2015 CIAC Baseball State Tournament pairings

Notre Dame-West Haven's Mike Corso  West Haven slides into second base as Jake Smith of Amity High School tries for a double play.  (Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

CLASS LL FIRST ROUND Monday, 3:30 p.m. Upper bracket: No. 1 Norwich Free Academy – Bye; No. 17 New Britain (12-8) at No. 16 Farmington (12-8); No. 25 Bristol Central (10-10) at No. 8 Norwalk (15-5); No. 24 Xavier (10-10) at No. 9 Wilton (15-5); No. 29 Hamden (9-11) at No. 4 Staples (16-4); No. […]

Baseball: Middletown’s Plefka ‘abruptly’ resigns

MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High interim baseball coach Jon Plefka has abruptly resigned from the MHS job to take a coaching position with an independent professional baseball team in a league called The Heartland of America Independent Baseball League based in Ozark, Missouri. Plefka will be the pitching coach for one of the 10 teams which will […]

Wednesday’s Star: Katie Koshes, Amity; Vote for Thursday’s Star of the Day

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Katie Koshes, Amity softball: Tossed a four-hitter and struck out 14 to help Amity beat Mercy 7-0 in the SCC tournament quarterfinals. Vote for Thursday’s Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Friday.

Baseball: Amity, Fairfield Prep to meet in SCC final

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Fairfield Prep’s Brett Stevenson celebrates after reaching third base against Shelton in the SCC semifinals Thursday afternoon. Fairfield Prep won 6-3 and will face Amity Saturday in the SCC final at noon in West Haven.

WEST HAVEN >> When Amity and Notre Dame-West Haven last played, the game came down to a bevy of errors the Spartans committed in the seventh which led to an Amity a loss. On Thursday in the Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals the fifth-seeded Spartans corrected their mistakes and then some to rout top-seeded Notre Dame-West […]

Baseball: Coginchaug reaches Shoreline title game

PORTLAND >> Portland High was the 2014 Class S Cinderella. Maybe this time around it will be Coginchaug. The surging Blue Devils beat defending Class S champion Portland, 6-1, behind the pitching of Zach Terrill in the semifinal round of the Shoreline Conference playoffs Thursday at Dyer Field. With the win, Coginchaug advanced to the […]

Baseball: Kovachik outduels Rossomando, Masuk edges Bunnell for SWC Championship

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Final. Masuk 1, Bunnell 0. #ctbase @MonroeCourier @StratfordStar pic.twitter.com/CGhSrts8Po — Michael Suppe (@Mike_Suppe_HAN) May 29, 2015 STRATFORD >> Cameron Kovachik outdueled Bunnell ace Ronnie Rossomondo by throwing a complete-game shutout while Sam Cleland drove home the only run of the game as Masuk topped Bunnell 1-0 to win the SWC Championship at Penders Field in […]

Baseball: FCIAC postpones again, to play semifinal / championship doubleheader at Harbor Yard Friday

The scene from the FCIAC baseball semifinals on Wednesday. Wilton will play the winner of Staples-Trinity in the second game of a semifinal-final doubleheader Friday afternoon. (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley)

Wednesday’s postponed FCIAC baseball semifinal between Staples and Trinity Catholic was — once again — postponed due to the threat of rain. Not the rain itself, the threat of it. Last night, it never really rained much at Harbor Yard after the lightning delay. But considering the deluge of rain in Fairfield County on Thursday, […]

Watch Warde’s Giacomo Brancato’s inspiring video for the CT Challenge Bike Race

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By now you should know about Fairfield’s Giancarlo Brancato’s fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The Warde basketball and baseball player was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and physical therapy. Brancato, 17, has been working with with CT Challenge Center for Survivorship in Southport. The CT Challenge is a non-profit […]

Baseball: East Catholic’s Titus wins Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year


East Catholic junior shortstop/pitcher Jimmy Titus is leading one of the strongest offenses in the state, as the Eagles are posting 9.6 runs per contest. As East Catholic begins its pursuit of a state crown, Titus already has some hardware to place on the shelf as the senior was named 2015 Gatorade Connecticut Player of […]

Baseball: Titus, No. 1 East Catholic gets past No. 5 Southington


MANCHESTER>> In the marquee match-up of the season in the Central Connecticut Conference, East Catholic reigned supreme. Coming in both ranked in the top-five of the GameTimeCT/New Haven Register baseball poll, the No. 1 Eagles fought off No. 5 Southington, 5-3 on Wednesday at Jim Penders Field. Senior shortstop Jimmy Titus sparked a 3-run third […]

Baseball: Ward settles in, pitches Wilton into first FCIAC final since 1999; Staples-Trinity postponed

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Video via HanRadio.com BRIDGEPORT >> From the look of his first few pitches, Wilton right-hander Jackson Ward didn’t look like he’d last one inning in the FCIAC baseball semifinals, never mind seven. His command was lost. His curveballs floated way over and behind batters’ heads. Catcher Alex Ellenthall made an early visit to the mound. […]

Wednesday’s Litchfield Country scoreboard

Boys tennis Collin Genovese and Scott Dixon of Torrington, ranked 2nd in the league in doubles, advanced to the semifinals after two wins in the opening round of the NVL tournament at Woodland High School. Ethan Barbieri, ranked No. 5in the conference won his two singles matches to advance to the semifinals. Softball Lewis Mills […]

Baseball: SWC final postponed, to be played Thursday

The threat of severe thunderstorms has pushed back the South-West Conference baseball tournament final to Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bethel High School. The game was to be played today, Wednesday, at 7 at Bethel, but the approaching storms will force No. 3 Bunnell and top-seeded Masuk to wait another day. Still, the Bulldogs aren’t […]

VOTE in the 2015 GameTimeCT CCC baseball tournament [Final Round]


It’s that time of year, time for postseason baseball. But while most of the conferences in the state are holding tournaments, the Central Connecticut Conference is sitting at home waiting for the state tournament to start. Last year some coaches and players said they would be in favor of a CCC tournament and that there has […]

Tuesday’s Litchfield County sports roundup

Golf BL CHAMPIONSHIPS HARWINTON >> Litchfield’s Joe D’Andrea was low scorer at the Berkshire League All-Star Golf Tournament at Harwinton’s Fairview Farm Golf Course Tuesday. D’Andrea shot a 76, with Shepaug’s Griffin Ylagan (77) and Litchfield teammate Nathan Leigh (78) right behind him. All three golfers made the BL All-Star team, along with Tyler Goulet […]

Saturday’s Star: Becca Findley, Seymour; vote for Tuesday’s Star of the Day

Saturday’s Star Becaa Findley, Seymour softball: had three hits and three RBIs to help Seymour beat St. Paul 8-5 in the NVL tournament quarterfinals. Vote for Tuesday’s Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday’s NH County baseball roundup: Notre Dame, Amity advance past SCC quarterfinals

No. 1 Notre Dame-West Haven, 7, No. 8 Hand 3 >> Mike Corso, Matt Montano and Chris Stankiewicz all had two hits each for Notre Dame in its SCC quarterfinal-round win at Quigley Stadium. Evan Lumpinski homered for the Green Knights (17-4). Hand dropped to 8-13. No. 5 Amity 12, No. 4 Sheehan 8 (10) […]

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 […]