CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Northeast Regional: RCP tops Middletown, advances to final

(Catherine Avalone/The Middletown Press)

MIDDLETOWN>> RCP lived dangerously against Middletown, as starting pitching Jake Regula walked 13 batters, Middletown loaded the bases three times and RCP stranded 14 runners. However, the only number that really counts on the scoreboard is the one under the “R” and thanks to a huge top of the ninth, RCP rebounded  to eliminate Post […]

Northeast Regional: RCP mercy rules Maine, will play tomorrow

RCP’s Alex Ramirez pounded his glove after giving up his no-hit bid in the top of the sixth on a single to Bangor’s Kyle Stevenson. “It wasn’t really about the no-no,” he said. “It was about getting a win.” Ramirez got what he really wanted as RCP mercy-ruled Bangor, Maine 10-0 in seven innings at […]

Northeast Regional: Maine knocks out Vermont in dramatic fashion

MIDDLETOWN >> Justin Courtney drove Kyle Stevenson with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Bangor over Essex 4-3 in the Northeast Regional at Palmer Field Saturday. Bangor’s next game is to be determined based on the outcome of RCP’s game later tonight. Essex rallied in the top of […]

Northeast Regional: Cheshire wakes up, fights off elimination

MIDDLETOWN >> Playing to extend its season yet again, Cheshire didn’t want to waste any time against Pawtucket, Rhode Island Friday morning. “I’m telling you,” said Cheshire’s Mike Purcell, “we play our best with our backs against the wall.” Purcell had three hits and a two-run double to lead Cheshire to a 7-2 victory over […]

Northeast Regional: Big hit eludes Cheshire in loss to Maine

Cheshire had its chances. It even loaded the bases twice, once with no outs. Unfortunately for Post 92, only one of those chances turned into a run and Cheshire fell to the Bangor Comrades of Maine 7-1 in the American Legion Northeast Regional tournament at Palmer Field Thursday. With the loss, Cheshire will be getting up early to take […]

Baseball: Glut of travel programs in Connecticut leaves no easy choices

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
Coach Matt Untiet, left, an employee of The Grind, left, and Jake Russo , 17, of Orange, practicing a fielding drill at the Grind Baseball and Softball training facility in Orange.

From private lessons to the market’s top baseball bats and elite travel teams, parents are dishing out thousands of dollars with hopes of giving their son an edge on the diamond, the potential for a college athletic scholarship or even more. In the world of travel baseball specifically, that is where the most money exchanges […]

American Legion: Cheshire tops Branford in thriller

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson saw his second baseman Joe Anderson get taken out. Branford coach Rich Balzano saw a clean play. Anderson said he wasn’t even sure, but the umpire said Anderson was interfered with, which led to a ninth inning double play that killed a potential Branford rally and helped Cheshire pick […]

Ameerican Legion: Cheshire rallies, tops Stamford

STAMFORD >> Cheshire coach Bill Robertson said he felt something special when his team rallied to top Trumbull in the regionals. Cheshire’s still got the special feeling after rallying yet again, this time to top Stamford 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 2 of the super regionals at Cubeta Stadium Saturday. “This gives us confidence […]

2014 Litchfield County Male Athlete of the Year, Torrington’s John McCarthy

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Growing up, most athletes try their hands at multiple sports and only a few of them, like Torrington’s John McCarthy, excel like he did in his four years as a Red Raider. McCarthy just finished his high school career where he was a three-year varsity athlete in three different sports. He was the last line […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Legion: Orange dodges curse, ready for Stratford

The ‘Curse of the State Tournament’ could turn out to be a blessing for Orange Post 127. However Orange, which has players from Class LL champ Amity, was feeling more of the curse part early in the season. “Everyone was exhausted,” said Orange coach Rob Mirto. Usually teams with players who go far in the CIAC […]

2014 NH Register / GameTimeCT Second, Third and Honorable Mention Baseball Teams

Second Team Mike Davis Newtown Sr. P Buddy DeWaine Montville Jr. P/IF Sebastian DiMauro Amity Sr. OF/RP Mike Esposito Waterford Sr. P/3B Nick Fusco Amity Sr. P Noah Hahn Avon Sr. P Laurence Hill Xavier Sr. IF Kevin Johnson Law Sr. P Dan Rajkowski New Canaan Sr. P Asher Lee Tyson Weston Sr. SS/P Jake […]

2014 New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Baseball All-State Team

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) 
NH Register / GameTimeCT State Baseball Player of the Year: Zach Risedorf, Northwestern.

Zach Risedorf Northwestern, Sr., C Stats: Batted .495, 40 stolen bases, 38 hits, 19 RBIs and six home runs. Honors: Coaches Award and CHSCA All-State selection. Up next: Is already playing in the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres drafted Risedorf in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Lou Kessler Notre Dame-West […]