Saturday, August 13, 2011

July 8, 2011 BASEBALL American Legion New Milford Post 31

New Milford Post 31 -- New Milford posted a 3-2 record during a busy three-day stretch last week, dropping two of three to Danbury before winning two straight against Norwalk.

In a 4-3 win over Danbury on June 30, Greg Ostner pitched a complete game and struck out eight while walking none and allowing just three hits. Justin Voytek went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Clete LoRusso went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

In a 6-5 loss to Danbury, Brad Mannion went 2-for-3 with two runs, Dan Hedden went 2-for-4 and Joey Charles had a hit and two RBIs. Danbury pitcher Bryson Herr went the distance and scattered eight hits and one walk. Only one of the runs he allowed was earned. Ryan Berry went 2-for-3 with three runs for Danbury and Brian DelDebbio and Janco Cornelius each drove in a run.

In a 2-1 loss to Danbury, New Milford managed just one hit off Danbury pitcher Donald Miller, who went the distance and struck out 11 while walking three. Miller and Robert Meerman each drove in a run for Danbury.

June 5, 2011 Baseball – Class L State Tournament

The Bobcats enjoyed a rebirth of a season this year, advancing not only to the SWC playoffs but the State tournament as well. They were unable to continue the wild ride however as the fell in the opening round to New London by the score of 9-2.

For Bobcat sports fans it was the second time this year that the Whalers up-ended a BHS team in the post-season. In the fall, the football team fell in the state semi-final game to the boys from New London.

The Bobcats entered the tournament as the 25th seed and had to make the long trip to the coast to face No. 8 New London. Brookfield finished the year with a 13-10 record.

Brookfield began the season by winning its first six games, setting them up for a conference post-season run for the first time in eight years. Senior pitcher Harlan Zeerip carried the load early for the Bobcats and he was joined by senior pitcher Ryan Berry, who was held out for the first couple of weeks due to an off-season injury. The two proved to be a formidable duo, highlighted by their back-to-back dominant performances in 2-1, 2-0 wins over Newtown.

Fellow seniors Janco Cornelius, Austin Yusko, Dave Long and Evan Mozingo all played big parts in turning the team around, providing strong leadership for a team that was a nice mix of experienced players and younger players trying to make their mark.

While the Bobcats will be losing the senior players who brought a winner to the diamond for the first time in years, they will be left in good hands by the underclassmen who proved their worth on the field.

Current juniors Bryson Herr and A.J Cresci will play big roles next season, while sophomores Casey Burdick, Tre’ Gause, Mathew Gernert and Ryan Korb will look to build on their experience from this season. Freshman Ryan Rivas, who finished the season as the team’s hottest hitter, should make an impact as well.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 13, 2011 -- Pomperaug overpowers Brookfield, clinches No. 1 seed in SWC Kevin Duffy, Staff Writer Read

Kevin Maxon, of Pomperaug High School, is tagged out at second base, by Brookfield High School's Bryson Herr, in a game at Brookfield, on Friday, May 13, 2011. Photo: Jay Weir / The News-Times Freelance

Saturday, April 30, 2011

April 29, 2011 -- Brookfield Highlights

The Brookfield baseball team is off to a stellar start, winning seven of its first eight games, including a thrilling 4-3 win over Bethel Wednesday.

Bethel scored a go-ahead run on an error in the top of the ninth, but the Bobcats scored two in the bottom of the frame for the win.

Brookfield started its rally with two outs, with the winning runs coming in on a base hit to center with the bases loaded by shortstop Bryson Herr. Ryan Berry threw eight innings, giving up two runs, and Dave Long came in in the ninth for Brookfield.

Brookfield lost its first game of the season earlier in the week to Notre Dame. The Fairfield club jumped on Brookfield starter Harlan Zeerip for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Said head coach Dan McKee. “We have been successful because of attitude. These players are here for each other not themselves. We also have a bench with players that could be starters. It’s hard to see such talent have to sit, but we can only use nine at a time. We have three sophomores in the top five in the batting order, Tre Gause, Matt Gernert and Ryan Korb. We’re playing excellent defense and hitting the heck out of the ball.”

April 28, 2011 -- Baseball, Softball Both Go Extra Innings with Bethel

Baseball (7-1, 5-1):
On Tuesday, the Bobcats finally lost a game, taking one on the chin in Fairfield, losing to Notre Dame 10-2.  They returned home on Wednesday to face perennial power Bethel (4-3).  The game went extra innings and in the bottom of the ninth inning they found themselves down one-run with two outs and nobody on. Suddenly a two-game losing streak was staring them in the face.
Up stepped senior Ryan Berry, who had pitched eight innings, surrendering only two runs in the classic pitchers duel.  Berry delivered a clean single through the right side of the infield to make him three-for-four on the day.  He was followed by first baseman Austin Yusko, who promptly drove a ball up the middle to continue the two-out rally.
Bethel pitcher Andy Guercio, who was on the mound for the entire game, was finally starting to wear down.  Bobcats catcher Evan Mozingo smartly battled him and drew a walk to load the bases and set things up for shortstop Bryson Herr.  Herr took advantage of the big moment by scorching a single into center field that brought home the tying and winning runs in the dramatic 4-3 walk-off win for Brookfield.
"I just wanted to follow my hands back up the middle," Herr said of his approach at the plate.  "I was looking for middle-in, that's what I got."
Brookfield took a 1-0 in the second inning when Yusko delivered an RBI double that drove in Berry, who had hit a two-out triple.  After Bethel scored two off Berry in third, the Bobcats promptly tied things up in the bottom of the inning when second baseman Ryan Korb hit an RBI single that drove home Mozingo, who had led off the inning with a double.
From there both pitchers were lights out, shutting each team down until the dramatic final inning.  Berry, who had thrown 112 pitches, gave way to relief pitcher Dave Long, who was greeted by a leadoff single.  The Wildcats then executed a perfect bunt play that led to a throwing error by Long that was misplayed by the right fielder backing up on the play, which allowed Bethel to take a 3-2 lead and have a runner on third with nobody out.  Long came up big by stranding the runner there and keeping the Bobcat deficit at one run.
BETHEL            002 000 001—3 6 0
BROOKFIELD 011 000 002—4 10 3
BATTERIES: BE—Guercio (L) and Nick Spinella; BR—Berry, Long (9) and Mozingo. SO: Guercio 11, Berry 6, Long. BB: Guercio 3, Berry 2.
2B: BE—John Sorice, Zach Albin; BR—Yusko, Mozingo. 3B: BR—Berry. RBI: BE—Sorice, Albin, Spinella; BR—Herr 2, Yusko, Korb.

April 28, 2011 -- Herr's clutch hit lifts Brookfield to baseball victory over Bethel

BROOKFIELD -- Bryson Herr belted a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth that scored Ryan Dell and Austin Yusko and propelled the Brookfield High baseball team to a thrilling 4-3 victory over Bethel.
Brookfield, now 7-1 on the season, was led by Ryan Berry, who went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and also pitched eight innings of two-run ball. Berry threw 124 pitches and struck out six batters while allowing five hits.
BETHEL 002 000 001--3 6 0
BROOKFIELD 011 000 002--4 10 3
RECORDS: BE--4-3; BR--7-1
BATTERIES: BE--Andy Guercio (L) and Nick Spinella; BR--Ryan Berry, Dave Long (9) and Evan Mozingo. SO: Guercio 11, Berry 6, Long. BB: Guercio 3, Berry 2. 2B: BE--John Sorice, Zach Albin; BR--Austin Yusko, Mozingo. 3B: BR--Berry. RBI: BE--Sorice, Albin, Spinella; BR--Bryson Herr 2, Yusko, Ryan Korb.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 22, 2011 - Baseball Wins Again, Bobcats hold on for win over Stratford

Baseball (6-0, 4-0):
The Bobcats continued their winning ways at Stratford (2-5) yesterday afternoon, defeating the Red Devils 6-5 to remain undefeated and in first place in the SWC conference.
Brookfield jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings and then had to hold on as Stratford rallied for all five of their runs in the final three innings. Dave Long started the game and shut out Stratford for the first four innings. He gave way to Harlan Zeerip in the fifth inning during a Red Devil three-run rally.
Brookfield's big inning came in the third when they scored three runs. They picked up the game-winning run in the sixth inning after Stratford had cut the lead 5-3.  Zeerip held off the hard-charging Red Devils in the final two innings for the win.
Brookfield Shortstop Bryson Herr helped hold off Stratford with two unassisted double-plays -- to retire the side in each of the last two innings of the game.
Sophomores Tre' Gause and Matt Gernert both had three hits in the game, while senior captain Austin Yusko had two hits.
The Bobcats finish a stretch of four-games in one week when they play at non-conference rival Ridgefield (3-3) on Saturday.
BROOKFIELD 103 011 0—6 9 1
STRATFORD   000 031 1—5 8 3