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

Saturday July 13

Southington 66ers 6    Winsted Whalers 2

Pat Smith with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI and Joe Daigle with a double, single, two runs scored and two RBI backed the pitching of Patrick Raymond as the 66ers defeated the Whalers 6 – 2 Saturday at Recreation Park in Southington. CJ Vasquez chipped in with two hits and an RBI, Nick Yousefzadeh added a double and run scored, Tyler Fernandes had a timely RBI, and Dave Randazzo added a single for Southington. Raymond pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts. Smith’s defensive gem in right field saved two runs in the fifth inning. For the Whalers, Andrew Billis had two doubles, TJ Kent a double, Rick Langer a double and a sacrifice fly RBI, Mitch Gryniuk and Matt DeMartino two hits, Justin Lovetere a single, and Chester Warner an RBI.

Amenia Monarchs 5    Bristol Greeners 2

The Monarchs were able to pick up the win in the first game 5-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Travis Hyatt. The old Vet went the distance giving up just 5 hits and 1 earned run. The Monarchs were led by Big Ken Shufelt, 2-3 2RBI and Leshawn “Lee Lee” Thrasher going 3-3 with 1 RBI.

Amenia Monarchs 6    Bristol Greeners 3

Game 2 of the double header saw Amenia’s Willy “Let’s GO” Perotti stepping on the bump for the first time this season. He almost went the distance coming out after 3 batters faced in the 7th. Perotti got the job done picking up the win giving up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Amenia’s offense would get it going a little in game 2 collecting 13 hits overall. Big Ken Shufelt kept his day going with a couple of hits finishing game 2 2-3 with an RBI. Chris Reed, Andrew “Pandy Bear” Thrasher, and Tom “Scoot” Downey added two hits apiece with Downey and Hunter Goodacre hitting triples. Going into the bottom of the 7th the score was 6-1. With the Bases loaded and no outs Chris “Crispy” Reed would come in relief for Perotti, making his first appearance of the season and getting the job done. Final Score 6-3 in favor of the Monarchs.

Northwest Orioles 9   Canton Crushers 0

In the first game of a doubleheader, Anthony Lupiani threw a complete game shoutout, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3. Spencer Cookson led the offense with 2 hits, 2 runs including an RBI triple. For Canton Jeff Mulhall had 2 of the 4 hits.

Canton Crushers 8   Northwest Orioles 7

Canton took game 2 to after losing game one to split a double header at Bowdoin Field Jimmy Spirito pitched a complete game beating the Orioles 8-7 despite a rough day in the field for Crusher defense. Canton hitting was lead by Heath Cotton (3-3) with a double and Taylor Riley (2-3) with a RBI double. Jack was (3-3) for the Orioles with a double

Blasius Chevrolet 7   Litchfield Cowboys 1

Litchfield Cowboys 8   Blasius Chevrolet 3

Game recaps comings…

Anthony Capasso allows no-hits for Thunder Victories

Thunder Ducks 14   Torrington Rebels 13

After a team meeting, Valley has decided to change their nickname to Thunder Ducks and took the field with a refreshed enthusiasm Thursday evening, Thunder and Torrington were first finishing up a game tied at 13 runs apiece after seven innings from earlier this year. Joe Torres gets hit by a pitch steals 2nd the advances to third on a over throw. Joe then steals home on a pass ball for the go ahead Valley run. Anthony Capasso strikes out 2 and a ground out to himself to end the game and the Ducks win.

Thunder Ducks 7   Torrington Rebels 0

The thunder ducks won 7-0 behind the no-hit pitching by Anthony capasso. The game was stopped after 5 innings due to weather, darkness, and safety concerns of a wet field and wet baseballs. Matt Meier went 1-2 with a triple and 2 RBIs and joe Torres went 2-2 with a double and a rbi. The thunder are ready for the big game against the Blasius on Sunday at 10am

Terryville Black Sox  7   TriTown Trojans 1

Two of the Tri-State Baseball League’s best pitchers faced off for the second time this season in a battle for first place in the high-powered 17-team league Thursday evening at the Old Terryville High School. This time, Terryville Black Sox ace Kody Kerski came away smiling with a 7-1 win over the defending league champion Tri-Town Trojans. Earlier this season, the same two pitchers dueled to a 2-1 nine-inning win for Tri-Town’s Miles Scribner at Litchfield’s Community Field as Scribner’s crafty breaking balls outlasted Kerski’s power pitching. The difference carried the Trojans (12-2) to a half-game edge against Terryville (13-2) in the standings until Thursday night, when the Black Sox had a couple of extra things going for them.

“There’s something about this field,” said player/coach Dave Alarcon. “We haven’t lost on it in a couple of years.” The other thing was pitching style. Scribner’s breaking balls require a generous strike zone to work his magic. Thursday, the zone was tight. “He was all around it,” said Terryville’s Gavin Lavallee, who cashed in first with two RBIs in the first inning after Scribner’s only walk forced him to work his pitches closer to Terryville’s zone. Meanwhile, Kerski’s fastballs were thriving. “He was pumping it,” said Tri-Town player/coach Dan McCarty. “And he was spotting his fastball.” In his first time on the mound in three or four weeks after an elbow injury, the rest might have helped Kerski’s velocity, whistling six straight strikes past Tri-Town’s first two batters in the game.

The Trojans loaded the bases on a hit by McCarty (2-for-3), a hit batter and an error, but the threat disappeared on a grounder to first. In the bottom of the inning, Scribner’s start was the opposite, loading the bases on hits by Chris Ayer (2-for-3, 2 runs), Tony Patane (2-for-2, 2 doubles, RBI, run) and a walk to Andrew Hinckley. “He wasn’t getting the calls on his crafty pitches,” said Patane. RBI singles by Lovallee and Chris Callahan (2-for-3) gave Kerski a 3-0 lead to work with. “It’s a different mentality with that kind of lead. You can go right after the hitters,” Kerski said. For the next three-and-a-half innings, it was classic pitching as Scribner (6 innings, 10 hits, 6 strikeouts) recovered his command and Kerski (6 innings, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk) let his fastballs fly. But in the bottom of the fifth inning, Terryville’s hitters found their way again. After an opening pop-out to short, three straight batters — Tyler Wenz, Kyle Tehan and Ayer — singled the bases loaded. Patane hit a sacrifice fly to right for one run. Hinckley literally slammed the door with a three-run homer deep into the left-field trees. “He threw me three straight sliders,” Hinckley said. At 7-0,

Tri-Town avoided the shutout with a run in the seventh against Terryville closer Mike Krieger on two hits by Austin Patenaude and Andrew Prince (RBI double). Still, the Black Sox are now a half-game in the lead. “They take advantage of the things that go their way. That’s how good teams win championships,” said Tri-Town’s McCarty. “We learned some lessons. The (league) tournament is still coming up.”

Naugy/Winsted game was rained out

Amenia Monarchs 5  Northwest Orioles 0

Game recap coming soon.

Burlington Hunters 9   Canton Crushers 2

The Hunters bested the Crushers on Thursday 9 -2. Every Burlington batter contributed to the cause, marking at least one successful trip to first, while Napolitano, Morin, Zaruba, and Hansen all had multi hit days. LaFontaine and O’Leary both continue to work on their charm as both were plunked in a race to least amicable player. Ty Morin threw 5.1 scoreless for the Hunters to pickup the win. Jimmy Spirito led the Crushers with two hits, two RBIs, and a longball about 2 inches short of a grand slam.

Monarch Jim Bouton has place in Tri-State history

It was sad to hear the news of the passing of former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, the author of the tell-all “Ball Four,” who reportedly died Wednesday following a battle with a brain disease. In 2012, he suffered a pair of strokes. The Newark native — number 56 — won two World Series games and was a 20-game winner. He spent ten years with Major League baseball. Bouton’s book created significant controversy as it detailed the love life of Yankees legend Mickey Mantle, the widespread use of stimulants by players, among other scandalous topics.

Bouton made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 1962 and would go on to win 62 games in the big leagues and compile a most respectable 3.57 earned run average before injuries curtailed his career. Bouton appeared in 36 games during the 1962 season, including 16 starts, and had a win-loss record of 7-7. While he did not play in the Yankees’ 1962 World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants he had been slated to start game seven before rainout allowed ace Ralph Terry to take the mound. Bouton went 21-7 and 18-13 in the next two seasons, and appeared in the 1963 All-Star Game. He was 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA in World Series play.

Bouton played for the Amenia Monarchs following his pro career. In 1992, the former Yankee who still threw a mean knuckler, 53 at the time, pitched four games for Amenia that year and won three of them, including a start against Lakeville where Bouton pitched eight innings, allowed five hits and two runs to take the victory. Battery mate Mike Kohut, who mever misses an inning behind the plate, is also 53, for the regular season league leading Amenia Monarchs.

One quick story that comes to mind, in 1992, ESPN sent a crew out to Amenia to profile Bouton who was scheduled to pitch that day for the Monarchs. Amenia had only 8 players show for the game and suffered its first forfeit since 1934. Needless to say, there was no game video on ESPN that night…

The heart-breaking read reminded me of one of the greatest nights in Tri-State history, when the Tri-State all-stars clashed with the Torrington Titans on 4th of July, 2011. Former New York Yankee All Star, Jim Bouton, threw out the first pitch on that Monday evening at Fuessenich Park.Bouton then came out to pitch the fourth inning, after an audio playing of legendary Yankee announcer Robert Leo Shephard “Ladies and gentleman, now pitching, Number 56, Jim Bouton” and proceeded to pitch a scoreless fourth, much to the delight of a large crowd (900 people). And important to note: The Titans never got a ball out of the infield against the, at the time, 72 year-old Bouton.

Former American Idol star William Hung, famous for his delightful rendition of “She Bangs” (originally a Ricky Martin song), performed his signature song along with other hits throughout the night.

Other attractions included a skydiver carrying an American Flag, who landed on the field at Fussenich Park at 6:58 p.m., just before the first pitch. The “All in Band” performed from 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the park while a Home Run Derby (4 p.m) took place on the field in front of nearly 400 people. Kids ages 10-15 were allowed on the field to help shag baseballs during the Derby. Admission to the Derby was free but donations were accepted at the door to benefit the Glenn Winn, Jr. Campership program, a United Way of Northwest Connecticut fund.

The Torrington Titans played three games against the Tri-State all-stars over a 3 year span, record: 1 win, 1 loss, 1 tie

Tuesday July 9

Terryville Black Sox 7   Winsted Whalers 3

MVP candidate Justin McCulloch was all the Black Sox needed Tuesday night going 3-4 3RBI 3B 2B along with Billy Armstrong (4-0) 5inn 2hits 0 earned to take down Winsted. Kody Kerski also added three RBI’s. Ricky Langer and Chet Warner hat two hits a piece for Winsted. Terryville will take on Tri Town Thursday night in The Ville in a match for first place in the league and rematch of the 2018 World Series.

Naugatuck Dogs 10   Torrington Rebels 0

Christian Cuevas picked up the win for Naugy going 4 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 to lead Naugy to a 10-0 win over Torrington. The Dogs were led by Sean Miller-Jones (3-4 2 2B, 2 RBI), Ryan Plourde (3-3 2B, 4 RBI), and Brendan Slattery (2-4 2 2B). Travis Wyatt reached base 4 times for Torrington and Jimmy Rubino pitched a complete game.

Wolcott Scrappers 7  Northwest Orioles 1

Wolcott scrappers defeated Northwest Orioles by a score of 7-1 on Tuesday night at the BAW. The Orioles got on the board 1st scoring their only in earned run in the top of the 1st when #10 McAuliffe singled to cf and later scored on a scrapper error. Wolcott answered right back in the bottom of the 1st when Matt Warren led off the game with a dble to right and scored on a Orioles error. Wolcott continued scoring for the next 5 innings after receiving hits from Brendan Clark , Jeff Nicol , Steve Urbanski, Joe Matthews , Mike Pepe (1 rbi) Ike Negretti (2rbi) a dble by Jesus Garcia (1rbi) and 2 dbles by Matt Warren (1rbi) . Brendan Clark pitched a complete game for Wolcott allowing only 3 hits with 12 strikeouts and 0 ER.

Litchfield Cowboys 6   Bethlehem Plowboys 4

On a hot Tuesday night, Bethlehem came into Litchfield looking to plow over the Cowboys and gain some more ground in the standings. They didn’t waste any time getting on the board scoring 2 in the first, then adding 2 more in the fifth. In what seems to be a trend lately, the Cowboys bats were kept in check over the majority of the game, scoring 1 through the first four then exploding for 5 runs in the fifth. Scoring started with a 2 rbi single by Ed Pequignot, then rbis from Drew Gauvain, Brooks Belter, and Dan Hedden. Starting pitcher Justin Koutros picked up his 5th win of the season going 5 striking out 6 and giving up 0 earned. Brooks Belter came out from behind the plate to throw 2 scoreless for his 3rd save of the season. Tommy Johnson, Collin Dickinson, and Dan Hedden lead the way with 2 hits each. For Bethlehem, Ricky Descoteaux, Matt Mancini, and Ryan Reynolds each had 2 hits. Next game is Thursday at Litchfield versus Naugatuck.

Blasius Chevrolet 10   Tribury Cave 1

The big chief Gary Novakowski (2-0) would allow an unearned run, while striking out 6 over 5 strong innings. The Blasius offense would get things going in the top of the third when Manny Cruz would just miss homering to left center field much to the disappointment of a large crowd of U14 baseball played. Cruz would have to settle for a one out double. One out later he would come into score the Cruz would score when Eric Rovinetti’s fly ball to center was miss played. In the bottom of the fourth the Cave would tie the score at 1-1 on an unearned run of their own. This would end Blasisus scoreless inning streak at 29 1/3 innings. However, the Blasius pitchers have not given up an earned run in the last 33 innings as the Cave would not score the rest of the game. The Blasisus bats would break the game open in the 5th and 6th inning scoring 9 more times. Cruz and Mike Vaccarelli would both drive in runs. Also chipping Paul Novakowski would continue his hot hitting with two more hits and two RBI’s in the decisive innings. When the lights of Municipal Stadium went out Blasius would roll out with a 10-1 win. A well-earned win. Blasius (10-2) have a big weekend coming up as they travel to Litchfield to take on the 3rd place Litchfield Cowboys (9-3). This will be a two-game affair between two of Tri-States top teams. As the teams need to finish a game that is tied 3-3 from earlier in the season as well as play the scheduled game. On Sunday Blasius will be back home at the Hotch taking on the Valley Thunder (6-6). As always, we would like to thank our fans and above all our sponsors Blasius Chevrolet. For without your support none of this would be possible.

Tri-Town Trojans 5   Amenia Monarchs 2

Game recap coming soon.

Monday July 8

Southington 66ers 4   Bristol Greeners 3

The Southington 66ers jumped out to a 4 – 0 lead and held on to defeat the Bristol Greeners 4 – 3 Monday evening at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Alex Stackpole pitched a strong 5 innings for the win and Patrick Raymond quelled a late Greeners rally for the save. For the 66ers, Joe Daigle had a triple, 2 singles, an RBI, and run scored; Raymond a 2-run double and single; Vic DeSimone a long double; Nick Yousefzadeh a single, two BBs, and 2 runs scored; Ben Hampton, TJ Williams, and Carm Perugini singles; and Tyler Fernandes a key RBI. AJ Lorenzetti and Jake Dubrosky singled for the Greeners.

Northwest Orioles 6  Bristol Greeners 1

The NW Orioles banged out 14 hits while defeating the Bristol Greeners at historic Muzzy Field. Adam Antonini pitched 4 innings, holding Bristol to one run on 2 hits. The offense combined for 7 extra-base hits including 3 triples. Mike Goretti and Cavan Brady each had 3 hits and a triple, while Dante Maddock added 2 doubles. AJ Lotenzetti had 2 hits and an RBI for the Greeners.