Monday, July 31, 2017

Rasmus has grand moment in final Legion game

Bristol's Jaeden Rasmus launched a grand slam in his final American Legion baseball game
on Monday night at Simsbury's Memorial Field. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69 2017 file photo)
Jaeden Rasmus and some of his Bristol Post 2 teammates had one final American Legion game to play.
Bristol and the rest of Zone 1 took on Zone 8 in an all-star game on Monday at Simsbury's Memorial Field. Rasmus came to the plate with the bases loaded in his first at bat. After taking the first pitch, Rasmus blasted the next offering down the left field line and over the fence for a grand slam. Rasmus rounded the bases, stepped on home plate, and then was congratulated by his teammates. Two of those teammates who could be seen congratulating Rasmus in the video were Bristol's Chadd Richardson and Ben Mazzone. 
Here's that video of the grand slam from Crystal Gauthier Rasmus via Facebook. It was Rasmus' last game in American Legion baseball, and what a way to go out.

Bristol Blues look to wrap up playoff spot this week

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England is down to its final week of the regular season.
As of now, the Bristol Blues are 23-21 and own one of the six FCBL Playoff spots. A lot can change over the last week, however, and Bristol must play six games over the next seven days. The standings are nothing short of a logjam, so the Blues have to keep winning to get into the postseason.
Bristol opens a busy week today at the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Wachusett leads the season series 3-2.
On Tuesday, the Blues are at the Pittsfield Suns. Pittsfield leads the season series 5-2, thought one Bristol win recently went by a whopping score of 24-9.
Bristol is scheduled to host the North Shore Navigators and Suns on Wednesday and Thursday at Muzzy Field. Bristol leads the North Shore season series 3-2.
Friday is a day off, but the Blues are right back at it Saturday on the road against the Worcester Bravehearts. Bristol is 5-2 against Worcester this season.
The regular is slated to end Sunday for the Blues when they play the Dirt Dawgs at Muzzy. Bristol's playoff fate may already be known by then.

Guilmette comes up big
On Saturday at home against North Shore, Bristol fell behind 4-2 when the visitors scored twice in the top of the ninth inning.
No big deal for the Blues and Mitch Guilmette. The former Bristol Central standout ripped a walk-off, two-run double as the Blues scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4. It was Guilmette's only hit of the game, but what a big one it was.
The inning began with a one-out walk to Jeff Shanfeldt. Bristol was down to its last out when Logan Greene singled to keep his team alive. Max Goione brought the Blues to 4-3 with a RBI single that plated Shanfeldt. Goione's big hit set up Guilmette.
With runners on first and third, Guilmette doubled on the first pitch to score Greene and Goione and set off a wild celebration. Former Bristol Eastern standout Tommy Curtin claimed the win in his first appearance in a week.
Guilmette has a .398 batting average entering today's game, and Curtin still leads the FCBL in saves with 10.

Bristol Knights can clinch CTL Central Division as early as tonight

The perennial Connecticut Twilight League contender Bristol Knights can wrap up another division title tonight.
Bristol's magic number to clinch the Central Division crown is two games, and the Knights play a doubleheader tonight at Muzzy Field. The first game is at 6 p.m. against the Wethersfield Dodgers, the second at 8 p.m. against the Willimantic Ridges.
Bristol is 15-5-2 and leads the defending champion Elmer's Silver Bullets (11-7-2) by three games in the division. Elmer's is the only team capable of catching Bristol. At stake is not only the division title, but a first round bye in the CTL Playoffs, which start Aug. 7. The Silver Bullets play more games (5-3) than the Knights in the last week, but Bristol just needs two for the division.
The undermanned Knights lost 3-1 to Elmer's last Friday in Newington. It was just the second loss in the past 10 games for Bristol, which has gone 6-2-2 in that stretch. 
When the Knights are going well, it's usually the pitching staff that's leading the way. Earl Oakes, Chris McGrath and Mike Castellani have been stalwarts in the starting rotation. Marco Ross, Tyler Favreau and Nick DiTaranto have also appeared on the mound in recent games.
Bristol has also shown that it can score a bunch of runs, highlighted recently by a 10-2 win over the East Hartford Angels on July 25 in East Hartford. Neil Kelley had four RBI, three of which scored on his three-run home run. Kelley also walked twice and scored twice. Kyle Lentini doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored twice while Rick Barrett had a double and two RBI. 
In a 6-2 win over Elmer's on July 20, Lentini was joined by Tyler Favreau and Tyler Pina in the offensive attack. Lentini had two hits, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base. Favreau added two hits, two runs, a walk and a stolen base while Pina doubled, drove in a run and scored another.
There's a lot of baseball left in this final week of the regular season, but don't be surprised if the Knights come out of it with another division title and good playoff position.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

TRI-STATE PLAYOFFS: Wolcott Scrappers move on, Southington 66ers and Tribury Twisters swept

The Wolcott Scrappers huddle on the mound at the BAW while waiting for Blasius Chevrolet
to get the players necessary to play Game 2 Sunday. Blasius forfeited, and Wolcott moved on.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The Wolcott Scrappers entered the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League Playoffs as the No. 12 seed.
Wolcott getting past the first round was unlikely, but that's exactly what the Scrappers did. Wolcott bombed No. 5 Blasius Chevrolet 14-9 in the first game of a best-of-three series on Saturday at Prospect's Hotchkiss Field. Elvis Martinez homered twice while Israel Lugo and Matt Warren added solo dingers. Ryan Soucy drove in four runs while TJ Williams tossed six innings on the mound.
The teams were slated to play Game 2 on Sunday at the BAW, but Blasius only had seven healthy players and was forced to forfeit. Wolcott moves on to play the No. 4 Bethlehem Plowboys, but won't do so until Aug. 11, which is after the AABC Stan Musial World Series is completed.


66ers swept out of playoffs
Southington played the Litchfield Cowboys in a best-of-three series. The 66ers dropped the first game 9-8 on Saturday at Litchfield High School, then returned home to Recreation Park for Game 2 on Sunday.
Southington lost 5-3 and was swept by Litchfield. Josh Dobratz was a leading batter for the 66ers, including a rocket double down the right field line. 

PHOTOS: Click here to see images from Game 2 of Southington's series against Litchfield.


Twisters also sent packing
The left-handed pitching combination of Billy Armstrong and Kenny Kerski was too much to handle as the Terryville Black Sox swept the Tribury Twisters in a first round best-of-three series.
Zack Goldberg and Tom Rinaldi each had two hits in a 5-1 loss on Saturday. Tribury hosted the second game Sunday at Holy Cross, but Terryville claimed a 2-0 victory in that contest. Ben Brown was terrific in defeat, striking out 12 while pitching a complete game.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great run ends for Wolcott Storm in Mickey Mantle World Series

The Wolcott Storm had a great regular season, which gave it a spot in the Mickey Mantle
World Series. Wolcott advanced to the semifinal round before being eliminated on Saturday.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The Mickey Mantle World Series was missing its host team in the championship tonight at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.
The Wolcott Storm saw a great run end in rough fashion in a 9-1 mercy-rule loss to the Toronto Mets in the semifinal round. The Mets moved on to play the Colton (California) Nighthawks. Colton ran away with the championship in a 12-3 victory.
Just like Friday night's 5-3 loss to Colton, Wolcott was undone by one inning. Toronto struck for five runs in the bottom of the second inning to counter a single tally from Wolcott. Five straight hits and a sacrifice fly brought in the five Met runs. Toronto put up one in the fourth, then three more in the fifth to end the game via the mercy rule.
"We had a great run, we really did," Wolcott head coach Bob Warren said. "I think there's no reason why we couldn't have made it all the way."
To Warren, it was one bad inning in two straight games that derailed the Storm.
Wolcott got its lone run off of Toronto on a ground out by Andrew Paradis. Paradis was able to get Rob Johnston in with one out after Johnston had tripled to lead off the top of the second inning. Wolcott had only two other hits, a single apiece from Paradis and Jake Nilsson.
Go back to Friday night, and it was the bottom of the fifth inning that spurned the Storm. Wolcott went ahead 3-0 in the fifth against Colton. Cesar Vasquez and Nilsson scored on the same error for the first two runs, then Michael Downing doubled in Justin Butterworth for the third run.
Colton started its fifth inning with a bunt base hit and a walk. The first Nighthawk run scored via a passed ball, then Jonathan Ho rocketed a two-run triple to tie the game. In the sixth, a two-run single from Sawyer Stidham gave Colton a 5-3 lead it didn't relinquish.
Wolcott had made it to Friday night's game against Colton at Municipal Stadium thanks to a wild finish earlier in the day at Torrington's Fuessenich Park. The Storm led the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Twins Baseball Club 4-3 entering the top of the seventh inning, but a squeeze bunt from Chance Ragsale tied the game.
Wolcott had the last ups in the seventh, and Johnston led off with a walk. Larry Zapata's sacrifice bunt moved Johnston to second base. After a Richard Burdick walk, Warren called on Garrett Coe to pinch hit for Jeff Nicol, who was 0-for-3.
"I'm going to try something different," Warren said of the situation.
Warren recalled watching Coe play earlier in the season. Normally a pitcher, Coe showed was strong at the plate when Warren watched, and he kept that in mind.
Coe made Warren look real good, lining a ball to right center field to score Johnston and handing the Storm a 5-4 walk-off win.
"I thought that was going to be the momentum that carried us," Warren said.
Wolcott came out hot in the Colton game and claimed a 3-0 lead after 4.5 innings. 
"We came into [Friday night], we played flawless baseball," Warren said.
Until that fateful fifth inning. One bad inning spelled trouble on Friday, and the same formula pushed the Storm out of the World Series on Saturday.
Warren was proud of what Wolcott had accomplished.
"This was one team that was actually a team," Warren said.
Many of the Storm players should return in the fall for more baseball, but they'll never forget their run to the Mickey Mantle World Series.

PHOTOS: Click here to see images from the Wolcott Storm semifinal game.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wolcott Storm claim Day 1 sweep at Mickey Mantle WS

The Wolcott Storm before their second game Wednesdsay night.
(Photo credit: Wolcott Storm Twitter account)
The Wolcott Storm got off to a great start in its first two games of the Mickey Mantle World Series at Waterbury's Municipal Stadium.
Wolcott began the day with an 8-0 victory over Mission Baseball from Oklahoma. The Storm then blew past the Midland Tomahawks of Ohio by the score of 11-2 in the final game of the day at Municipal.

Wolcott Storm 8, Mission Baseball (Ok.) 0
Garrett Coe went the first four innings on the mound against Mission and claimed the victory. Coe struck out 10, walked four and gave up just one hit. Bryce Worth pitched two scoreless innings in relief with four strikeouts, followed by a scoreless frame from Austin Brown in the seventh that included two strikeouts. Neither reliever gave up a hit.
Larry Zapata went 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored. Tom Marciano had a hit and three RBI while Cesar Vasquez added a RBI and run scored. Matthew Downing had a hit and run scored.
Wolcott Storm 11, Midland Tomahawks (Ohio) 2
Justin Butterworth pitched 4.1 innings of two-run ball (one earned) on the way to the win.
Wolcott used the big inning to erase a 2-0 deficit it faced after one inning of play. The Storm snatched the lead with a four-run top of the fourth, then erupted for four more in the fifth to go up 8-2. Wolcott tacked on three more runs in the seventh.
Downing had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs. Dan Graziano had a single, two RBI and a run scored while Rob Johnston and Richard Burdick each had a RBI. Burdick and Andrew Paradis both doubled.  
Downing and Brown each pitched scoreless relief.
Up next
Wolcott faces the Colton Nighthawks of California at 9 a.m. today at Fuessenich Park in Torrington. Colton also went 2-0 on the first day of pool play. Check the MMWS website for further schedule updates.
Edge go 1-1 on Day 1
The CT Edge of Meriden finished 1-1 at the end of the first day of pool play.
CT knocked off the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Twins Baseball Club of Texas 7-1 and lost 11-3 to the Tigers De Arrevica from Puerto Rico.
The first game Thursday for the Edge is against the third Connecticut team, the Northwest Orioles. The Orioles went 0-2 with losses to the Tigers De Arrevica and DFW Twins.
The Edge and the Orioles play today at 9 a.m. at Hunt Field in Bethel.
Personal note
Umpires John Bellino and Albie Yuravich Jr., were both honored on Wednesday night at Municipal. Bellino and Yuravich, both longtime fixtures on local diamonds, passed away in the past year.
Albie’s son Albie III was an editor and mentor to me at The Register Citizen in Torrington, where I got my start in the newspaper industry. He taught me a lot, and I’m forever grateful to him for it. I’m glad fellow umpires and the MMWS did such a great job of honoring his father and John Bellino. May they both rest in peace.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Waterbury's DJ Jarrett signs with University of Sioux Falls

Jarrett Jr. (Casper Coll. athletics)
Former Kennedy standout Don "DJ" Jarrett Jr. will continue to play college basketball, just at a higher level.
This time, he goes from Wyoming (Casper College) to South Dakota and the NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls. Jarrett played for Casper, a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association program, for the past two seasons.
USF head coach Chris Johnson said this about Jarrett, a 6-foot-4 guard.
"DJ (Jarrett) is a big guard with nice size who can really knock down shots from the perimeter," Johnson said in a story on the team website. "DJ's ability to stretch the floor and create space will benefit our team."
Jarrett played in 32 games for 24-9 Casper last season and averaged 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He hit for double digits in points 15 times, including a career-high of 22. Jarrett put his range on display in several games, knocking down at least three 3-pointers in eight different contests.

Jarrett was a standout for NJCAA DI Casper (Wyo.) College, averaging 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for a team that finished 24-9. In 32 games, he had 15 double digit scoring games, including two over 20 with a career-high of 22. Eight times he made at least three three-pointers in a game. Jarrett shot 39 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent at the foul line. He also had 99 rebounds and 38 assists. In high school, he starred at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn.

Monday, July 24, 2017

TRI-STATE NOTES: Wolcott Scrappers will be in the postseason

The Wolcott Scrappers in the Tri-State playoffs. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)
It wasn't easy, but the Wolcott Scrappers will be in the 12-team Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League playoff field.
Wolcott finished the regular season at 9-10 after a 14-5 victory over the Canton Crushers. Ryan Soucy put together a five-hit game, including two doubles. Clete LoRusso pounded out a two-run triple that was part of his three-hit day. Eric Soucy, Ryan Andrade and Mikey Grasso each tallied two hits.
For the second time in five days, Justin Koutros threw a complete game for Wolcott. Koutros struck out six and allowed three earned runs.

TRIBURY TALLIES VICTORY
The Twisters got to 9-8 with a 4-1 victory over the Torrington Rebels on Saturday. The tremendous pitching of Ben Brown led the way. Brown struck out 11 and yielded one unearned run while giving up four hits.
Offensively, Brown helped his cause with a RBI single. Evan Devico had two doubles while Tom Rinaldi went 3-for-4 with a home run.
Tribury clinches the No. 7 seed with two wins in its final two games.

MANCINI BLASTS AWAY FOR BETHLEHEM
The Plowboys concluded their regular season at 13-6 with a 17-1 rout of the Southington 66ers.
Matt Mancini had a strong day, going 4-for-4 with six RBI. Bethlehem earned the No. 4 seed in the Tri-State playoffs, which includes a first round bye.

BLASIUS OPENS PLAY IN STAN MUSIAL TOURNEY
Blasius Chevrolet finished fifth in the Tri-State regular season standings with a 12-7 record, thanks to its victory over the Terryville Black Sox in their lone head-to-head meeting.
Blasius begins double elimination Stan Musial State Tournament play tonight at 7 o'clock (weather permitting) against All-Star Batting at Danbury High School.
The other three Musial teams are the Watertown Blaze, Naugatuck Dogs and Terryville.

66ERS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!
Southington will play in the postseason in just its second year of existence.
The 66ers may have been blown out by Bethlehem in the season finale, but they are in the playoffs. Southington is one of three teams with a 10-9 record, and seeding isn't official until the final games have been played.

MICKEY MANTLE WS: CT Edge has local ties on roster; schedule released

The Wolcott Storm won't be the only team with a local edge to it at the Mickey Mantle World Series (16U) on Thursday.
The CT Edge of Meriden also has some familiar names on its roster.
Connor Goggin, Jack Drewry, Julian Thayer and Ernest McClary will take the field for CT Edge. Goggin plays his high school ball for Holy Cross, Drewry is at Wolcott, Thayer at St. Paul, and McClary at Sacred Heart.
Goggin was part of the first state championship in Holy Cross baseball history. Drewry was part of the 2016 Wolcott state championship team as a freshman. Thayer was a big part of the success of his St. Paul team this spring. McClary was a first baseman and big bat in the middle of the lineup.

SCHEDULE
There are three Connecticut-based teams in the field of 16 for this year's Mickey Mantle World Series. Games begin on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Newtown High School and Bethel's Hunt Field. The third Connecticut team is the Northwest Orioles.
The Wolcott Storm are in Pool 1 and open play Wednesday against Mission Baseball of Tulsa, Okla., at noon at Municipal. 
CT Edge is in Pool 3 and begins Wednesday against the DFW Twins of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area at 8:30 a.m. at Newtown.
Each team has a second game in pool play Wednesday, then one more on Thursday. At 9 a.m. on Thursday, the CT Edge play the Northwest Orioles at Hunt Field.
The double elimination portion of the tournament begins Thursday.
SCHEDULE: Click here to see the full slate of games. 

Wolcott Clemente team sees great run end in World Series final

Wolcott's 7-8 year-old squad found itself playing on the grandest stage in the Roberto Clemente World Series final on Sunday morning.
The only problem for Wolcott was it ran into a buzzsaw from Ponce Glenview on the baseball-rich island of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico went home with the World Series title, but Wolcott was still able to celebrate an incredible run to the final.
Wolcott began the World Series with an 8-3 victory over Water-Oak (Watertown-Oakville) in the first game of the contest on Thursday at Joan Joyce Field. Wolcott's next game in Pool A play on Thursday was against Puerto Rico, which their opponent won 14-0.
On Friday, the World Series began its double elimination championship format, and Wolcott was defeated by the Brooklyn Blue Storm in a wild 14-11 game at Joan Joyce. Wolcott stayed alive with a 6-0 win over the Rockland (New York) Elite at Joyce Field.
On Saturday, Wolcott had a bye through Round 3 of the double elimination bracket, then won a crazy 10-9 victory over the B.C. Cyclones of New Jersey to earn a trip to the final.
There was an abundance of support for the World Series in general, as you can tell from articles and video on the Waterbury Republican-American website, The Strike Zone. All games were played at the Municipal Stadium complex.
The Baseball Association of Wolcott showed its support for the home team after Sunday's defeat. In fact, the organization beamed with pride.
"Awesome job by our Clemente Team in making it to The World Series Final," read a post on Twitter. "We could not be prouder of how you represented Wolcott."
It's not the first time a Wolcott Clemente team has reached the World Series. As a matter of fact, it has been there three years in a row. There are a grand total of six Clemente World Series appearances to Wolcott's credit. Wolcott has been there in 1997, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Dave Pelletier has had a long history of successful runs to the World Series with Wolcott Clemente teams in his 23 years as coach, and his impact is more than on the field. In 2016, he was chosen for the John Wentworth Good Sport Award, given out by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance. The award recognizes "those individuals who unselfishly devote their time and energy to the promotion of athletics in their communities," according to the website. Pelletier received the honor at the 75th Gold Key Dinner in 2016.
The World Series is an exciting trip, and Wolcott has been there three years in a row. The journey never gets old.

Mitch Guilmette ties FCBL record for hits in one game in historic Blues blowout

Mitch Guilmette tied the FCBL record for hits in a single game with five in a 24-9 Bristol Blues
victory on Sunday evening over the Pittsfield Suns. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)
It was an historic night for the Bristol Blues in a 24-9 thrashing of the Pittsfield Suns on Sunday evening.
Bristol scored a FCBL record for runs in a game, wiping out the 22 put up by the former franchise Torrington Titans in 2012. 
Among the monster performances for Bristol was Mitch Guilmette. The former Bristol Central standout tied the FCBL single-game record for hits with five, going 5-for-6 with five RBI and three runs scored. All five of Guilmette's hits were singles, and he had one apiece in each of the first five innings of the game. Guilmette raised his average to .435, not the .429 reported on the team website. He was pinch hit for in the eighth inning by Ben Maycock and was not 5-for-7.
In the top of the first inning, Guilmette stroked a two-run single to right field, then later scored on an error. Guilmette singled to center in the second for another RBI. 
The third inning brought another RBI single from Guilmette, again to center field. Guilmette scored his second run of the game later in the inning.
Guilmette added his fourth single in as many innings in the fourth. He added his fifth and final single, plus his fifth RBI, in the fifth. Guilmette later scored his third run of the game.
Guilmette flew out to left to end the sixth.
The 24-9 victory put the Blues back in first place in the FCBL's West Division.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

K.J. Smith chosen for preseason All-NEC first team

Smith (CCSU athletics)
Former Bristol Eastern standout K.J. Smith is being recognized as one of the Northeast Conference's top performers before the 2017 season even begins.
The junior tight end and H-back was named to the All-Northeast Conference Football First Team on Thursday when it was released by the league. Smith is one of four Blue Devils chosen for the preseason first team, two on offense and two on defense.
Last season, Smith caught 38 passes in 11 games for 489 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.
CCSU was picked to finish fourth in the NEC.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Justin Koutros kept Wolcott Scrappers going with timely no-hitter

The Wolcott Scrappers are in the middle of a fight for one of the final Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League playoff spots as the season winds down (when Mother Nature allows it to happen).
Wolcott can thank veteran right-hander Justin Koutros for keeping the season alive. Facing Blasius Chevrolet on Tuesday night at the BAW Complex, Koutros once again worked his magic.
Thanks in part to an awesome diving catch in right field by Matt Cyr, Koutros tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Blasius. Koutros mixed his pitches well and kept Blasius off-balance, according to comments from his teammates on Thursday at the BAW. Wolcott was hosting the Tri-Town Trojans in yet another big game.
Wolcott lost to Tri-Town 4-3 in a game where self-inflicted wounds spelled its ultimate doom. 
Click here to see photos from the Wolcott game against Tri-Town.
The Scrappers need a lot to go right over the next however-many days to make the postseason, but for one special night, Koutros did what he could to keep their playoff dreams  alive.
It wasn't the first time Koutros hasn't given up a hit in a game. Koutros also tossed a no-hitter for Wolcott in 2011 against the Lakeville Firemen.
In the game against Blasius, Koutros worked a 1-2-3 first inning, including the last two outs via strikeout. Blasius got its first baserunner on a walk and that runner reached second on a steal, but Koutros retired the final two batters to end the inning.
The third inning went 1-2-3 for Koutros, including his fourth K. The fourth inning began with a walk, but Koutros struck out the next two batters. Cyr's diving catch ended the inning.
Blasius went 1-2-3 in the fifth, including the seventh strikeout for Koutros.
There was a walk to start the sixth, and then with one out, a hit batter made it first and second. Koutros escaped that jam without a hit or a run.
The right-hander began the seventh with a strikeout, his ninth and final punch-out. Two grounders to Mike Vaccarelli at shortstop completed the no-hitter.
On offense, Vaccarelli had a RBI double while Ryan Soucy added a RBI single.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bristol's Chris Trelli completes historic run to national runner-up

Chris Trelli made the City of Bristol proud with his second place finish at 106 pounds at the
Junior Men's Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, earlier this week.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file photo)
When it comes to summer sports, wrestling is often forgotten.
Bristol's Chris Trelli made sure it wasn't forgotten at the scholastic level with a terrific trip to the final match of the Junior Men's Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
It was there where Trelli's run ended with a 12-2 loss to Samuel Latona of Alabaster, Alabama, but what a run it was at 106 pounds. 
"Great run by Chris Trelli to finish 2nd at the Junior National freestyle tourney in Fargo! #Fargo2017 #TheBigStage #KeepGrinding," read a tweet from the Bristol Central wrestling account.
Trelli began his run with a 17-6 major decision over Steele Dias of Nevada in the Championship Round of 32. Jordan Reyes of Oregon went down in a 16-5 major decision in the Round of 16.
The Round of 8 brought a tough match against Justin Cardani of Illinois. Trelli fell behind quickly, but rallied and ended up in a 8-8 tie. Trelli won in a VPO1, which is freestyle wrestling lingo for classification points awarded to the winner after a match. Trelli earned more points, and the victory.
In the semifinal, Trelli defeated Brendon Garcia of Colorado 7-5 to reach the championship match
Legendary former Bristol Central head coach Dennis Siegmann weighed in on Trelli's accomplishment.
"Chris is the first Fargo All American from Bristol Central and the first finalist for the City of Bristol!! Proud of this young man!" Siegmann wrote in a Facebook post.
Trelli was wrestling for USA Wrestling Connecticut. He will be a senior at Bristol Central this winter.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Curtin, Guilmette proud to represent their city in FCBL All-Star Game

Tommy Curtin and Mitch Guilmette took different paths to Muzzy Field on Tuesday night, but each arrived for the FCBL All-Star Game just the same.
Curtin, the closer for the Bristol Blues, was chosen for the West all-star team after leading the FCBL in saves with nine.
“It’s awesome,” Curtin said before the game. “You never really expect to play in your hometown. I got a chance to play for a college team and represent my high school and my town. The all-star game is here, and it’s just the best of both worlds.”
Guilmette, Curtin's Bristol Blues teammate, was voted in by the fans after having a strong first half.
“Knowing that the city of Bristol and the fans have my back and got me in there was great,” Guilmette said. “It’s good to know that they see that hard work and it pays off.”
Guilmette has been impressed by the pitching of Curtin, nicknamed “Bad Dude” by his teammates.
“The best baseball I’ve ever seen Tommy Curtin play,” Guilmette said.
So where did “Bad Dude” come from?
“They just kind of nicknamed me that,” Curtin said of his teammates, and it stuck.
As far as being the closer goes, the mentality is simple for Curtin.
“You just want to go in there and end it,” Curtin said.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Waterbury's Rob Paternostro to continue coaching Leicester Riders

Waterbury's own Rob Paternostro has had plenty of success as a head coach in Leicester, England, and he will continue to do so professionally.
The Riders announced Monday that they have signed Paternostro through 2021. He has been the coach of the year four times, including the last two years, according to a release on the team website. The Riders are the oldest professional basketball squad in Britain and have won three titles under Paternostro in his nine seasons as coach.
"I am very pleased to make this long-term commitment to the club, and the confidence they have shown in me, and excited by the challenges ahead," Paternostro said in the release.
Paternostro stood out as a player at Holy Cross before moving on to Southern New Hampshire University.

Fans vote Guilmette onto FCBL's West all-star team

The vote is in, and so is Mitch Guilmette.
Guilmette (CCSU athletics)

Fans voted for a final player to make the FCBL's East and West Division all-star teams, and the former Bristol Central standout was put onto the West squad by the fans. Guilmette had a tremendous first half as a member of the Bristol Blues. In 14 games, he hit .356 with 16 hits and 13 walks.
Guilmette joins five other Blues on the West roster, including former Bristol Eastern standout Tommy Curtin. Curtin leads the FCBL in saves with nine.
The FCBL All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday at Muzzy Field starting at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bristol Post 2 Legion's season ends against Southington

One day after a wild 12-inning victory over Berlin, Bristol Post 2 saw its American Legion season end in a 5-0 loss to Southington Post 72 on Sunday at Southington High School.
Bristol managed just one hit off of two Southington pitchers in the Northern Division Sectional single elimination game. Post 72, the runner-up in Zone 1, will play Zone 1 champion Avon in a best-of-three beginning on Tuesday in Avon. Kenneth Knox Jr. took the loss on the mound for Bristol Post 2.
Southington scored one run in the first inning, three runs in the second, and one more run in the sixth. Bristol finished the season 19-9 overall.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Benoit takes one for the team as Bristol Post 2 moves on in state tourney (with Southington game time updated)

Jalen Benoit (4) celebrates with teammate Mike Massarelli (10) after being hit by a pitch
to end Saturday's state tournament game at Tunxis Meade in Farmington. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
In a 12-inning game featuring a slew of walks, errors and baserunning miscues, it seemed fitting that a walkoff hit by pitch ended it.
Jalen Benoit was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which brought in Chadd Richardson with the game-winning run in a 3-2 Bristol Post 2 victory in 12 innings over Berlin Post 68 American Legion game on Saturday afternoon at Tunxis Meade in Farmington. The game was a Northern Division Sectional single elimination contest between the No. 11 and No. 14 seeds.
Berlin led 2-1 entering the bottom of the 12th after getting the go-ahead run off of Bristol reliever Zach Marquis. Bristol's Cory Fradette led off with a walk. Richardson followed with a RBI double down the right field line. Jake Violette, the cleanup batter, put down a great sacrifice bunt to push Richardson to third base. Berlin elected to walk Anthony Lozier and Noah Plantamuro to load the bases, but Benoit was hit by the pitch to bring home the winning run.
A Bristol offense that struggled to sustain a rally all game did so when it mattered most. Post 2 will face No. 6 Southington on Sunday at 1 p.m. (time change) at Southington High School in another single elimination game. Bristol will be without Marquis and Wes Lahey. Lahey started against Berlin and threw the first six innings, then Marquis came in to begin the seventh and pitched six innings in relief.
Marquis was remarkable in relief, picking up a called strike three in with the bases loaded twice with two outs. One of those came in the top of the 11th inning, after he had taken a line drive off of his leg. The bases were loaded with one out, and Marquis was hit by a hard comebacker. Marquis had the presence of mind to get the ball and fire home to Richardson for the force out. Marquis then caught the next batter looking for a strikeout to end the jam.
The bases were also loaded in the top of the ninth inning, but Marquis escaped that jam with a called third strike.
Plantamuro and Ben Mazzone had three hits each. Richardson had the only extra-base hit for either team in the game.
Bristol was helped out by some shoddy baserunning from Berlin. On two different occasions, Richardson threw bullets behind a runner at second base to pick him off. Bristol also caught a runner between third and home on a failed suicide squeeze with the bases loaded.
There were 16 walks, four hit batters and five errors between the teams.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Five Bristol Blues (maybe six) will play at Muzzy Field in FCBL All-Star Game

Five Bristol Blues have been chosen to play in the FCBL All-Star Game on July 18 at Muzzy Field, and the fans could put a sixth one there with them.
All five players will suit up for the West all-star team. Former Bristol Eastern standout Tommy Curtin was one of the five chosen. Curtin has a FCBL-leading nine saves and 15 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched.
Also chosen from Bristol were Ben Maycock, Chris Davis, Jacob Wallace and Jake Frasca. The sixth possible player is Mitch Guilmette, who can get in via a fan vote.
Maycock is hitting .310 with three home runs, 18 RBI and 18 walks. The 18 homers and 18 walks lead the Blues. Davis has been the speedster for the Blues with 16 stolen bases and a FCBL-leading 11 doubles.
Wallace has a solid 2.87 ERA and has struck out 17 batters in 15.2 innings out of the bullpen. Frasca has seen time in the field, at the plate and on the mound. Frasca has five home runs while playing primarily shortstop, but he has also made five relief appearances this season.
Guilmette, a former Bristol Central standout, has been more than solid in his 14 games this season. He is hitting a robust .356 with 16 hits and 13 walks. Click here to go vote Guilmette onto the West team.

Bristol Senior Legion hosts Berlin on Saturday in single elimination state tourney game

Bristol Post 2 American Legion 19U hosts Berlin in a single elimination state tournament
game on Saturday at Muzzy Field. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69 File, 2017)
Bristol Post 2 will host Berlin in an American Legion Northern Division Sectional first round game on Saturday at Muzzy Field at 1 p.m.
Bristol is the No. 11 seed and Berlin is the No. 14 seed in this single elimination state tournament game. The teams didn't meet during the regular season. Bristol finished third in Zone 1 and went 17-7 in the regular season. Berlin finished third in Zone 7 and went 15-8 in the regular season.
The winner of the Bristol-Berlin game will play No. 6 Southington on Sunday at 11 a.m. in another single elimination game at Southington High School. Southington finished second in Zone 1 with a record of 18-6.
The winner of Sunday's single elimination game gets Avon in a best-of-three series that begins Tuesday in Avon. Avon won Zone 1 with a 19-5 record.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wolcott Storm add Mickey Mantle World Series host to accolades

The Wolcott Storm 16U baseball team will be the host for the upcoming Mickey Mantle
World Series after a terrific regular season. (Photo via Wolcott Storm Facebook page)
The Wolcott Storm baseball program has been around less than a decade, but it has had some amazing accomplishments along the way.
Add this BIG one to the list: Mickey Mantle World Series host.
The Wolcott Storm 16U squad, made up of players from throughout the Naugatuck Valley and Berkshire leagues, went 12-1 in the Waterbury Mantle league. As a reward for such a stellar season, Wolcott Storm 16U is the host for the Mickey Mantle World Series, which begins on July 26. The game sites are Waterbury's Municipal Stadium, Torrington's Fuessenich Park, Bristol's Muzzy Field, Bethel's Hunt Field and Newtown High School.
The Wolcott Storm 16U players (high school in parentheses are): Griffen Browne (Pomperaug, Southbury), Ricky Burdick (Wolcott), Justin Butterworth (Woodland Regional, Beacon Falls), Alec Calabro (Wolcott), Dan Graziano (Watertown), Ethan Hibbard (Shepaug Valley, Washington), Robert Johnston (Watertown), Tommy Marciano (Wolcott), Trey Nastri (Wolcott), Jake Nilsson (Torrington), Justin Stephens (Sacred Heart), Cesar Vasquez (Thomaston) and Larry Zapata (Sacred Heart).
"This team is truly a team, there are no individuals on this team, and at some point everyone contributed to our sccessful season," head coach Bob Warren said. "We have two weeks before the World Series and we will play tournaments in New York and New Jersey the next two weeks to get ready."
Warren has Rob Graziano, Cesar Santana and Alan Nilsson as his assistant coaches.
The Storm got off to a slow start in their first tournament, but picked it up after that.
"That was the best thing that happened to us because we figured out what we needed to work on and we went into our regular season strong and never looked back," Warren said.
Butterworth led the pitching staff with a 6-0 record and a ridiculous 0.75 ERA. Offensively, Graziano had the team's best average at .468. Zapata hit .425, and Johnston batted .390.
Not only has the team been solid, but the experienced coaching staff has been there every step of the way.
Santana, the team's hitting coach, spent six years in professional baseball, three with the Milwaukee Brewers and three in independent ball. Rob Graziano pitched for four years at Division I UMass-Amherst. Warren has coached at the high school level in Watertown and Wolcott.
Along the way, the Storm have won a Gil Hodges World Series, finished third in the Sandy Koufax World Series, and third in the AAU underclass 14U natonal championship.
You can now add Mickey Mantle World Series host and participant to that list. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Wolcott Storm program.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blues trio shows their stuff against Team USA's best college players

A trio of Bristol Blues got the chance to face the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday night in Worcester, Mass.
The three Blues were part of a Futures League Prospect Team that was defeated 6-4. There was of course Bristol's own Tommy Curtin, who pitched an inning. Curtin faced four batters, walked one, and threw 10 of his 18 pitches for strikes. He began the seventh inning with a walk, but induced a double play. After a single, Curtin retired the next batter to end the inning.
The best night had by a Bristol Blue was Jake Frasca. Frasca tallied three hits, including a solo home run. He was named FCBL Player of the Night. Frasca played both shortstop and third base in the field.
Bristol Blue Chris Davis also got the chance to take the field. Davis played center field, led off and was 0-for-1 with a walk.

Monday, July 10, 2017

TRI-STATE: Valley Thunder triples win total in one day

Matt Meier claimed victory on the mound in the first game of Sunday's Valley Thunder
doubleheader, then won the second game with a hit. (Photos copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The Valley Thunder were 1-11 entering Sunday's Tri-State League doubleheader against Blasius Chevrolet and the East Mountain Cougars.
Blasius entered the game at Prospect's Hotchkiss Field with a nine-game winning streak. Valley ended it with an 8-5 victory behind 4-for-4, RBI and three runs scored by Donny Ek. Spenser Griffin was 2-for-4 with four RBI to help the Thunder get the win. Matt Meier struggled with his command early, but righted the ship and threw a complete game.
Ending a nine-game winning streak would make for a good day normally, but Valley went one game better on Sunday. 
Ricky Parenteau went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the second game of Sunday's
doubleheader, and he also scored the game-winning run.
Playing at Wolcott's Tyrrell Middle School, the Thunder trailed the Cougars 3-0 but rallied to walk off with a 4-3 win. Matt Meier brought home Ricky Parenteau with the winning run in a connection of former Wolcott High players. Meier finished the game 2-for-4 while Parenteau was 2-for-3 with a RBI. Victor Catano was splendid in five innings of relief (7 strikeouts) and picked up the victory.
It's been a trying season for the Valley Thunder, but a long Sunday proved to be the best day yet.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

TRI-STATE: Blasius Chevrolet splits doubleheader with Burlington and Valley Thunder

Joey Serafin turned in a masterful performance for Blasius Chevrolet in the first game
of Sunday's doubleheader at Prospect's Hotchkiss Field. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Blasius Chevrolet walked off of Prospect's Hotchkiss Field on Sunday with a Tri-State doubleheader split.
Blasius shut out the Burlington Hunters 3-0 in the first game behind a masterful performance by left-hander Joey Serafin. In the second game, the Valley Thunder ended Blasius' nine-game win streak by a score of 8-5.
Blasius is 10-4 on the season after the split. In the first game of Sunday's double dip, the offense did just enough, and Serafin took care of the rest. Serafin struck out 13 and didn't surrender a walk. He needed just 87 pitches to navigate seven innings and yielded just two singles.
Serafin started the game by striking out the first four batters he faced. Blasius finally pushed across a run against Burlington starter Alex Hansen in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dwight Wildman and Paul Novakowski singled to start the inning. After a force out at third, Luis Serrano singled to load the bases for Matt Wahl. Wahl lofted a RBI single over third to score Novakowski and put Blasius ahead 1-0.
The Valley Thunder won their second game of the season and ended Blasius Chevrolet's
nine-game win streak in the process. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
A Justin McCulloch sac fly scored Steve Carosella in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. A Jeff Fonti fielder's choice in the sixth scored Novakowski to make it 3-0.
That was all Serafin needed in what was a dominant effort. Serafin used his assortment of pitches effectively and changed the eye level of the Burlington hitters throughout.
In the second game, Blasius put up five runs, but couldn't get past a Valley team that had one win entering the contest. The Thunder improved to 2-11 with the victory.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

MINOR LEAGUE MENTIONS: Blandino gets third win with Billings

Matt Blandino continued his solid start with the Billings Mustangs when he picked up his third win on Friday night.
Blandino improved to 3-0 after throwing six innings against the Helena Brewers in a 9-2 road victory. He gave up two runs on four hits to go along with three strikeouts. Blandino did allow a home run.
For the season with Billings, Blandino is 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA. In 22 innings, Blandino has given up nine runs on 24 hits and struck out 14 batters. Blandino was a standout at Bristol Central and Felician University.

Friday, July 7, 2017

TRI-STATE: Wahl, Gary Novakowski stood out in Thursday win

There were plenty of local standouts during Thursday's Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League action.
Any conversation must begin with Matt Wahl of Blasius Chevrolet. Wahl's soft liner over third base scored Jay LaFontain for a 2-1 walkoff victory over the Southington 66ers at Hotchkiss Field in Prospect.
Wahl wasn't the only hero for Blasius. Gary Novakowski went all seven innings on the mound, struck out six, and claimed the victory. A big snag by Jeff Fonti kept a possible go-ahead run from scoring in the top of the sixth inning. That runner was on third base.
Blasius, tied with Naugatuck for second place, plays twice this weekend. They host the Valley Thunder at Hotchkiss Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Blasius will face the Burlington Hunters at 10 a.m.
Murphy, Vaccarelli trade RBI in game: Devin Murphy and Mike Vaccarelli helped their respective offenses in a game between the Naugatuck Dogs and Wolcott Scrappers.
Murphy put the first run on the board with a solo homer in the top of the second inning. Vaccarelli responded with a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Naugatuck claimed victory when it scored three times in the top of the eighth inning. For Wolcott, Justin Koutros pitched a complete game.
Mancini the Man: As mentioned Thursday, Matt Mancini had three hits and four RBI for the Bethlehem Plowboys in a 10-1 smacking of the Litchfield Cowboys.

Bristol 19U Legion gets big win over Southington

Kenneth Knox Jr. turned in a solid effort on the mound in Bristol Legion's
5-1 win over Southington on Thursday. (Copyright Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
Bristol Seicheprey Post 2's American Legion 19U baseball team came up big on Thursday evening in Southington.
Bristol scored a 5-1 victory over Southington and pulled even with their foe in the Zone 1 standings at 14-5. Post 2 owns the tiebreaker over Post 72 with a 2-1 record in head-to-head matchups.
Bristol scored once in the first inning, then broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the fourth. Two more runs were scored in the fifth, followed by a final run in the sixth. Kenneth Knox Jr. pitched the first 5.1 innings to claim victory, and Wes Lahey finished the final 1.2 innings to notch the save.
Post 2 had seven hits in the game. Bristol is scheduled for a Muzzy Field doubleheader this evening against Simsbury and Naugatuck, weather permitting.

TRI-STATE: Battle for first round byes heats up

In the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League, the top four teams get a bye through the first round of the playoffs.
Several teams with local players are in the running for the Top 4, including the Naugatuck Dogs, Blasius Chevrolet and the Bethlehem Plowboys. The Watertown Blaze are rolling to the top seed, but it's open after them.
On Thursday, Blasius claimed a 2-1 walkoff win over the Southington 66ers at Hotchkiss Field in Prospect. Gary Novakowski was terrific again on the mound, and Blasius also got big contributions on offense from Matt Wahl and Paul Novakowski. Naugatuck knocked off the Wolcott Scrappers 4-1 to stay in the second place tie with Blasius at 9-3. The Dogs beat Blasius in their regular season meeting and own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Bethlehem routed the Litchfield Cowboys 10-3, and former Sacred Heart High standout Matt Mancini was right in the middle of the offensive outburst. Mancini had three hits and four RBI in the victory. The Plowboys remain in the hunt for the Top 4 with a 9-4 record.
The Top 4 teams in Tri-State will also represent the league in the state tournament.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Curtin chosen to play against Team USA college stars

Curtin (CCSU athletics)
When the Futures League Prospect Team faces Team USA's Collegiate National Team, Tommy Curtin will be there.
The Bristol Blues closer and former Bristol Eastern standout was chosen as one of the pitchers to represent the FCBL in the game. The game will be played on July 11 at Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester, Mass., at 7:05 p.m.
"This is a great opportunity for not only the league, but for each player who (has) been selected to play against the top players in the nation, in front of a crowd of Major League scouts," commissioner Chris Hall said in a release on the FCBL website.
Curtin will be one of those players.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Guilmette part of 15-run outburst by Blues

The Bristol Blues erupted on offense in a 15-2 win over the Nashua Silver Knights on Tuesday night at Muzzy Field.
In the middle of the attack was former Bristol Central standout Mitch Guilmette. He went 2-for-4 with a RBI, three runs scored and two walks. It was Guilmette's first game back in the lineup since June 18. 
Bristol improved to 15-13 with the victory. The game featured three players from the Sports on CT-69 area. Besides Guilmette, Kyle Pileski (Bristol Central) and Kyle Bonicki (Chase Collegiate, Waterbury) played in the game. Pileski suited up for Bristol while Bonicki was in the lineup for Nashua. Pileski was 0-for-2 and Bonicki was 0-for-4.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bonicki picking it up at the plate for Nashua Silver Knights

After a slow start, former Chase Collegiate standout Kyle Bonicki his turned his offensive performance around with the Nashua Silver Knights.
Bonicki is hitting .282, or 24 hits in 85 at bats with the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England ballclub. He has scored 12 runs and driven in seven more while also compiling four stolen bases. Bonicki has drawn seven walks and been hit by the pitch on two other occasions.
Bonicki had a great game in a 12-6 Nashua win over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. He tallied four hits in five at bats, inlcuding a double. Bonicki drove in a run and scored two more.
Bonicki has had six multi-hit games, including a high of four against Wachusett.

Nicol, Torres will play in Rawlings showcase game at CCSU

Two local players will take part in Wednesday's Rawlings Futures Showcase at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
At 9:30 a.m., Jeff Nicol of Wolcott and Jacob Torres of Waterbury will suit up for Team Red in the first game. Nicol's positions are listed as catcher and pitcher. Torres is listed as shortstop and outfielder. Nicols and Torres are part of a team made up of Zone 1 and 5 players.
Both games will be played at Balf-Savin Field. College coaches and even scouts from professional baseball are usually present at the showcase. The showcase displays players from the Class of 2018, along with "Super Sophomores."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wolcott 19U Legion earns key doubleheader sweep (updated)

Wolcott Post 165 19U American Legion baseball picked up a big doubleheader sweep of Unionville on Sunday at Wolcott High School.
Wolcott is 9-8 in Zone 1 and owns a one-game lead over Simsbury for the fifth and final playoff spot from the zone. Post 165 began the doubleheader with an 8-5 win, then blew out Unionville 10-0 in the second game.
In the first game, Nate Murphy finished a single short of the cycle and drove in five runs out of the leadoff spot for Post 165. Murphy was 3-for-4, scored twice and also stole a base. Murphy homered to right field in the second inning to drive in three runs, then doubled to right in the fifth to bring in two more.
Jeff Nicol, Bobby White and Matt Warrren each drove in a run while Trey Nastri had two hits and a run scored.
Eric Gillotti tossed a six-inning, one-hit shutout in the second game as Wolcott mercied Unionville 10-0. Gillotti struck out four and walked none. Post 165 got two hits apiece from Steve Urbanski, Nicol, Nastri, Robert Taylor and Brad Grasso. Taylor had a triple, three RBI and scored twice while Grasso doubled and drove in two. Warren, Nicol, Nastri and Jeff Nobrega each had one RBI.

Wolcott faces Winsted today at 5:30 p.m. at Walker Field.

This post has been corrected to name the right pitcher in the second game of the doubleheader. It was Eric Gillotti, not Ethan. Thank you to Anita Warren for the heads up!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

TRI-STATE: Battle of young squads goes to Bristol Greeners

The Bristol Greeners and Valley Thunder came into their June 29th game with just one win each on their respective ledgers.
Someone was going to get that elusive second Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League victory at Tyrrell Middle School in Wolcott. Bristol jumped out to a five-run lead, then Valley rallied, but it came up a run short as the Greeners claimed a 5-4 win over the Thunder.
Jerry LaPenta IV and Tony Nicoletti each two hits each as Bristol jumped ahead and gave starter Brad Burney a comfortable lead to work with. Valley rallied for four runs in the sixth off of reliever Tyler Cyr, but Cyr shut the door before the Thunder could tie the game.
Matt Meier tossed a complete game in the loss for Valley.
The Greeners improved to 2-11 while the Thunder dropped to 1-10.

Tommy Curtin earns another save, leads FCBL

Curtin (CCSU athletics)
Former Bristol Eastern standout Tommy Curtin has proven to be an effective closer for the Bristol Blues of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.
Curtin earned his FCBL-leading sixth save on Saturday night as Bristol wrapped up a 6-4 win over the Worcester Bravehearts at Muzzy Field. The right-hander gave up a single hit, struck out one and walked none in a 13-pitch frame.
For the season, Curtin is 0-1 with six saves, a 2.45 ERA, 11 strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed in 7.1 innings pitched.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

TRI-STATE: Blasius Chevrolet rolls into tie for second place

Blasius Chevrolet has ridden a recent hot streak into a tie for second place with the Naugatuck Dogs in the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League.
Naugatuck (8-3) owns the head-to-head tiebreaker, and both teams -- along everyone else in Tri-State -- is chasing the undefeated, defending champion Watertown Blaze (12-0). Blasius (8-3), however, is putting itself in solid playoff position with its strong play of late. The team formerly known as the Brass City Brew has won seven straight games.
Pitching has been a key component, with former Holy Cross star Gary Novakowski serving as one of the leaders of the staff. When Novakowski is on the hill, Blasius has a great chance of winning the game. The ageless Joe Deming is also a key arm for Blasius, and there’s left-hander Joe Serafin for opposing hitters to deal with. Brass City pitchers have let up just five runs over the past four games.
Blasius players Jon Conlon, Matt Wahl, Jeff Fonti and Fraz Kader were named all-stars. The all-star game was played on Sunday, June 25 at Litchfield’s Community Field. Those players have also been vital to the success of Blasius this season.
Blasius had an unenviable schedule to open the season as it played Naugatuck and Watertown in the first two games. Both games were losses, but Blasius has won eight of nine since.