West Haven junior Dylan Supan has been playing well during his team’s recent winning streak. Supan decided to up his play to yet another level last Tuesday afternoon.
Needing just 75 pitches, Supan tossed a no-hitter as West Haven defeated Guilford 11-0 in a game stopped after six innings. Supan hit two batters and had West Haven make three errors behind him, but the junior pitcher pitched with relative ease, tossing 46 strikes in his complete-game effort.
“He (Supan) had the game of his career,” West Haven coach Ron Luneau said. “How many people can say they threw a no-hitter and drove in four runs? He is a solid pitcher who throws strikes. He is always around the zone.”
Supan also starred at the plate where he had two hits, drove in four runs and scored once as well. Supan led an 11-hit attack which also saw Mike Boni finish with three hits and four runs batted in, and Dan Izzo also had a pair of hits. Izzo, Gianni Gambardella, and Jake Romano each scored twice.
The Westies used a pair of big innings to win their fifth game in a row after starting the season with a pair of losses. West Haven (5-2) scored six times in the second, once in the third, and four more in the sixth to end the game.
Supan retired the first 11 batters of the game, before Guilford had a batter reach on an error with two outs in the fourth.
Supan worked around West Haven’s third error in the fifth by getting a double play ball, before retiring the final three batters in succession in the sixth after walking the first two batters of the frame.
Since that game, West Haven took an 8-1 victory over Sheehan with Gambardella going the distance; a 3-1 victory over Foran;
Jones and Gambardella led the Westies with two hits apiece, Boni drove in a pair of runs, and Jake Romano knocked in another.
Axelrod tossed five innings of six-hit ball, allowing one earned run, while walking four and striking out four. Dan Izzo pitched the final two innings, walking two and striking out four.
With both teams picking up their play of late, West Haven winners of five straight coming into the contest and the Notre Dame Green Knights winners of three of their last four, the intensity was certain to be present in the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
When all was said and done, it was West Haven which took home the initial meeting of the two teams with a 3-0 victory over the Green Knights at Piurek Field in West Haven.
Gambardella continued to impress with his third victory of the year. Gambardella needed just 83 pitches, 62 of which were strikes, to toss a complete-game two-hitter, striking out eight and walking just one batter.
West Haven was in a prime position to post an upset of top-ranked Hand-Madison. West Haven came out hitting and did not slow down for four innings, taking an 11-0 lead.
Three outs away from the game ending due to the mercy rule, the unthinkable happened. The Tigers prolonged the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and added five more n the sixth to get within 11-10.
West Haven scored once in the seventh, but not adding more would hurt as Hand’s Danny Weinstein blasted a walk-off homer in a dramatic 13-12 win for the Tigers in Madison.
The comeback spoiled what looked to be a solid win for the Westies. DeSanty hit a two-run homer, Jones hit two doubles and Axelrod pitched well for the first four innings, before the Tigers turned the tide in the fifth.
West Haven finished the game with 14 hits.
Two games into the 2021 season, the West Haven softball team has shown it is going to come out swinging. For the second straight game, West Haven was in double digit his and improved to 2-0 with a 14-7 victory on the road over Guilford.
Five players had multiple hits in the contest, led by Paige Beurer with three hits. Mia Rubirosa, Juliana Petruzziello, Neve Krajcir, and Brianna Miller each had a pair of hits, with Miller also scoring four times. Rubirosa, Petruzziello, Beurer, and Krajcir each scored twice, while Beurer drove in four runs, and Krajcir knocked in three. Krajcir picked up her second victory of the year by tossing five innings, allowing seven runs, four of which were earned. Krajcir walked three and struck out eight. Rubirosa pitched the final two innings, walking one, striking out four, and not allowing a hit.
Through three games in the 2021 season, West Haven has had no problems heating up. After scoring 33 runs in their first two games of the year, the Westies added 15 more in a 15-10 victory over Sheehan in Wallingford Friday afternoon.
West Haven pounded 19 hits, led by four from Miller, who also drove in five runs, and scored twice. Rubirosa also had four hits, while Raccio added three, and Petruzziello, Krajcir, and Melanie Jimenez each added two.
West Haven went into Milford Saturday morning ready to keep its hitting shoes on. Having scored 48 runs in the first three games of the season, the Westies expected more of the same. Unfortunately for West Haven, Law had no part of it. Holding West Haven to just five hits, Law ended West Haven’s three-game winning streak to open the season, topping the Westies 11-0 at Jonathan Law.
Miller led West Haven with a pair of hits as the Westies struggled to get going offensively. Krajcir took the loss, allowing 10 hits and eight runs, in four innings of work. Raccio pitched two innings and allowed three runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out three.
West Haven team lost its second straight game with a 7-4 defeat at Cheshire Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Westies dropped to 3-2 on the season.
West Haven fell to 3-3 as it dropped its third straight decision in a 19-2 loss to East Haven in the home opener at Biondi Field Friday evening.
East Haven took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, before putting the game away with 13 runs in the second inning. Down 19-0, West Haven scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, before the game ended with the mercy rule.
West Haven fell to 1-6 with a 6-1 loss at Shelton. West Haven’s lone victory came when top-seeded Lopez defeated Shelton’s Nell Komorowski, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.
The rest of singles play saw Shelton’s second seed Jess Jayakar defeat West Haven’s Oronzo, 6-0, 6-0, Emily Carlin top West Haven’s Hauer, 6-0, 6-0, and fourth-seeded Carolyn Maher defeat West Haven’s Turcio, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Shelton’s top seed of Kassidy Wojtowicz and Sam McCook defeated West Haven’s Aciker and McLaughlin 6-1, 6-0. Shelton’s second seed of Emily Ahern and Emily Cacchillo topped West Haven’s Massaro and Mumar, 6-0, 6-1, while third-seeded Lily May and Rachel Morrow defeated West Haven’s Williams and Elyze Ancheta 6-0, 6-1.
West Haven fell to 1-7 with a 7-0 loss to Branford at Painter Park in West Haven Wednesday afternoon.
In singles play, top-seeded Lopez fell to Shea Lepre 6-1, 6-3, second-seeded Oronzo lost to Leila Omeragi 6-0, 6-1, third-seeded Hauer lost to Evelyn Mollow, 6-0, 6-0, and fourth-seeded Turcio lost to Nuala Pamdyal, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles play, top-seeded Ancheta and Valverde fell 6-0, 6-0, second-seeded Williams and Aciker 6-2, 6-2, and third-seeded Jenna Massaro and Mumar, 6-3, 6-3.
West Haven entered Monday’s match against Wilbur Cross searching for its first win of the season. Despite a solid effort, West Haven was edged by the Governors, 4-3, in New Haven and fell to 0-7 on the year.
In singles play, top-seeded Jacob Martin of Wilbur Cross defeated Sager of West Haven, 6-1, 6-0. Jayden Rivera of Cross topped West Haven’s second seed Khan, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, and Osiana Brown, of Cross defeated Jamalee of West Haven 6-0, 6-0. Fourth-seeded Mohamed of West Haven topped Roxanne Virtue of Cross ,7-5, 7-5.
In doubles play, Young In Kim and Adam Sharqawe of Cross topped West Haven’s top seed of Abdul Mohamednoor and Ahmed Muhamednour 7-6 (10-8), 7-5. West Haven’s second seed of Leum and Vets defeated Tresor Mkambilwa and Paulette Jara 6-0, 7-5, while West Haven’s third seed of Diaz and Imerukaj topped Keren Tan and Jashaun Ogaro of Wilbur Cross6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
West Haven snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 with a 15-5 victory over Jonathan Law Wednesday evening in Milford.
Fowler led the Westies with six goals and one assist, Moscato had two goals and seven assists, while Nate Smith had two goals and two assists, and Miller and Talamelli each had a goal and an assist.
The Westies held a 6-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back as Miller got things going off an assist from Kelly with 9:44 left in the quarter. Just 1:23 later, it was 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Moscato, before Smith scored off an assist from Miller three minutes later.
Smith then assisted on Moscato’s second goal for a 4-0 advantage, before Fowler scored off an assist from Moscato with 2:15 remaining in the quarter. Talamelli wrapped up the first quarter scoring off an assist from Moscato with 1:02 remaining.
Law scored the first two goals of the second quarter and got within 7-4 after Smith had scored for the Westies.
Goals by Fowler and Joe D’Aurio in the third quarter extended the lead to 9-4, before Fowler scored twice, the first assisted by Moscato and the second by Talamelli, for an 11—5 advantage.
Fowler scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter, both assisted by Moscato, before Ethan Phelan and Kevin Gardner rounded out the scoring.
The West Haven girls lacrosse team moved to 0-4-1 with an 11-11 tie at Shelton Friday evening. West Haven had six different scorers in the contest, but could not pull out the victory.
Caitlin Welch led the West Haven offense with four goals and an assist, while Brooke Moscato scored twice, and Melissa Tsakonas had a goal and an assist. Mackenzie Gardner also scored for the Westies.
West Haven fell to 0-5-1 with a 16-3 loss to Sacred Heart Academy Friday evening. The Sharks led 10-0 at the half and never looked back in defeating the Westies.
Gardner led the Westies with two goals, while Julia Tsakonas scored once. Mia Celentano and Emilee DeGrand each scored four goals, while Jianna Cohrs and Lia Prato scored twice in the win.
Militano made six saves in the loss for West Haven.
The West Haven boys track team improved to 2-0 with a 61.5 – 58.5 victory over Hamden at Hamden High School.
Senior Anthony Vendrella won the 110M high hurdles in 16.6 seconds and was also first in the 300M hurdles with a state-qualifying time of 42.7 seconds.
Sophomore Avian Evans was stellar his track and field debut by taking first in three individual events. Evans won the 100M in 11.9 seconds, the long jump at 18’-6”, and high jump at 5’-5”.
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