Posts Tagged ‘ Baseball ’

Still trying to finish the job: Baseball expects another run at the state title

April 2, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, made an appearance in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2 of this year. He saw his shadow, meaning that there would be six more weeks of winter. With most of the outdoor sports facility at Southington High School looking like a muddy swamp, six more weeks of…

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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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SP Hall of Fame Koeller

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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

July 12, 2014
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The 1976 Blue Knights went 18-0 but lost to Shelton, 3-2, during a 16-inning contest in the state championship game. Front, from left, Al Fracaso, Mike Boissoneault, Pat DeSorbo, John Falzarano, Jim Koeller, Al Rousseau, Tom Bussett, Gary Burdette, Jim Gugliotti, Dan Hahn, and Joe Lembo. Back, Coach John Fontana, Bob Dudrow, Tom Banner, Ed Murawski, Dan Freer, Russ Barry, Jim Swain, Larry Jardine, Jim reeves, Rich Topshe, Dave McArty, and Mgr. Mark Bourcier. Missing from the photo: Mgr. Mike Grazioso and pitching coach Dallas Shields.

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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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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Loss in the finals; Amity wins championship rematch

June 20, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zac Susi tries to beat the play into home plate during a loss to Amity in the Class LL championship game.

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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