Posts Tagged ‘ American Legion ’

Good timing; Post 72 heats up just in time for the tournament

July 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zac Susi makes a diving tag at the plate to stop a run during a 7-0 win over South Windsor in the first round of the American Legion baseball Sectional Tournament on July 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mike Rogalski didn’t slow as he scooped up the ball in right field and fired a perfect strike across the infield. The South Windsor runner tried to miss the tag, but a diving Zac Susi pushed him off the plate to end the fifth inning threat and protect the scoreless…

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Bound for the tournament; American Legion baseball rallies for 6 wins in 7 games

July 18, 2014
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By John Goralski
Austin Bumbera hurls a strike during his second win of the week against Bristol.

by John Goralski Sports Writer With a five-run rally in the third inning, Post 72 took the lead for good. With a five-run rally in the fifth inning, Wolcott signaled that they had enough. One week after falling to .500 with a double-header split at Terryville, a laid-back Southington team quietly celebrated their return to…

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Legion has no room for error

July 11, 2014
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By John Goralski
Josh Makles makes a stop at second base before the rain on Thursday, July 3. Southington was winning, 2-0, after one inning when thunderstorms stopped play.

By John Goralski Sports Writer As Avon’s players spilled onto the field, Marc Verderame gathered his team in a circle to lay down the gauntlet. Southington had lost four games in a row since dealing Avon their first loss of the season, but Verderame wasn’t about to give up on the summer season. The math…

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Soldiers of misfortune; Win over undefeated Avon sparks 4-game skid

July 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Outfielder Brett Shaw takes the mound for the first game of a doubleheader. Shaw allowed only 3 runs in his American Legion debut, but Southington lost, 3-2.

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Thursday, June 26, Kyle Cole ended a sixth inning threat with a strikeout to end the inning. Avon battled for two runners in the final inning, but Cole and his defense came up with three outs and swarmed onto the Southington field. Avon entered the game with no losses…

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Legion ball lets the healing begin; Local players have no time to lament another championship loss

June 28, 2014
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera winds up for a pitch during a 4-0 win over Torrington on Sunday, June 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame forced a smile as his players filed onto the field the day after the high school’s loss in the state championship game. The American Legion baseball coach looked unfazed by the recent heartbreak as he ran his summer hopefuls through the motions for preseason tryouts. Make no mistake.…

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Town set to recognize Memorial Day with parade and services

May 21, 2014
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Officials have released the information regarding the schedule of memorial services and the annual parade in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 The American Legion, Kiltonic Post 72, will be conducting Memorial services at the following locations in Southington on the morning of May 26:  Panthorn Park at 7:45 a.m., Quinnipiac Cemetery at 8…

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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

May 3, 2014
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Southington American Legion members Norren Heath, left, and Rachel Wache with one of the book bins.

By Ed Harris Editor The American Legion Auxiliary is back in the book business. Up until a few months ago, the auxiliary had utilized two Got Books bins to help fund literacy programs in the local school system. However, the company went out of business, putting a stop to the practice. Now a new company,…

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Town thanks its local veterans

November 14, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Numerous veterans from around the area participated in the annual Veterans Day celebration held on the town green Monday.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For veteran Edison Occhi, the Korean War continues to serve as a vivid memory full of heartache and pain. He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enlisted at the age of 17-and-half after attending trade school. From September 1950 to January 1952, he fought during the Korean…

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Just missed; Postseason rally falls short of a state title

August 9, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw zeroes in on a pitch in game one of the CT American Legion baseball championship series. Shaw scored Southington’s only run in game two, but the locals lost to Branford in straight contests.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Two days after Southington’s Cinderella run came to an end on the Stamford baseball field, Coach Marc Verderame was found sitting by himself in the bleachers looking out at the high school field. What could he have been done differently? What more could he have asked for from his players?…

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A season on the brink; Legion is one win away from the state finals

July 31, 2013
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By John Goralski
Ted Shaw makes the play at shortstop to hold off RCP in the sectional finals. With a 7-6 win over RCP, Southington reached the state tournament for the third straight season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Marc Verderame didn’t try to conceal his grin as reporters swarmed around his players at Fuessenich Field in Torrington. He laughed as one player tried to interrupt his teammate’s post game interview with a good natured joke. He nodded his head with satisfaction as he listened to the interview unfold…

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