Tri-State League is still going strong

copyright Peter Wallace Register-Citizen newspaper June 16,2018

Northwest Corner baseball fans still miss the Torrington’s Titans in this second summer after their departure from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. But Tri-State Baseball commissioner Eddie Gadomski is here to remind them they have the same high-level option — in home towns all over the area — they’ve had since the league was formed in 1934, with individual teams dating back much further than that. The league, open to players of any age as long as their skills and commitment are high enough, is better than ever.

“I’m amazed, on a yearly basis, how the talent level grows,” said Gadomski, in his 15th year as commissioner, including a year of double duty as the Titans’ general manager. Sprinkled with former and future minor leaguers, along with a preponderance of past, present and future college players, the league has grown to 17 teams under Gadomski’s guidance, in Litchfield; Terryville; Naugatuck; Bristol: Amenia, New York; Bethlehem; Wolcott; Waterbury; Southington; Winsted; Woodbury; Torrington; Burlington; and Canton. While too many youth leagues have trouble filling their rosters, Tri-State Baseball overflows. “Every year, I get about 30 emails from players wanting to join our teams and I have a hard time placing them because our teams are so stacked,” Gadomski says. “And that keeps raising the talent level.

“Why? Part of it is because of social media — we have our own web site — and publicity. Part of it is because we’re town oriented. And, as far as amateur baseball, we’re the highest level in the state (Tri-State teams have won the Stan Musial State Tournament for the last seven years). “We’ve had at least one person drafted by MLB every year and we have minor leaguers still wanting to get back there. The Pittsburgh Pirates released an area kid recently and told him to come back and play with Tri-State to work on his skills.” The league was a talented beer league before Gadomski’s arrival, but the popular commissioner instituted strict rules and penalties turning it into the serious family-friendly baseball institution it is now.

With a schedule spreading from May through August, talent spreads out enough to allow nine different league champions in the past 11 years. Naugatuck, Watertown, each of Litchfield’s two teams, Wolcott, Bethlehem, Waterbury, Winsted and Torrington have all won at least one crown at the end of an elaborate play-off system for the top 12 teams. Now seven or eight games into a season that typically sees teams playing Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturdays or Sundays, undefeated Terryville and Litchfield’s Tri-Town Trojans face each other at the top of the heap this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Litchfield’s Community Field.

Following them in the current standings, the defending champion Naugatuck Dogs are 4-1; Bristol Greeners, 5-2; Amenia’s Monarchs, 4-2; Bethlehem Plowboys, Litchfield Cowboys, Valley Thunder and Wolcott Scrappers, all 4-3; Waterbury’s Blasius Chevrolet and Southington 66ers, 3-3; Winsted Whalers and Tribury Twisters, 3-5; Torrington Rebels, Burlington Hunters and Canton Crusaders, 1-6; and the East Mountain Cougars, 0-6.

The league plays its all-star game next Saturday, 2 p.m., at Amenia’s Doc Bartlett Field, honoring the Monarchs’ 85th season as an original Tri-State member. For detailed schedules, current ranking and other information, go to the league website, Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League.

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Saturday June 16

Tri-Town Trojans 4 Terryville Black Sox 1
Game recap coming soon.

Blasius Chevrolet 13 East Mountain Cougars 12
Game recap coming soon.

Bristol Greeners 12 Bethlehem Plowboys 10
The Bristol Greeners beat the Bethlehem Plowboys 12-10 in a slugfest. The Greeners were led by A.J. Lorenzetti’s 6 hits and 7 RBI, Zach Bartolome’s 4 hits, Ben Mazzone’s 3 hits, and 8 strong innings on the mound from Jerry LaPenta. For Bethlehem, Mike Chiovitti and Matt Mancini had 3 hits apiece

Amenia Monarchs 11 Canton Crushers 4
The Amenia Monarchs came away with an 11-4 win over Canton Saturday at Bowdoin field. Heath Cotton started for Canton and pitched 6 strong innings. Leshawn Thrasher of the Monarchs also pitched well. Going into the 6 the crushers led the Monarchs 1-0. In the top of the 6th Tom Downey, who played left field for the first time ever, reached on an error, stole second and scored on a 2 run double by Caleb Huff. The Monarchs went on to score 3 in the 6th, and 4 in the 8th and 9th. Amenia was led by Thrashers strong pitching and Caleb Huff, 2-4 2 runs scored 3rbi, and Dylan Sartori 3-5.

Burlington Hunters 4 Southington 66ers 3
Absolute thriller in Burlington! The Hunters sneak a win against The 66ers in front of a crowd of 12 thanks to Steve Caruso’s walk off double in the bottom of the 9th. With Steve Caruso’s first hit since 1984 and a stellar start from Alex Stackpole, the Hunters were able to grab their second victory of the year. Cody Steinberg contributed to the Hunter’s cause by fouling off 4 pitches. Jay Pelletier continues to impress coaching third base, Alex Hansen picks up the win on the mound. For the 66ers, Josh Doherty led the offense going 2-3 with a run scored. Pat Raymowd started on the mound and threw 6 quality innings.

Naugatuck Dogs 10 Winsted Whalers 0
Ryan Plourde and Adam Neveski each hit a home run, double, and drove in three runs to help Naugy beat WInsted 10-0.
Tyler Boisvert and Lance Stevens combined on a five hit shutout. Devin Warren Singled for Winsted.

Thursday June 14

Litchfield Cowboys 2 Blasius Chevrolet 0
Tonight’s game featured a pitching dual between Steve Consiglio and Gary Novakouski…both pitchers went complete games, the latter striking out 7 and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while Consiglio gave up 2 hits and 3 strikeouts and a shutout. Consiglio also started things off offensively with an RBI sac fly then followed by Mike Odenwaelder’s solo Homerun the inning after. Eric Rovenetti and Justin McCullough each had hits Blasius while Brooks Belter added 2 hits and 2 stolen bases and Stanley Rijo scored the first run of the game for Litchfield. Next game for the Cowboys is Tuesday June 19th home versus Canton.

Tri-Town Trojans 8 Southington 66ers 3
Game recap coming soon.

Bethlehem Plowboys 10 East Mountain Cougars 5
Matt Mancini 3-4 with 3 RBI’s, Greg Campbell 2-4 with 2 RBI’s, Clete Lorusso had a 2 RBI triple and Jake Torrence added and 2 RBI double.

Winsted Whalers 10 Canton Crushers 1
Winsted defeats Canton 10-1 on Thursday evening. Winsted was lead by Jeff Negron on the mound. He threw 7 innings and struck out 5 while surrendering only 3 hits and one run. Canton was lead at the plate by Heath Cotton (1-2) and Brian Kulik (2-2). Winsted was lead at the plate by Andrew Billig (2-3, 3R, RBI) and Johnny Lippincott (2-3, R, 2 RBI)

Amenia Monarchs 7 Torrington Rebels 1
Chris Reed pitched 5 innings giving up just 2 hits while striking out 5 to lead Amenia to a 7-1 win over Torrington. Torrington got on the board first with a few infield miscues by the Monarchs. Getting the run right back in the bottom of the first was Leshawn Thrasher(3-4) scoring on a single by Ken Shufelt(2-3 1rbi). Monarchs got the bats going in the 3rd with 5 consecutive hits and 8 total in the inning scoring 6 runs. Cody Lemieux came in relief of Torrington starter Ian Pierce in the 4 and didn’t give up a run. Reeds excellent pitching was backed up by Mackenzie Dunlop who came in relief for the tired Reed throwing two innings striking out 4 of the 6 batters he faced. Monarchs improve to 4-2 on the season.

Naugatuck Dogs 10 Valley Thunder 0
Adam Neveski pitched 5 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 to lead Naugy to a 20-0 win over Valley Thunder at Rotary Field. The Dogs were led by Trent Levi (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 R) and Jeff Rustico (3-4, 3 RBI, 3 R). Sean Miller-Jones, Ryan Plourde, Kyle Murphy, Devin Murphy, Brendan Slattery, and Ryan Russell all added 2 hits each. Donny Eck doubled for Valley.