Seabreeze Team Defeats North Haven

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 28, 2017 7:18 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Little League provides baseball to youngsters of all ages beginning with T-Ball for boys and girls between 4 and 6 years of age. That’s where the ball is put on top of a tube and the batter hits the ball and runs to first base. It is intended as an introduction for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 to develop ball-game skills and have fun.

Bill O'Brien Photo The next level for players age 7 and 8 is called “coach pitch” where an adult pitches to the batter from the front of the mound and lobs it more than pitching it hard to the batter. The boys and girls who play in this age group called the Seabreeze Division build their confidence because the pitching is more consistent and their coach is throwing the ball so the players can hit it.

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Branford Baseball Honored

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 27, 2017 8:01 am

Even though the high school baseball season ended several weeks ago, the honors are still accumulating for the 2017 Branford Hornets.

Not since the 2012 season, when they finished 14-6, has Branford had a winning record. Over the past four years they have won no more than nine games in any year. This past year was a break-out year when coach Steve Malafronte and the Hornets finished with a record of 18-7 that included a 12-game winning streak to close out the regular season.

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Mourning Ben, Little Leaguers Fall One Game Short in Playoffs

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 17, 2017 7:49 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was a very emotional time for the 11 and under young men who played a lot of baseball four of the past five days in the Little League playoffs and in the aftermath of the tragic death of their friend, Ben.

Bill O'Brien Photo Many of the players were close friends of Ben Callahan, 10, who drowned in the Branford River in a tragic accident July 7.

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Little League All Stars Off to 3-1 Start In Playoffs

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 12, 2017 8:35 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Coach Rich Elpi is back with a number of players from last year’s 11-year-old all star team, and it looks like the experience they gained then is helping them this year. The team is off to a 3-1 start in the Little League divisional playoffs. 

Bill O'Brien Photo So far they have defeated the Pop Smith All Stars from New Haven, 22-0; Hamden, 4-3; and East Haven, 15-2. Their only loss was to North Branford, 5-2. That was the game The Eagle was at the past week, and even then, they played well, losing to a good North Branford club.

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Branford’s All Stars Defeat Hamden, 8-4

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 5, 2017 7:39 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford 11-year-old all stars evened their divisional playoff record to 1-1 with a 8-4 win at home against the Hamden all stars at Sliney Field on Friday evening.

“That was an important win for us,” said coach Jake Palluzzi after the game. “We lost to a very good Orange team the other night and didn’t want to get down 0-2 like we did last year.” Palluzzi was referring to his 10-year-old all-star team from last season that started out 0-2 in the Divisional Playoffs before running off three straight wins to qualify for the District Playoffs.

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Hail to the Champions! Girls Lax Wins Class M Title

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2017 8:16 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Last Saturday the no. 4 ranked Branford Lady Hornets stopped a 23-year streak of missing a SCC school win a girls’ lacrosse championship when they defeated no. 1 Pomperaug 15-8 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before a raucous crowd of supporters from both teams, the Lady Hornets dominated the game from the middle of the first half to the very end. The victory was sweet revenge from an earlier loss to the Panthers on the road, 13-12, in overtime in the rain last month. Here team members show their championship medals as the coach holds the title plaque.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Heads to Semi-Finals in State Tournament

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 5, 2017 8:33 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford girls’ lacrosse team emerged victorious in the first two games in the Class M State Tournament last week, defeating the Foran Lions 15-3 last Tuesday and the Farmington team in a home game on Thursday. Next is the semi-finals against top rated East Lyme on Wednesday, June 7 at Guilford High School at 7 p.m. Here Morgan Gillman has an intense look getting in position to score.

Bill O'Brien Photo Before the lacrosse team, coached by Jackie Ceccolini entered the state tournament, they were up against a series of strong teams, including Lauralton Hall, Cheshire, and Daniel Hand. These are the teams that made up the SCC final four and they played last week. Based on team records for the season Branford was the no. 4 ranked team and drew Cheshire, which was ranked no. 1.  Here Sophie Spencer celebrates after getting a big goal.

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Winning Season for Golf Team

by Bill O'Brien | May 29, 2017 8:37 am

Bill O'Brien Photo Branford boys’ golf coach Jen Kohut and her team are having a successful season and they’re peaking at the right time with the conference tournament coming up Tuesday followed by the CIAC state tournament.

Bill O'Brien Photo “I’m thrilled with this team,” said Kohut. “They were committed to having a successful season from the beginning and so far so good.” On Tuesday, the Hornets defeated both North Haven (168-190) and Jonathan Law (168-170) in a dual match and on Wednesday they split, defeating Guilford by (166-170) and bowing to Hand (158-166). The Hornets finished the regular season with a 16-4-1 record.

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Softball Picks Up Third Win Over Hillhouse

by Bill O'Brien | May 24, 2017 8:21 am

Bill O'Brien Photo The Branford Hornet’s softball team had an easy time in their recent game against the visiting Hillhouse Academics when they pulled off a 17-5 lopsided victory in an abbreviated five-inning game. The SCC has a “Mercy Rule” to end a game when a team is ahead by 12 runs after five innings.  Here Marissa Minore makes perfect contact on one of her two home runs in the game.

Bill O'Brien Photo “It’s nice seeing our players get a lot of hits and score a bunch of runs,” said coach Chuck Reale after the recent Hornets win. “Those things help when you’re having an off year.”  And here Minore is shown rounding third on her way home. She had 6 RBIs in the game. 

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