Posts Tagged ‘ Baseball ’

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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Little Leaguers rally to New England; Southington South 9-10 All-Stars win first two contests in Cranston, RI

August 8, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The Southington South Little League 9-10 All-Stars haven’t slowed down as they raced into the Eastern Region Invitational in Cranston, R.I. The locals have surged past teams from Maine and New Hampshire to take a 2-0 lead in the New England pool-play brackets. At this point, the Southington squad is…

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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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Legion falls short of Zone I title; Post 72 gets edged by Avon in the final week of the season

July 19, 2013
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera swings for the fences during a 5-4 win over Bristol on Tuesday, July 9.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The first game against Avon was an extra-inning contest that began on July 3 and ended on July 12. The second contest saw a 3-0 Southington lead evaporate in a flurry of miscues and errors. Southington posted an 8-4 victory in the third game, but it was too late. American…

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski
Third baseman Matt Sirois tries to beat the runner with a throw to first base during a 4-2 win over Simsbury.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington played four games last week, and three were against the Simsbury American Legion baseball squad. One was a comfortable win. The second was a comeback victory, and the third…well…the third was forgettable. “When you’re trying to beat a team three times in a week, it can be hard,” said…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

June 21, 2013
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By John Goralski
Southington shortstop Ted Shaw makes a sliding stop during a 9-6 win over Torrington on opening day.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Marc Verderame studied his players as they loosened up before a double-header with Torrington on Sunday, June 16. Most American Legion baseball teams already have a week or two of competition under their belts. For Verderame, this seemed more like a tryout than an opening day for the summer…

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One win from the title; Knights fall in Class LL finals for 2nd time in 3 years

June 14, 2013
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By John Goralski
Joe Rivera hurls a strike during a 4-2 win over Trumbull in the semifinals at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Charlie Lembo paced back and forth in the dugout, challenging his players to keep their heads up as they walk off the field. For the third year in a row, the Knights charged into the semifinals. For the second time in three seasons, Southington elbowed their way into the final…

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The next level; Dave Palladino joins a growing list of college-bound Knights

May 26, 2013
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By John Goralski
Dave Palladino signs a letter of intent on Friday, May 17 to play college baseball at Eastern CT State University.

by John Goralski Sports Writer Dave Palladino’s game face finally cracked as he grabbed the pen and scribbled his signature across the page. The Southington catcher didn’t smile during either of his no-hitters. He didn’t smile at home plate after any of his three home runs as a senior. Palladino has become known for his…

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Knights clinch share of CCC West

May 24, 2013
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By John Goralski
Dave Palladino scores a hit during an 11-0 win over Farmington. Southington batters combined for 36 hits in three games last week.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Andrew Goralski stepped off first base to reach for a hard line drive, but the ball skipped past him on the infield dirt. It wasn’t an error. Most defenses would have surrendered to a well-earned hit. Southington’s defense wasn’t ready to give up. Matt DiNello was already in position, sliding…

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