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Mike Cardillo

Fairfield Prep grinds out win over Amity

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One of the things high school baseball coaches love to talk about is, “being up” for a particular game. Amity coach Sal Coppola is well-versed in this, considering his team is always one the opponent is gunning to beat due to the Spartans lengthy track record of success. Thursday afternoon against Fairfield Prep was no exception. “Every […] [Read More]
Categories: baseball, General, SCC

Banged up NDWH tops Foran

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This is getting nuts. It’s April 21 and we’ve had, what, one nice Spring day so far this season? Is Spring the thing of the past? Are we going to go from 50 degrees to 90 degrees over night? Oh right, let’s talk some high school baseball. Monday it was sunny and not very windy […] [Read More]
Categories: baseball, General, SCC
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Central Making State Tournament Progress

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Central baseball improved to 4-4 on Saturday and is eyeing the state tournament. [Read More]

Johnson steals show

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After the other reporters and I were done interviewing Law junior righty Kevin Johnson a couple of his teammates said we should call him “Big Kev” in our stories. It’s doubtful they’ve read the AP Stylebook, but I can’t fault their effort for trying. The burly righty for Law was, well, big on the mound […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

Foran honoring Ken Walker Wednesday

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They say the best measure of a person is what they say about you when you pass on. The obituary for former Foran baseball/football coach Ken Walker from late June includes a telling line: “He was the kind of person people wanted to know.” In doing research for my newspaper column to advance Wednesday’s ceremony […] [Read More]
Categories: General, SCC
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Diamond Vision: Trumbull downs Bunnell

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Another day of covering a game in early April. Another night of thawing out. Unlike some other high school sports, it’s hard to draw massive conclusions about a team going forward when it comes to baseball. Just look at Trumbull last year. The Eagles had seven losses before the FCIAC tournament, got in as as […] [Read More]
Categories: FCIAC, SWC

Shelton wins the Class LL title

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MIDDLETOWN — Three-plus decades of frustration on the baseball diamond melted away in impressive fashion for the Shelton baseball team Saturday night at Palmer Field. The Gaels took home their first state title since 1976, defeating South Windsor 7-2 to take home the Class LL crown, the school’s fifth overall. Ryan Testani – fourth inning […] [Read More]
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Class LL baseball preview capsule: Shelton vs. South Windsor

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WHAT: Class LL baseball final WHEN: Saturday, 7 WHERE: Palmer Field, Middletown SEEDS/RECORDS: No. 4 Shelton (21-5) vs. No. 6 South Windsor (19-5) PREVIOUS TITLES: Shelton 4 (Class L: 1972, 1973, 1974; Class LL: 1976); South Windsor 1 (Class L: 1993) RUN TO FINAL: Shelton: bye; beat No. 13 Newtown 5-0; beat No. 5 Ridgefield 2-0; beat No. 8 […] [Read More]
Categories: SCC

All hail Shelton’s ‘Daiss man’

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To make a deep run in the state baseball tournament, you need at least one reliable arm to ride. If you have two? Even better. That’s why this week appears to be setting up perfectly for Shelton, which rode the right arm of senior Ryan Daiss to a 7-1 victory over East Hartford Tuesday at […] [Read More]
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Diamond Vision: Shelton gets by Newtown

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During the season when working on a column about the unpredictable nature of the state baseball tournament I spoke with Shelton coach Scott Gura. He made a good point, after two days of play — the tournament is almost over. Teams in all four classes played on Tuesday and Wednesday and now don’t play again […] [Read More]
Categories: General, SCC, SWC