Posts Tagged ‘ Baseball ’

Just a taste of things to come

August 1, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER After seven innings Marc Verderame trudged to the mound to take the baseball out of Kyle Cole’s hands. How much more could he expect from his starting pitcher? At the start of the week Cole battled through eight innings to help the local Legionnaires advance to the finals of the…

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

July 23, 2014
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Good timing; Post 72 heats up just in time for the tournament

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

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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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

July 12, 2014
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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

When Joe Fontana addressed his nephew’s team at the postseason banquet, even he was at a loss for words. The former athletic director had been the coach for both of Southington’s previous undefeated baseball teams. If anybody knew what it takes to win a title, it was the former baseball and football legend. So what…

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Legion has no room for error

July 11, 2014
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Legion has no room for error

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

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

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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Loss in the finals; Amity wins championship rematch

June 20, 2014
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Loss in the finals; Amity wins championship rematch

By John Goralski Sports Writer Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo slumped against the wall as a flood of reporters engulfed him in the Middletown dugout. His Blue Knight baseball team was the last one playing at the high school during one of the most prolific springs in recent history. The Knights led early and were…

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Survive and advance; Baseball returns to the semis with 2 postseason wins

June 13, 2014
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Survive and advance; Baseball returns to the semis with 2 postseason wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer It looked like Southington’s postseason was over before it started, and that wasn’t the way things were supposed to be going. The Knights stormed through the regular season with a 17-3 record. They earned a bye in the first round of the Class LL championship, but Southington just couldn’t seem…

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Peaking for postseason;

June 6, 2014
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Peaking for postseason;

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Susi fouled off four pitching before driving the next one into the gap between the shortstop and third baseman. Josh Makles came around to score. Pinch runner Mike Taylor scored from second base, and the Knights exploded from the dugout to celebrate the win. Southington rallied back from an…

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