In the spring of 1959, North Haven coach Bob DeMayo coached his first baseball game for the Indians.
Last week, he began his 61st season at the helm of the North Haven baseball team a season after he amassed his 900th career victory in a SCC playoff game against Amity.
So, why does DeMayo come back year after year?
“It’s certainly not for the money,” DeMayo said. “I like to take a group of kids and see them come from a ragamuffin group and see them come together as the season progresses. At the end of the year, hopefully, we have something to be proud of. That’s why I do it. Other than that, I’m crazy.”
North Haven got its first win of the season 11-4 over East Haven Wednesday.
BACK ON THE FIELD
Two players in the state are back on the baseball diamond after suffering knee injuries which cost them their senior football season.
E.J. Dudley of Platt and Tom Abel of Derby both sustained ACL and meniscus injuries, Dudley while playing American legion baseball last summer and Abel during a football scrimmage in late August.
Both players rehabbed through the fall and winter, making it back on the field before opening day.
Dudley has started the season with 3 stolen bases, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI, a double and a in his first two games.
Abel and Derby are 2-0 to begin the season.
You can read about Abel’s journey in the Republican American.
Dudley’s story can be found at the Record Journal.
RUNS! RUNS! RUNS!
Perhaps it is because of the dry weather allowing teams practice time out on the field and play scrimmages this spring or maybe there is another reason.
Any way you look at it, there have been some big runs totals put up in the first week of the season.
University/Classical Magnet has scored 42 runs in its first two games while giving up 18.
Topping that, Woodstock Academy scored 43 runs in its first two games including 32 in the season opener.
Northwestern is 2-0 with wins of 11-10 and 23-18 under its belt.
Andrew Colavecchio, Thomaston: The senior had quite an opening week. In 12 innings pitched, went 2-0 while striking out 18 and posting a .75 ERA in wins over Sacred heart (2-1) and Litchfield (13-0). He also picked up five hits and scored four runs.
Chad Knight, Staples: The Duke-bound senior got off to a fast start, going 7-for-12 with 2 doubles, 2 HRs and 6 RBI in the first week. He also collected his 100th career base hit.
Jack Carraturo, Bethel: The senior struck out 11 batters over 6.2 innings as Bethel beat New Canaan 2-0.
Chris Brown, Trumbull: The UConn-bound senior had a two-run home run and scored twice as Trumbull beat No. 1 Fairfield Prep 9-3.
Jon Civiello, Haddam-Killingworth: Earned win in first start and had four hits to lead Haddam-Killingworth past host Hale-Ray 11-4.
Eddie Zanor, Notre Dame-West Haven: Making his first varsity start, the senior allowed an unearned run on three hits, while striking out eight and walking two in an 11-1 win over Hamden.
Josh Taylor, Newtown: The junior struck out eight during a one-hit complete game shutout over New Milford.
Montana Semmel, Westhill: The senior struck out 10 in 5 innings, allowing two hits as the Vikings rolled to a 12-0 victory over Weston.
Nick Mancini and Steve Galluba, North Branford: Both players collected four hits for North Branford in a 16-7 Shoreline Conference win over Valley Regional.
Charlie Pagliarini, St. Joseph: The senior smacked a pair of home runs — including the tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the sixth — as the Cadets won 6-4 over defending SWC champion Bethel.
Adam Bilinsky, Berlin: The senior struck out 7, allowing one earned run as the Redcoats defeated defending Class L champion Wethersfield 5-2.
Keenan Briggs, Ridgefield: The junior right-hander kept Weston off balance in Ridgefield’s 5-1 win. Briggs allowed four hits in six innings, striking out nine with no walks.
GAMES TO WATCH
Hand at Amity, Wed. 3:45 p.m.: Two of the SCC’s and state’s best.
Derby at Holy Cross, Wed. 3:45 p.m.: Big-time players on both sides of this NVL clash.
Trumbull at Darien, Wed. 4 p.m.: FCIAC loaded this season, these two among the best.
Gilbert at Housatonic Regional, Wed. 4 p.m.: First of two meetings between the Berkshire rivals.
Cheshire at Branford, Wed. 4 p.m.: Top-flight SCC foes ready to tangle.
Fairfield Prep at Notre Dame-West Haven, Thur. 3:45 p.m.: SCC Catholic-school bragging rights at stake.
Enfield at McMahon, Thur. 4 p.m.: Games like this why we love April: CCC vs FCIAC.
North Branford at Coginchaug, Fri. 4 p.m.: Shoreline will be challenging, both teams looking for an early leg up.
Stratford at Notre Dame-Fairfield, 4:15 p.m.: Defending state champion Lancers off to a fast start.
NFA at Ledyard, Fri. 4 p.m.: Ledyard appears to be the team to beat in the ECC.
Greenwich at Southington, Sat. 1 p.m.: More CCC vs FCIAC action. This one between two big boys.