Baseball: Portland edges Valley Regional in SLC quarterfinals

Portland senior Cole Ogorzalek tossed a complete game four-hitter as the Highlanders edged Valley Regional 3-1 on Tuesday at Dyer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - The Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> Portland’s magical run to the Class S state baseball title a year ago was fueled by sensational pitching, great defense and timely hitting. Well, it’s playoff time again and the Highlanders’ modus operandi is still the same. Portland upended Valley Regional, 3-1, in the Shoreline Conference quarterfinals behind a terrific complete game effort […]

Tuesday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Boys Tennis Middletown 6, Bulkeley 1 >> At Hartford, Kendar Serindag, Ben Lanza and Zach Fitzner rolled to two-set singles wins as the Blue Dragons clinched their first ever Central Connecticut Conference South Division championship on Tuesday. Saket Pandit and Payton White won at No. 1 doubles for Middletown (9-5). Datzer Pagdiwala took No. 1 […]

Middletown roundup: Helmedach, Coginchaug slam Berlin

Softball Coginchaug 7, Berlin 4 >> At Durham, Destiny Helmedach’s grand slam homer in the fifth inning sparked the Blue Devils to a non-league win on Friday. Courtney Votto went 2-for-2 with a lead-off home run in the fourth, and Taylor Marino had two hits, including a triple and an RBI for Coginchaug (14-5). Kelsie […]

Softball: Dean, Mercy rally past Hand on senior day

Mercy senior Maddie DeRita (18) and the Tigers celebrate a wild 8-7 victory over Hand on Senior Day at Middletown. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> Mercy’s seven seniors have celebrated two Southern Connecticut Conference championships and four Quinnipiac Division titles. They were also Class LL runner-ups as sophomores, losing a 1-0 classic against Southington in the state finals. On Friday, they created more memorable moments. Stephanie Dean lined a bases loaded single that scored Tiffany Mangiameli in the […]

Thursday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Girls Lacrosse Haddam-Killingworth 23, Morgan 13 >> At Clinton, sophomore Brinley Anderson powered the Cougars attack with nine goals and two assists on Thursday. Katie Hausherr and Julie Hausherr netted five goals apiece for H-K (7-7). Cat Goss and Riley Musial each had four goals for the Huskies (9-7). Boys Tennis Middletown 6, Rockville 1 […]

Softball: Fast start lifts Berlin past Middletown

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Middletown senior Maddie Landry lines a base hit against Bristol Central  earlier this season. Landry is headed to Central Connecticut State University.

MIDDLETOWN >> The first inning was the decisive inning. Berlin scored four times in the first, a rally punctuated by back-to-back home runs by Kelsie Anderson and Katie Guild, and Middletown couldn’t recover as the Redcoats hung on for a key Central Connecticut Conference South softball win, 8-5, at the Moody School Field Wednesday evening. […]

Wednesday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Baseball Coginchaug 4, Valley Regional 3 (9) >> At Durham, Zach Terrill hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth and winning pitcher John Mormile went the distance with 14 strikeouts to lead the Blue Devils (11-9) on Wednesday. The Warriors fell to 13-6. North Branford 5, Haddam-Killingworth 4 >> At Higganum, Xavier […]

Tuesday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Boys Volleyball Xavier 3, Cheshire 0 >> At Middletown, the Falcons swept the Rams 25-16, 25-17, and 25-13 on Monday and clinched a spot in the state tournament. Andre Zumerchik had 11 kills, John Haberski had 15 kills and nine digs, while Sean Monaghan served four aces for Xavier (8-8). Cheshire fell to 7-9. Baseball […]

Baseball: Haddam-Killingworth tops Cromwell

Haddam-Killingworth's Luigi Fazzino, Brian Moskey and Tommy Kostek were all smiles after beating (via @moskey5 on Twitter)

HIGGANUM >> The frustration was beginning to build for Haddam-Killingworth in its Shoreline Conference game with Cromwell Monday afternoon. In the second inning the Cougars had two hits, but a double play killed the rally. They had two on in the third and got nothing. In the fourth the first two batters reached, but they […]

Baseball: Breton’s double lifts Hale-Ray over Portland in extra innings

Hale-Ray senior Brian Johnson delivers a pitch on Monday at Dyer Field. Photo by Jimmy Zanor - Middletown Press

PORTLAND >> Powered by Lukas Breton’s game-winning double in the top of the ninth and some terrific pitching by Brian Johnson and Ryan Nichisti, Hale-Ray spoiled Portland’s Senior Day with a 4-3 Shoreline Conference victory on Monday at Dyer Field. The Noises also snapped the Highlanders six-game win streak. “It was a fantastic win for […]

Softball: Middletown blasts Bristol Central

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Middletown senior Maddy Feshler delivers a pitch against Bristol Central on Friday at Hank Hiller Field.

MIDDLETOWN >> The Middletown softball team has been flying under the radar this season. But after rapping 19 hits — including a grand slam homer from sophomore Alex Giardina — against Bristol Central on Friday, those days may be over. The Blue Dragons captured their ninth win in 11 games with an impressive 15-3 Central […]

Thursday’s Middletown region sports roundup: Xavier baseball beats Fairfield Prep

Xavier celebrates its 3-2 victory over Fairfield Prep on Thursday. It was the Falcons' fifth-straight victory.

Baseball Xavier 4, Fairfield Prep 3 >> At Middletown, senior Matt Naarden went 6.1 innings to earn the pitching win as the Falcons captured their fifth consecutive victory on Thursday at Palmer Field. Kyle Wollman notched his fourth save for Xavier (8-8). The fourth-ranked Jesuits fell to 14-3. Coginchaug 7, Haddam-Killingworth 2 >> At Durham, […]

Wednesday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Track and Field Xavier 82, Hamden 67 >> At Middletown, the Falcons clinched the Southern Connecticut Conference Quinnipiac Division title with a victory over the Green Dragons on Tuesday. Xavier (8-2) was led by Derrick Ward, who won the long jump (17-4) and high jump (5-10); Matt Daigle, who captured first in the shot put […]

Baseball: Middletown rally falls short against Bristol Central

MIDDLETOWN >> Last inning lightning didn’t strike twice. Monday afternoon, Middletown’s Jared Pflaumer got a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th to give the Blue Dragons a win over Plainville. Tuesday against Bristol Central at John Denunzio Field, Pflaumer came up in the bottom of the seventh with his team down by […]

Girls soccer: Middletown’s Libera resigns

MIDDLETOWN >> Nick Libera is no longer the girls soccer coach at Middletown High School. Director of Athletics Elisha De Jesus said in an email that Libera “resigned” his position as a physical education teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School and also his position as girls varsity soccer coach. Libera said he “resigned for personal […]

Monday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Baseball Middletown 8, Plainville 7 (10) >> Jared Pflaumer delivered the game-winning hit, scoring Austin Rak in the bottom of the 10th, to lift the host Blue Dragons to a CCC victory at DeNunzio Field. Pflaumer, who also earned the pitching win in relief, had two hits, while Chris Rodo went 3-for-6 with a double […]

Baseball: Ambler, Cromwell silence East Hampton

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Cromwell junior Dan Ambler tossed a five-hit shutout in leading the Panthers to a victory over East Hampton on Friday at Monnes Field.

CROMWELL >> Cromwell’s Dan Ambler learned a lot while watching Jake Regula, Logan Lessard and Tucker Lord work their pitching magic last season. Ambler was a reliever for a Panthers club that captured the Shoreline Conference championship. Now — with Regula (Hartford) and Lessard (Bryant) making their mark at the Division I level — Ambler […]

Friday’s Middletown region sports roundup

Baseball Portland 6, Old Lyme 3 >> At Dyer Field, sophomore Austin White hit a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Highlanders on Friday. Tom Pelton earned the pitching win for Portland (8-6). Matt Przybysz struck out 13 for the visiting Wildcats (8-6). Softball East Hampton 4, Old Saybrook […]

Baseball: No Mercy! Middletown wallops Vinal Tech

MIDDLETOWN >> A Mercy Rule would have been nice. Unlike American Legion Baseball, which has a 10-run Mercy Rule, there is no such thing in Connecticut high school baseball. No matter what the score, a game has to be played to its 7-inning completion. In what has to be the definition of a mismatch that […]