July 26, 2010 - Hamilton Post 31's season came to a crashing halt in an 11-0 loss to Bordentown Post 26 in an elimination game of the New Jersey state tournament at Mercer County Park. The shutout defeat was Hamilton's first since a 9-0 loss on July 4, 2002, against East Greenbush (N.Y.) Post 16, a span of 278 games.
Hamilton ends its season with a final record of 32-4, the seventh season in team history with at least 30 wins. The 32 victories are the most since the 2006 team posted the same number, and only the 1987 (36), 1993 (35), 2000 (34) and 2001 (34) teams posted more.
July 24, 2010 - Hamilton Post 31 was victimized by its own defense in a 6-3 loss to Gibbsboro Post 371 in the opening round of the New Jersey Final Eight at Mercer County Park. Post 31's defense, a strength all season, failed to convert a pair of two-out infield grounders in the fifth inning, leading to three runs, then an error in the ninth was responsible for three unearned runs, all scoring after two outs.
Hamilton recovered from an early 3-0 deficit to plate two runs in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with no outs, but failed to score. Post 31 managed just six hits while striking out a season-high 12 times.
The loss to Gibbsboro drops Post 31's record to 32-3. Hamilton now will face Bordentown Post 26 in an elimination game.
July 20, 2010 - Alex Silagyi struck out seven over 7.2 innings as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Brooklawn Post 72, 15-5, in the winners'-bracket final of the New Jersey District 3 Tournament at North Brunswick Community Park. The victory advances Hamilton to the New Jersey Final Eight at Mercer County Park beginning Saturday, July 24.
Silagyi scattered 10 hits and walked three, but was in complete control in improving his record to 7-1. Steve Spadafino, Andrew Immordino and Joe Zucchero drove in three runs apiece, while Pat Harris and Zucchero scored three runs each. Harris and Immordino both had four hits for Post 31.
Immordino hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, his first of the year, and Zucchero followed with a solo blast three batters later, his third homer in three games and fourth overall. Hamilton's victory was its first over Brooklawn since August 9, 1993, and snapped an 11-game losing streak, Post 31's longest ever against an opponent.
July 18, 2010 - Pat Harris tied a club record by hitting two home runs and also had seven RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Piscataway Post 261, 18-3, in the second round of the New Jersey District 3 Tournament at North Brunswick Community Park.
Harris' first home run, a three-run blast in the third inning, erased an early 1-0 deficit, and his second round-tripper, another three-run blow, increased Post 31's lead to 14-3 in the eighth. Harris also had a two-out RBI single in the fifth to break a 3-3 tie.
Marc Moceri went 3-for-3, including his team-leading 16th double, and Rick McLaughlin added three hits. Joe Zucchero also homered for Hamilton. Kyle Paul worked into the sixth inning to notch his team-high eighth win, and Alex Silagyi, in relief of Paul, struck out three over two innings.
July 17, 2010 - James Pugliese struck out 12 in seven innings of work and Marc Moceri drove in two runs as Hamilton Post 31 edged Clinton Post 216, 4-3, in the opening game of the New Jersey District 3 Tournament at North Brunswick Community Park.
Pugliese allowed only one earned run in running his record to 7-0. Relievers Matt Backlund and Ryan McGovern got the final six outs, with McGovern earning his fourth save of the season.
Moceri drove in Hamilton's first run in the first inning and plated its final run in the fourth. In between, Post 31 got home runs from Joe Zucchero and Steve Spadafino. Hamilton returns to action in a winners'-bracket game Sunday at 2 p.m. against Piscataway Post 261.
July 10, 2010 - Ryan McGovern pitched 3.1 innings of sterling relief as Hamilton Post 31 concluded the regular season with a 7-4 victory over Robbinsville Post 530 at Steinert High. The win improved Post 31's record to 23-1 in the MCALL and 29-2 overall.
McGovern entered the game in the third inning and held Robbinsville to three hits and an unearned run before giving way to James Pugliese, who recorded the final four outs to earn his second save. Mike Constantini drove in two runs for Hamilton, while Adam Riese scored twice.
Hamilton's league record is the third best in team history. Only the 2000 (22-0) and 2001 (24-1) teams had a higher winning percentage during league play than this year's team.
July 9, 2010 - Matt Backlund threw his second consecutive complete game, and Mike Constantini and Brock Podgurski each had two RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Trenton Post 93/182, 11-0, at Steinert High.
Backlund allowed just three hits and struck out three in improving his record to 6-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.45. Only one Trenton baserunner reached second base, and Backlund retired 13 of his final 14 batters.
Adam Riese homered for Post 31, his team-leading third of the year, while Matt Belardo hit two doubles and scored three runs.
July 8, 2010 - Mike Constantini had three hits and Kyle Paul tossed his second consecutive complete-game shutout as Hamilton Post 31 clinched the 27th Mercer County American Legion League pennant in its history by defeating Broad St. Park Post 313, 3-0, at Nottingham High.
Constantini singled to lead off the game and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Marc Moceri. Hamilton scored two more runs in the first on a throwing error, and from that point on it was all Paul, who allowed only four hits in running his record to 7-0. He faltered briefly in the seventh, walking two batters after getting the first two outs of the inning, but finished with a strikeout to clinch the title.
Hamilton has won 13 of the last 15 MCALL pennants, and has claimed the crown 23 times since 1973. The title is the 16th in Rick Freeman's 25 years as manager, a league record.
July 7, 2010 - Joe Zucchero hit two doubles and drove in two runs, and Sean McGovern added two RBIs to back the pitching of Alex Silagyi as Hamilton Post 31 defeated North Trenton Post 458, 8-4, at Steinert High.
Zucchero doubled and scored leading off the third inning to help Hamilton extend its lead to 5-1, then doubled in two runs as part of a three-run fourth as Post 31 advanced its lead to 8-2. McGovern had RBIs in the first and fourth innings. Mike Constantini had two hits and scored two runs as Hamilton improved its record to 26-2 overall and 20-1 in the MCALL.
Silagyi worked six effective innings, scattering six hits and working out of trouble in closing both the fifth and sixth innings with limited damage. The victory runs Silagyi's record to 6-1 and he lowered his ERA to 2.60.
July 6, 2010 - Pat Harris had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning which proved to be the difference, as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hopewell Post 339, 9-7, at Hopewell Valley High School.
Harris also scored three runs as Hamilton pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of five Hopewell errors. Marc Moceri scored twice, and Mike Constantini and Rick McLaughlin had two hits apiece as Post 31, 25-2 overall, improved its league record to 19-1.
James Pugliese pitched into the seventh inning in earning his sixth win in as many decisions. Ryan McGovern came on to get the first two outs of the seventh, then Kyle Paul picked up the save, getting the final out on a pickoff. Paul thus becomes the first pitcher in Post 31 history to earn a save without throwing a single pitch.
July 4, 2010 - Hamilton Post 31's 20-game winning streak, the third longest in team history, came to an end in a 5-2 loss to Haddon Heights Post 149 in the championship game of the third annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Marc Moceri and Pat Harris drove in Hamilton's runs, both knocking in Mike Constantini, who had two hits and a walk in four plate appearances. Ryan McGovern suffered the loss, his first in three decisions.
Post 31 completed the six-day tournament with a record of 6-1.
July 4, 2010 - Matt Backlund pitched a four-hitter and Adam Riese's bases-clearing triple was the big blow as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Melvin Roads (N.Y.) Post 1231, 4-1, in the semifinal game of the third annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Backlund allowed hits to the first two batters he faced, then didn't allow another until the sixth inning. At one point, he retired 10 straight Melvin Roads hitters. Backlund struck out four in improving his record to 5-0.
Hamilton scored all of its runs in the first inning. Pat Harris drove in the first run, and three batters later, with the bases loaded, Riese drove a ball off the top of the wall in right-center field to score all three runners.
July 3, 2010 - Kyle Paul won his sixth straight game and Adam Riese homered for the second day in a row as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Adrean (N.Y.) Post 625 in the final game of pool play in the 3rd annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Paul scattered five hits and struck out five in improving his record to 6-0. Riese belted a two-run homer to the opposite field in the sixth inning, his second round-tripper of the season. Rick McLaughlin also drove in two runs, as did Matt Belardo and Sam Hawkes.
Post 31 has now won 19 games in succession. Only the 1999 (24) and 2000 (27) teams have won more consecutive games than this year's team.
July 2, 2010 - Adam Riese tied a club record with five hits and added five RBIs, and Rick McLaughlin drove in four runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Binghamton (N.Y.) Post 1645, 24-0, in the third annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Riese hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning, then singled in runs in each of his next four at-bats. McLaughlin drove in three runs in the third, two on a single and another on a double, and added an RBI in the fourth. Hamilton sent 16 batters to the plate in the third as Post 31 broke open a 3-0 game by scoring 12 runs.
McLaughlin scored four runs, as did Pat Harris, who also added three RBIs. Brock Podgurski drove in three runs, including two on sacrifice flies. Three Hamilton pitchers held Binghamton to five hits, striking out five and walking just one.
July 1, 2010 - Pat Manning threw five solid innings in his first American Legion start and Ryan McGovern picked up his second save of the day as Hamilton Post 31 defeated New Hartford (N.Y.) Post 1376, 8-3, in the 3rd Annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Manning allowed just five hits, two earned runs and struck out three in winning his first game of the year. Steve Spadafino went 4-for-4 and Matt Belardo had three hits for Hamilton, and each drove in a run. Marc Moceri, Pat Harris, Sam Hawkes, Joe Zucchero and Brock Podgurski also had RBIs for Post 31.
The win is Hamilton's 17th in a row, the longest streak since the 2001 team began the season with 18 consecutive victories.
July 1, 2010 - Adam Riese had two hits and two RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 recovered from an early 4-1 deficit and went on to record a 9-7 victory over Shrub Oak (N.Y.) Post 1080 in the annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y. The victory, Post 31's 16th in a row, improves its record to 20-1.
Riese's two-run double in the third inning tied the game at 4-4, and he later scored on a throwing error to advance Hamilton's lead to 6-4. After Shrub Oak evened the score in the bottom half, run-scoring doubles by Marc Moceri and Rick McLaughlin helped Hamilton regain a lead it would not relinquish.
Alex Silagyi pitched into the sixth inning and registered his fifth win in six decisions. Ryan McGovern came on to record the final five outs and earn his second save of the season.
June 30, 2010 - James Pugliese threw his second no-hitter of the season, and Marc Moceri, Rick McLaughlin and Sean McGovern had two RBIs each as Hamilton Post 31 defeated New London (Conn.) Post 1, 10-0, in the opening game of the Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Only a first-inning error kept Pugliese from being perfect for the second time in 11 days. The big right-hander struck out four and threw only 55 pitches in five innings, as the game was halted because of the 10-run rule.
Moceri's 10th double of the season drove in the first run of what eventually became a nine-run inning as Post 31's first 10 batters of the inning all reached safely (nine hits and one walk). McLaughlin had a two-run double and McGovern a two-run single in the frame. Andrew Immordino, Joe Zucchero and Mike Constantini also drove in runs.
June 28, 2010 - Pat Harris drove in two runs, Kyle Paul pitched a complete-game five-hitter and the Post 31 defense made several outstanding plays as Hamilton defeated Bordentown Post 26, 5-1, at Steinert High. The win, Post 31's 14th in row, improves its record to 18-1.
Marc Moceri and Harris drove in runs in the first inning, Harris drove in a run in the fourth and Brock Podgurski's double in the fifth plated Joe Zucchero with the final run of the game. Mike Constantini had two hits and scored two runs, and leads the team with 24 runs scored. Harris now has 24 RBIs, tops on the team.
Paul allowed a run in the second, but otherwise shut down a potent Bordentown offense, striking out four batters and walking one. At one point, the left-hander retired 10 consecutive Post 26 batters.
June 27, 2010 - Andrew Immordino had three hits and three RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 won its 13th consecutive game, 12-1 over Hightstown Post 148 at Mercer County Park. The winning streak is Post 31's longest since 2005.
Immordino had two RBIs, and Steve Spadafino, Marc Moceri and Pat Harris also had RBIs as part of a six-run second inning. Moceri, Immordino, Rick McLaughlin and Matt Belardo drove in runs during the five-run third inning. Moceri had three hits and scored three runs, while Mike Constantini and Spadafino scored two times apiece.
Matt Backlund pitched five innings, allowing just three hits, in improving his record to 3-0.
June 26, 2010 - Rick McLaughlin drove in three runs and Matt Belardo went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI as Hamilton Post 31 overcame a three-run deficit and went on to defeat West Windsor-Plainsboro, 13-3, at Steinert High.
Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the third, 10 consecutive Hamilton batters reached base in an eight-run inning. With one out, Marc Moceri walked, then back-to-back-to-back doubles by Pat Harris, Andrew Immordino and McLaughlin tied the score. A Belardo single plated McLaughlin with what proved to be the winning run, Matt Backlund and Brock Podgurski followed with singles, Belardo scoring on a throwing error after Podgurski's hit and Backlund running home after a wild pitch. After Mike Constantini walked, Steve Spadafino drove in Podgurski with a single and Moceri walked to load the bases. Constantini then scored the final run of the inning on a groundout by Harris.
Alex Silagyi pitched five innings to record the win and improve his record to 4-1. Silagyi struck out three and induced two double-play grounders.
June 25, 2010 - Six days after throwing the first perfect game in Post 31 history, James Pugliese was nearly as good, allowing just three hits and striking out 13 as Hamilton defeated Ewing Post 314, 5-0, at Moody Park. The shutout was the second in a row for Pugliese, who improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.71.
Pat Harris and Sean McGovern drove in runs for Hamilton, which was held scoreless until the fourth inning. After Marc Moceri led off with a triple, Harris plated him with an infield groundout. With two outs in the frame, Rick McLaughlin tripled and scored on a passed ball. McGovern's RBI was part of a three-run sixth. Harris walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch and Andrew Immordino scored on McGovern's suicide squeeze. McGovern later scored on an error.
Pugliese was backed by a superb Hamilton defense, which posted its fifth consecutive errorless game, setting a club record. Post 31 has now won 11 games in a row, its longest streak since 2006.
June 23, 2010 - Joe Zucchero homered, doubled and drove in three runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Allentown, 12-7, at Mercer County Park. The win is Post 31's 10th in a row and improves its record to 14-1.
Zucchero's two-run homer in the third inning extended Post 31's lead to 6-1 and his two-out double in the sixth put Hamilton ahead 12-2. Steve Spadafino and Pat Harris also drove in three runs for Hamilton, and Zucchero, Spadafino, Brock Podgurski and Adam Riese scored two runs apiece.
Kyle Paul worked four sharp innings in improving his record to 4-0. Paul allowed just two hits while striking out three.
June 20, 2010 - Alex Silagyi threw the second shutout in a row for Hamilton as Post 31 defeated Lawrence Post 414, 12-0, at Eggerts Crossing Field in a game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.
A day after teammate James Pugliese threw the first perfect game in team history, Silagyi also faced the minimum number of batters in gaining his third win against one loss. Silagyi allowed a two-out single in the first, but the runner was subsequently picked off by catcher Andrew Immordino. Silagyi then gave up a one-out single in the fifth, but that runner was erased on the next pitch by a game-ending double play.
Steve Spadafino had three hits for Hamilton, while Marc Moceri, Pat Harris and Sean McGovern drove in two runs apiece. Spadafino, Mike Constantini, Joe Zucchero and Brock Podgurski each scored twice.
June 19, 2010 - James Pugliese threw the first perfect game in Hamilton Post 31 history and the first in the Mercer County American Legion League since 1981 in a 1-0 victory over Princeton Post 218 at Steinert High. Pugliese struck out 12 and ran only one three-ball count in his history-making performance, getting the final out on a strike-three call.
The no-hitter is the 12th in Hamilton history and the first since Nick Zucchero did it against Binghamton (N.Y.) Post 80 on July 5, 2008. Pugliese's perfect game is the third in the MCALL in the last 29 years -- Greg Meszaros of Broad St. Park Post 313 in 1981 and Scott Perelli of Ewing Post 314 did it in 1994. Pugliese threw 78 pitches in the game, 59 of which went for strikes.
Hamilton scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning when Sean McGovern, who led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a groundout by Marc Moceri, scored on an Andrew Immordino single.
June 18, 2010 - Pat Harris drove in four runs, Rick McLaughlin and Marc Moceri drove in two, and Steve Spadafino scored three runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Robbinsville Post 530, 10-4, at Robbinsville High. The victory, Hamilton's seventh in a row, improved Post 31's record to 11-1.
McLaughlin had Post 31's first and final RBIs, working a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the first inning and driving a two-out single to plate Harris in the sixth. Moceri had a two-run triple in the second, while Harris had a bases-clearing triple in the fourth and singled in Spadafino in the sixth.
Kyle Paul worked six effective innings, striking out four, in improving his record to 3-0. The Hamilton defense was solid, turning three double plays and notching its fourth errorless game of the season.
June 16, 2010 - Ryan McGovern pitched five stellar innings of relief and Matt Backlund came on to get the final three outs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Trenton Post 93/182, 6-4, at Wetzel Field.
McGovern took over for starter James Pugliese at the start of the second inning and pitched four shutout innings before allowing a run in the sixth. After the first three Trenton batters reached in the bottom of the seventh, Backlund came on to save the game, aided by catcher Andrew Immordino's throw-out of a runner attempting to steal. Backlund then got two popouts to seal the win.
Mike Constantini drove in two runs and Marc Moceri continued his hot streak, reaching base in all four plate appearances and driving in a run with a two-out double in the third. Moceri has now reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances. Sean McGovern drove in an important insurance run in the seventh with a two-out single.
June 15, 2010 - Marc Moceri drove in four runs and tied a team record by hitting three doubles, and Alex Silagyi tossed a complete-game three-hitter as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Broad St. Park Post 313, 9-2, at Steinert High. Post 31's fifth win in a row improved its record to 9-1.
After Broad St. Park opened the game with a run in the first, Moceri doubled in the bottom of the frame and came around to score the tying run. He then had two-run doubles in both the fourth and fifth innings. Moceri became the seventh hitter in Hamilton history with a three-double game, the first since Mike Murphy did it against Bordentown Post 26 on June 12, 2009. Hamilton broke the 1-1 tie with three runs in the second on RBI singles by Mike Constantini and Steve Spadafino, and an RBI fielders' choice by Pat Harris.
Silagyi allowed hits to the first two batters he faced, then settled down, retiring 10 in a row at one point and not giving up another hit until the seventh inning.
June 13, 2010 - Matt Backlund took a shutout into the sixth inning for the second straight start, and relievers Ryan McGovern and Alex Silagyi stemmed late rallies as Hamilton Post 31 improved to 8-1 with a 4-3 victory over North Trenton Post 458 at Trenton Catholic Academy.
Adam Riese's sacrifice fly and Mike Constantini's two-out single in the fourth inning sparked Hamilton to a 3-0 lead, and Steve Spadafino's sacrifice fly in the sixth extended the lead to 4-0 before North Trenton began its comeback. McGovern relieved Backlund in the bottom of the sixth with runners at second and third and no outs, and worked out of the jam allowing only one run. After Post 458 cut the lead to a run with no outs in the seventh, Silagyi came on to get the final three outs to record his second save in three days.
Constantini and Marc Moceri had two hits apiece for Hamilton, as did Joe Zucchero, who had two doubles and scored a run. Backlund allowed five hits and struck out three in improving to 2-0.
June 12, 2010 - Mike Constantini drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Andrew Immordino with the winning run as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hopewell Post 339, 3-2, at Steinert High. The victory improved Hamilton's record to 7-1.
With the score tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Immordino and Rick McLaughlin opened the frame with singles. Sam Hawkes successfully advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, then after pinch-hitter Matt Backlund was intentionally walked and Brock Podgurski struck out, Constantini worked the count to 3-and-1 before taking the walk.
Kyle Paul threw seven strong innings for Post 31, allowing just four hits and one earned run. Reliever Ryan McGovern retired the side in the eighth to earn his first Legion win.
June 11, 2010 - James Pugliese threw five strong innings, Pat Harris and Andrew Immordino each knocked in a pair of runs, and Alex Silagyi navigated two effective innings of relief as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Bordentown Post 26, 6-5, at Gilder Field to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Pugliese struck out seven and didn't walk any as he worked into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead. But the Post 31 defense betrayed him in the sixth and Bordentown pulled within 5-3 and had runners on second and third with no outs when Silagyi entered the game. Silagyi got through that jam allowing only one additional run, then survived a two-out rally in the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
Hamilton led 2-1 after four, then Harris had a two-out RBI single in the fifth and Immordino followed with a two-run double. After Bordentown closed the gap in the sixth, Harris singled in a run in the seventh. That proved to be the eventual game-winner.
June 8, 2010 - Rick McLaughlin drove in two runs and Matt Backlund took a shutout into the sixth inning of his first career start as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hightstown Post 148, 8-5, at Steinert High.
McLaughlin doubled to lead off a three-run second inning and drove in a run in third as Post 31 raced out to a 7-0 lead through four innings. After Hightstown cut the lead to 7-2 in the sixth, McLaughlin added an insurance run with a groundout in the bottom of the frame. Marc Moceri scored two runs and stole a pair of bases for Post 31, while Mike Constantini, Pat Harris, Adam Riese and Sam Hawkes had RBIs.
Backlund (1-0) allowed just four hits through five innings before tiring in the sixth. Three Post 31 relievers helped stem the Hightstown rally, with James Pugliese earning his first save of the season by getting the final out.
June 7, 2010 - Hamilton Post 31 suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 7-1 decision to West Windsor-Plainsboro at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High.
Brock Podgurski had a double and a triple, and scored Hamilton's only run. Andrew Immordino also doubled, while Mike Constantini drove in Podgurski with a sacrifice fly. Alex Silagyi (1-1) took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing three runs and three hits while striking out five. WW-P broke open the game with four two-out runs in the sixth, all of which were unearned.
June 6, 2010 - Joe Zucchero drove in three runs, and Rick McLaughlin and Brock Podgurski each knocked in two as Hamilton Post 31 overcame a four-run deficit and defeated Ewing Post 314, 11-4, at Steinert High.
Ewing scored a run in the first inning and three in the third off eventual winning pitcher Kyle Paul (2-0) to take early command, but Post 31 began mounting its comeback in the fourth. With Andrew Immordino and Pat Harris aboard, McLaughlin singled in Immordino and moved to second on the throw. Zucchero then plated Harris and McLaughlin, and came around to score the tying run two batters later on Podgurski's forceout. Mike Constantini's fielder's-choice grounder to second scored Podgurski, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, with what proved to be the winning run.
Hamilton then scored six runs in the fifth as McLaughlin, Zucchero, Matt Belardo, Podgurski and Marc Moceri had RBIs. Paul overcame a shaky start to pitch five innings and earn the win. Ryan McGovern was perfect in two innings of relief to notch his first career save.
June 5, 2010 - James Pugliese struck out 10 and pitched a three-hitter to lead Hamilton Post 31 to a 12-0 victory over Allentown at Steinert High. Pugliese, in his first career start, pitched five innings and 54 of his 66 pitches went for strikes.
Rick McLaughlin's three-run homer was the key part of a four-run first inning, while Pat Harris finished off the game by belting a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth as Post 31 won by the 10-run rule. Brock Podgurski had two hits, including a double, and an RBI, while Mike Constantini had two doubles and drove in a run. For the second straight game, Steve Spadafino went 3-for-3. He also stole two bases and scored a run.
Pugliese struck out at least one batter in every inning, and fanned the side in the fourth while pitching out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.
June 2, 2010 - Hamilton Post 31 won its second straight game of the season, defeating Lawrence Post 414, 7-1, at Steinert High.
Alex Silagyi pitched six strong innings, striking out five and allowing just one run on four hits. Mike Constantini and Steve Spadafino had three hits apiece, while Andrew Immordino and Marc Moceri each drove in two runs.
Post 31 scored twice in the first on an RBI groundout by Moceri and a single by Immordino, then broke the game open by scoring four runs in the third. Immordino singled in a run, Pat Harris drove in another with a sacrifice fly and Rick McLaughlin's double plated a third. That was more than enough runs for Silagyi, who allowed only a run in the sixth in posting his first win of the season. Matt Backlund finished the game by pitching a perfect seventh.
June 1, 2010 - Marc Moceri had three hits and three RBIs, Sean McGovern belted a three-run double and Kyle Paul tossed a one-hitter as Hamilton Post 31 opened the 2010 season with a 14-0 victory over Princeton Post 218 at Smoyer Park.
Paul allowed only a leadoff double and worked out of slight trouble in the first inning before going on to toss the first Opening Day shutout for Post 31 since Michael Rogers blanked Ewing Post 314, 7-0, on June 10, 2001.
Pat Harris had three hits for Post 31, including singles to open a four-run second inning and a five-run third. Adam Riese drove in two runs in the second, while Steve Spadafino and Moceri each plated two in the third. McGovern, pinch-hitting for Riese, cleared the bases with a drive off the left-center field fence in the fifth.