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A game by game recap of the 2006 Season:

Non-League against Chestnut Hill Academy
(Courtesy of the Chestnut Hill Local)

Precise pitching and a fifth-inning scoring outburst helped Chestnut Hill Academy?s Blue Devils (3-0) top the Catholic League?s Neumann-Goretti Saints, 9-1, on Friday. The game served as a hometown warm-up for the teams. Soon, both squads will travel to Florida to scrimmage opponents from around the country.

Last year, the Devils went 23-10 and tallied a 4-6 record in the Inter-Ac League. Head coach Stan Parker stressed a singular goal for this season. ?Our biggest expectation is to compete for the [league] title,? he said. ?I think it?s wide open this year. I?ve got four seniors who have been playing with me since they were freshmen. This is their year, so hopefully we?re ready for that.?

Pitcher Anthony Cafagna started Friday?s game for the Devils. He walked Saints shortstop George Hatton after retiring senior leadoff hitter Anthony Giletto. The speedy Hatton stole second base, and came home thanks to a zinging single from outfielder Andrew March. It was the only hit Cafagna gave up in four impeccable innings on the mound; the junior hurler recorded seven strikeouts on the afternoon.

Neumann-Goretti?s scant 1-0 advantage evaporated in the bottom of the third. Saints junior Christian Varalli allowed back-to-back hits that quickly translated to runs after Devils senior Cory Broderick crushed a triple to centerfield. Third baseman Anthony Giovinazzo brought Broderick home, extending CHA?s lead, 3-1. Varalli got junior catcher Anthony Cardona on a leftfield pop-up to end the inning.

The Saints called in junior pitcher Michael Townsend after Cafagna retired the side in the fourth. Broderick took over for CHA in the fifth, repeating suit with three consecutive Ks. This inning saw the Devils? bats spring to life. Senior Brett DiFelice started things off with a towering three-bagger to center. Varalli loaded the bases, then gave up a loopy two-RBI double to Cafagna. The next three Devils batters connected, including junior infielder Mike Christiansen, who sent one down the middle to put CHA up, 9-1. The game was called in the middle of sixth on account of darkness.

Coach Parker was quick to comment on CHA?s offensive prowess. ?We definitely have kids who can swing the bat,? he said. ?That?s going to be our biggest key. If we hit throughout the lineup and score runs, we?ll be okay.? His team is scheduled to head south for spring training this Thursday. On April 5, the Devils return home to face Father Judge at 3:45 p.m.

Other Non-League Games:

March 29th - Father Judge 4 Neumann Goretti 3
March 30th - Archbishop Ryan 6 Neumann Goretti 4

Regular Season League Games:

4/3 - Roman 9, Neumann-Goretti 3 Sean Quigley went six innings for the win while Pat DiGiovanni (two-run homer) and Ricky Nau (three hits, two doubles, two RBI) paced the offense.
4/6 - SJ Prep 4, Neumann-Goretti 0: Doug DiSandro fanned nine and allowed two hits, Anthony Giletto's bunt single on the game's first pitch and George Hatton's infield single in the third.
4/10 - Bonner 6, Neumann-Goretti 3 (10 inn.): Bonner scored three in the visiting 10th on no hits. Rob Graham won in relief, striking out six in 4.1 innings. N-G made it a 3-1 contest in the second with an unearned run. Jr. 1B Andrew Juliana (2-for-4) started the inning with a double. Then, jr. 2B Christian Varalli struck out on a ball in the dirt, but avoided a quick tag attempt by Hunt and raced towards first. Hunt?s throw sailed down the right field line allowing Juliana to score. A two-spot in the fifth knotted the game for the Saints. Back-to-back singles by sr. 3B Marc Cortese and sr. LF Anthony Giletto got things started. Both runners stole a base and that put runners on second and third with no outs. Hatton scored Cortese on a ground out to second. DiDomenico (2-for-4, 2B, BB) popped up to shortstop for the second out. Then, jr. RHP Andrew March, who started the game on the mound re-entered as a pinch-hitter and promptly stroked a clutch double to deep right that tied the game.

4/15 - Carroll 14, Neumann-Goretti 6: Chris Lisowski went 4-for-4 with two homers, including a grand slam, and eight RBI. Mike Parilla (two) and Chris Dengler also had homers for the Patriots.
4/17 - Neumann-Goretti 5, O'Hara 4: Albert DiDomenico went the distance (seven Ks) and Christian Varalli unloaded a two-run triple to provide a 5-4 lead.
4/20 - Neumann-Goretti 13, West 2: Christian Varalli whiffed nine in six innings and received help from Albert DiDomenico (two-run homer) and George Hatton (triple, two RBI).
N-G went to work quickly to assure that no letdown would be had after Monday?s 5-4 triumph over O?Hara. They would plate two in the bottom of the first as sr. LF Anthony Giletto and jr. SS George Hatton boomed back-to-back triples to deep left to start the inning. Hatton would come across on a RBI ground-out by sr. CF Albert DiDomenico. The Saints would add to their lead with a three-spot in the second. They did so without courtesy of hit. Two each of walks, hit batters, and costly fielding errors did the damage. Hatton (HBP) and jr. DH/1B Andrew March (BB) had RBI?s in the inning. N-G would increase their lead to 7-0 when DiDomenico launched a drive to deep right-center and circled the bases for a two-run homer. Possessed with very good speed he easily scored without a play at the plate. Later on, he rocketed a single to right that got past the Burr outfielder and once again he came around to score on a hit and three-base error. DiDomenico finished the day 2-for-5, with two runs scored and 3 RBI?s. Hatton reached based all three times he came up on a triple, HBP, and walk. He also scored twice and knocked in two. During the game Giletto, sr. RF James Vanarsdale, and jr. winning pitcher Christian Varalli all knocked in runs on ground balls in the infield. N-G?s three-run sixth was highlighted by a booming double by sr. RF Franco Cima and a two-run single by soph. 3B Agapito Osano. Varalli threw well for six innings and allowed just two unearned runs on three singles and three walks to West batters. He struck out at least one Burr batter in every inning of work and finished the game with a total of nine (6 looking). Jr. RHP Michael Townsend K?d two in a scoreless seventh. Defensively, the Saints picked off two Burr baserunners and frosh. C Joey Armata gunned down the only runner who attempted a steal. The second pickoff was a thing of beauty and came at first base with a runner on second. It was a timing play that was perfectly executed by Varalli and jr. 1B Andrew Juliana. While looking the runner back at second Varalli quickly wheeled and threw a strike to Juliana, who easily put the tag on the unsuspecting Burr runner.
Osano made a great snag of a hard hit ball down the line that shot up to head level at the last second.

4/26 - Kennedy-Kenrick 12, Neumann-Goretti 7: Kevin Lawrence (triple) and Christian Walker halved six RBI to support Dennis Morgan.
4/27 - Roman 7, Neumann-Goretti 2: Ryan Weber lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning and settled for a four-hit complete game. Adam George and John Caputo drove in two runs each.
5/1 - SJ Prep 3, Neumann-Goretti 2: Doug DiSandro allowed six hits and fanned four while Matt Leddy's RBI triple, scoring Aaron Haas, made it 3-1 in the fifth.
5/4 - Bonner 16, Neumann-Goretti 1: Bill Hollingsworth went five innings for the win. Tom Tarpey went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Bonner scored 14 in the first on 10 hits, sending 19 batters to the plate.
N-G?s sr. LF Anthony Giletto led off the top of the first with a home run to dead centerfield to stake the Saints to a brief 1-0 lead.
I do want to acknowledge the effort put forth by soph. RHP Agapito Osano. Yes, he was tagged for 8 runs (6 earned), but four of these runs could have been avoided if plays were made. Because of baseball rules an error made prior to his entering the game can?t count in terms of individual ERA, just team ERA. Anyhow, in relief he worked 5 2/3 innings and did a commendable job of moving things along. He only issued one walk and just two of the runs he allowed came after the first inning. He also made a swallow-your-heart snag of a ball smashed back at him by MB?s soph. C Mike Melito. The ball was seriously stung, but the lanky Osano was able to spear it and nab a runner off third for a DP. As he came off the field, Ciociala quipped, ?Way to roll it kid.? Jr. RHP/2B Christian Varalli, who endured the early onslaught from the mound, did provide two hits at the bat. Sr. CF Albert DiDomenico managed a hit and a stolen base. Sr. RF Jim ?Foundation? Vanarsdale also contributed two hits. On the field he made two great efforts. One he came up with and one just avoided him. First, on DeBarberie?s home run he took pursuit and chased, chased, and then eventually crashed over Bonner?s low fence in deep right-center. Fortunately, he wasn?t injured and actually popped back up and hopped on over the fence rather quickly. Next, he made a nice sliding grab on a ball lofted along the right field line. On the play Fleming demonstrated good sportsmanship as he held his runner at third base. A tag could have easily taken place.
Back to Vanarsdale he was given his nickname in reference to former college basketball coach Jim Valvano and the Jimmy V. Foundation that was named after him.

5/8 - Carroll 6, Neumann 4 (8 inn.): Andy McDonnell struck out four in two innings of relief and helped earn himself the win with a solo homer.
The Saints mustered a little threat in the home seventh. Giletto singled to lead things off, but was eliminated from the bases on a fielder?s choice by Hatton, who eventually swiped second to put himself in scoring position with one out. McDonnell who had entered the game at the beginning of the inning fanned the next batter. Then, for the second time manager Fran Murphy intentionally walked DiDomenico. In the first inning, freshman C Joey Armata made them pay with a run-scoring single up the middle. This time McDonnell was able to put the youngster away on strikes to end the threat.
The Saints did get a leadoff single from jr. DH Andrew March in their half of the eighth, but that would be it as McDonnell retired three straight, the last two on K?s.
Offensively, all four of their runs came in the first four innings. Armata scored Giletto (2-for-4, 2 R?s, & 2 SB?s) with a nice two-out single in the first. They plated two more in the third inning on consecutive hits by Hatton (2B), sr. CF/RF Jim ?Foundation? Vanarsdale (RBI ? 3B), and DiDomenico (RBI ? 1B). In the fourth they scored one more after Giletto reached base on an error with two outs and was brought home by Hatton?s second double in as many AB?s. At this point the Saints led 4-1. DiDomenico finished 1-for-2, with 2 IW?s and 2 SB?s. On the mound he proved to be extremely tough. He went the first 7 2/3 innings, scattered five hits, while just one of the five runs he allowed was earned.

5/11 - O'Hara 6, Neumann-Goretti 5: The Lions scored five in the home seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Jonathan Szeliga and Rob Crowley's grand slam. Zac Tansey allowed six hits.
The Saints took the lead in the fifth when sr. 3B Mark Cortese walked, one out later Hatton walked, and sr. CF Albert DiDomenico followed with a long shot to deep left-center for a three-run blast. Yes, the ball was aided by some wind, but DiDomenico bats left and this ball was indeed stung.
After walks to Giletto and DiDomenico (IBB), March was safe on an error to load the bases. In a clutch manner, sr. RJ Jim ?Foundation? Vanarsdale lined a single to right to plate two runs and gave his team a 5-1 lead. DiDomenico finished 2-for-3, with a HR, W, 2 R?s, and 3 BI?s. Defensively, Hatton successfully handled three chances at shortstop.

5/18 - Kennedy-Kenrick 7, Neumann-Goretti 3: Andrew Gulotta singled and doubled for two RBI and Dennis Morgan went the distance.
The Saints were a hit or two away from making this much more of a sweat for the Wolverines. They had multiple base runners in five of the seven innings, but a couple of DP?s and solid K-K defense prevented major damage. They scored single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings. Jr. SS George Hatton (2-for-3, HBP) plated sr. 3B Mark Cortese (BB) with a single in the third. DiDomenico scored sr. LF Anthony Giletto (3 BB?s) with a single up the middle in the fifth. In the sixth, sr. CF/RF Jim ?Foundation? Vanarsdale bashed a double to left-center and came home on a ground out by frosh. C Joey Armata. DiDomenico suffered the loss, giving up six runs (5 earned) in three innings of work. Jr. RHP Christian Varalli worked the final four innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits. Defensively, Hatton had a strong game at shortstop making four plays that came his way. Twice, he demonstrated an accurate and strong arm from the hole. Vanarsdale nicely went back to track down a ball driven by the impressive Walker. In the first, DiDomenico prevented a run we he nipped a player at first on a slow hit ball up the third base line. Jr. 2B Frank Novelli initiated a nice double play turned by the Saints. Kudos! To N-G skipper Gaeton Lucibello and his crew for always having the field behind the old St. John Neumann high school in tip-top shape. You can just tell that all involved handle this with much pride

5/22 - Neumann-Goretti 4, West 1: Albert DiDomenico pitched a two-hitter with 14 whiffs as George Hatton went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Anthony Giletto had two hits, one RBI, two steals.
The Saints gave the ball to their ace and division MVP, sr. Albert DiDomenico, and in the end it was good to see the kid earn the W. The 1st-Team All-Catholic lefty hurler had just one other victory during league season (O?Hara), but was on the short end of some tough loses. Today, he allowed just four Burrs to reach base on a pair of hits (one infield) and walks. His best pitch today was a dazzling change-up, which led him to fan 14 Burrs in the game. He appeared to get even stronger as the game went on and concluded things with nine K?s over the last ten outs. He threw an economical 90 pitches on the day, with just 25 of them being balls. Over the last four innings he managed to throw just eight pitches that were out of the strike zone. Whoa! Like I mentioned, it was great to see him experience a win to close out his CL career. Because his team didn?t fair all that well this season, he is sort of an unknown. So, when he walked away was the league?s MVP last week, I?m sure many eyebrows were raised. Trust me, though, the kid is a good ballplayer and in a year when there wasn?t one dominant player, he was as deserving as any to garner such an award. Great job, excellent season!! Offensively, neither he or his mates brought much lumber with them, but they did have enough splinters to get the job done.
They scored all they needed in the opening stanza. Sr?s LF Anthony Giletto and 3B Mark Cortese started the game with back-to-back singles. After a couple outs were recorded, sr. RF Mike ?Pete? Townsend drew a walk to load the bases. Jr. SS George Hatton followed with a hard smash just over the third base bag for a two-run double. The Saints would add single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Jr. 1B Andrew March singled home jr. CR Frank Novelli (courtesy for frosh. C Joey Armata, who reached on an error) for the third Saints tally. The fourth run was scored when Giletto singled home jr. 2B Christian Varalli, who had also reached on a Burr miscue. Giletto finished 2-for-4 and added two swipes. Hatton also finished 2-for-4. Defensively, not much was needed as only seven outs came courtesy of the fielders behind DiDomenico. Hatton handled three plays at shortstop, while Varalli calmly gloved a couple at second base.

2005 Season

March 31st - Roman Catholic 10 Neumann Goretti 5
April 4th - Monsignor Bonner 8 Neumann Goretti 1
April 7th - St. Joseph's Prep 8 Neumann Goretti 6
April 11th - Kennedy Kenrick 8 Neumann Goretti 2
April 14th - Archbishop Carroll 11 Neumann Goretti 5
April 18th - Neumann Goretti 11 West Catholic 3
April 21st - Cardinal O'Hara 13 Neumann Goretti 2
April 25th - Roman Catholic 11 Neumann Goretti 4
May 2nd - St. Joseph's Prep 7 Neumann Goretti 3
May 5th - Kennedy Kenrick 12 Neumann Goretti 6
May 9th - Archbishop Carroll 17 Neumann Goretti 1
May 12th - Neumann Goretti 11 West Catholic 10
May 16th- Cardinal O'Hara 16 Neumann Goretti 2

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