Wednesday and Friday's games rescheduled
Friday's game, American Steakhouse vs. Thermaxx, has been postponed due to inclement weather. A makeup date will be announced.
Wednesday, May 22nd games have been rescheduled:
Game # 7, Thermaxx vs. Columbus Auto Body - Wednesday, June 5th, at 8:15 PM.
Game # 8: American Steakhouse vs. Baybrook Remodelers - Saturday, May 25, at 2:00 PM.
Rescheduled from Friday, May 24:
Game #9: American Steakhouse vs. Thermaxx - Thursday, May 30th, at 8:15 PM.
Team Previews: Steakhouse, Bank and Baybrook
League champion in 2011, American Steakhouse is looking to return to the top after a subpar season. Reigning league MVP Garrett Walker and former MVPs Henry Lee and T.J. Shea are all back along with All-League second baseman Dave Jermine. The pitching staff is led by Mike Aquilino, George Dummar and Justin Lawrence. Ryan Manning from the University of Bridgeport leads a group of first-year players looking to make their mark in the West Haven Twilight League.
With a second-half surge, the Bank of Southern Connecticut won the Greenwood Playoffs and reached the semifinals of the NABF Regional Tournament. The Bank returns many veterans including manager Lou Iannotti’s “workhorse” pitcher, BJ Senna. He will be joined on the mound by Dan St. George and newcomers Pat Simone and Max Russell. Simone went 5-1 with a 1.64 era at the University of New Haven while Russell
Max was drafted by Angels in 2010. The Bank also returns former pro catcher Michael Moras, first baseman Brendan Moss who is coming off one of his best offensive seasons, and catcher/outfielder Lou Iannotti. Based on that success, Manager Lou Iannotti has high hopes for his team. “Our team goal is to advance into the regional NABF tournament and potentially on to the national tournament.”
Baybrook Remodelers hope that the return of many veteran leaders will bring them back to the postseason this year. Leading the pack are last year’s Twilight League batting champion, Sam Greenberg, All-League outfielder Karl Derbacher, Kevin Bowerman and Mike Lucas. They will count on hurler Kyle Penney to return to his dominant form and be the rotation’s stopper once more. The Baybrook rotation also includes innings-eater Ryan Rougeot. The versatile Matt Ranaudo is back to provide support on defense, at the plate, and on the mound. Baybrook will also feature several new faces including Miles Sheehan, Sean Coriglio, Adam Merrit, Mike Panza, Simon Mathews, Mike Forgione.
Team Previews: Columbus and ThermaXX
Columbus Auto Body will see a near total makeover this season. The change starts at the top with new manager Tom Carroll and coach Doug Franco. “With the veteran leadership and young players in the mix and new pitchers, I believe this should be a fun year for Columbus Auto Body,” Carroll said. In addition to sixteen new college players, Columbus returns sluggers Mike Tamsin and Mike Torello as well as infielder Tommy Carroll. Joe Smeraglino will, once again, anchor the Columbus pitching staff.
Thermaxx takes over for Metro Taxi as team sponsor this year and, coming off a last place finish in 2012, ThermaXX has assembled a new look starting with owner/GM Brian Bannon and manager J.P. Peloso, while Luis Gomez returns as a coach. On the mound, Chris Zbin and Chris Ramos return and will be complemented by Robert Harrigan, Joey Bannon, Matt Ferraiolo and Mike Anastasio. Behind the plate will be the former Amity players, Paul Gusmano and Rob Rosner. Thermaxx also brings a completely new infield of Mike Nelson from UNH, Josh Rouse, Sean Cameron, Christian Baglini, Kyle Winters and SCSU’s Ryan Geffart. Twilight League fans will recognize stalwart veteran Greg Pacelli, and Gus Constantino also returns to the outfield. He is joined by Jake Saley and Topher Peloso.
2013 Schedule now available
Our 2013 playing schedule is now available. The 81st Twilight League season opens Saturday, May 18 with our traditional opening day triple-header. All-Brite Electric, 2012Twilight League champions, will take on Thermaxx Jackets at 10 am. At 12:30, Baybrook Remodelers take on last year's Greenwood Playoff winners, the Bank of Southern Connecticut. Columbus Auto Body and American Steakhouse will complete the opening day festivities at 3:00. Click here to view the complete 2013 schedule.
WHTL Honors Coach Vieira at Hot Stove Luncheon
The West Haven Twilight League honored the University of New Haven’s legendary baseball coach, Frank “Porky” Vieira at its fourth annual Hot Stove Luncheon on Saturday, January 26th at West River Hall in West Haven.
Members of the University of New Haven athletic department and many of Coach V's friends, colleagues and former players were on hand to “roast” Vieira.
Former MLB broadcaster George Grande, once again, served as the emcee for the event. Rich Marazzi, rules consultant to several MLB teams, also enlightened the audience with his annual "Ruleball" presentation.
WHTL Honors Greats at Gold Bat Dinner
WHTL Names 2012 Award Winners
Garrett Walker takes home MVP honors
The West Haven Twilight League honors its outstanding players and manager for the 2012 season with the end of season awards.
The league's officers, board of directors, and team managers voted on the top players for the season. Award winners will be recognized at the Gold Bat Dinner, Wednesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the West Haven Italian American Club (Westwoods), 85 Chase Lane, West Haven. For Gold Bat Dinner tickets, contact Tom "Tinker" Blake at (203) 934-3820.
American Steakhouse shortstop Garrett Walker was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player. Batting .375 and tying for the league lead in hits, Walker’s name can be found among the top five in nearly every offensive category.
Pitcher of the Year was given to Andrew Eggleston. Eggleston helped All-Brite Electric to the league title posting a 5-0 record and a 2.25 ERA. The hallmark of Eggleston’s season was a 10 inning complete game victory over Metro Taxi.
In his first Twilight League season, Baybrook Remodelers shortstop Sam Greenberg was the league’s Batting Champion with a .420 average.
Oliver Hart of the Bank of Southern Connecticut was named Rookie of the Year. Hart’s .382 batting average, reliable defense, and relief pitching helped make the Bank a contender down the stretch.
First-year manager Lou Iannotti of The Bank of Southern Connecticut was voted the league’s top manager. Iannotti’s team took second place (14-11) in the league’s regular season, won the Bob Greenwood Playoffs and reached the semifinals of the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament.
The league’s umpires chose Greg Pacelli of Metro Taxi to receive the Gambardella Sportsmanship Award.
In addition to the individual awards, the league’s top players were chosen for the WHTL All-League Team.
All League Team
Infielders – Sam Greenberg (Baybrook), Dave Jermine (American Steakhouse), Brendan Moss (Bank of Southern CT), Garrett Walker (American Steakhouse)
Outfielders – Karl Derbacher (Baybrook Remodelers), Jim Pjura (Columbus Auto Body), Sal Savo (All-Brite Electric), Ryan Verdi (Baybrook Remodelers)
Catcher – Michael Moras (Bank of Southern CT)
Pitchers – Mike Aquilino (American Steakhouse), Andy Eggleston (All-Brite Electric), Dan St. George (Bank of Southern CT)
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