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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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2013 New England Champions; Southington South LL streak ends at East Finals

August 16, 2013
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The Southington South Little League 9-10 year old all-stars’ postseason rally came to an end in the championship game of the 2013 East Regional Tournament, but not before the team collected titles in the District 5, CT Section I, CT State, and New England competitions. Southington went 17-3 in the postseason. From left, Coach Chris Matusik, Cole Matusik, Michael Gurzenda, Colby Powell, Daniel DiCorpo, Shane Laporte, Manager Chris Laporte, Alex Partyka, Drew Belcourt, Dylan Olson, Coach Eric Olson, Vincent Spizzoucco, Sean Olson, Nikko Buonanni, Jake Neuman, Jake Napoli, and Jackson Cardozo.

By John Goralski Sports Writer For the second time in as many games, a South Burlington rally threatened to end Team CT’s season in Cranston, R.I. The Southington South 9-10 year olds had built a 4-0 lead in the championship game of the New England region, but a nine-run rally had all but secured Vermont’s…

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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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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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