New Canaan Youth Baseball Roundup

Majors 70

Red Sox – 14, Mets – 13

The Mrs. Green’s Red Sox defeated the Walter Stewart’s Mets 14-13 in a closely contested back and forth game. The Red Sox lineup was anchored by Nick Burns who reached safely 3 out of 4 at bats and the game-winning hit by Tristan Pearl. The Mets defense saw web gems from Luke Hickey and Justin Higgins. Ryan Werneburg had a great catch in the outfield and Cameron Besaw pitched a perfect last inning for the Sox. Matthew Benevento hit two home runs, and Brendan Keogh had a number of productive at bats for the Mets.

Taller Backstops Planned for Softball Field at Waveny

Town officials have approved a $6,400 contract with a Cross Street company to install new, taller backstops designed to control flying foul balls at the main softball field in Waveny. Known as the “Orchard Field”—on the right as you climb toward the crest of the hill on the main road, off of South Avenue (with the new ingress to the parking lot)—the softball diamond plays host to home varsity games as well as youth competition. The 10-foot-high backstop now in place—first installed in 1988—isn’t high enough to contain the girls’ foul balls, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko. Plans call for the center section to be raised to 18 feet, and the wings to be raised to 10 feet, Benko told the Board of Selectmen at the group’s regular meeting on Dec. 15.

Giants Top Phillies for New Canaan Baseball’s Double-A Title

In a thrilling championship game, the No. 2-seeded Karl Chevrolet Giants captured the New Canaan Baseball AA Championship with a hard-fought 10-9 victory over the league’s No. 1 seed, the Phillies. The visiting Giants got off to a hot start with five straight hits to lead off the game from Doster Crowell, Ryan Moore, Thomas Garcia, Luke Reed, and Connor Lytle who ripped a bases-clearing triple to give the Giants an early 5-0 lead. The Phillies bounced back, scoring nine runs over the next three innings, including six runs in the 3rd inning led by Paige Davis, Tanner Capelli, and Sam Bisesi who had two hits in the game.

Royals Top Astros for New Canaan Baseball Triple-A Crown

Anthony Cascione’s bases loaded, 2-RBI single highlighted a four-run second inning as the Royals beat the Stamford Insurance Group Astros 12-6 to capture the New Canaan Baseball Triple-A Championship Wednesday night at Mellick Field. “It feels good,” said younger brother Giovanni Cascione, who added a hit and pitched two scoreless innings in the win. “Our team just hit the ball and had like no errors. Except for one.” Winning pitcher Trey Hartnett got the Royals off on the right foot, recording two assists and one putout on balls hit back to the box in the first inning.

Angels Top Orioles for Majors Championship

The BVSA Angels captured the New Canaan Baseball Majors Championship with a hard-fought 5-1 victory over the CT Sandwich Company Orioles. With a league-best regular season, top-seeded Orioles started lefty Matt Balkun, who showed great control shutting down the Angels in the top of the 1st. The Angels started ace Jack Ellis, equally in command as he fanned two Orioles batters for a 1-2-3 1st inning. In the 2nd, the Angels were able to jump on top as Ryan Werneburg drove a double to deep left and was brought home by sharp singles from Andrew Rashad and Austin Platt. Balkun later snared a Charlie Mehos line drive to end the threat.