American Legion: Middletown completes sweep over Guilford

Jimmy Zanor - The Middletown Press. Middletown's Jared Pflaumer delivers a hit in Post 75's series sweep over Guilford.

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown Post 75 swept a Zone 3 doubleheader from Guilford, 11-1 and 3-0, Wednesday evening at Palmer Field. The twinbill sweep gave the 75ers a sweep of the season series from Guilford and improved their zone record to 10-5. “We got very good pitching tonight,” Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila said. “Guys really stepped […]

American Legion: Middletown blanks Guilford, snaps three-game skid

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Middletown's Kyle Farrell allowed one hit over five innings in Post 75's 6-0 victory Tuesday night at Guilford High School.

GUILFORD >> Nick Roy hit two doubles and lefthander Kyle Farrell allowed just one hit over five innings as Middletown snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-0 Zone 3 victory over Guilford on Tuesday at Guilford High School. Nick Brenchak also powered Post 75’s 11-hit attack with a two-run single and a double. Jared […]

American Legion: Zone races ready to heat up

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Middletown head coach Tim D'Aquila has Post 75 in the race for the Zone 3 championship again this summer.

MIDDLETOWN >> The ‘ol wild, wild West. That’s what American Legion baseball is going to look like as the races for the coveted eight Zone championships heat up over the next three weeks. So fasten your seat belts and make sure you have a lot of pitching arms on that 18-man roster. It’s going to […]

Legion baseball: Middletown blanks Shoreline

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown Post 75 extended its Zone 3 winning streak to five with a double shutout sweep of Shoreline, 2-0 and 10-0, Wednesday night at Palmer Field. “We got great pitching and great defense,” Middletown coach Tim D’Aquila said. “We didn’t hit much, but we got a lot of walks.” Ben Gilliland went the […]

Legion baseball: No time for World Series hangover for RCP

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RCP first-year head coach T.J. Grande exchanges line-up cards with Middletown head coach Tim D'Aquila and home plate umpire Sandy Booth prior to last week's exhibition game at Monnes Field.

CROMWELL >> Jay Hickey leaned against the backstop at Fran Monnes Field, watching the RCP and Middletown American Legion baseball teams in their second exhibition game of the summer. But his thoughts quickly turned to last August. “I would have loved to get another shot against New Jersey,” Hickey said. Now, that’s a bold statement. […]

Class M softball: Guillette, Oxford top St. Joseph for second state championship

Oxford defeated St. Joseph, 4-0, to win the Class M state title Friday in front of 1,500 fans at DeLuca Field. Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

STRATFORD >> For five innings the pitcher’s duel between Oxford’s Ashley Guillette and St. Joseph’s Nicole Williams was as good as it gets on the biggest stage of the season. Guillette entered Friday’s Class M state championship game on the heels of back-to-back no hitters, including a perfect game against Rocky Hill in the quarterfinals, […]

Jimmy Zanor: Despite semifinal loss, Hale Ray carries Shoreline banner again

Hale Ray junior shortstop Nicole Dombroski gets ready to battle Thomaston on Wednesday at West Haven's Biondi Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

WEST HAVEN >> Watching the Hale Ray softball team warm-up prior to their CIAC Class S semifinal softball battle against Thomaston Wednesday night, I was reminded again what the late Ed Hidek told me years ago. Hidek, who guided Morgan to four Class M state titles, believed that the Shoreline Conference was the best small […]

Class S softball: Hale-Ray tops Old Saybrook, rolls into semifinals

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Hale-Ray junior Cailey Botteon had two hits in the Noises' quarterfinal round victory over Old Saybrook on Friday.

EAST HADDAM >> After winning just three of their first 10 games — and with only one senior on the roster — Hale-Ray softball coach Suzy Miner had to convince her young players that the season wasn’t over. Make that far from over. The Noises rolled into the Class S semifinals with a 7-2 victory […]

Class S baseball: Simpson, top-seeded Stafford roll past Shoreline champ Coginchaug, into quarterfinals

STAFFORD SPRINGS >> Midnight came early for Cinderella. Coginchaug Regional’s baseball team, which came out of nowhere to win seven of eight down the stretch and win the Shoreline Conference playoffs in dramatic fashion, ran out of pitching Thursday and was beaten by No. 1 ranked Stafford, 14-0, in the second round of the CIAC […]

Middletown region roundup: Hale-Ray advances to Class S softball quarterfinals; Cromwell falls

Hale-Ray 6, Lyman Memorial 4 >> At East Haddam, Katrina Ceceri went 3-for-4 with a triple and Emily Traceski was 3-for-3 with two runs scored as No. 22 Hale-Ray advanced to the Class S quarterfinals on Thursday. The Noises (12-10) will host No. 35 Old Saybrook (11-12) today at 4 p.m. CIAC Softball Tournament Scoreboard […]

Class L baseball: North Haven routs Middletown, advances to quarterfinals

NORTH HAVEN >> North Haven baseball coach Bob DeMayo doesn’t know if this will be his last season. The state’s all-time winningest coach is in his 56th year with the Indians. And after watching his team explode for 14 hits on Thursday, you can see he’s still enjoying every minute of his Hall of Fame […]

Class LL softball: Late heroics lift Middletown past Manchester

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Middletown senior Maddie Landry knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the seventh as the Blue Dragons advanced to the Class LL second round with a 2-1 win over Manchester on Wednesday.

MIDDLETOWN >> As a senior captain and catcher, Maddie Landry is used to pressure situations. And it doesn’t get any more nerve-wracking than stepping into the batter’s box with the winning run on third base in the state tournament. “I was a little nervous, I’m not going to lie,” Landry said. Landry then promptly delivered […]

Class S baseball: Northwest Catholic edges Cromwell in 10 innings

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Cromwell junior Lawton Coleman dives back to first base as Northwest Catholic's Jack Manzi awaits the throw. The Indians topped the Panthers, 3-1, on Wednesday at Monnes Field.

CROMWELL >> Northwest Catholic coach Cody Carlson said it best: “This was one of those games where we sat around waiting for a mistake and we hoped we weren’t the team that made it.” Twenty-seventh ranked Northwest didn’t make the mistake, sixth-ranked Cromwell did. The Indians parlayed a 10th inning error into a pair of […]

Middletown roundup: Blue Dragons edge Cheney Tech in Class L baseball

Baseball Middletown 2, Cheney Tech 0 (10) >> At Manchester, senior righthander Jared Pflaumer tossed a one-hitter in a sensational complete game effort as the Blue Dragons edged the host Beavers in 10 innings on Tuesday in the opening round of the CIAC Class L state tournament. Tied at 0, Chris Rodo led off the […]

Baseball: Coginchaug edges Old Lyme to win Shoreline title

Coginchaug caprured the Shoreline Conference championship Saturday night with an epic 4-3 win over Old Lyme in 12 innings at Dodd Stadium. Photo by JImmy Zanor - The Middletown Press

NORWICH >> Years from now, in coffee shops from Durham and Middlefield to Old Lyme, baseball fans will be talking about that Saturday night when the lights stayed on forever at Dodd Stadium as Coginchaug and Lyme-Old Lyme battled for the Shoreline Conference championship. “It was like a heavyweight fight that goes 15 rounds,” Coginchaug […]

SLC Softball Championship: North Branford tops Morgan in finals thriller

North Branford softball coach Nick DeLizio and his players celebrate after winning the SLC championship on Saturday. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - The Middletown Press

EAST HADDAM >> Sometimes the spark comes from an unlikely source. For five innings the North Branford offense was silent movies. Aside from two harmless singles, Morgan pitcher Emily Popp was in charge. In the sixth, she got two quick strikes on No. 9 hitter Danielle Ramada. Then everything changed. Ramada slammed the next pitch […]

Softball: Popp, Morgan blank Coginchaug in SLC semifinals

CLINTON >> In softball, even more than in baseball, it’s all about pitching. In Friday’s Shoreline Conference semifinal, The Morgan School got brilliant pitching, Coginchaug didn’t and the Huskies won going away, 9-0. No. 2 Morgan will play top-seeded North Branford, a 5-2 winner over Haddam-Killingworth, for the SLC title today at noon at Lou […]