Junior Legion explodes past 88
With the game knotted at two, Milford Post 196 posted six runs in the fourth inning June 16 to defeat Hamden Post 88 in American Junior Legion action at Hamden High on Saturday.
“The offense has been good,” Milford Post 196 coach Frank Guistino said of his club, now 2-2.
“What I try to do is produce nine guys out there that can hit the ball. If you can consistently hit the ball and you’re getting on base, they’re having a good time and that’s what baseball is all about.”
Matt Alicki pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits to earn the victory.
Drew and David DeRubeis each had two RBI hits in the fourth, while Kurt Holden added two RBIs with Cutter Pinciero also knocking in a run with a single.
“Matt Alicki is a freshman and I haven’t seen a lot of him, but what I did see of him has been awesome so far,” Guistino said.
“I had a few talks with him about what he needed to get done and he accomplished all of those things today.”
Hamden got on the board first when Tyler Mitchell ripped a two-run single to give Post 88 a 2-0 lead.
Milford answered in the top of the third after Jake Markum led off with a single and stole second with Frank Guistino at-bat.
Guistino later walked and stole second as Markum took third. When Hamden pitcher Zach Morgillo’s pitch went to the backstop, Markum streaked for home, scoring Milford’s first run.
A few pitches later, Holden grounded out to shortstop scoring Guistino to tie the game at two.
In the top of the fourth, Milford’s bats exploded for six runs
Scott Ponelli started things with a single, then Kevin Connors and Mack Taylor followed with walks to load the bases.
Drew DeRubeis drove Connors and Ponelli with an RBI single.
After Markum went down on strikes, Frank Guistino singled to load the bases for Holden, who followed with an RBI single.
Pinciero cracked a RBI single to bring in Drew DeRubeis to make it 6-2 Milford.
With the bases loaded again, Dave DeRubeis cracked a two-run double to right-center to give Milford a commanding 8-2 lead.
Hamden answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, before Alicki silenced the Post 88 bats allowing just two hits in the final three innings.”
“Matt looked like a very confident pitcher out there throwing with authority,” coach Guistino said. “He was a leader.”