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Admirals Off To Winning Start In American Legion Baseball Season



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Heading into this week’s action, the 19U Bethel Admirals American Legion baseball team, which comprises both Newtown and Bethel athletes, posted a 7-4 record.

The Admirals entered into a stretch of 16 scheduled games in a span of 18 days, necessitated by five rainouts and an already truncated summer league schedule. Game results are as follows:

June 10, Monroe 4, Admirals 1: The Admirals couldn’t solve Monroe right hander Chris Lindquist as they lost their season opener at Masuk High School. Joe Liquori pitched well in defeat, and leadoff batter Logan Whelton-Pane reached three times with a pair of hits and a walk.

June 11, Admirals 4, Waterbury 2: The Admirals defeated zone 5 powerhouse Waterbury as southpaw Mike Parker threw a complete game, allowing five hits under the lights at Bethel High School.

June 14, Admirals 5, Naugatuck 0: Jim Parker carried a no-hitter into the sixth  inning. Providing the offensive firepower were Charlie Huegi (triple) and David Matthews (three-run homer).

June 15, Oakville 6, Admirals 2: Facing Oakville’s ace, Grant Wallace, at Bethel High School, the Admirals lost despite Tyler Plumb’s 3-for-3 effort at the plate.

June 18, Admirals 7, Danbury 2: Stephen Brittin went the distance on the mound as the Admirals won. At the top of the Admirals’ batting order, Sam Czel, Jake Roper, and David Matthews each clubbed a double.

June 22, Admirals 10, Monroe 9: On the road, at Masuk High School, David Matthews’ base-clearing triple and a long double off the bat of Abe Defeo helped the Admirals score six runs in the seventh inning to tie it up. In the ninth inning, Defeo singled in the lead run and the Admirals held on for a 10-9 extra-inning victory. Recording a one-inning save was Sam Czel, who demanded the ball and set the Monroe batters down 1-2-3.

June 24, Admirals 3, Easton 0: Joe Liquori pitched a complete game shutout over Easton at Bethel High School. Charlie Heugi continued his fine defensive play at shortstop with a trio of jaw-dropping web gems.

June 25, Monroe 4, Admirals 0: Once again, the Admirals’ bats were silenced by Monroe’s Chris Lindquist. Sam Czel led off the game with a single that turned out to be the Admirals’ sole base hit of the game. 

June 26, Admirals 5, Easton 3: The Admirals prevailed at Joel Barlow High School in Redding with Jim Parker on the bump. Though he lacked his signature off-speed pitch — the knuckleball — Parker pounded the zone with well-located fastballs in a six-inning, 70-pitch performance.  Joe Liquori (2-for-4, two doubles) and Logan Whelton-Pane (2-for-4) led the Admirals at the plate.

June 27, Admirals 5, Oxford 2: Mike Parker went 4-for-4 with two long doubles to propel the Admirals at Oxford. On the mound, Stephen Brittin generated plethora of groundball outs in his complete-game win. Middle infielders Joe Liquori and Jack Procaccini teamed up to turn a pair of rally-killing double plays.

June 27, Oxford 1, Admirals 0: Hurler Chas Cwyin allowed only three hits — all singles — in a 1-0 loss at Oxford. Abe Defeo led Admirals’ batters, going 2-for-2, with a walk.

Charlie Heugi throws the ball across the infield after scooping a grounder.
Jim Parker throws a pitch for the Admirals during a 5-3 win over Easton, in Redding, on June 26.
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