Brown Shuts Out Law for Indians' First Win

Sophomore pitches complete game in first career varsity start.

North Haven sophomore Zack Brown pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout with four strikeouts in his first varsity start to help his team win their first game of the year as the Indians defeated Jonathan Law 2-0. Junior Chris Lavorgna had two of North Haven's four hits and scored a run to lead the offense.

On a day where hits were hard to come by, the Indians scratched out a pair of runs playing baseball the "old fashioned way". In the third inning, senior shortstop Devn Kresge walked and was sacrificed to second by senior right fielder Christian Karnauchov. A wild pitch moved Kresge to third and then senior center fielder Eric Yavarone drove him in with a ground out to short.

In the fourth, LaVorgna got a ground single up the middle as Law shortstop Sean Cameron made a great diving stop but couldn't make a play. LaVorgna stole second with a huge jump and then was sacrificed over to third by senior Brian Sica. North Haven could not convert, however, as a ground out to third by Ron Sherman and a fly ball out to center by Matt Oestreicher left LaVorgna stranded at third.

LaVorgna led off the sixth for the Indians with line drive single to left and again stole second. This time he was not stranded as sophomore Michael Acampora came up with a big hit when his line drive down the left field line could not be caught by a diving Jake Saley. The ball rolled to the fence as LaVorgna came around to score and Acampora chugged into second with a double. Ron Sherman showed a nice piece of hitting behind the runner with a ground out to second to move Acampora over to third, but a ground out to third and a foul out to first ended the scoring.

In a game that didn't feature much offense, the excitement was peaked by great defensive plays that kept things close. The Lawmen hit several deep drives to right and right center that were tracked for long outs taking away potential extra base hits. North Haven's Eric Yavarone made a great over the shoulder catch running towards the center fielder fence in the third and turned it into a double play with a throw back in that nabbed a runner off of first.

The Lawmen had their best opportunity to score go unfulfilled in the third after Joe Bloszko was called out on strikes, Andrew Ward was then hit by a pitch. In an attempt to move Ward over, Nick Pinto put down a bunt up the first base line and beat the tag for an infield single. After a deep fly out to center, both runners moved up on Brown's wild pickoff throw to second, but the threat ended when right fielder D. DeRubeis fouled out to first.

Lawmen starting pitcher Joseph Bannon went four effective innings striking out three while allowing only one run on one hit and absorbed the loss. Nick Pinto led the Lawmen offense with two of their four hits.

With the win, North Haven improves their record to 1-2 and will travel to Fairfield to take on Fairfield Prep on Tuesday.


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