NEW HARTFORD ALL-STARS ADVANCE TO DISTRICT 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
# 5 PJ Alvanos celebrates with teammates after blasting a home run for New Hartford. # 12 David Antone reaches out for a high five!
MHTS Summer Fun Tour visits Sauquoit
By Peter Pagliaro-MHTS
Photos-Mark Simon-MHTS-(Click on story photos to see more action shots by mark)
The District 10 Little League semifinals took center stage in Sauquoit Friday night as the Marcy-Deerfield All-Stars took on the New Hartford All-Stars for a chance to meet up with the Whitestown All-Stars in the finals on Saturday.
New Hartford starter Dean Langman started the game by quickly disposing of the first three Marcy-Deerfield batters when third baseman Michael Cirasuolo and catcher Nick Tornatore grounded out and Joseph Maycock struck out.
Marcy-Deerfield took the field in the bottom of the first with Avery Cook on the mound, who also seemed in control early forcing two of the first three batters out by getting Dean Langman to ground out, giving up a double to shortstop P.J. Alvanos and striking out leftfielder Andrew Circelli.
However, the tide changed after a pop fly was dropped in foul territory by first baseman Joseph Maycock. Instead of getting out of the inning, centerfielder Tyler Moran doubled and scored Alvano, followed by singles from Dave Antone, Josh Lafave, and Nick Courto which allowed Moran, Antone and Lefave to cross the plate.
Ryan Zogby then followed with a single that scored Courto, bringing the tally to five runs after the error and New Hartford leading 5-0 after one.
However, Langman struck out right fielder Matthew Mutton and pitcher Avery Cook and then was able to get leftfielder Trey Szatko to pop out to end the inning and leave runners stranded.
New Hartford started the second inning with pitcher Dean Langman scorching a homerun over the centerfield wall to give New Hartford a 6-0 lead.
Marcy-Deerfield made a pitching change in the way of Joseph Maycock but the next three batters – Alvanos, Circelli and Moran all singled followed by an error which resulted in Alvanos and Circelli scoring and New Hartford jumping out to an 8-0 lead.
Third baseman Dave Antone walked and Lafave hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Moran, extending the lead to 9-0.
The inning finally ended when Courto struck out, Zogby walked and Luke Jones struck out.
Marcy-Deerfield fought back in the top of the third scoring its first run after Dominick Dellaposta struck out and Michael Cirasuolo took a pitch to the helmet and got the free walk to first.
However, Joseph Maycock stepped in and smashed a double, scoring Tornatore, building the lead to 9-1.
The inning quickly ended after Jacob Mucitelli was struck out by Langman.
After scoring nine runs in the first two innings of play, New Hartford added one more in the bottom of the third when P.J. Alvanos smoked a ball for a home run extending New Hartford’s lead to 10-1.
The fourth inning resulted in no scoring as Marcy-Deerfield was stifled with a groundout from Sean Hovey and a walk to Nicholas Paolozzi which ultimately ended with him getting thrown out at third.
Adam Kuhn reached base by way of a single, but went no further after a pop out by Trey Szatko.
New Hartford could do no better when they went down in order after Dave Antone and Dave Hart struck out and Nick Courto grounded out.
Marcy-Deerfield looked to put together a rally in the top of the fifth, but quickly found themselves with two outs when Dominick Dellaposta grounded out and Michael Cirasuolo struck out.
However, Nick Tornatore singled and stole a base and then advanced to third on a throwing error and Joseph Maycock brought him in with a single, but the rally ended there when Jacob Mucitelli struck out with Marcy-Deerfield still down 10-2.
New Hartford was unable to score in the bottom of the fifth when Zogby grounded out, Jones struck out and Lang popped out.
New Hartford brought their ace Dean Langman out for the sixth and after Sean Hovey reached on an error and Nicholas Paolozzi hit into a fielder’s choice the starter was pulled after reaching his pitch limit.
Andrew Circelli came in to close out the game and was able to get Adam Kuhn to pop out and Trey Szatko to single, which brought Hovey to the plate in a close play in which he was called out and the game was over with New Hartford winning 10-2.
New Hartford starting pitcher Dean Langman finished with seven strikeouts and two walks and P.J. Alvanos went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored an a homerun.
With the win New Hartford advances to the District 10 finals on Saturday against Whitestown on New Hartford’s home field at 1:00.
Whitestown is undefeated in the double elimination tournament while New Hartford has one loss.
Therefore, Whitestown needs just one win to capture the District 10 crown while New Hartford needs two – should New Hartford win on Saturday the deciding game will be played on Sunday.
New Hartford 10 Marcy-Deerfield 2
1 2 3 4 5 6
Marcy-Deerfield 0 0 1 0 1 X – 2
New Hartford 5 4 1 0 0 X – 10
#37 – David Camerota
#40 – Nicholas Paolozzi
#16 – Adam Kuhn
#42 – Michael Cirasuolo
#23 – Nick Tornatore
#44 – Joseph Maycock
#38 – Jacob Mucitelli
#7 – Sean Hovey
#43 – Matthew Mutton
#41 – Avery Cook
#30 – Trey Szatko
#21 – Dominick Dellaposta
Manager – Roger Hovey
Coaches – Sam Tornatore & Dave Camerota
New Hartford All-Stars
#4 – Dean Langman
# 5 – P.J. Alvanos
#10 – Andrew Circelli
#1 – Tyler Moran
#12 – David Antone
#8 – Josh Lefave
#11 – Nick Courto
#7 – Ryan Zogby
#13 – Luke Jones
#2 – Dave Hart
Manager – Pete Alvanos
Coaches – Luke Jones & Steve Zogby