July 17, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 fell to North Trenton Post 458, 11-7, in the championship game of the MCALL playoffs at Rich Giallella Field. Hamilton finished its season with a record of 21-11.
Pat Harris had three hits and three RBIs for Hamilton. Steve Spadafino, Casey Plunkett and Ben Podgurski had two hits apiece.
July 17, 2011 - Pat Harris drove in four runs and Ryan Kontura struck out five batters as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Robbinsville Post 530, 7-0, in the opening round of the MCALL playoffs at Robbinsville High.
After a two-out RBI single by James Locklear broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, Harris' bases-loaded double extended Post 31's margin to 4-0. Harris also drove in a run during Hamilton's three-run seventh.
Kontura made the runs stand up, scattering six hits and not walking a batter in posting his first shutout of the season.
July 15, 2011 - Alex Fabian pitched six innings to gain his second win of the season as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Robbinsville Post 530, 6-3, at Rich Giallella Field in the regular-season finale. The teams will square off Sunday in the first round of the Mercer County American Legion League playoffs.
Fabian allowed six hits, struck out three, and pitched out of several jams, leaving two on in the first and sixth innings and the bases loaded in the second.
Matt Belardo drove in two runs for Post 31, while Steve Spadafino and Brock Podgurski scored twice.
July 14, 2011 - Eddie Ashley went 4-for-4 and Casey Plunkett had three hits and scored three runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hightstown Post 148, 13-4, at Rich Giallella Field to clinch a berth in the MCALL playoffs.
Steve Spadafino, Brock Podgurski and Pat Harris had two RBIs apiece as Hamilton improved to 14-9 in the league and 19-10 overall.
Jason Bowes pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his fourth victory in six decisions.
July 13, 2011 - Matt Cook struck out six batters in five innings to help Hamilton Post 31 snap a three-game losing streak by defeating Allentown, 4-1, at Mercer County Park.
Consecutive singles to start the game by Steve Spadafino, James Locklear and Brock Podgurski, and an RBI single by Matt Belardo enabled Hamilton to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Pat Harris drove in a run in the third.
Cook made the early margin stand up as he allowed just four hits in improving his record to 3-1. Harris came on to pitch two innings in relief to earn his second save.
July 12, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 dropped its third straight game, losing to Broad Street Park Post 313, 11-7, at Nottingham High.
Brock Podgurski, Pat Harris and Casey Plunkett drove in two runs apiece for Post 31.
July 11, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning and fell to Bordentown Post 26, 2-1, at Rich Giallella Field.
Post 31 trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the seventh, but rallied to pull within a run and had the bases filled with just one out but was unable to plate the tying and/or winning runs. Jason Bowes (3-2) pitched 6.1 strong innings, allowing just three hits.
July 10, 2011 - Despite three hits apiece from James Locklear, Matt Belardo and Eddie Ashley, Hamilton Post 31 fell to Robbinsville Post 530, 8-7, at Robbinsville High.
Hamilton trailed 6-1 and 8-4, and a desperate three-run rally in the top of the seventh fell one run short. Ashley had two RBIs, as did Mike Manfredi.
July 9, 2011 - Matt Belardo had three hits and drove in four runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Lawrence Post 414, 11-1, at Rich Giallella Field.
Belardo had a two-run single in the first to give Hamilton a 3-0 lead, an RBI single as part of a five-run third, and his two-out RBI double in the fifth closed out the scoring. Brock Podgurski and Pat Harris each had two hits and two RBIs for Post 31, which improved to 17-7.
Ryan Kontura struck out four in five innings of work to improve his record to 2-1.
July 7, 2011 - Brock Podgurski had three hits and scored three runs, and Hamilton Post 31 stole nine bases in a 10-1 victory over Princeton Post 218 at Rich Giallella Field. The win moved Post 31 (16-7) to a season-high nine games over .500.
Podgurski tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single, then Hamilton broke things open in the second with a five-run inning, highlighted by RBIs from Matt Cook, Steve Spadafino and James Locklear. Spadafino, Podgurski, Pat Harris and Eddie Ashley stole two bases apiece for Post 31, while Sam Hawkes contributed a three-run double.
Mike Manfredi went the distance on the mound, allowing just four hits, to earn his second win of the season.
July 4, 2011 - Playing its first league game on July 4 in 11 years, Hamilton Post 31 used a six-run rally in the sixth inning to defeat Ewing Post 314, 9-5, at Moody Park.
Trailing 5-3 entering the sixth, pinch-hitter Matt Belardo led off the frame with a double and advanced to third on Eddie Ashley's single. After a groundout, Mike Manfredi walked to load the bases and Ben Podgurski's walk plated Belardo. Steve Spadafino was hit by a pitch to tie the game, and consecutive two-run singles by James Locklear and Brock Podgruski broke the game open.
Matt Moticha pitched one inning in relief of Matt Cook to earn the victory, and Ryan Kontura pitched two hitless innings to record the save.
The last time Post 31 played a league game on Independence Day was in 2000, when Hamilton blanked Bordentown Post 26, 10-0.
July 3, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 fell to Gibbsboro Post 317, 6-5, in the semifinals of the annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Steve Spadafino, Pat Harris and Ben Podgurski each had two hits and an RBI for Post 31.
July 2, 2011 - Pat Harris had a double, a triple and three RBIs, and also earned his first mound victory as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Binghamton (N.Y.) Post 1645, 13-4, in the Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y. Hamilton advances to the tournament semfinals at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with the championship game slated for 4 p.m.
Harris came on in relief in the top of the fourth inning with runners on second and third, one out, and Post 31 leading by a run. He got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout, then blasted a two-run triple in the bottom of the frame to help Hamilton put the game away. One batter earlier, Steve Spadafino had a two-run double, as he also had three RBIs on the day.
Brock Podgurski scored three runs and Eddie Ashley had three stolen bases for Post 31.
July 1, 2011 - Steve Spadafino had three hits and three RBIs, Brock Podgurski had three hits and drove in two runs, and Matt Belardo had three RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Vestal (N.Y.) Post 89, 14-6, in the Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y. The win advances Post 31 to the tournament semifinals on Sunday.
Hamilton jumped out to an early lead by scoring seven runs in the second inning and extended the lead from there, The middle of the order -- Podgurski, Spadafino, Pat Harris and Belardo -- went 10-for-18 with six runs scored and nine RBIs. Ben Podgurski went 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Matt Moticha pitched four innings to earn the victory, while Mike Manfredi earned his first save.
June 30, 2011 - Lyle Meister had two hits and two RBIs, and Craig Buczynski pitched into the seventh inning as Hamilton Post 31 defeated New London (Conn.) Post 1, 8-2, in the annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Buczynski allowed just four hits in 6.1 innings of work and struck out five. Ryan Kontura got the final two outs of the game.
Matt Belardo tied the game with an RBI single in the second, then had a double during Hamilton's five-run sixth that put the game away. Casey Plunkett also had a two-run single during the rally.
June 29, 2011 - Mike Manfredi had three hits and five RBIs, and Brock Podgurski drove in two runs as Hamilton Post 31 outslugged Haddon Heights Post 149, 15-10, in the Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y.
Manfredi drove in two runs in Post 31's four-run first inning, drove in a run as Hamilton rallied to tie the game in the third, then added two more RBIs as Post 31 took the lead for good during a four-run fourth. Podgurski homered in the first, his first homer of the season as well as the team's, and drove in a key insurance run during a five-run sixth inning.
Jason Bowes earned his third victory, pitching 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run.
June 29, 2011 - Matt Cook tossed a complete-game four-hitter as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Newburgh (N.Y.) Post 152, 2-0, in the opening game of the 4th Annual Blue & Gold Classic in Utica, N.Y. The win snaps a four-game Hamilton losing streak.
Steve Spadafino twice drove in Brock Podgurski for the game's only runs. After a Podgurski triple in the third inning, Spadafino plated the run with a groundout. Two innings later, after another Podgurski triple, Spadafino scored the runner with a two-out bunt single.
Cook took over from there as he did not allow a Newburgh baserunner to reach second base.
June 27, 2011 - Matt Moticha gave up just four hits and an unearned run, but Hamilton Post 31 fell to North Trenton Post 458, 1-0, at Rich Giallella Field. The defeat was the fourth straight for Post 31, its longest losing streak since 1995.
June 26, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 fell to West Windsor-Plainsboro, 4-2, at Rich Giallella Field.
Ryan Kontura pitched six strong innings, but his record fell to 1-2 as Post 31 stranded 10 baserunners.
June 23, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 dropped its second straight game, fallling to Hopewell Post 339, 7-2, at Hopewell Valley High. The loss drops Post 31's record to 9-4.
Steve Spadafino and Eddie Ashley had two hits apiece, but three Post 31 pitchers allowed 12 hits and issued four walks. Starting pitcher Mike Manfredi suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-1.
June 21, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31's seven-game winning streak came to an end in a 6-3 loss to Broad St. Park Post 313 at Rich Giallella Field. The defeat also ended a six-game winning streak against Post 313.
Steve Spadafino had three hits and an RBI for Hamilton, which stranded 10 baserunners. Alex Fabian (1-1) suffered the defeat.
June 20, 2011 - Pat Harris had four RBIs and earned his first save of the season and Steve Spadafino had three hits and scored twice as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Bordentown Post 26, 7-5, at Gilder Field.
Harris drove in runs in all four of his at-bats, with singles in the first and sixth innings, a sacrifice fly in the second and a groundout in the fourth. Spadafino hit the first pitch of the game for a single and came around to score the initial run, then also singled and scored in the fourth.
Hamilton jumped out to leads of 4-0 and 5-2, then after Bordentown closed the gap to 5-4 in the fifth, relief pitcher Matt Cook stranded the tying run on second by retiring three straight batters. Hamilton then scored insurance runs in the sixth on singles by James Locklear and Harris. Winning pitcher Cook earned his first victory of the season.
June 19, 2011 - Ryan Kontura allowed just three hits over five innings and Matt Belardo had three RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Trenton Posts 93/182, 12-1, at Rich Giallella Field.
Kontura worked out of a two-on, no-outs jam in the first without allowing a run and cruised from there to his second victory of the season, giving up his sole run on a sacrifice fly in the third. Belardo drove in the game's first run with a two-out single in the first, then had RBIs in both Post 31's six-run second and five-run third.
Eddie Ashley had two hits and two RBIs, and Pat Harris also drove in two runs as Hamilton captured its sixth straight victory.
June 18, 2011 - Brock Podgurski drove in three runs and scored twice as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Lawrence Post 414, 11-3, at Rich Giallella Field. Hamilton's fifth straight win improved its record to 7-2.
Podgurski's two-run double in the first, which plated Steve Spadafino and James Locklear, opened the scoring as Post 31 jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and put the game away by scoring five runs in the fifth. Spadafino, Locklear and Eddie Ashley scored two runs apiece, and Pat Harris and Matt Belardo each had two RBIs for Post 31.
Mike Manfredi pitched five innings, allowing two runs, to earn his first Legion victory.
June 15, 2011 - Matt Moticha pitched three-hit ball over five innings and Jason Bowes retired all six batters he faced as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Princeton Post 218, 3-1, at Smoyer Park.
Pat Harris and Brock Podgurski had Post 31's only RBIs on singles in the first and fourth innings, respectively, while Eddie Ashley scored the final run in the seventh on the front end of a double steal.
The victory improved Moticha's record to 2-1, while Bowes earned his first career save.
June 14, 2011 - Brock Podgurski had two hits and three RBIs, and Ryan Kontura retired all nine batters he faced as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hightstown Post 148, 6-3, at Rich Giallella Field.
Podgurski's two-run single in the first opened the scoring and he also singled in a run in the second as Hamilton scored three times apiece in the opening two frames. Mike Manfredi, Pat Harris and Matt Belardo also had RBIs for Post 31.
Starting pitcher Craig Buczynski worked the first four innings, pitching out of tough jams in the second and fourth when Post 148 scored its runs. Kontura came on to work the final three innings and earned his first Legion victory.
June 13, 2011 - Alex Fabian threw a four-hitter and Steve Spadafino had three hits and five RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Trenton Post 93, 13-1, at Wetzel Field in a game stopped after six innings because of the 10-run rule.
Fabian struck out four and allowed just an unearned run in posting Hamilton's first complete game of the season. Spadafino, meanwhile, hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, singled in a run in the fifth, and singled in two more in the sixth.
Post 31 broke away from a 1-1 tie after three innings by scoring 12 runs over the next three frames. Eddie Ashley and Ben Podgurski had two RBIs apiece as Hamilton won its second straight game.
June 12, 2011 - James Locklear beat out an infield grounder, stole second base and then scored on a throwing error as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Ewing Post 314, 2-1 in 11 innings, at Rich Giallella Field.
Locklear drove in Hamilton's first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly, but Ewing tied the game in the third off Hamilton starter Mike Manfredi (6.1 innings, six hits, three strikeouts). The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the 11th when Locklear scored when the relay on an attempted double play got by the first baseman.
Jason Bowes pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the seventh, getting a strikeout and a pop-up. Bowes struck out three and allowed just two hits in improving his record to 2-0.
June 11, 2011 - Despite three hits by Brock Podgurski, Hamilton Post 31 dropped a 10-3 decision to North Trenton Post 458 at Trenton Catholic Academy. The second straight loss for Post 31 dropped its record to 2-2.
Hamilton uncharacteristically committed four errors and starting pitcher Ryan Kontura lasted just 1.2 innings. Matt Cook and Alex Fabian combined to pitch three innings of scoreless relief.
June 9, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 dropped its first game of the season, losing to West Windsor-Plainsboro, 5-3, at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High.
Hamilton rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Sam Hawkes and a two-run triple by Casey Plunkett, but West Windsor-Plainsboro scored twice in the bottom of the inning to gain the victory.
June 6, 2011 - Hamilton Post 31 overcame a five-run deficit by exploding for 14 runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Allentown, 15-6, at Rich Giallella Field.
Matt Belardo opened the second with a single, and after Sam Hawkes drew a walk and Matt Cook was hit by a pitch, Casey Plunkett and Eddie Ashley drove in runs with singles, Steve Spadafino worked a bases-loaded walk and Brock Podgurski had a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Pat Harris hit a two-run single, and that was followed by run-scoring singles by Belardo, Hawkes, Plunkett and Ashley, before a booming bases-clearing double by James Locklear ended the scoring.
The 14-run inning is the biggest since Post 31 scored 13 against Hopewell Post 339 on July 9, 2007, and it is the second time in Hamilton history that a team has scored 14 runs in an inning. Post 31 scored 14 runs in the first inning against Trenton Post 93on June, 30, 1992. The most runs ever scored in an inning by a Hamilton team is 16, on July 1, 1993, against Mitchell Davis Post 182.
Jason Bowes pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, working out of a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the fifth inning, to earn the victory.
June 5, 2011 - Eddie Ashley's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Mike Manfredi with the winning run as Hamilton Post 31 won its season opener, 3-2 over Hopewell Post 339, at Rich Giallella Field.
Manfredi opened the inning with a double to right-center field, then was sacrificed to third by Casey Plunkett. Ashley fell behind in the count 0-2, then battled through an eight-pitch at-bat before driving a 3-2 offering to deep right to give Post 31 the victory.
Ryan Kontura pitched 5.2 solid innings in his first career start. Winning pitcher Matt Moticha came on in the sixth and got out of a two-on, two-out jam, then retired the side in the seventh, inducing a ground-ball double play with two on and one out.