The Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League had a great day at Torrington's Fuessenich Park on the Fourth of July, and several local players were in the middle of it.
Ryan Plourde, who was a standout at Holy Cross High School, won the home run derby with seven dingers in the final round. Plourde, who plays for his hometown Naugatuck Dogs, was able to edge out Bethlehem Plowboys slugger Jon Conlan. Conlan hit six home runs.
Izzy Lugo of the Wolcott Scrappers and Paul Novakowski of the Brass City Brew also participated in the derby's championship round.
Tri-State also played an exhibition all-star game against the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Tri-State won in a 14-1 rout, and former Holy Cross standout Chris Callahan of the Bethlehem Plowboys was in the middle of it. Callahan is from Southington, but has been playing with Bethlehem.
Callahan made some great catches in the field, and he also had a double. Lugo launched a home run and doubled while Novakowski added a RBI double.
Bristol Greener Jake Martel, a former standout at Bristol Central, made great plays in the field as well.