Story Lines Of The Season

Southington's Justin Robarge threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Farmington. He needed only 64 pitches, 51 of which were strikes.

East Hartford shortstop Alan Schiff and center fielder Joshua Velasquez collided chasing a shallow fly ball against Windsor April 27. “It was bad; worst collision I'd seen in my 30 years in the game,” East Hartford coach Mike McDermott said. “I thought both had


and Joshua a broken jaw.” Medical examinations revealed Schiff had a

broken nose

, and each player had a slight concussion. Both soon returned to the lineup.

Right-hander Noah Hahn of Avon pitched a no-hitter against East Windsor 12-0.

Simsbury trailed 7-5 Northwest Catholic-West Hartford, but had the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning. A low soft liner was hit to second baseman Ryan Coursey. The runners, apparently thinking the ball was going through to centerfield, were on the move. Coursey caught the ball around knee high, stepped on second and threw to first to complete the triple play.


Bristol Central's Matt Blandino had a no-hitter and struck out 16 in a 7-0 victory over Maloney.

Shortstop/pitcher Bryan Daniello of Brien McMahon-Norwalk was named Gatorade Connecticut Baseball player of the year.

East Hartford knocked out Greenwich, the top-ranked team then in The Courant state ratings and in Class LL, 4-2 in 10 innings in a Class LL quarterfinal. Schiff pitched a complete game.

Tyler Romano drove in Mike DeGrandi with a single in the 13th to lift South Windsor over Bristol Central 4-3 in a LL quarterfinal.

B.J. McNaughton, Cromwell's top pitcher, injured his right shoulder and left with two outs in the first inning in a Class S quarterfinal against St. Paul. Cromwell won 12-4, as Doug Davenport picked up the victory.

Davenport won four games in the tournament, including a 12-4 decision over Derby in the title game. McNaughton pitched 2 2/3 innings in the finale. It was the first title for Cromwell since 1967.

Plainville downed Haddam-Killingworth 3-1 in the Class M championship, as first-year coach Lou Mandeville who had replaced Plainville legend Bob Freimuth, directed the Blue Devils to their eighth title.

Tyler Favreau earned the save for Plainville against Derby. His father Mark played on the 1974 New Britain Class LL title team, and his brother Jon played on the 2008 Plainville championship M team.


None of the No. 1 seeds — Greenwich in LL, Cheney Tech in L, Montville in M and Northwest Catholic in S — won state titles. The champions were Shelton, Fitch, Plainville and Cromwell.

Shelton finished as the No. 1 team in The Courant final state ratings. Cromwell was No. 1 in The Courant final area ratings.

Tom Yantz