Thursday May 26

Blasius Chevrolet 3 Burlington Hunters 1

Blasius 2022 home opener versus Burlington began with no umpires and finished with one. The umpire came in hot full dressed as he jumped from a barely parked truck. He was just in time for the bottom of the first much to the relief of everyone. Just like the the ump Blasius came in hot as well by scoring all the runs they would need in the first inning off of Burlington starter Ty Morin. Conor Goggins would continue his hot start with a single to open the game. Eric Rovinetti would also single to keep the pressure on Burlington’s Morin. Goggins would be the first run of the game scoring on a Paul Novakowski’s RBI single. Rovinetti would score two batters later on Steve Harrison’s single. The score would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the 4th when Blasius would get things going again Fran Phelan singled and would later scoring on Dave Vadnais RBI single. The three runs would be all the Blasius pitching would need as Phelan (1-0) would pitch 4 shutout innings before giving way to Vadnais (1) who would pick up a three inning save only surrendering a run in the 6th. After the Memorial Day weekend Blasius (2-0) travel to Tri-town on Tuesday.

Canton Crushers 8 Wolcott Scrappers 2

The Crushers got things started in the first inning when Matt Rose singled, driving in First run of the game
Crushers added four runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Canton bats were led by Ben Sullivan, Mike Scott, and Jake Bryant, who all drove in runs. James Michanczyk earned the win on the allowing three hits and one run over four innings, Striking out 12. Jimmy Spirito threw three innings in relief the Tri- State veteran Spirito recorded the last nine outs to earn the save. Crusher Ben Sullivan had a night going  3-3 at the plate and stole 2 bases

Mike Pepe started on the mound for the  Scrappers. Pepe allowed four hits and five runs over
two innings, striking out three. Scrappers Brandon Clark and Tyler Boisvert each had multiple hits

Thunder Ducks 6 Naugatuck Nightmare 0

The Thunder Ducks notched their first win of the season 6-0 over Naugatuck behind the dominant pitching of Zach Royka- who went the distance striking out 8, walking 4, and surrendering just two hits. Christian Cuevas and Strauss had the two hits for the Naugatuck nightmare. Ty Pelletier got the party started early for the Ducks, with a leadoff home run in the first. Pelletier collected two hits on the night. Zach Royka also produced at the plate, going 2-3 with a triple. Kyle Daddona and Ryan Shiel also added rbi singles  

Torrington Twisters 4 Winsted Whalers 3

The Torrington Twisters opened their 2022 Tri St season before 109 paid customers on Thursday at Fuessenich Park. In a well played game the Twisters played small ball for the walk off in the 7th inning win.
The game went to the bottom of 7th tied at 3 when the Twisters used a beautiful bunt single by Rookie Steve  Martinez a stolen base and a David Stragers infield single on a contact play to send the hometown crowd into a happy frenzy. 
The Twisters used 3 pitchers Josh “Stosh” Rubino, Matt Sokol n Kyle Matthew’s who all pitched well. Matthew’s got the win. The line up featured booming doubles by Bryon Carr and Marcus Bloom and had 8 team stolen bases, 4 by Matthew’s. Martinez received the Hawk Harrelson pick to click game MVP award. Defensively where the Twisters shined most Martinez n Dj “Goldie” Reynolds flashed leather and turned 2 double plays and handled every chance perfectly.
Winsted got great pitching starter Mark Cummings and fireball reliever Jay Torres. Winsted 3rd baseman Lucas “the natural” Grynuk had a couple of hits with his sweet swing.

Tri-Town Trojans 23 Amenia Monarchs 11

Slacker from Tri-Town promised two game write ups this weekend – LOL

Have a great weekend holiday boys!

Brass City Vipers get first-ever Victory

The Brass City Vipers earned their first victory in team history knocking off the Naugatuck Nightmare 13-2 on Tuesday night played at Rotary Field in Naugatuck. Joevonni Torres threw 3 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk. 4 ks. Allowed 0 runs. Pat Romano 2-3 with 2 singles. Bryant Bonilla with 2-3, double and a single. Branden casonova 1-1 with a double. Alan Stinson closed , gave up 2 hits 2 runs , 3 ks.

Sunday May 22

Winsted Whalers 12 Southington Gamecocks 9

The day was hot, the competition was hotter. The Whale faced off against the Gamecocks in an extra inning battle. Jay Torres started for the Whale while Mike Danisevich started for Southington. Both pitchers threw strikes. The whole game was up and down for both teams. The Gamecocks struck first with Pat Smith and Tyler Fernandez hitting a triple and double, bringing in two runs. For the Whale, Jay Torres got on with a single and managed to get home without any hits from 2, 3, and 4. The Whale and Gamecocks would alternate on who was in the lead through the game. Hitters that lead the Whale were Jay Torres, 4 for 5 with two singles, a double, a triple as well as Lukas Gryniuk, 3 for 5 with a double, solo HR and three run HR with the latter being the walk-off. Lukas takes the home run lead with 2 on the season so far. The Gamecocks had Tyler Fernandez, 2 for 3 with two doubles and Brenden Covaco, 3 for 3 with a walk, single, double, and triple.

The 7th and 8th were filled with hope and disappointment. Going into the 7th inning, the Whale were up by 4 runs and Mitchell Gryniuk was keen on finishing it on the mound. It seemed that Mitchell remembered his low ERA from last season and wanted to level it out. Walking two and giving up three hits, Southington tied the game. The bottom 7th and top 8th didn’t result in anything. The bottom 8th was a rollercoaster of emotion. The Whale managed to get two on, but a line drive proved otherwise. The runner on third was picked off resulting in a double play, shedding light on the Gamecocks and getting out of the inning. Lukas Gryniuk was up to the plate. Getting to a 3-2 count, Lukas would foul off the next five pitches before getting his 11th  pitch. This 11th proved to be the dagger because over the right field fence he sent it. A walkoff three-run shot ended this back-and-forth game. Final score: Whale 12, 66ers 9. The reporters confronted him after the game and Lukas’ quote went along the lines of “Looks like I already peaked.” Great first game of the TriState 2022 season!

Amenia Monarchs 3 Thunder Ducks 1 (10 innings)

Monarchs would come away with a 3-1 victory over Valley Thunder on a hot Sunday afternoon. Mike Cipriano started for the Monarchs and went 7 innings giving up 1 earned run on 8 hits while striking out 5. Colby Dunlop would pick up the win for the Monarchs throwing the last 3 innings striking out 5 while giving up just 2 hits. Mackenzie Dunlop led the offense for the Monarchs going 3-4 at the plate. Tyler Smith and Keyton Terrall each had a RBI with Terrall going 1-4 and Smith 2-5. Nick Reilly made a great diving catch at 3rd with no outs, and a runner on second in the bottom of the 9th that would have won the game for Valley. Colby Dunlop would strike out the next 3 batters stranding the runner at 3rd sending the game to the 10th. Top 10  Tyler Smith knocked in the 2nd run for the Monarchs and a 3rd would be added on a throwing miscue.  Valley Thunder was led offensively by Ronnie St. Dennis, Zach Royka, and John Griffin whom all had 2 hits apiece. Hats off to both Andrew Thrasher and Zach Royka for catching 10 innings in the heat, and to the umpiring crew who battled the heat,  and did an outstanding job!

Blasius Chevrolet 2 Canton Crushers 1

Opening day between Blasius and Canton was a 2-1 pitchers duel the featured examples of the modern game of baseball. The story of was strikeouts, and homers. Blasius pitchers Brooks Belter (1-0) and Dan Heden filled the score book with K’s tallying 19 on the day. The power was supplied by Connor Goggin and Fraz Kader who both hit solo shots to stake Blasius to a 2-0 lead. Canton would get one back in the 8th but Heden would lock down the 9th for his first save of the season. Blasius is back in action for the home opener at the Hotch on Thursday 5:45 pm when they taken on the Burlington hunters. Canton travels to Wolcott.

Bethlehem Plowboys 19 Brass City Vipers 4

Plowboys win 19-4 George Bielizna with a rod in his leg after fracturing his femur in November threw 3 innings struck out 3 allowing 2 hits and 1 run, the plow bats were hot as Ian Schmidt went 3-4 with a solo homer and a 2 rbi double while Ryan Reynolds started off the plow bats with a 3 run homer in the bottom of the first for his only hit on the day. The Plow emptied the bench getting all 40 guys in. Joe Fainer, Joe Rupe, Ryan Bethin, Isaiah Johnson, and Jon Wilson all reached base twice and scored a run, Joevanni Torres had an rbi double in the first and Joe Kwak reached base 3 times for the Vipers. Dan Keckler came into close the game out in the 6th and 7th striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced after not touching a baseball for 5 years! Bethlehem takes on the Southington 66ers next.

Tri-Town Trojans 4 Wolcott Scrappers 3

Game report coming soon.

Burlington Hunters 10 Naugatuck Nightmare 4

Opening day at Lewis Mills High School, the Hunters beat the Naugatuck Nightmare 10-4.  It was Tyler Day for the Hunters on the mound.  Tyler Mandeville got the start and threw a strong 5 innings, striking out 8, giving up only 3 hits, and surrounding just 1 earned run.  Local rapper and Harley Davidson owner Tyler Doyle tossed 2 innings and picked up the win in relief. Ty Morin closed out the game throwing a perfect 2 innings.  The game was close through the first 6 innings thanks to a strong offensive performance from Nightmare shortstop Brandon Spadolino (2/5, 2b, 1R, 2RBI) and a strong outing on the mound from Mark Stauss ( 4 innings, 2 earned runs, 3K).  

The Hunters were led offensively by Jason Pelletier going 3 for 5 driving in 2 runs… Yes you read that correctly, Jason Pelletier, the 20 year Tri-State vet, not only got a hit, but 3 of them, we couldn’t believe it either.  Some say he was inspired by injured Hunter, Ryan Raponey, who crutched his way to the bench to show his support.  Joining Pelletier and collecting 3 hits were Andrew Bunger (3/4, 2R, 2RBI), Steve Caruso (3/5, 3B, 3R), and Justin Campbell (3/5, 2B, 4RBI).  Other highlights included Joe Cardaropoli not making any errors in a game for the first time in 2 years and George Zaruba intimidating the opponent with his new fu manchu look.

2022 Preview

The Tri-State Baseball League will feature 13 teams in the 2022 season but say good-bye to one of its long-time members, the Torrington Rebels. The historic franchise won eight World Series titles in the 90s’ and early 2000s’ lead by Hall of Famers Chris Clark, Scott Arigoni, Darrin Gould, Dave Boucino, Rich Thomson, Rich Scott and Bill Quarteiro. Torrington will still be represented by the Torrington Twisters (Team MVP David Stranger) who enter their second season in the Tri-State Baseball League. Tri-State will open its arms and welcome two new teams to the circuit as the Brass City Vipers (coached by Daniel Perez) and the Naugatuck Nightmare (coached by Angel Valentin) play their inaugural season in 2022.

Sunday May 22 is slated for opening day as the Tri-Town Trojans return to defend their title, following an emotional season that was dedicated to former Trojan player Joe Bunnell. Tri-Town has now been to eight World Series since 2010, winning three league championships. Team MVP Colby Bunnell (brother of Joe) returns with one of the best pitching staffs in the league led by Miles Scribner, Dan Livingston, and Bobby Chatfield.

Hot on the Trojans trail will be the Amenia Monarchs, who have been a part of the league since its birth in 1934 when it was known as the Inter-State League before the inception of the Tri-State Baseball League in 1968. Amenia finished third in the standings last year under the guidance of long time standout and head coach Tommy Downey Jr and were led offensively by Will Perrotti with a very young and talented team. Also looking to take aim at the title will be the Wolcott Scrappers led by silver slugger award winner Matt Warren, Blasius Chevrolet (Team MVP Eric Rovenetti) led by head coach Paul Novakowski, Bethlehem Plowboys with offensive sparkplug Jon Wilson and the Winsted Whalers led by brothers Luke and Mitchell Gryniuk, whom all finished in the top half of the league standings in 2021. The Terryville Black Sox will play their 2022 season in the Connecticut Twilight League.

Looking for their first-ever World Series appearance in the Tri-State League, the Southington Gamecocks (Team MVP Matt Hochberg), Burlington Hunters (Team MVP Steve Caruso), Canton Crushers (Team MVP Jimmy Spirito), and Thunder Ducks (Team MVP Tyler Pelletier) round out the competitive league with hopes of playing baseball into the playoff month of August. The Tri-State World Series dates are set for August 14-16. Tri-State Commissioner Ed Gadomski will serve as the tourney director, along side field coordinators Ray Brown and Tony Santoro as the Stan Musial East Coast World Series returns to Waterbury, CT from August 11 – August 14. A home run derby is being planned for opening night on Thursday August 11. All games in the tournament will be played at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury and Fuessenich Park in Torrington.

OPENING DAY: Sunday May 22

Teams interested in joining:

Email our commissioner at [email protected]

Players interested in joining a team:

Email our commissioner at [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Home and cell phone numbers
  • City you work in
  • City you go to school in/graduated from
  • Date of Birth
  • What positions can you play?
  • Can you pitch or catch?
  • When did you last play organized baseball?
  • What are your player strengths (hitting/speed/defense)?
  • History of your baseball accomplishments
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