American Legion: State playoffs in full swing

MIDDLETOWN >> We’re in the middle of the American Legion baseball postseason. The one-and-done round is over — Middletown’s 4-3 loss to Monroe was brutal — and the best-of-three series with the eight weekend survivors and the eight zone champions begins Wednesday. In the Northern Division, RCP — Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Portland for those who […]

American Legion: Cheshire blanks Middletown in series finale

CHESHIRE >> Cheshire American Legion team salvaged the third game of its season series with Middletown and by so doing knocked Middletown unofficially into the 10th spot in the postseason seedings with a 6-0 win over the 75ers Friday evening at Burt Leventhal Field at Cheshire High. The Zone 3 champions, which clinched last night […]

Little League: Cromwell stuns Coginchaug in District 9 semifinals

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Nick Polizonis delivers a pitch in Cromwell's 8-6 victory over Coginchaug on Friday at the Great Hill Complex.

HADDAM >> Cromwell advanced to the Little League District 9 championship game with a stunning, 8-6, victory over Coginchaug Friday at the Great Hill Complex on Robert P. Duval Field. Cromwell will meet defending champion Madison today (noon) at Duval. “This is a fantastic win,” Cromwell manager Shaun Sullivan said. “These guys came in, I […]

American Legion: RCP captures fourth straight Zone 7 crown

CROMWELL >> Different season, same result. RCP won its fourth Zone 7 title in a row and seventh in the last 10 years by sweeping a doubleheader from second place West Hartford, 3-1 and 6-0, at Fran Monnes Field Sunday. “I’m very excited; very excited for the guys,” RCP first-year coach T.J. Grande said. “We […]

American Legion: Faulkingham, Shoreline edge Madison

Salem State bound Jake Faulkingham tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts to lead Shoreline past Madsion, 2-1, at Polson Middle School. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MADISON >> Shoreline first-year coach Michael Grant believes his team can make some noise over the next two weeks and contend for Zone 3’s final playoff spot. Well, after watching Jake Faulkingham pitch against Madison on Tuesday night, there might be a few more believers joining the fray. Faulkingham, who is headed to Salem State […]

American Legion: Middletown completes sweep over Guilford

Middletown's Jared Pflaumer and Post 75 are in prime position to make a postseason run.
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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 […]