The Braintree White Sox defeated the Terryville Black Sox, by a score of 11-3, in the championship game of the 2018 Northeast World Series on Saturday August 11 to win their third title since 2014 (and 2017). Terryville handed Braintree their only loss of the tournament in Round 2 of the series, but the defending champs’ Braintree swept the rest of their games to take home the championship.
Terryville won their first 3 games (Blasius, Braintree, Bourne) but then lost to 2016 champion Albany Athletics yet still earned a bye into the championship game. Braintree eliminated Albany in the semi-final game setting up the championship game showdown with Terryville. The other CT representative Blasius Chevrolet went 1-2 in the AABC World Series.
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Semi-Finals Tri-State Playoffs: (best of three series)
Tuesday August 14:
* Terryville Black Sox 6 Litchfield Cowboys 4
* Naugatuck Dogs 9 Tri-Town Trojans 7
Wednesday August 15:
* Tri-Town Trojans 5 Naugatuck Dogs 3
* Terryville Black Sox 12 Litchfield Cowboys 3
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copyright Kevin Roberts Sports on CT-69 August 12,2018
The name Soucy has been synonymous with the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League’s Wolcott Scrappers since the team’s inception in 2006.
Wolcott started off as an exhibition team that year, then was voted into the league as a new member in 2007. Player/coach Ryan Soucy has seen everything in his time with the Scrappers, from the first steps all the way up to the end of the 2018 season. Wolcott was eliminated by the Naugatuck Dogs in a second round playoff series.
The 2018 season was Ryan Soucy’s last with the Wolcott Scrappers. The same goes for his older brother Eric, who is also stepping away.
“I have no regrets and I’m thankful for everyone and everything along the way,” Ryan Soucy wrote in an email. “My daughter is almost turning two and I’m at a different phase in my life that’s more important than a game that I’ve loved for over 20 years. I never thought I would say that but when it’s time, you just know it.” One obviously fun aspect of Ryan’s time with the Scrappers was playing with Eric. Eric was a talented ballplayer who wound up being chosen for the Connecticut-Massachusetts high school senior all-star game in 2001. That game was played at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
“He’s a year and a half older than me and I always looked up to him growing up,” Ryan Soucy wrote. “He played at Fenway his senior year and had some pro tryouts and I always pushed to try to be better than him and that’s what made me succeed. He’s just as dedicated as I was and that’s what I love about him.” That dedication was important, because the Scrappers had very humble beginnings in 2006.
“We started with me driving up Route 69 in Wolcott and asking for donations to be able to start a team,” Ryan Soucy wrote. “To having a full sponsor in Continental Scrap Metal in Wolcott with Rob Silas being a big reason we were as successful as we were.” Rob Silas, the son of Continental Scrap Metal CEO and president Paul Silas, was a player/coach for the team. Wolcott was no pushover in the league, and finally captured its first championship in 2014. “We qualified for the state tournament every one of our first nine seasons,” Ryan Soucy wrote. “That was a big accomplishment and we were able to win a championship back in 2014 as well.”
Wolcott’s 2014 team was loaded and included players like the Soucy brothers, Adam LaCapra, Mike Vaccarelli, Ryan Andrade, Justin Koutros, Zach Sehnal, Kyle Dean, Mike Perugini, Manny Cruz, Mike Meier, Elvis Martinez, Israel Lugo and Matt Finkenzeller (my apologies to anyone who I may have missed). LaCapra, usually the first baseman, pitched the first seven innings of the championship-clinching victory. Meier smacked two home runs in the game. Cruz, a fireballer who is currently playing minor league baseball, closed the game out in the ninth.
The Scrappers have been one of the more veteran-laden teams in Tri-State in recent years, but they kept playing the game and playing it well. For Ryan Soucy, it was a pleasure to keep taking to the diamond with his friends. “It’s not easy to compete in this league when you get in your 30’s but we were dedicated and passionate and loved the competition,” Ryan Soucy wrote. “I made a lot of new friends and built stronger friendships with my guys and I’ll never forget it.”
It’s time for Ryan Soucy and his brother Eric to move on, but they had a great run with the Wolcott Scrappers.
Best of Three Series
Saturday August 4:
Tri-Town Trojans 6 Southington 66ers 0
Sunday August 5:
Terryville Black Sox 3 Bethlehem Plowboys 2 (10 innings)
Tri-Town Trojans 3 Southington 66ers 2 (10 innings)
Tribury Twisters 5 Litchfield Cowboys 4 (Game #1)
Litchfield Cowboys 6 Tribury Twisters 4 (Game #2)
Naugatuck Dogs 1 Wolcott Scrappers 0
**Tyler Boisvert pitched a complete game shutout allowing 4 hits while striking out 7 to lead Naugy to a 1-0 victory over Wolcott. Kyle Murphy got hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a Macky Cianciolo single. Tyler Smith pitched a complete game for Wolcott.
Monday August 6:
Litchfield Cowboys 7 Tribury Twisters 1
Bethlehem Plowboys 9 Terryville Black Sox 7
Naugatuck Dogs 6 Wolcott Scrappers 5
Tuesday August 7
Terryville Black Sox 3 Bethlehem Plowboys 2
Copyright Tim Gaffney Litchfield County Sports 8/26/2018
Jessica Stewart Update. Jessica is married to former Litchfield Cowboy player Jimmy Stewart.
Jessica Stewart has been a fighter and a positive force for anyone lucky enough to have crossed paths with her over her lifetime. Well, at this time it’s Stewart who could use that fight and positive spirit from those who know her as she approaches a tough but definitive moment in her fight against Breast Cancer. Stewart was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in June of 2018 and was scheduled to have it treated by six weeks of radiation and years of medication after consulting with her doctors. That all changed this past Monday when tests came back showing cancer cells were present in her breast tissue. The cancer had not returned but the doctors found cancer cells that could develop into cancer, so a pro-active decision was made to have both breasts removed this Friday, August 24th with a double mastectomy.
While this news hit Stewart like a ton of bricks, her attitude is good and getting better every day, thanks to the outpouring of love and support she has felt from family, friends and her community. “I don’t have to live in fear anymore,” Stewart said. “Fear of not knowing what be coming next. What might the next biopsy show.” In just over two weeks, a fundraiser is scheduled on Friday, September 7 at the Litchfield Inn from 5-9 p.m. It will be a called a “Celebration of Healing” as Stewart begins the long road of putting this entire event behind her. A buffet dinner will be served from 6-7:30 that night and raffles, door prizes and a silent auction will help raise funds to help pay for the cost associated with her fight. Radiation may still be on the table as will years of expensive medicines.
Stewart has wanted to give back to her community from the start and a significant portion or the evening will go to the Pink Rose Fund at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. The Pink Rose Fund helps supply mammograms and ultra sounds to those who cannot afford them. Tickets are $25 dollars for adults, $10 for children 5-18 with kids under five free.
Let’s pack the Litchfield Inn and show our support for something who makes it her life’s mission to help others live happy and healthy every day.