Foran pitchers need to reach deep down stretch

Due to weather and quarantine, Foran was forced into games this past Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. The Lions (5-10) have games left with Hamden (today) and Sheehan (Friday).

“At the high school level that backs you up with your pitching staff. We’re playing to get into playoffs. I would say we are fatigued as a pitching staff, but I’d also say our kids are energetic. They’ve done what they can to keep us within striking distance,” Foran coach Garrett Walker said.

An 11-0 win over Shelton halted a five-game losing streak to end April.

“Early on the kids were rusty. They were trying to get back to the swing of things. It’s not only games, but practice, time management,” Walker said. “There are a lot of first-year varsity starters this year, some who haven’t played jayvee or even high school baseball. Some have the skill set but aren’t used to the grind.

“We are the sport that plays the maximum amount of games in the shortest time frame. We haven’t done that in two years. That jayvee/varsity prerequisite year help kids learn how to go about the varsity season. Very few players this year have had that luxury.”

Michael Simonelli leads Foran from the leadoff spot in the batting order.

“Michael had that varsity experience. He got to do it as a sophomore and had that All-State year. He knew what he was facing. No one else on team has,” Walker said. “All the kids have been great. They’ve put a lot of effort in.

“Kyle Zarnoch has turned himself into a great catcher. He’s having a great year for us. Trey Deitelbaum, everyone knew his pitching resume. He’s also having a solid offensive year. All the guys are beginning to find where they fit and starting to dive into that. We’ve had numerous big moments from numerous players. We want to keep developing that.”

Against Law Zach Worzel played first, senior co-captain Aidan Deschaine second, Dean Ross shortstop and Jack D’Avigonon third. Senior co-captain Simonelli was in center. Deitelbaum played left. Brayden Young was in right. Brandon Payne was the designated hitter.

Walker brought Brian Massey, Devin Sorraco and Jacob Madarang off the bench.

“We like certain guys in certain situations. It is a team. We are not afraid to make those substitutions (pinch hitting/defensive switches),” Walker said.

Roundup: Michael Simonelli went 4 for-5 with three runs and four RBIs when Foran defeated Branford 9-4 on Friday. Trey Deitelbaum pitched four shutout innings while his teammates gave him a 7-0 lead. He left after five innings with the Lions leading 7-1. Simonelli tripled to lead off the game and scored on Dean Ross’ sacrifice fly. Simonelli singled and Deitelbaum singled home runs in a three-run second. Simonelli hit a three-run homer in the fifth…Kyle Zarnoch knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Foran defeated Guilford 4-3. Simonelli hit a double to start the rally. He stole sdecond and came home on Zarnoch’s single. No. 5 ranked Fairfield Prep defeated Foran 7-2. Simonelli drove in the run. Zarnoch, Dean Ross, Simonelli and Aidan Deschaine had hits… Foran dropped a 15-11 decision to North Haven which qualified for states at 8-7 on Monday. Simonelli hit a home run, had a double, and drove in five runs. Brandon Payne and Devin Soracco had doubles.

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