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Thursday May 24

Wolcott Scrappers 7 Canton Crushers 1
Tyler Smith threw a complete game allowing five hits, an unearned run while striking out seven to lead Wolcott. Eric Soucy had a two RBI single, while Mike Perugini, Mike Vaccarelli and Jesus Garcia had an RBI each. Ben Sullivan double and had an RBI for Canton. Wolcott improves to 2-0.

Blasius Chevrolet 13 Bristol Greeners 4
Game recap coming tonight

Bristol Greeners 2 Burlington Hunters 1

The Bristol Greeners defeated the Burlington Hunters 2-1 in 7 innings on 5/24/18. Bristol’s Jerry LaPenta pitched a complete game with 8 strikeouts allowing only 2 hits and 1 unearned run in the 4th on an error. LaPenta is the pitcher credited with the win. For the Burlington Hunters Anthony Zumstag was the starting pitcher and pitched 4 innings and faced the first batter of the fifth. Anthony Zumstag gave up 1 run in the 3rd and 1 run in the 5th and allowed 4 hits. Nick Digmacco came in relief in the 5th and 6th innings for Burlington and had 6 strikeouts. In the bottom of the 5th inning Bristol’s Brad Burney led off the inning with a single to left off of Anthony Zumstag. Brad Burney stole second and got to third on a pass ball. Ben mazzone for the Bristol Greeners drove in Brad Burney with a 2 out single to give the Greeners the lead.

Southington 66ers 7 Bethlehem Plowboys 6
The Southington 66ers defeated the Bethlehem Plowboys 7 to 6 at Recreation Park in Southington on the strength of timely hitting throughout the order including Josh Dobratz’s two-out, walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning. For the 66ers, John Mikalopas added a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning, Brendon Emigholz had a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning, Joe Daigle had 3 hits, Matt Santovasi doubled and scored, Patrick Raymond singled and scored twice, and Steve Roy singled and scored. Patrick Raymond got the win in relief and Zach Albin struck out 6 in 5 innings for Southington. For the Plowboys, Pat O’Neill struck out 4 and Tony Geraci singled and reached base 3 times.

Naugatuck Dogs 4 Litchfield Cowboys 2
Naugy beat Litchfield 4-2 at Rotary Field as Nick Plachno picked up the win in relief with 3 2/3 IP, one hit, two BB, two ER, and four K’s. The Dogs got on the board first with a Christian Cuevas 2 RBI single in the 4th scoring Jeff Rustico and Ryan Russell. Litchfield tied the game in the top of the 5th on a 2 RBI double by Stanley Rijo. Ryan Plourde led off the top of the 5th with a double and later scored on a sac fly from Devin Murphy. Kyle Murphy was 2-2 with 2 stolen bases and a run scored.

Amenia Monarchs 9 Winsted Whalers 6
The Monarchs opened up their season with a 9-6 win over Winsted. Picking up the win for Amenia was Tom Downey going 6 innings and giving up 4 earned runs and 9 hits. The Whalers were led by Austin Brochre, Rich (2-3), and Justin Morhardt(1-3, 2 runs scored). The Monarchs were led offensively by Tom Downey ( 3-4,2r,3RBI) Leshawn Thrasher(3-3,4r,1RBI) and Kenny Shufelt (3-3 1RBI).

Terryville Black Sox 3 East Mountain Cougars 1
Game recap coming tonight

Tri-Town Trojans 1 Valley Thunder 0
Game recap coming tonight

Tribury Twisters 2 Torrington Rebels 1
Ben Guisto went seven strong innings giving up only one run and Kevin Johnson had two hits, while driving in two runs

Monday May 21

Tri-Town Trojans 8 Winsted Whalers 1
The Tri-Town Trojans traveled to Walker field in Winsted for their 2018 opener. Miles Scribner went the distance giving up one run on four hits. He added five k’s and zero walks to the equation. Timely hitting by the Trojans with Andrew Prince (2b,3b, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Bobby Smith (3-4, run, and 3 RBI’s) got scribby a comfortable lead to work with. Winsted was led by Jeff Negron at the plate with a run and a single.

Sunday May 20

Bristol Greeners 6 Valley Thunder 3
The Bristol Greener’s Defeated Valley Thunder on Sunday 6-3 in ten innings. The Bristol Greeners were lead by Jaeden Rasmus who had four hits, and Kyle Torok who had two hits. Jerry LaPenta pitched six innings for the Greeners allowing only two hits and zeros runs along with seven strikeouts. Jaeden Rasmus pitched the seventh and the eighth innings. The Greeners were winning 3-0 going in to the bottom of the seventh. Valley thunder scored one run in the bottom of the seventh and scored two runs to tie the game on an error in the bottom of the eighth. Brad Burney came in to pitch the ninth and tenth innings for the Greeners and is credited with the win. In the top of the tenth the Greeners scored three runs from hits from Jaeden Rasmus and Kyle Torok along with a pass ball. For Valley Thunder they were lead by Shane Fusco with two hits. Ryan Ahern pitched nine innings for Valley Thunder only giving up three runs on nine hits and thirteen strikeouts. Tyler Peliterre came in to pitch the bottom of the tenth for Valley Thunder suffering the unfortunate loss.

Terryville Black Sox 3 Blasius Chevrolet 0
The Terryville Black Sox opened up the season with a 3-0 victory over Blasius Chevrolet behind the dominant pitching performance of Kody Kerski and Billy Armstrong. Kerski went seven innings allowing a single hit, while striking out ten, before giving way to Armstrong in the eighth who allowed two hits and struck out four. The Black Sox jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after a Chris Ayer hit by pitch, Conor McEvoy Walk and RBIs by Tony Patane and Armstrong. Ian Schmidt and Ayer each had two hits a piece to lead the offense while Patane, Armstrong and Chris Comeau added an RBI a piece.

Wolcott Scrappers 5 Tribury Twisters 1
Justin Koutros threw six innings and struck out twelve to lead Wolcott on opening day. Mike Vaccarelli had three hits and an RBI, while Matt Warren added two hits and an RBI. Koutros also had an RBI single. John Hirschbeck singled and homered for Tribury.

Bethlehem Plowboys 3 Burlington Hunters 1
Pat O’Neill got the win on the mound going seven innings, allowing two hits, zero walks, and ten strikeouts. Joe Fainer had an RBI double, Teddy Gravel home run, and Clete Lorusso added a sacrifice fly. Burlington scored on an error and sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Litchfield Cowboys 13 Winsted Whalers 6
The Litchfield Cowboys defeated the Winsted Whalers 13-6 behind strong pitching performance from Zach Haupt who went the first four innings allowing zero hits, six strikeouts, and one walk while the Cowboy offense pounded out twelve hits, Mike Odenwaelder, Brooks Belter, and Colin Dickinson led the team with three hits apiece. Oldenwaelder, Brooks, Steve Consiglio, and Dan Hadden all had two RBI’s apiece. Dan Heddon’s two RBI came on an inside-the-park
home run. Winsted did not go down without a fight as they put up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before Steve Consiglio came on to finish the threat. Warren (2 RBI double) and Como (2 RBI’s) led the Winsted offense.

Torrington Rebels 12 Canton Crushers 8
The Torrington Rebels beat the Canton Crushers 12-8 on opening day of the 2018 Tri-State season. Taylor Riley and Sean Bahre set the tone early for Canton scoring two runs each for an early 8-3 lead. The Rebels offense, lead by Jake Narvesen, Nick Yousefzadeh and Roberto Santiago exploded in the seventh inning batting around to score seven runs. Ian Pierce picked up the victory on the mound going six strong innings to end the game. Heath Cotton homered to deep left center for his first home run of the year. The Rebels take on the Tribury Twisters Thursday night at Fuessenich Park.

Two games were cancelled Sunday: Amenia/Naugy and East Mountain/Tri-Town

Tri-State PreSeason Write up

The Tri-State baseball league kicks off its 2018 season on Sunday May 20 with seventeen teams in the hunt to take home the championship trophy from Ed Gadomski, who returns for his 15th season as the ‘Commish’. The Naugatuck Dogs, coached by Jay Harlamon, will be back to defend their Tri-State league championship. Former minor leaguer Ryan Plourde was the 2017 Tri-State league MVP and will be joined by all-star Second Baseman Sean Miller-Jones, all-star First Baseman Devin Murphy, and his brother all-star Third Baseman Kyle Murphy. Lance Stevens and Kevin Murray lead a strong mound crew for Naugy – who has qualified to play in the Stan Musial state tournament eight seasons in a row.

Their have been 9 different Tri-State league champions in the past 11 seasons – who’s turn in 2018?
2017 Naugatuck Dogs defeated Tri-Town Trojans
2016 Watertown Blaze defeated Naugatuck Dogs
2015 Litchfield Cowboys defeated Tri-Town Trojans
2014 Wolcott Scrappers defeated Tri-Town Trojans
2013 Tri-Town Trojans defeated Naugatuck Dogs
2012 Litchfield Cowboys defeated Waterbury Wild
2011 Litchfield Cowboys defeated Tri-Town Trojans
2010 Bethlehem Plowboys defeated Tri-Town Trojans
2009 Brass City Brew defeated Bethlehem Plowboys
2008 Winsted Whalers defeated Brass City Brew
2007 Torrington Rebels defeated Bethlehem Plowboys

Among the teams looking to knock off the Dogs will be the Tri-Town Trojans, managed by Danny McCarty, who advanced to last year’s Tri-State World Series. The Trojans have added 2017 CY Young award winner Charlie Benson who will form a strong 1-2 punch on the mound with veteran Miles Scribner. Closer and all-star Outfielder James Cramphin will be back in the lineup for the Trojans that also features team leaders Casey McDonald and Steve Price. Tri-Town has played in six of the past eight Tri-State league World Series. The Terryville Black Sox (Dave Alarcon), led by All-Star pitcher Billy Armstrong, and the Kerski brothers, Ken and Kody, will form one of the best mound trio’s in the league and pose a serious threat to the Dogs. All-star catcher Ian Schmidt returns to the lineup and will be joined this season by all-star Shortstop Tony Patane and Silver Slugger Conor McEvoy.

The Bethlehem Plowboys, who will be managed this season by Pat O’Neill, also have a strong trio on the mound led by O’Neill, former minor leaguer Jesse Darcy, and Tyler Erickson. Tony Geraci, Micheal Chiovitti, and Joe Feiner lead the strong Plowboy offense. Veteran teams; Blasius Chevrolet (formerly Brass City), will be led by Paul and Gary Novakowski along with slugger Jon Conlan; Litchfield Cowboys, led by former minor leaguers Brooks Belter and Mike Odenwaelder, will join slugging catcher Steve Harrison; Amenia Monarchs led by second generation manager Tommy Downey Jr and the Dunlop twins Colby and Mike; Winsted Whalers, managed by Chet Warner and led by veterans John Lippincott and Charlie Putnam, and the Wolcott Scrappers, coached by Ryan Soucy who’s offense is led by sluggers Izzy Lugo and Elvis Martinez, all look to contend to take home this season’s crown. One up and coming squad, the Southington 66ers, managed by Joe Santovasi, could be this season’s sleeper team as they have added former minor league pitcher Zach Albin to a young team that qualified for last years’ playoffs featuring Kyle Dube, Connor Crean, and Tim Jalbert.

Rounding out the teams looking for a playoff berth this season are the Torrington Rebels (Greg Bodner), Tribury Twisters (Evan Devico), Canton Crushers (Tommy Dubois), Burlington Hunters (Andrew Bunger), East Mountain Cougars (Phil Macary), Valley Thunder (John Griffin) and Bristol Greeners (AJ Lorenzetti and Jerry Lapenta). One team noticeably missing from the list is the two-time defending Stan Musial state champion Watertown Blaze. The Blaze will not be fielding a team in 2018, with the hope of returning in 2019. Work obligations, professional baseball opportunities, player relocations, and injuries left the Watertown team uncertain of the needed commitment to field a team all year long, leaving head coach Chris Ayer with the very difficult decision to not field a team in 2018. Watertown Players who were returning for the season have joined other teams. Pitchers Benson (Tri-Town), Albin (Southington) and Steve Consiglio (Litchfield) have new homes while All-Star outfielders Ayer and Chris Callahan have joined the Terryville Black Sox.

The top twelve teams on the season will qualify for the Tri-State league playoffs beginning July 26. The 2018 Tri-State league ‘best-of-three’ World Series will be held from August 21-23. Three teams will also advance to play in the Stan Musial State Tournament beginning on Sunday July 29. The top two teams from the state tourney will advance to play in the AABC World Series beginning Thursday August 9 in Braintree, MA.

The Tri-State league boasts the CT state champion for the past seven seasons:
2017: Watertown Blaze 2016: Watertown Blaze 2015: Naugatuck Dogs 2014: Tri-Town Trojans 2013: Tri-Town Trojans 2012: Naugatuck Dogs 2011: Naugatuck Dogs

The 2018 all-star game will be played at legendary Doc Bartlett Field in Amenia, NY on Saturday June 23 at 2pm. History shows the first Amenia baseball team originated in 1890. The ‘Monarchs’ will be playing in their 85th season dating back to when the Tri-State League began as the Inter-State League in 1934. In closing, the Tri-State league would like to announce its 2018 Hall-Of-Fame recipients who will be inducted on the field just before the start of Game#1 of the Tri-State World Series on Tuesday August 21: Darrin Gould; Marc Didominzio, Kyle Weaver, Ryan McDonald, Jimmy Mischke