2014 Season Awards

MVP: Kevin Bowerman
Pitcher of the Year: Joe Smeraglino (Columbus)
Rookie of the Year: Joe Zanghi (Columbus)
Managers of the Year: Tom Carroll /Lou Parise (Columbus) and Al Criscio (Baybrook Remodelers)
Batting Champion: Tim Geer (All-Brite Electric)
Homerun Champion: Joe Zanghi (Columbus)
Sportsmanship Award: Andrew Scully (Columbus)
 
All-League Team
Infielders: Ryan Geffert, Casey McCone, Orlando Morales, Ryan Zahornasky
Catcher: Joe Zanghi
Outfielders: Karl Derbacher, Tim Geer, Mike Tamsin
Starting Pitchers: Donnie Crooke, Ryan Daiss, Joe Smeraglino
Relief Pitcher: Peter Jay
 
All awards winners will be reognized at the 50th Gold Bat Dinner, Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting Len Maselli at 203-887-5470 Via Email at whtlbaseball@gmail.com.
For information contact Marketing Director Lisa Antonecchia at whtlbaseball@gmail.com. 

50th Gold Bat Dinner-Wed. September 17

The West Haven Twilight League will honor outstanding past and present players and league members at its 50th annual Gold Bat Dinner, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Westwoods, Italian American Civic Association, 85 Chase Lane, West Haven.
“The Gold Bat recipients are honored for their contributions to the league, which is one of the country’s oldest amateur baseball leagues,” WHTL President Vin DiLauro said.
“This event is our way of saying thank you to the players, area fans and the City of West Haven for helping to keep amateur baseball alive. It is also a yearly celebration of our current players and coaches and their achievements during our 2014 season”
Gold Bat awards will be presented to Steven Colantonio of Cheshire; Joe Lucibello of Orange; Mark Potocsky of Branford; Jim Tziokis of Waterbury; and Alec Zarnowski of West Haven.
The WHTL Gold Bat Community Award recipient will be Todd Tompkins of West Haven and the Program Dedication will go to Tom “Tinker” Blake of West Haven.
Other awards will be given at the dinner to league champions Baybrook Remodelers, Bob Greenwood Tournament champions Columbus Auto Body, MVP, Best Pitcher, Batting Champion, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year.
In addition, the All-League team awards and sportsmanship award will be presented.
This year’s event will also feature a silent sports auction.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting Len Maselli at 203-887-5470 Via Email at whtlbaseball@gmail.com.
For information contact Marketing Director Lisa Antonecchia at whtlbaseball@gmail.com. 

The West Haven Twilight League congratulates the Stratford Storm on their 2014 NABF Major Division World Series Championship! We are proud to have the national champion come out of our own Northeast Regional Tournament.

Columbus  wins Bob Greenwood Playoffs

Columbus Auto Body defeated Thermaxx Jackets 2-1 in the Bob Greenwood Playoff Final Friday night at Quigley Stadium. With the win, Columbus earned a berth in next week's National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League.

 

Read Dan Nowak's story from the New Haven Register.

 

Columbus, and WHTL champions, Bayrook Remodelers, begin tournament play Thursday, August 7.

Thermaxx Jackets headed to Greenwood Final

Thermaxx Jackets defeated Flanagan Associates 5-1 on Thursday night at Quigley Stadium to advance to the Bob Greenwood Playoff Final.

 

Flanagan got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Henry Lee drove in Dave Jermine with a sacrifice fly to center. Thermaxx leveled the score in the fourth with a sac fly from Ryan Geffert that scored Will Ramos. 

 

Thermaxx broke the game open with a three-run sixth. Geffert drove in Josh Roush for the go-ahead run with his second sacrifice fly of the game. Sean Cameron scored on Jake Rouse's sacrifice to right, and Gus Constantino doubled to center, scoring Ramos.

 

Meanwhile, Chris Ramos kept the Flanagan bats at bay, allowing just three hits on the night. 

 

Flanagan made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases before Ramos got a strikeout and a double play to quell the rally and send his team to the finals.

 

Thermaxx will take on Columbus Auto Body Friday night at 6:00 at Quigley Stadium. The winner will join Baybrook Remodelers in next week's NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League.

Baybrook Remodelers repeat as champions

Baybrook Remodelers clinched their second consecutive WHTL championship on Monday night at Quigley Stadium, defeating Thermaxx Jackets 10-4.

 

With the win, Baybrook earned an automatic berth into the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League, August 7-9.

 

Baybrook will be joined in the NABF tournament by the winner of the WHTL's Bob Greenwood Playoff. The first game of the playoff pits fourth place Thermaxx against third place Flanagan Associates on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 PM at Quigley Stadium. The winner will face Columbus Auto Body, second place, in the playoff final on Friday, August 1 at 6:00. 

Mario Peruzzi Day for Special Olympics

View a slideshow from the New Haven Register.

 

The Twilight League honored the memory of Mario Peruzzi, our assistant operations manager who passed away unexpectedly in May, with Special Olympics Day at Quigley Stadium on Saturday, July 26.

 

Prior to the 1:00 game, Columbus Auto Body vs. Flanagan Associates, Special Olympians will took the field to warm up with the teams.

 

From the New Haven Register

WHTL donates $250 to Register Fresh Air Fund

NEW HAVEN >> Think of it as the boys of summer supporting the kids of summer.

That is exactly what the West Haven Twilight League did with a recent $250 donation to the New Haven Register Fresh Air Fund.

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NABF Celebrates 100 Years

The National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF), the oldest continually operated baseball organization in the country, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014.

 

Over the past century, the NABF has offered the opportunity to hundreds of thousands of youth to play organized baseball. Read more

Joe Tonelli Sr. Honored at WHTL Hot Stove Luncheon

pictured: George Grande, Rich Diana, Joe Tonelli Sr., Vin DiLauro, Frank "Porky" Vieria, Rich Marazzi

The West Haven Twilight League honored Joe Tonelli Sr. at its fifth annual Hot Stove Luncheon on Saturday, January 18th at West River Hall - 37 Orlando Street in West Haven.  

 

Tonelli was recognized for his many years of dedication to amateur baseball inWest Haven. Tonelli has positively influenced so many at Notre Dame High School and the Universtiy of New Haven. In his 14 season at UNH, the Chargers racked up nearly 400 wins. Legendary coach Frank "Porky" Vieria said, "Nelli was the whole thing. I just took all the credit."

 

In addition, former Major League Baseball TV play-by-play announcer George Grande, baseball rules expert Rich Marazzi, and local sports legend, Rich Diana, also spoke at the event.

WHTL Greats Honored at 49th Gold Bat Dinner

(front row, left to right: Susan Gilbert, Harry Peschell, Vin DiLauro, Rich Marazzi, Bill Hallam; Back row, left to right: Ric Gilbert, Jeff Letourneau, Nick DeMattie, Don Weinbach, Jeff Ormrod)
The West Haven Twilight League honored outstanding players and league members at its 49th Annual Gold Bat Dinner, Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
 
Gold Bat awards were presented to Nick DeMattie of Orange; Bill Hallam of Granby; Jeff LeTourneau of Guilford; Jeff Ormrod of Branford; and Donald Weinbach of North Salem, NY. Harry Peschell of West Haven received the WHTL Gold Bat Community Award and the Program Book was dedicated to Ric and Susan Gilbert of West Haven.
 
Rich Marazzi, host of Inside Yankee Baseball and rules consultant to several Major League teams, served as the event's emcee.

2013 WHTL Award Winners

All League Team

Infielders

  • Christian Baglini (Thermaxx)

  • Mike Forgione (Baybrook)

  • Sam Greenberg (Baybrook)

  • Eric Schlitter (All-Brite)

  • Garrett Walker (American Steakhouse)

Catcher

  • Kevin Bowerman (Baybrook Remodelers)

Outfielders

  • Blake Barone (All-Brite)

  • Karl Derbacher (Baybrook)

  • Lou Iannotti (Bank)

Pitchers

  • Simon Matthews (Baybrook)

  • Miles Sheehan (Baybrook)

  • Joe Smeraglino (Columbus)

  • Chris Zbin (Thermaxx)

 

MVP - Karl Derbacher (Baybrook)

Pitcher of the Year - Simon Matthews (Baybrook)

Rookie of the Year - Christian Baglini (Thermaxx)

Manager of the Year - Al Criscio (Baybrook)

Batting Champion - Karl Derbacher (.400) (Baybrook)

Baybrook Remodelers Season Ends in 2013 NABF World Series Semis

THURSDAY,  AUGUST 8.
12:30 PM  BAYBROOK REMODELERS 2, BATTLE CREEK MERCHANTS 1 (11 innings)
6:30 PM   BAYBROOK REMODELERS 7, CHICAGO CLOUT 5
 
FRIDAY,  AUGUST 9
3:30 PM  PITTSBURGH ST. JOHNS 12, BAYBROOK REMODELERS 4
Baybrook Remodelers were runners up pool play and advanced to the quarter final round.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
11:00 AM (Quarter Final) BAYBROOK REMODELERS 8, JOLIET DIRTBAGS 2 (Boxscore)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
11:00 AM (Semi-Final) PITTSBURGH ST. JOHNS  6, BAYBROOK REMODELERS 0
Baybrook Remodelers run for a national championship ended today when they lost to Pittsburgh St. Johns, the team that gave them their only losses in tournament play, 6-0.
Pittsburgh went on to win the World Series championship by beating Fedell's Mehanics of Bridgeport in the Champion ship game 10-1.
Baybrook Remodelers had a great season, first winning the West Haven Twilight League regular season champs in the last day of the season, then the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament to go to the world series in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Baybrook Remodelers manager, Al Criscio, is proud of all his team has accomplished. 
"We had a great season and played competitive with the best teams in the country."
 
Twilight League President, Vin DiLauro adds, "I am very proud of Baybrook Remodelers for what they accomplished during the regular season and the Regional Tournament. Especially how they represented our league in the World Series."

Baybrook Remodelers win 2013 NABF Regional Tournament

Read about Baybrook's thrilling win in the New Haven Register.

 

STANDINGS

Baybrook Remodelers

4

1

Thermaxx Jackets

3

2

Miflrod Hunters*

3

2

Pelham Mets*

2

2

Mill Basin (NY) Mariners*

1

2

Star Auto (Wallingford)*

0

2

New Rochelle (NY) Robins*

0

2

*Eliminated from tournament

 

Round 1 - Thursday, August 1, 2:00 PM

Game 1: Baybrook Remodelers 10, New Rochelle Robins 9 (Quigley)

Game 2: Milford Hunters 4. Mill Basin Mariners 2 (Brinley Field)

Game 3: Pelham Mets 5. Thermaxx Jackets 1 (West Haven High School)

Bye: Star Auto

 

Round 2 - Thursday, August 1, 6:00 PM (Fields to be determined)

Game 4: Baybrook Remodelers 3. Milford Hunters 2 (Quigley Stadium)

Game 5: Pelham Mets 11, Star Auto 2 (West Haven High School)

Game 6: Mill Basin Mariners 10, New Rochelle Robins 0 (Brinley Field)

Bye: Thermaxx Jackets

 

Round 3 - Friday, August 22:00 PM

Game 7: Baybrook Remodelers 3, Pelham Mets 0 (Quigley Stadium)

Game 8: Thermaxx Jackets 6, Mill Basin Mariners 4 (West Haven High School)

Game 9: Milford Hunters 7, Star Auto 3 (Brinley Field)

 

Round 4 - Friday, August 2, 6:00 PM 

Game 10: Thermaxx Jackets 3, Baybrook Remodelers 2 (Quigley Stadium - 9 innings)

Game 11: Milford Hunters 10, Pelham Mets 1 (West Haven High School - 9 innings)

 

Round 5 - Saturday, August 3, 12:00 PM

Thermaxx Jackets 8, Milford Hunters 1 (Quigley Stadium - 9 innings)

 

Championship - Saturday, August 3, 6:00 PM

Baybrook Remodelers 4, Thermaxx Jackets 3 (Quigley Stadium - 9 innings)

Baybrook advances to NABF World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan

Thermaxx wins Bob Greenwood Playoff Final; advances to NABF Regionals

Read all about it in the New Haven Register.

 

"One thought crossed Neftali Arroyo’s mind after a pop fly was dropped in foul territory with the go-ahead run on second base in the sixth inning of a tie game Saturday.

“Second life, here we go,” he said, smiling. “God loves me for that one.” Read full story

Final Score: Thermaxx Jackets 7, All-Brite Electric 3
(at Quigley Stadium, West Haven)
 
TEAMS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
 
R
H
E
Thermaxx Jackets
2
0
1
0
0
2
2
 
7
11
1
All-Brite Electric
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
 
3
4
6
 
Home Battery: Matt Dannenhoffer(1 IP), Sal Savo, and Jim Cox
Visiting Battery: Anthony Alicki and Rob Rosner
W-Anthony Alicki
L-Sal Savo
HR- Blake Barone(ABE)
2B-Christian Baglini(TJ) and Neftali Arroyo(TJ)
SB-All-Brite: Nick Delizio and Connor Miniter
Thermaxx: Christian Baglini(4), Jake Saley, Ryan Geffert(2), Gus Constantino and Will Ramos
Highlights- Christian Baglini: 2-2, 3 R, 2B, 4 SB
Ryan Geffert: 3-4, 2 RBI, R, SB
Blake Barone: 2-3, HR

Thermaxx reaches Greenwood Playoff Final

Thermaxx Jackets defeated the Bank of Southern Connecticut 2-1 in Thursday night's bob Greenwood Playoff Semifinal at Quigley Stadium. Thermaxx will play All-Brite Electric Friday at 6:30 in the final. The winner joins Twilight League Champions, Baybrook Remodelers, in next week's NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League.

Baybrook Remodelers take title, playoff positions finalized

Baybrook Remodelers came into Wednesday night with a chance to claim the Twilight League championship if they won both games of a doubleheader. Baybrook did just that, defeating Thermaxx and American Steakhouse, and ended the season with a record equal to last year's champions, All-Brite Electric. Thanks to 3-2 record head-to-head against All-Brite, Baybrook claimed the title and the automatic berth in next week's NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League.

 

All-Brite will be joined by Thermaxx and the Bank of Southern Connecticut in the Bob Greenwood Playoff. The playoff winner will join Baybrook in the NABF regionals.

 

Bob Greenwood Playoff Schedule

Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 PM - Bank of Southern CT (4th) vs. Thermaxx Jackets (3rd)

Friday, July 26 at 6:30 PM - Winner 3rd/4th vs. All-Brite Electric (2nd)

MALAFRONTE: Mark Consorte's HR swing passes the test of time

Crash Davis, the aging slugger from the movie "Bull Durham," wanted one last home run so he could retire.

For Mark Consorte, playing his 25th season in the West Haven Twilight League, home runs have become a sort of one-year contract renewal.

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2014 Standings

 

Team W  L GB 

Baybrook

Remodelers

20 5 .800  

Columbus

Auto Body

19 6 .760 1

Flanagan

Associates

14 11 .560 6

Thermaxx

Jackets

9 16 .360 11

All-Brite

Electric

8 17 .320 12

Arcade Metal

Stamping

5 20 .200 15