Who is…..Desiree Elmore: The Capital Prep rising star is a team player

HARTFORD >> The shy, soft-spoken Capital Prep wing/post player smiled as she showed her little sister how to shoot a basketball. Junior Desiree Elmore, who helped lead the Trailblazers to its second consecutive state title last season and was named NHR All-State, has always been open to helping out. “It’s not just about Desiree,” said […]

American Legion: DiMauro leads Orange past Meriden, into sectional final vs. Branford

ORANGE – Sebastian DiMauro is a catalyst for the Orange Post 127 baseball team. Some days he sets the table from his leadoff position in the lineup and other days he shuts the door as the team’s closer. Monday afternoon he did both. Scoring twice in the contest and recording the final three outs on […]

Legion tourney: Middletown blanks Westport, advances to face Stamford in sectional final

Middletown’s Will Woods is tagged out at home plate by Westport’ catcher Adam Dulsky in the third inning. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> At the end of the day, it’s pitching that wins. The latest example came Monday at Palmer Field when Middletown Post 75’s John Mormile threw a dominating 6-0 shutout over Westport in the second round of the State American Legion playoffs. Middletown advances to the sectional final against Zone 4 champion Stamford at […]

American Legion State Tournament Schedule / Results

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The Connecticut American Legion baseball state tournament begins Sunday, July 20 and ends either August 1 or August 2. Unlike recent years, the state’s playoff qualifiers from the Northern Division and the Southern Division are seeded into four sectional playdown brackets, culminating with a three-game championship series vs. the eight zone champions. The winners of […]

American Legion Tournament Central

Branford's Dylan Millhouse fires a pitch against Milford (Photo Dave Phillips)

The American Legion tournament is upon us. The playoff-eligible teams have been seeded and grouped into sectional tournaments in the Northern and Southern divisions. They’ll face for the right to play the Zone champions in a best-of-three sectional final. The four winners from each division will advance into the super regionals and the two teams […]

Former North Haven football standout John Liquori dies after being struck by pickup

North Haven's John Liquori vs. Hillhouse in 2011. (Register file)

John Liquori, a standout linebacker on North Haven football’s 2011 playoff team, died Thursday evening a day after being hit by a pickup truck while jogging on Middletown Ave. He was 20. John Liquori Obituary The pickup driver, Theodore Spalding, 72, was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and operating a motor […]

2007 Register All-State baseball team has truly distinguished itself

Major Leaguers, from left,  Curtis Casali (Tampa Bay), Mike Olt (Texas) and Matt Harvey (New York Mets) when they were 2007 Register All-State baseball selections.

What if we told you that a 2007 All-State baseball team would produce seven players who would be major league draft picks (two first-rounders), including the National League’s 2013 starting All-Star pitcher, the NL’s 2014 leader in home runs among rookies, one of 2014’s hottest rookie pitchers who’s currently boasting a miniscule 2.21 ERA and […]

American Legion tournament: Russo, Orange advance past Naugatuck

ORANGE – Jake Russo and his Orange teammates are accustomed to playing in big games. Having won a state title this past spring with Amity and playing in several pressure-packed contests this summer, Orange is a seasoned team for the postseason in summer play. Behind the hitting of Russo, Chris Winkel and Matt Ronai, and […]

American Legion tournament: Middletown bests New Haven on Waldner walk-off in 11th

MIDDLETOWN >> Bill Waldner’s pop fly single in no-man’s land in short center field scored John Mormile from third base in the bottom of the 11th inning giving the Post 75ers a 5-4 win over New Haven in the opening round of the State Legion playoffs Sunday afternoon at Palmer Field. Middletown will play Westport, […]

American Legion: Simsbury leads Zone I teams into postseason

Simsbury won Zone I this season.

Zone I Postseason Preview Simsbury, Avon and Southington look good for the start of today’s American Legion Baseball State Tournament. Simsbury and Avon should benefit from the tourney’s new format. Southington could go deep on sheer talent. The new tournament looks like this, starting with two separate regional tournaments for the four zones in the […]

Little League: Norwalk defeats Fairfield American to set up Division 1 final

Norwalk Little League catcher Jake Deleo makes a play on Fairfield baserunner PJ Egan(13) to preserve Norwalks victory in Little League Baseball action in Orange. Photo: John Vanacore

ORANGE >> For the first time all summer, the Fairfield American Little League baseball team is in a position they aren’t too familiar with. With its season on the line Saturday afternoon at Roche Field, Norwalk erupted for a seven-run first inning against American en route to an 8-4 victory and handing American its first […]

American Legion: Middletown faces New Haven in state tourney opener

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown Post 75 opens play in the state Legion tournament hosting New Haven at Palmer Field Sunday at 1 p.m. Middletown (20-8) finished second in Zone 3, although its record tied it for first place. The 75ers lost on the head-to-head tiebreaker to Cheshire. New Haven finished fifth in Zone 2 at 15-15. […]

American Legion: Westbrook rallies to beat Guilford

Westbrook's Sam Grigo scores the winning run on wild pitch as Guilford pitcher John Suchy covers home Friday, July 18. Photo Dave Phillips

WESTBROOK — For a minute, Westbrook Post 103 coach Derek Hanssen thought about calling a suicide squeeze for the second consecutive inning. He didn’t get enough time to think about it. The first pitch from Guilford’s John Suchy to Trevor Mann was a wild one and Sam Grigo slid into the plate ahead of the […]

Baseball: Will Rios, D-Backs can’t agree on deal, Rios off to college

It came down to the last five minutes, but a deal could not be reached and 2014 New Haven Register All-State selection Will Rios will play college baseball at the University of Maryland and not pro ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It’s all a business,” Rios said. “That’s what it is.” Rios was drafted in […]

American Legion: Overlooked East Haven ready for more

Somewhere in the shadows of Zone 2, behind the defending state champ Branford Post 83, the consistent Orange Post 127 and the resurgent Stratford Post 42, the East Haven 89ers have been a tough team to beat. The 89ers shutout Stratford earlier in the year, edged Orange this month and almost beat Branford, too, losing […]

American Legion: Orange captures Zone II’s 2nd place with doubleheader sweep of Stratford

STRATFORD – It may have taken 20 innings, but things are starting to become a bit clearer in Zone II action. With a doubleheader sweep of Stratford Post 42 at Penders Field Thursday evening, including a 13-inning marathon in the nightcap, Orange Post 127 concludes the regular season in second place with a 23-7 record. […]