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CCBL Announces 2020 Player Awards

2020 Player Awards

Player of the Year   -    Nick Lorusso  BCB  Villanova

Pitcher of the Year   -    Grant Purpura BCB    Pace

Offensive Player of the Year  -   Bryce Ramsey  TVR  UHartford

Most Improved Player  -     Jason Reola SaberCats UMASS                                                                                            Dartmouth

 

All League Players

 

Jack Lynch  BCB

Justin Guerrera  BCB

Tyler Osbourne  Miners

Shaun Hillis  Miners

Zach Clevenger  Miners

Luke Benneche SaberCats

Justin Olson SaberCats

Bobby Zmarlak Eagles

Ken Turner Eagles

Matt Byam Eagles

Will Gersky Meagles

Colby Dunlop Meagles

David Redfield Meagles

Luke Broadhurst  Mavericks

Chris Grome TVR

Pete Myers TVR

Matt Warren Shock

Noah Budzik Shock

Austin White Arrows

Jack Dilauro Arrows

Paul Villecco Storm

Ryan Prosser Storm 

 

All Rookie Prospects

 

Jack Kabel Miners

Hunter Pasqualini Eagles

Elliot Good Meagles

Trystan Levesque Mavericks

Ryan Henderson Shock

Mike Koslowski Storm

Jack Marshall Arrows

Luke Shliger  BCB

 

 

2020 CCBL Champions

Brass City Bombers   

 

MANCHESTER – The Brass City Bombers’ bats carried them through the first game against the Manchester Eagles, a 10-9 win Sunday at East Catholic High.

Brass City needed the victory to force a winner-take-all second game for the Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League championship.

The Bombers got that second game, and lived up to their nickname in a 13-1, six-inning thrashing of the Eagles.

Brass City (20-6) won the title in its first year in the CCBL.

“That was a pretty unbelievable display of swinging the bats and pitchers throwing good pitches,” said Dom Perachi, the winning pitcher in the second game.

Perachi also closed out the first game and picked up the win in that contest.

The Bombers scored 23 runs and pounded out 27 hits over the two games. Eight of those 27 hits went for extra-base hits, including four home runs.

Nick Lorusso had a two-run homer and three-run homer in the first game.

“The first one, yeah, I would say so,” Lorusso said when asked if he knew both hits were homers. “The second one I got jammed up a little bit, but I knew with this field and how it plays with the ball, it had a chance of going out.”

Jack Drewry and Luke Shliger doubled in the first game. In the second game, Jack Lynch blasted a two-run homer while Drewry added a solo shot. Justin Guerrera and Ethan Hibbard each had a double.

“(Manchester is) a good team, they were here for a reason, but I thought today, our bats, it was just nonstop,” head coach Tim Belcher said. “It was nonstop. Every guy in the lineup was getting hits.”

Brass City averaged over two hits per inning in the two games.

“You make a pitcher uncomfortable, and I thought we did that every inning today, just about,” Belcher said.

 

In the first game, Adam Stone singled to left in the top of the seventh inning to score older brother Grant Stone, a pinch runner, and break a 9-9 tie.

“I got to give a big shoutout to Adam Stone,” Lorusso said. “He had that hit, and it was absolutely clutch. That momentum rolled into the bottom of the seventh inning, and I knew we were going to shut it down from there.”

Perachi, who was in his second inning of work in the seventh, caught a break when a line drive off the bat of Dave Matthews struck Bobby Zmarlak for the first out. Zmarlak had been hit by a pitch to get on base. Guerrera made a diving catch on a soft liner to second for the second out, then Drewry stabbed a liner at first to end the game.

 

Perachi threw the first three innings in the second game, and the Eagles managed two hits and two walks against three strikeouts.

“I just tried to keep the ball in the infield, tried to keep the ball down especially,” said Perachi, who used his changeup effectively.

In the fourth inning, Adam Stone and Lynch busted the game wide open with a two-run single and two-run homer to make it 7-0. The Bombers kept piling on from there and coasted to their first championship.

 
Courtesy of The Journal Inquirer:
 
 

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Eagles knew Ken Turner’s time on the mound during Sunday’s Connecticut Collegiate Baseball League playoffs championship round would be limited.

When the Eagles erased a six-run deficit to tie the Brass City Bombers heading to the top of the seventh inning of Game 1, the time seemed right.

Turner, a 20th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2019 MLB Draft out of Ledyard High who is now at the University of Hartford, retired the first two batters. But before he’d get the third out, three batters reached, with Adam Stone’s RBI single giving the Bombers a 10-9 victory.

Brass City went on to take the title with a 13-1 victory in the winner-take-all contest that followed at East Catholic High’s Jim Penders Field, ending the Eagles’ one-year reign at CCBL champion.

“I have to give a big shout to Adam Stone,” Brass City third baseman Nick Lorusso said. “That hit was absolutely clutch and the momentum carried into the bottom of the seventh and beyond.

“Winning the first game that way was enormous. I know how much the guys on our team wanted this. We battled. We knew that if we got the first one, the other team would have a hard time coming back.”

Brass City won five straight elimination games after falling into the losers bracket with a second-round loss to the Manchester Meagles. The Bombers avenged that loss with a walk-off win in eight innings Saturday to advance to the championship round.

And when Lorusso, the 2019 Big East Freshman of the Year at Villanova, hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning for his second home run of Game 1, Brass City had a 9-4 advantage.

But the Eagles answered with four runs in their half of the fourth and tied it in the sixth on Ben Dellacono’s leadoff opposite-field home run off the scoreboard in right.

Manchester co-coaches Jimmy Titus and Josh Simpson called on Turner.

“I thought with the way we were swinging the bats that we had a lot of momentum going into the inning,” Titus said. “I thought it would be best to bring Turner in and see what he could do for us. He couldn’t start today because he didn’t have enough rest.

“We were battling back and forth and it was good to get him out there n that situation. But even sometimes the best guys give it up.”

With two outs, Jack Drury singled and No. 9 hitter Rob Taylor walked. Stone, from Harvard University, then looped a single to plate the lead run.

Dominic Perachi got six outs to earn the Game 1 win on the mound. The left-hander from Division III Salve Regina then pitched three shutout innings to start Game 2 and was credited with a second victory.

“I approached it with the same mentality that I would any other game,” Perachi said. “I would argue that regardless of where you play, if you command your changeup and off-speed pitches, you can compete with anyone. I’m just happy that my stuff was working today. I don’t really think about D-3, D-1, any of that stuff. I just go out there and pitch and attack every batter.”

Brass City scored three runs on five hits off of losing pitcher and East Catholic graduate Anthony Mozzicato from Central Connecticut State in the second inning with Southern Connecticut’s Zach Bedryczuk delivering a two-run single. Jack Lynch of Ithaca College made it 7-0 with a two-run homer in the fourth and the Bombers turned it into a rout with two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth,

Bedryczuk, Drury, and Stone drove in three runs each for Brass City. Manchester’s only run came on an RBI double from UConn’s Kyler Fedko in the sixth.

The air had come out of the Eagles’ balloon with that Game 1 loss, though.

“Being in those shoes myself before, when you’re battling back as an offense the whole game and you have to keep answering and answering it takes a lot out of you,” Titus said. “We were hoping that second game would be more low scoring to give our offense a break. Unfortunately it wasn’t that way. That’s baseball.”

The Eagles will settle for the CCBL regular season crown.

While their players will head back to their respective colleges to get ready for what they hope is a season in 2021, Titus (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Simpson (Miami Marlins) will also be preparing for their second year of professional baseball in the spring.

One day wasn’t going to ruin the six weeks they enjoyed as coaches.

“I’m just here to help these guys and give them all the information I can and be a good role model for them, even though I’m only a year older than some of them,” Titus said. “I was lucky to do this and have fun with them and coach and hopefully they’ll carry some good knowledge back to their college teams with them. I said to them after the game that as much as it would have been to win this title, it’s more important that they got better and help their college team maybe win a (NCAA) regional.

Link to Journal Inquirer

https://www.journalinquirer.com/sports/baseball/manchester-eagles-fall-in-championship-round/article_07325840-db1b-11ea-b32e-1f9ad8ac0f6b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
 

Click the link below to view the 2020 CCBL regular season standings.

https://www.leagueathletics.com/Standings.asp?org=CTCollegeBaseballLeague.org

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