Posts Tagged ‘ Baseball ’

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

June 13, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ryan DeAngelo makes the play at third base during an extra inning victory over West Haven to advance the Knights into the quarterfinals.

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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By John Goralski
Kyle Cole throws a strike during a 13-1 win over New Britain during the first game of a double header to end the regular season.

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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Conference champions; Knights are closing in on home field advantage

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Second baseman Nick Calabrese catches a Simsbury baserunner in a run-down.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Rains erased any chance of a Southington comeback in Newington on Friday, May 23, but that was just a bump in the road for the Blue Knight baseball team. Southington clinched a share of the conference title with a win over Simsbury on Thursday. Newington snapped the team’s 11-game winning…

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The Pink Knights; Baseball wins on and off the field

May 23, 2014
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By John Goralski
Shortstop Joe Daigle sets the tone for the defense with a diving catch in the first inning. With wins over Conard and NW Catholic last week, the Knights moved into first place in the Class LL standings.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s easy to get caught up in the hype as two conference shutouts pushed the Blue Knight baseball team to the top of the Class LL standings. It’s easy to get lost in postseason predictions and championship dreams. That’s why Blue Knight coach Charlie Lembo draped his team in pink…

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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

May 2, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nick Calabrese tags out a runner at second base during a 1-0 loss to NW Catholic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Rivera opened the second inning with a double up the middle. Mike Rogalski drew a walk. Joe Daigle bunted them over, so that Nick Calabrese’s double cleared the bases. Adam Wilson followed with a hit. Josh Makles scored him with a double, and when the dust settled on the…

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Baseball wraps up road trip with two more wins

April 25, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The early road trip came to a close with Southington’s first perfect week of the early season. With convincing wins over Tolland and Conard, the Blue Knight baseball team improved to 3-1. “Guys stepped up,” said  Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We had two games where we executed both offensively and…

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Knights reload for a title run; Baseball sports new faces; same high expectations

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington graduated almost enough baseball players to field a pair of varsity teams. The Blue Knights return only two players with double-digit at bats from last year’s Class LL runner up squad. Last year’s infield is already making plays at a handful of college programs. Why then is Coach Charlie…

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LaPorte to step down from parks board

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving on the Board of Park Commissioners for more than 30 years, Joe LaPorte has decided to step down. LaPorte served on the board from 1979 to 1984 before taking a five-year hiatus, and became the chairman from 2000 to 2009. He also served on the Town Council for…

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