Baseball

10-year-old Cal Ripken :The Danbury 10-year old Cal Ripken travel baseball team ended their 2005 season this past weekend at the Lil Beast of the East Invitational tournament in State College, Pennsylvania . The team finished the tournament with a 3-1 record against teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

The travel players included Justin Calitro, J.P. Dennehy , R.J. Gilchrist , JoJo Materile, Charlie Mortara , Naby Nunez, Anthony Roshka, Matthew Shail , Devin Vitti and Austin Winter.

In Game 1, Danbury fell to the Lake Erie, Penn., Pirates but rebounded off the strength of the grand slam home run by Nunez in the third inning.


In Game 2, Danbury faced the Lower Buck, Penn., Bandits. Trailing 4-1 after three innings, Danbury scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the sixth inning to win 6-4. Gilchrist's two-run single in the sixth inning down the right field foul line scored the game-winning runs. Calitro, Dennehy, Materile and Winter all contributed with RBI singles. Defensively, the team turned a 6-4-3 double play with Nunez at shortstop throwing to Calitro at second base who in turn threw to Mortara at first base. Nunez pitched the fifth and sixth innings posting four strikeouts to earn the win.


In Game 3, Danbury defeated Manalapan, N.J., 6-3. Shail's lead off double in the bottom of the first inning sparked a four-run rally. Nunez, Dennehy, Vitti and Gilchrist contributed to that spurt with RBI singles. Danbury added two more runs in the second on Materile's two-run single Shail, Vitti, Materile and Nunez pitched for Danbury, holding the Thunder to only five hits. Fine outfield play during the game was key for Danbury. Winter made three catches in center field, including a diving catch in the fourth inning that turned into a double play. Roshka also contributed to the win with a fine catch in right field.


In the final game, Danbury defeated the Bandits 7-5. Danbury jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Dennehy and Materile had back to back doubles during that inning with Calitro, Gilchrist, Roshka, Shail and Vitti all hitting singles. Key defensive plays were made by Mortara at first base, Calitro at second, and Nunez at shortstop. The Bandits were held to only three hits by the pitching of Materile, Shail and Nunez.


11-year-old Cal Ripken: Danbury's 11-year old Cal Ripken travel team went undefeated and won the 2005 Brookfield Jimmy Fund tournament last weekend. Danbury finished with an impressive 9-0 record during the two week tournament, outscoring their opponents 76-9.

Behind the strong pitching of Ashish Rao , Austin Fiddner and Christopher DelDebbio , Danbury held their opponents to only 29 hits.

Defensively, catcher Austin Calitro caught every inning in the tournament. The outfield included the strong arms of Josh Wiltse , Brian Hatcher , BJ Nimer, Chris Burns , and Chris Zabrowski. The infield was anchored by shortstop Christopher DelDebbio, first baseman Austin Fiddner, second baseman Ben Ghannam and third baseman Max Mannucia.

In the nine games, the team had 77 hits, including 18 by Austin Fiddner, one of which was a grand slam. Calitro had 12 of the 77 hits while both DelDebbio and Wiltse had 8 hits each.

During the tournament, Danbury defeated teams from New Fairfield and Newtown once, teams from New Milford and Bethel twice, and the Brookfield team three times. In the championship game, Danbury defeated Brookfield 17-0.