Cardillo here checking in after Notre Dame-West Haven’s 4-1 win over Shelton in a battle of two previously unbeaten clubs.
A couple quick thoughts…
*Notre Dame ace senior righty Gary Flowers is a different kind of ace. He didn’t wow with high strike out numbers on Wednesday — only one in fact — but he was mighty effective until the top of the seventh when he allowed a run. That said, Shelton is a very good hitting team so holding the Gaels to three hits is not too shabby.
Flowers, who’ll pitch at Southern, had some interesting insight into how much different it is for pitchers now with the BBCOR bats as opposed to the old metal ones.
“It’s a lot of pitching to contact. You don’t have to strike everybody out. It’s not like they’re going to hit a home run every pitch. There’s a lot of contact. If you throw for contact you’ll get a lot of ground outs. It’s a lot easier than trying to throw everything by everybody. You throw a lot less pitches. If you can hit your spots on the inside and outside corners you should be in pretty good shape.”
* Baseball is unpredictable in the state playoffs, but the defending Class L champion Green Knights will be a tough out. No weaknesses in their lineup.
* Nice line from the first base ump before first pitch, “I thought this game was at three, so this counts as a long lunch.” Shelton doesn’t have school, so the game started at one.
* High marks for Notre Dame’s Jacob DeRosa, Michael Panza and Mathew Elia for wearing legit stirrups.
* Shelton shortstop Dustin Chmielewski made a nice double-play turn by himself on a difficult grounder in the second inning.
* You can sense Shelton coach Scott Gura really wanted this one as his team tries to establish it’s resume. Gaels get another crack at the Green Knights May 16 at Quigley.
* My second trip to Shelton was a little more prepared, considering the wind tunnel up there. My prep included a winter cap and an emergency thermals in my car.
* All-in-all, this was a very well-played game — each team had one error, both early. The SCC, as always, should feature some very good ball throughout the season.
* Guessing “The Simpsons” isn’t as relevant as it once was, so the title of this post was a reference to this episode, FYI.