Focus Center For Autism
Tri-State All Star Game Saturday June 29
2:30PM, Fussenich Park

Sunday May 19

Blasius Chevrolet 8   Southington 66ers 1

Blasius 2019 season got off to a good start as they rolled to an 8-1 win over the Southington 66ers in the home opener. Blasius received a strong start from Tim Kennedy who went 4 innings without allowing a run, while striking out 8. After a slow start to the game the Blasius bats got things going in the bottom of the 6th. An RBI double Jeff Fonti was followed by an RBI single from Mike Vaccarelli, and a 2 run double from Steve Carosella. That would be all the offense Blasius would need as Will Aldem and Kellen Croce would combine to allow only one run and 2 hits over the final 5 innings. However, Blasius would add 4 more insurance runs over the final two innings on RBIs from, Manny Cruz, Eric Rovinetti, Luis Serrano, and Jeff Fonti who would add his second of the day. Southington was led by Mok Yousefzadeh and Joe Daigle who had two hits apiece. Yousefzadeh second hit was an RBI Double. Blasius moves to 1-0 on the season and will take on Litchfield on Thursday at Hotchkiss field at 5:45. We would like to thank out sponsors for making this season possible

Terryville Black Sox 6    Amenia Monarchs 0

The 2019 Tri State season opened up with sunshine at the Hallowed grounds of Old Terryville High School. Back in there old stopping grounds the Terryville Black Sox out did the Monarchs in an old school pitchers duel. Mackenzie Dunlop threw 5inn striking out 5 and allowing 3 runs. The Terryville ‘staff’ combined for 17K’s only allowing 3 hits. Chris Ayer scored two runs and Tyler Wenz reached based safely all 3 appearances. Terryville will travel to community field to face Tri Town who defeated them in last years finals.

Tri-Town Trojans 13 Bristol Greeners 3

The reigning champions, Tri town Trojans started the season off on a great start beating Bristol 13-3. Miles Scribner got the win with a line of 5 ks and 1 walk. Charlie Benson and Bobby Chatfield added innings to loosen their arms up for the season. At the plate the Trojans were led by Austin Patenaude who went 5 for 5 with 4 runs, Danny McCarty (3-5, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs) and Connor Murray ( 3-4, 2 rbis). Landon gardella, Andrew Prince, Joe Bunnell, Tom Troy all added 2 hits for the Trojans. Bartolme added a hit and a run for Bristol, as well as, giving them a strong inning on the mound.

Valley Thunder 7   Tribury Cave 6

The Valley Thunder opened their season defeating the Tribury Twisters on Sunday March 19th in a very close game. Pitcher Tyler Pelletier got the win going 6 innings plus striking out 3 walking 2. He allowed 7 hits and only 1 earned run. Joe Kwaak closed out the game going 3 innings striking out 4 with 3 walks allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Tribury had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded and only one out. The Thunders defense held tight with an exceptional play made by the second baseman ( Dom Alamo 2-3) to record the second out at home. Kwaak recorded the last out of the game striking out the batter with 3 pitches. Alex Rauso,Evan Devico,Ben Brown,and John Delucia for Tribury all had 2 hits a piece.

Naugatuck Dogs 10    Bethlehem Plowboys 5

Tyler Boisvert Naugy pitched 6+ innings allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 to lead Naugy to a 10-5 victory over Bethlehem at Gallup Field. The Dogs were led by Ryan Plourde (2-5 HR, 2B, 2 RBI) and Brendan Slattery (2-4 HR, 1B, 4 RBI). Rob Geraci pitched 5 innings and Jon Wilson had two hits including an RBI double for Bethlehem. Jeff Rustico closed it out throwing the final 3 innings for the Dogs.

Wolcott Scrappers 12 Litchfield Cowboys 11

On opening day of tri state baseball, Wolcott scrappers, starting a new era under head coach Bob Warren, defeated Litchfield cowboys 12-11 in a slugfest at Litchfield HS. For Wolcott Jesus Garcia had 3 hits, 2 singles and a double with 1 rbi, Brandon Clark 2 doubles with 2 rbi, Matt Warren 2 hits single and double with 1 rbi, Alan Stinson 2 singles with 2 rbi, Steve Urbanski 2 singles with 1 rbi. Winning pitcher was Tyler smith pitching 5 innings allowing 6 hits with 5 K’s. For Litchfield Tom Johnson had 3 hits 1 single , 2 doubles and 3 rbi, Rob Johnson triple with 3 rbi and mike odenwalder single and double and 2 rbi

Torrington Rebels 13 Burlington Hunters 4

The Torrington Rebels opened up the season with a 13-4 victory Sunday night against the Burlington Hunters. Ian Pierce threw a complete game on the mound and led the Rebels at the plate going 4-5 (5 RBI, 2B). Adam Fuoco (2-3, 3 Runs), Ciro Rosario (3 BB, 3 runs), and Ben Stone (2-4, 2 runs) all had a game for the Rebels while Zach Parent had two hits for the Hunters. The Rebels are back home this Thursday vs Tribury 7p.m. at Fuessenich Park.

Canton Crushers 10 Winsted Whalers 7

Copyright Gerry Desimas Collinsville Press 5/19/19 Jake Bryant was warmed up and ready to go for Sunday’s season opening Tri-State League game for the Canton Crushers. He played a doubleheader with Hartford Hellcats in the Connecticut Men’s Senior Baseball League earlier in the day.

“Nothing like live pitching to get you ready for the game,” Bryant joked. He went 3-for-3 with three RBI and pitched six strong innings to help the Crushers beat the Winsted Whalers, 10-7 on Sunday at Bowdoin Field. The Crushers won their season opening contest for the first time in team history and tied a team record with 10 runs in a single game. Canton had 11 hits including a pair of extra-base hits. A year ago, there were just two games when Canton had more than 10 hits in a single contest and they scored one or less runs in 13 of 18 games. “We hit the ball which was nice and we really came together,” Canton player/manager Tom Dubois said. It was a solid all-around game for Canton.

Outfielders Chris VandeBogart and Andrew Trembley were able to chase down several hard-hit fly balls. Relief pitcher Taylor Riley picked a runner off second base and three errors by the Crushers didn’t hurt them too bad. Bryant was hit hard in the first inning as Winsted ripped four hits and raced out to a 3-0 lead thanks to doubles from Andrew Billing and John Lippincott and a two-RBI single from Devin Warren. But Canton didn’t get rattled. Ben Sullivan led off the game for the Crushers with a booming triple and scored on a RBI single from Bryant. The Crushers cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning when Sullivan walked, moved to second on a single from Bryant and scored on Sean Bahre’s RBI single. The Crushers took a 7-3 lead in the fourth inning with five runs on two hits, four walks and one hit batter. VandeBogart had a RBI double to deep center field, Sullivan drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Bryant drove in two runs with a single to center field. On the mound, Bryant settled down and gave up just two hits over the next four innings.

Winsted rallied in the seventh inning, loading the bases thanks to an error and two singles. That brought in Riley in relief. He picked Winsted’s T.J. Kent off second base for the first out of the inning before Billing drove in one run with a double. Rich Langer’s sacrifice fly cut the Canton lead to 7-5. But the Crushers rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning – loading the bases with a walk, batter hit by a pitch and a single from veteran Jim Spirito. Riley drove in one run and a second run scored on an error. A third run came in on a walk to extend the lead to 10-5. Winsted closed within three runs with a two-out, two-run triple from John Lippincott but Riley was able to close out the game for the victory. Bryant scattered nine hits and struck out four in six innings of work. He walked just one. Riley scattered four hits and struck out two in three innings to earn a save. Riley started the game at second base and on his first ground ball of the game, it bounced off the infield and struck him on his right collarbone. It was hit so hard, it cut the skin and drew blood. Riley had a pair of putouts and an assist in six innings before going to the mound. Sullivan was 1-for-1 with a triple, one RBI and two runs scored for Canton while VandeBogart had a double. For Winsted, Andrew Billing was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and one RBI while Lippincott was 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI. Devin Warren was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Canton is entering their sixth year in the league. They were 0-5 on opening day prior to Sunday. …. The Crushers return to action on Thursday night when they visit Southington (0-1) to take on the 66ers at Recreation Park.

Tri-State ready for 2019

Seventeen teams will battle for the right to be called “League Champion” when the Tri-State Baseball League opens play for its 86th season on Sunday May 19. The Tri-Town Trojans will be back to defend their 2018 crown -but just how hard will it be for the Trojans to repeat? Picking a pre-season winner is no lock as Tri-State has seen nine different league champions in the past twelve seasons. The Trojans will be in the mix after appearing in seven of the previous nine Tri-State World Series. Head Coach Danny McCarty returns a veteran lineup for 2019 that also has two AABC State Championships under their belt.

On their coat tails are the 2018 AABC co-State Champs as Blasius Chevrolet and the Terryville Black Sox both qualified to advance to the Stan Musial Northeast World Series last year. Weather prevented a one game state championship to be played but both teams earned victories at the World Series level with Terryville being the runner-up in the tournament which was held in MA. Tri-State sent three teams into last years’ State tournament and had the final three teams standing before Blasius eliminated the Naugatuck Dogs. Naugy has three state championships under their belt and a Tri-State league championship and is sure to be in the hunt again this season.

First year coach Brooks Belter led the Litchfield Cowboys to a regular season #4 seed and will be sure to contend again this year. The Cowboys do own three Tri-State Championships over the past eight seasons. Two of the surprise teams in 2018 were the Bristol Greeners, coached by AJ Lorenzetti and the Valley Thunder, coached by John Griffin, and both teams have high expectations heading into 2019. First year coach Rich Revere takes over the legendary Bethlehem Plowboys, who advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 Tri-State playoffs. Long-time standouts Amenia Monarchs, and Winsted Whalers look to advance deeper into this years’ playoffs as well.

First year coach Bob Warren takes over the Wolcott Franchise with a young team drawing from very successful farm teams in Wolcott High School and the Wolcott Mickey Mantle; with both teams having had recent success in their post season tournaments. Ben Brown takes the reigns for the Tribury Cave who have qualified for the playoffs each of the past three seasons. The Southington 66ers have also qualified for the playoffs each year of existence in the Tri-State league and look to be a factor in 2019 as well. The Burlington Hunters, Canton Crushers, and Torrington Rebels have their sights set for a return to the playoffs in 2019. The East Mountain Cougars have folded following the 2018 season but the league welcomes the Northwest Orioles as the seventeenth entry into the league. Northwest will be managed by Chris Brady and will play their home games at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Save the Date – Saturday June 29 at 2:30pm Fuessenich Park in Torrington as the Tri-State League will hold its annual All-Star game teaming up with FOCUS Center for Autism to bring awareness and raise funds for the charity. There will be a first pitch ceremony on the field and all donations taken that day will be given to FOCUS. The AABC state tournament will be held from Sunday July 28 – Thursday August 1st. The Stan Musial World Series for 2019 will be returning to CT with all games played at Municipal Stadium and Fuessenich Park. Dates are set for Thursday August 8 – Sunday August 11. Tri-State commissioner Ed Gadomski will serve as tournament director for both the State tourney and Stan Musial World Series. The 12 team league playoffs begins end of July and finishes up the season with the Tri-State World Series from August 20-22. Details on the entire season can be found on the Tri-State league website:

Tri-State would like to announce its 2018 award winners and All-Star team:

MVP: Ryan Plourde (Naugatuck)

Silver Slugger: Tony Patane (Terryville)

Cy Young: Kody Kerski (Terryville)

All-Star team: Catcher: Landon Gardella (Tri-Town) First Base: Devin Murphy (Naugatuck) Second Base: Matt Warren (Wolcott) Shortstop: Danny McCarty (Tri-Town) Third Base: Kyle Skidmore (Terryville) Outfield: Chris Callahan (Terryville) Outfield Chris Ayer (Terryville) Outfield Shane Beirfeldt (Tri-Town) Des. Hitter Sam Shurberg (Tri-Town) Pitcher: Miles Scribner (Tri-Town)

Sunday May 19

Southington 66ers vs Blasius Chevrolet  10am Hotchkiss Field

Amenia Monarchs vs Terryville Black Sox  11am Old Terryville HS

Bristol Greeners vs Tri-Town Trojans  11am Community Field

Wolcott Scrappers vs Litchfield Cowboys  11am Litchfield HS

Naugatuck Dogs vs Bethlehem Plowboys  11am Gallup Field

Tribury Cave vs Valley Thunder  12pm Tyrell MS

Winsted Whalers vs Canton Crushers  5pm Bowdoin Field

Burlington Hunters vs Torrington Rebels  6pm Fuessenich Park

NOTE: Northwest Orioles will make their debut on Tuesday May 28

Post Season Schedule

Saturday June 29: FOCUS Center for Autism/Tri-State Baseball League All-Star Game; Fuessenich Park 2:30pm – Details to come

Saturday July 20: Regular Season ends

Thursday July 25 – Saturday July 27: 1st Round Tri-State Playoffs

Sunday July 28 – Thursday August 1: Stan Musial State Tournament

Saturday August 3 – Monday August 5: 2nd Round Tri-State Playoffs

Thursday August 8 – Sunday August 11: Northeast Stan Musial World Series

Tuesday August 13 – Thursday August 15: Semi-Finals Tri-State Playoffs

Tuesday August 20 – Thursday August 22: Tri-State World Series



Tri-State Champions; Tri-Town Trojans

Tri-State World Series Another Good Show
copyright Rick Wilson Litchfield County Sports 8/25/18
The Tri-State World Series has always been a heck of a way to cap off the summer. This year was no different. With beaches reluctantly waving good-bye to its multitude of worshippers as schools and colleges summon, the Tri-Town Trojans and Terryville Black sox gave us a final memorable highlight to digest and ease the transition into colored leaves and cooler temperatures.

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Stan Musial State Tournament

ANNOUNCEMENT: Terryville and Blasius headed to AABC Northeast World Series
Terryville Black Sox are undefeated winning out ‘winners bracket’ and automatically qualify for the World Series.
Sunday August 5:
Blasius Chevrolet 6 Naugatuck Dogs 4
**Blasius advances to AABC NorthEast World Series
NOTE: Due to Tri-State Baseball League playoffs – the Stan Musial State Championship has been awarded as Co-Champions to the Terryville Black Sox and Blasius Chevrolet.

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