EAST HAVEN — Since 2005, Hamden hasn’t been able to win the Zone 2 title once. In fact, the best finish that Post 88 has been able to muster was in 2016 when it tied for second place.
Now, Hamden (15-2) has a very good chance to better that and win the zone.
Post 88 won its third straight game Thursday night with a 10-0 whitewashing of East Haven in five innings at East Haven High School. Hamden now leads North Haven by two games and Branford by 31/2 games in the zone standings.
“My guys are coming to play every day and I can’t ask much more,” Hamden coach Ray Guarino said. “We’re a very deep team. It’s a good time to be a part of Hamden baseball.”
Hamden has one game left with East Haven and three with Branford.
“That series is going to be heated,” Guarino said. “It’s going to be three dogfights.”
Mike Ferrett did the most damage for Hamden. He belted a three-run homer off East Haven starter Freddy Mascola in the first inning and a two-run homer off Post 89 reliever Jake Ferrara in the fifth inning.
“He’s coming around again,” Guarino said. “He those two balls on the screws and hit them very well. They were two curve balls up in the zone.”
After taking the 3-0 lead in the first, Hamden scored three more in the third on run-scoring singles by Stephen Richetelli, Mike Aceto and Nick DeBrizzi. An RBI double by Richetelli in the fourth made it 7-0.
Besides Ferrett’s two-run blast over the left field fence, Henry Bielen singled in a run in the fifth inning as Post 88 was able to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule after five innings.
Meanwhile, Anthony Sitro and Frank Niro combined for a two-hitter on the mound for Hamden. Mark Smith and Tristan Punzo had the only hits for Post 89, which fell to 5-11 with the loss.
“We’ve been using a lot of young guys,” East Haven coach John Longley said. We’ve had low numbers and been battling some injuries. As long as the kids keep competing for me, it’s all I can ask for.”
HAMDEN 10, EAST HAVEN 0
(at East Haven)
HAMDEN303 1 3 — 10 14 0
EAST HAVEN000 00 — 0 2 2
Anthony Sitro, Frank Niro (4) and Stephen Richetelli. Freddy Mascola, Jake Ferrara (4) and Anthony Buffone. 2B: H — Matt Wentland, RIchetelli. HR: H — Mike Ferrett 2. RBI: Ferrett 5, Richetelli 2, Henry Bielen, Nick DeBrizzi, Mike Aceto. Winning pitcher: Sitro. Losing pitcher: Mascola. Records: Hamden, 15-2. East Haven, 5-11.