League Awards handed out at 52nd Gold Bat Awards Dinner
The West Haven Twilight League honored its best past and present players at the 52nd Annual Gold Bat Awards Dinner on Wednesday, September 28 at Cielo Ballroom - Italian American Club.
Gold Bat Awards were be presented to Michael Coggins, Robert Devine, Michael Giordano, and Shawn Green. The Community Award will be presented to David Riccio, and Al DiLeonardo will receive the Program Book Award. Trophies will be presented to WTHL champions, Columbus Auto Body, and Thermaxx Jackets, the Bob Greenwood playoff winners.
The 2016 WHTL Award Winners were also honored. The following awards were voted on by the league's executive board, coaches, and game staff.
MVP: Ryan Zahornasky (Columbus)
Pitcher of the Year: Tom Carroll Jr. (Columbus)
Rookie of the Year: Evan Lumpinski (Columbus)
Batting Champion: Ryan Zahornasky (Columbus)
Managers of the Year: Tom Carroll and Lou Parise (Columbus)
All League Team
Pitchers: Mike Aquilino (Flanagan), Brian Caselli (Thermaxx), and Tom Carroll (Columbus)
Infielders: Connor Crouse (Arcade), Garrett Walker (Flanagan), Mark Boland (Arcade), and Ryan Zahornasky (Columbus)
Outfielders: Cesar Gutierrez (All-Brite), Evan Lumpinski (Columbus), Pat Sirois (Columbus)
Catcher: Brooks Belter (All-Brite)
Designated Hitter: Mark Consorte (All-Brite)
Some of the best amateur teams from the region will come to West Haven for a chance to play in the NABF Major Division World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two WHTL teams will compete in the tournament. Columbus Auto Body earned their place by winning the league's regular-season championship. Thermaxx Jackets, who appeared in last year's NABF World Series, return to the tournament as league runner-up and winners of the WHTL Bob Greenwood Playoffs.
Keep up with all up the action with the complete schedule, scores, and standings throughout the tournament on our NABF Tournament page.
Thermaxx wins Greenwood Playoffs
Thermaxx Jackets defeated Flanagan Associates 3-0 on Friday night to earn their place in the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League. They join league champions, Columbus Auto Body, in the eight team field. Tournament play begins Thursday, July 28.
Read Mike Madera's New Haven Register article for a full account of the action!
Flanagan Associates advances to Greenwood Playoff final
Flanagan Associates defeated All-Brite Electric 2-0 in the Bob Greenwood Playoff Semifinal. Flanagan Associates will play Thermaxx Jackets in the Greenwood Playoff Final on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 PM at Quigley Stadium. The winner of that game wil join league champions, Columbus Auto Body, in the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by the West Haven Twilight League, July 28-31.
Flanagan got on the board first in the second inning when Nick Nardone, who went 3-for-3 on the night, singled to left to score C.J. Caprio. Mike Tamsin drove in Garrett Walker with a single down the first base line in the 3rd.Flanagan ace, Mike Aquilino, pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just 6 hits, struck out 6 and walked one. He stranded runners on second and third twice to keep All-Brite off the board.
Mario Peruzzi Special Olympics Day 6/25
The West Haven Twilight League will hold its 3rd annual Mario Peruzzi Special Olympics Day on Saturday June 25th at Quigley Stadium with festivities beginning at 12:30PM. The Twilight Leagues Thermaxx Jackets and Columbus Auto Body will face off at 1:00PM. A donation to the Special Olympics is requested.
“At 12:30PM we would like the members of the Special Olympics to join our players on the field for warm-up time and a special tribute to Mario and the Olympians” said Lisa Antonecchia, Marketing Director West Haven Twilight League. “We will then all sing the National Anthem in his honor, a special first pitch and then PLAY BALL”.
Mario John Peruzzi, a longtime friend of the West Haven Twilight League and the Special Olympics passed away unexpectedly May 6, 2014. Mario was a coach for the Special Olympics for many years and was active with the West Haven Twilight League at all of the regular season games and special events, his outstanding support of two amazing CT sports institutions is the catalyst for this event. “This is our 3rd event last year was a fantastic success we hope that event more people will come out to support this wonderful event and help to raise money for the West Haven Special Olympics Team.” Vin DiLauro President, West Haven Twilight League. “We are so proud of Team West Haven Special Olympics!”
WHTL Accepts Donations at their games, there is no ticket price, but for both of the WHTL games on June 25th they are asking Special Olympians to donate $1.00 in Mario’s name and other fans to donate $5.00 in Mario’s honor. Proceeds from the event will go to the West Haven Special Olympics and to Mario’s Family. You can also make a direct donation by mail to The West Haven Twilight League. The concession stand will also be open for people to enjoy.
For more information please contact our Director of Marketing Lisa Antonecchia at firstname.lastname@example.org, donations can be mailed directly to the West Haven Twilight League at PO Box 7564, New Haven CT 06519, the WHTL is a 501C (3) and accepts Credit Card donations as well.
Mike Olszyk stars on Fresh Air Fund Day
The Twilght League and the New Haven Register teamed up for the 2nd annual Fresh Air Fund Day on Saturday, June 18 at Quigley Stadium in West Haven. Team Quigley, comprised of players from All-Brite Electric, Arcade Metal Stamping, and Columbus Auto Body, defeated Team Greenwood, made up of players from Baybrook Remodelers, Flanagan Associates, and Thermaxx Jackets, by a score of 9-5.
Arcade's Mike Olszyk earned All-Star MVP honors going 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored for the victors. Sal Frosceno (All-Brite Electric) was the winning pitcher. His 2 innings of no-hit relief came atjhust the right time after Team Greenwood put up three runs in the first.
Olszyk also took top honors in the 2nd Annual Mark Consorte Home Run Derby, smacking 4 homers in the finalround to defeat Thermaxx's Will Ramos. Also competing in the derby were Mark Consorte, Jose Allegria, Evan Lumpinksi, Ryan Zahornasky, Cesar Gutierrez, Julian Sobin, Joe Ucello, Connor Smith, Ricky Spencer, and Gus Constantino.
The Twilight league would like to thank all of it's sponsors, volunteers, coaches and players for a wonderful day of baseball in support of the Fresh Air Fund
2015 Award Winners announced
Twilight League Managers and the Board of Directors voted on the league's 2015 award winners at the September 2 meeting. Recipients will be honored at the 51st annual Gold Bat Dinner on Wednesday, September 30.
MVP – Greg Pacelli (Thermaxx)
Pitcher of the Year – Brian Caselli (Thermaxx)
Rookie of the Year – Jose Negron (Columbus)
Manager of the Year – Ryan Geffert (Thermaxx)
Sportsmanship Award - Mark Boland (Arcade)
Batting Champion - Mike Tamsin (Flanagan)
Home Run Champion - Greg Pacelli (Thermaxx)
Pitchers – E.J. Ashworth (Columbus), Brian Casselli (Thermaxx), Harry Glynne (Flanagan)
Infielders – Christian Baglini (Thermaxx), Ryan Geffert (Thermaxx), Jose Negron (Columbus), Ricky Spencer (Baybrook)
Outfielders – Jake Saley (Thermaxx), Mike Tamsin (Flanagan), Ryan Verdi (Baybrook)
Catcher – Mike DeMartino (Flanagan)
Relief Pitcher – Matt Ferraiolo (Thermaxx)
Designated Hitter - Greg Pacelli (Thermaxx)
51st Gold Bat Dinner - Wed., September 30
The West Haven Twilight League will honor outstanding past and present players and league members at its 51st Annual Gold Bat Dinner, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7 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,” President Vin DiLauro said. “The amazing tradition of wood bat baseball is alive in Connecticut, right at Quigley Stadium in West Haven. We celebrate every year past and present achievements with our annual Gold Bat Dinner.”
Gold Bat awards will be presented to Brad Chernovitz, Jim Davens, Matt Denorfia, Bill Martin, and Sal Scafariello. The WHTL Gold Bat Community Award recipient will be Judge Mark J. Degennaro and the Program Dedication will go to Don Cretella.
Other awards will be given at the dinner to league champions the Thermaxx Jackets, 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.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available by contacting Roland Depew 240-447-7503 for general information contact Vin DiLauro at 203-671-0325.
Thermaxx Jackets are NABF Regional champs
Thermaxx Jackets defeated Columbus Auto Body 8-2 in the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament final on Sunday, August 2 at Quigley Stadium. Read all about the game in Henry Chisholm's article in the New Haven Register, and see complete results on our tournament page.
Thermaxx will travel to Battle Creek, Michigan for the NABF Major Division World Series. They will begin play on Thursday, August 6. Follow the action online on Facebook and at the World Series website.
Columbus wins Greenwood Playoffs
Columbus Auto Body defeated Flanagan Associates 12-2 in the Bob Greenwood Playoff final on Friday night at Quigley Stadium. As playoff winners, Columbus earned a berth in the NABF Northeast Regional Tournament. They join league champions, Thermaxx Jackets in the tournament which begins play on Thursday, July 30.
Thermaxx tops Columbus to win title
Columbus' Shawn Blake wins Home Run Derby on Fresh Air Fund Day
The West Haven Twilight League and the New Haven Register teamed up for the 1st Annual Fresh Air Fund Day at Quigley Stadium on Saturday July 18, 2015. The event raised money to support the Fresh Air Fund.
Following Arcade Metal Stamping's 3-2 win over All-Brite Electric, the league held its first Home Run Derby, named in honor of long-time Twilight League slugger, Mark Consorte.
Columbus Auto Body's Shawn Blake walked away the champion after a dramatic tie-breaker with Arcade's Mike Olszyk in the finals.
First Round (HR): Shawn Blake (2), Jose Allegria (3) , Mike Torello, Ryan Geffert (1), Mike Lucas, Kyle Lockery, Nick DeLizio, Mike Olszyk (3), Greg Pacelli, Brian Bannon, Fran Belevich, Ed O'Neil, Dave Jermine, Tim Geer (1), Mark Consorte, Gus Constantino (2), Ryan Verdi (1), John Tenn
Second Round: Jose Allegria, Mike Olszyk (3), Shawn Blake (4), Gus Constantino (2)
Final Round: Mike Olszyk (2), Shawn Blake (2)
Mike Olszyk wins in fourth Tie-Breaker Round
Special Olympics Day honors Mario Peruzzi
The West Haven Twilight League held its 2nd annual Mario Peruzzi Special Olympics Day on Saturday, June 13th at Quigley Stadium in West Haven, CT.
The event will began with an opening ceremony that included members of the Special Olympics Team WestHaven joining Twilight League players on the field for a warm-up and a special tribute to Mario and the Olympians.
Mario John Peruzzi, a longtime friend of the West Haven Twilight League and the Special Olympics passed away unexpectedly May 6, 2014. Mario was a coach for the Special Olympics for many years and was active with the West Haven Twilight League at all of the regular season games and special events, his outstanding support of two amazing CT sports institutions is the catalyst for this event.
At the gate, fans made donations in Mario’s name to support Team West Haven and the Peruzzi family.
Hot Stove Luncheon with Bobby Valentine
The West Haven Twilight League welcomed baseball legend, Bobby Valentine, for its sixth annual Hot Stove Luncheon on Saturday, January 24th at West River Hall in West Haven.
The event's Q and A session, in which Valentine described the arc of his baseball life, beginnig as a Yankees fan and ending as Red Sox manager, as evidence that, "God has a sense of humor " kept those in attendance laughing.
Other notable guests include Master of Ceremonies and former Major League broadcaster, George Grande and legendary University of New Haven coach, Frank "Porky" Vieira.
The league opens its 83rd season on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
50th Gold Bat Awards Dinner
The West Haven Twilight League honored
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
“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 were 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 was given to Todd Tompkins of West Haven and the Program Dedication went to Tom “Tinker” Blake of West Haven.
Other awards were given 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.
Bob Greenwood Playoff Final
Friday, July 22
Thermaxx advances to NABF Northeast Regional Tournament