for the Wildcats

Bethel coach Jason Gill helps raise the Thanksgiving Day trophy for the Wildcats

(Bethel CT) The Bethel Wildcats hit the visiting Brookfield Bobcats three different ways in the first half and that was enough for a 20-0 win on Thanksgiving morning at Bethel High School.

Bethel (9-2) has won nine straight after losing to Joel Barlow and Newtown and will host a Class M playoff game on Tuesday night.

Liam Clancy (22) surrounded by four Bethel Wildcats

Liam Clancy (22) surrounded by four Bethel Wildcats

Brookfield (9-2) could have moved past Bethel with a win.  They will now be a road team in the Class M quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The sun may have been shining at Bethel but the wind (20+ MPH) made it feel like weather in the teens.  A good crowd ended up in attendance but there were very few early birds!

Bethel’s opening drive (77 yards) was so impressive because they went directly into that wind converting 3rd downs and 4th downs in the march.  Nick Silva swept right and vaulted over Bobcat Ben Martone for the score at 4:30 of the first period.

Nick Silva heads for touchdown

Nick Silva heads for touchdown

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Nick Silva vaults over Ben Martone into the end zone

Nick Silva vaults over Ben Martone into the end zone

The wind that Bethel had rushed against factored into Tom Lempereur’s extra-point attempt and his kick sailed wide.  Bethel led 6-0.

Early in the second quarter Bethel did something they haven’t done all year, they blocked a punt.  And not only did they block it, but they carried the carom in for a score.

The hero on this one was Andre Hayles.  Brookfield got into a 4th down situation at their 20.  When Bobcat punter Dane Borges bobbled the snap it gave Andre time to get in clean from the left side nearly catching the ball off Dane’s foot.  Andre picked up the ball on the Brookfield 10 and sped into the end zone.  This action was with nine minutes left in the second quarter.  Tom Lempereur connected on this extra point giving Bethel at 13-0 advantage.brbe A6 punter Dane Borges juggles snap at Andre Hayles approachesbrbe A7 Andre Hayles closes in

Andre Hayles gets the block

Andre Hayles gets the block

Bethel got the ball back with 45 seconds left until halftime after Austin Allaby nearly blocked a second Brookfield punt.  Joe Pietnik scrambled to the Brookfield 40 before his brother (Jared) connected with Sloan Austermann to the Brookfield 20.

There was time for two plays as it turned out.  The Wildcats used the same play twice…………throw the ball into the end zone and see what happens.

First time the ball sailed over Cal Daniels and nearly was caught by his brother Will.

The second time QB Jared Pietnik gave his pass a little more loft.  This led to a jump ball situation between the Wildcats Will Daniels and the Bobcats Ben Martone.  Will outjumped Ben for the ball and Bethel had its third touchdown with only 1.6 seconds left in the half.

Just miss on first pass into the end zone

Just miss on first pass into the end zone

Will Daniels (6) catches TD pass in front of Ben Martone (20)

Will Daniels (6) catches TD pass in front of Ben Martone (20)

Another extra point gave Bethel a 20-0 halftime advantage.

That last-second score didn’t take the wind out of Ralph DeSantis Stadium but it probably took the wind out of Brookfield’s sails.

Bobby Drysdale (9) follows Louie Rodrigues (77)

Bobby Drysdale (9) follows Louie Rodrigues (77)

Despite the deficit Brookfield led off with an impressive drive early in the second half and ended up deep in the Red Zone.  Several drops on Brad Westmark passes, however,  kept the Bobcats out of the end zone.

Meanwhile, the second half Wildcats were perfectly content to take few chances.  They kept the clock running with rush after rush.  QB Joe Pietnik was the most frequent ball carrier.

Bethel’s Austin Allaby was injured early in the second half.  He left on a stretcher but to the relief of everyone he waved to the crowd on the way out.

The weather was extremely challenging.  If I wanted the sun to my back (good photography idea) I had to have the strong wind in my face.  Some truly Good Samaritan gave me a hand warmer in the fourth quarter.

Cal Daniels

Cal Daniels

Cal Daniels of Bethel has a scholarship to Division 1 Stony Brook.

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Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson

Bethel QB Joe Piatnik (2) sets to throw

Bethel QB Joe Piatnik (2) sets to throw

Bobby Drysdale (9) fumbles after hit by Alec Byrnes (66)

Bobby Drysdale (9) fumbles after hit by Alec Byrnes (66)

Joe Piatnik

Joe Piatnik

pass heads for Gabe Pompette (25) with Jared Wilsey (44) defending

pass heads for Gabe Pompette (25) with Jared Wilsey (44) defending

scarey moment at star of second half

scarey moment at start of second half

Will Daniels

Will Daniels

young Marine recruit

young Marine recruit

Bobby Drysdale (9) brings down Joe Piatnik

Bobby Drysdale (9) brings down Joe Piatnik

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