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Monday, June 20, 2011

Junior Select All-Star Game

Here are the 18 juniors from Connecticut selected to play in the Junior Select All-Star Game Sunday at Plainville High School at 1 p.m.
The Connecticut All-Stars will face 18 of the top juniors from Massachusetts...

Joe Burns St. Josephs High School
Zack Brown Holy Cross High School
Dylan Callahan Greenwich High School
Tyler Bush Bristol Eastern High School
Troy DeLeon Xavier High School
Nick Dummar Branford High School
Gary Flowers Notre Dame High School, WH
Matt Ederle Norwalk High School
Dwayne Ellis Sacred Heart High School
Tre Gonzalez Montville High School
Max Hart Montville High School
Chase Livingston East Lyme High School
Nolan Long Waterford High School
Liam O’Connor Avon High School
Tom O’Brien Watertown High School
Vin Siena Amity High School
Ryan Zahornasky Shelton High School
Aaron Wilson Northwest Catholic

Shelton alumni game

The second Shelton High School alumni baseball game will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shelton High. Cost is $35.
There will also be a dinner at Danny O’s Sunnyside at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Scott Gura at 203-225-6133.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CHSCA all-star games postponed

Press release on CHSCA all-star games...

The CHSCA Senior All-Star and Junior Select games were postponed Tuesday because of rain. The games will be played Wednesday at Plainville High School.

In the Senior games, District I will play District IV at 3 p.m., followed by District II vs. District III. After the second game, the Connecticut team of 18 seniors that will play Rhode Island in New Hampshire on June 25 in the New England Senior High School All-Star game will be announced.

The Junior Select game will be played at Plainville Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Following that game, the Connecticut team of 18 juniors that will play Massachusetts on June 26 at Plainville High School will be announced.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Final Register Top 10 poll

Newington finishes No. 1. Check out the final Top 10 poll here.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Championship gameday

Here's a link to previews of the three state championship games today at Muzzy Field.

Notre Dame-West Haven wins Class L title

Check out game story from Notre Dame-West Haven's 2-1 walk-off win over Farmington in the Class L state championship.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pair of Aces

Notre Dame-West Haven's Gary Flowers and his sister Molly Flowers of Sacred Heart Academy will both be pitching in a state final tonight.
Check out the feature story.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Junior Select Game

The Junior Select game, featuring 40 of the state’s top juniors, will take place June 15 at Plainville at 7:30 p.m.
Teams are as follows...

Avery Barlow, St. Bernard
Zack Brown, Holy Cross
Dylan Callahan, Greenwich
Ryan Daiss, Shelton
Nick Dummar, Branford
Gary Flowers, Notre Dame-West Haven
Alex Guadalupe, St. Joseph
Kevin Hall, Maloney
Joseph Hannigan, Immaculate
Tim Jalbert, St. Paul
Chase Livingston, East Lyme
Brett Madore, Xavier
Evan Noonan, Newtown
Tom O’Brien, Watertown
Vin Siena, Amity
Justin Thomas, Enfield
Kyle Wilcox, Newtown
Aaron Wilson, Northwest Catholic
TJ Wyrebek, Bristol Central
Mike Yerina, Trumbull

Joe Burns, St. Joseph
Tyler Bush, Bristol Eastern
Bryan Daniello, McMahon
James Davitt, Sheehan
Troy DeLeon, Xavier
Max Dougan, Manchester
Matt Eddale, Norwalk
Dwayne Ellis, Sacred Heart
Mike Forgione, North Branford
Tre Gonzalez, Montville
Max Hart, Montville
Austin Kisling, New Milford
Nolan Long, Waterford
Ryan Manning, Foran
Alex Miller, Oxford
Liam O’Connor, Avon
Joe Randall, St. Paul
Garrett Richardello, East Catholic
Ryan Thayer, Platt
Ryan Zahornasky, Shelton

CHSCA All-Star games

The CHSCA all-star games will take place June 14-15. District II will play District III at 5 p.m. and District I will play District IV at 7:30 p.m. Both games will take place at Plainville. The winners will square off June 15 at 5 p.m. at Plainville.

A selection committee of college coaches and scouts will select the top 18 players, who will face Massachusetts.

Teams are as follows...

Coach: Bunty Ray, Bristol Central
Coach: Brian Roy, Canton
Tyler Barrett, Newington
Chris Borea, St. Paul
Derik Brady, New Milford
Cole Bryant, Newington
Jason Byers, East Granby
Dylan Chasse, Plainville
Kyle Decker, Simsbury
Steve Delcegno, Bristol Eastern
Kevin Deming, Avon
Ron Gombos, Nonnewaug
Carson Helms, Farmington
Nate Katz, Torrington
Mike Krukiel, Wethersfield
Will Matuszak, Berlin
Mike Odenwaelder, Wamogo
Devin Over, Windsor
Al Pienkowski, New Britain
Nick Quattro, Canton
Sal Romano, Southington

Coach: Mike Eisenbach, Pomperaug
Coach: Tony Wilmont, Ridgefield
Zach Albin, Bethel
Hunter Alica, Ridgefield
Cammareon Armstrong, Stamford
Brendan Bernstein, Staples
Tom DeSimone, Barlow
Mike DeVivo, Ridgefield
Brian Fay, Pomperaug
Mike Garcia, Warde
Quinn Irwin, St. Joseph
Alex Johnson, Abbott Tech
Jay Lane, Weston
Tyler Matakevich, St. Joseph
Robert Meerman, Danbury
Brent Pelella, Pomperaug
Aleko Petridis, McMahon
RJ Roman, Newtown
Josh Silkoff, Oxford
CJ Sousa, Immaculate
Jon Testani, Masuk

Coach: Tom Deller, Naugatuck
Coach: Mike Phelan, Holy Cross
Neftali Arroyo, Wilbur Cross
Nick Baviello, Amity
Connor David, Cheshire
Dave DeMarco, Hand
Shaquille Eaddy, Hyde
Vin Guglietti, East Haven
Bill Horobin, Sheehan
Alex Iannone, East Hampton
Tom Lanzoni, Xavier
CJ Monroe, Wolcott
Joe Perez, North Branford
David Plaza, Sacred Heart
Max Slade, Cheshire
Colin Sledzik, Haddam-Killingworth
JT Smith, Hale-Ray
Jeff Stoddard, Branford
Eric Stone, West Haven
Eric Yavarone, North Haven

Coach: Dave Austin, Woodstock Academy
Coach: Scott Czerwinski, Tolland
Trevor Bretton, Fermi
Tyler Contillo, Montville
Drew Doyle, Fitch
Zack Graves, Ellington
Matt Greene, New London
Dave Keplesky, E.O. Smith
Bryan Leonard, Rockville
Barry Maily, Plainfield
Orlando Morales, Ansonia
Anthony Openchofski, Griswold
Tucker Panciera, East Catholic
Pat Rogers, Waterford
Edgard Santiago, New London
Kyle Schilling, RHAM
Kelvin Sims, East Catholic
Steve Starr, Lyman Memorial
Connor Tuck, RHAM
Dylan Yaworksi, Plainfield
Casey Zalagens, Montville

Friday, June 3, 2011


North Branford senior Sage Leonard came up with a triple to drive in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run to lead the Thunderbirds to a huge Class M first-round win over East Haven on Tuesday. He then helped North Branford coast into the quarterfinals with an 11-2 win over Granby Memorial.

Perhaps he’s playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, after being left off the All-Shoreline Conference team.

Biggest all-league snub? Without question. How was he left off the team?

Along with being a solid defensive catcher, Leonard hit .464 with 17 RBIs during the regular season.

He will play one year at Manchester Community College. But for now, he will continue to help lead the Thunderbirds in the state tournament and prove his critics wrong.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday's scoreboard

Check out line scores and highlights from the second round of the state tournament.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Romano named Gatorade POY

Southington senior Sal Romano has been selected as the Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year.

Romano is now a finalist for Gatorade's National Baseball Player of the Year award, which will be announced in June.

Romano, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, entered the state tournament with an 8-1 mark, 0.39 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 11 walks over 54 innings. He also batted .444 with two home runs and 24 RBIs.

A possible selection in next week's MLB Draft, Romano has signed on to play at the University of Tennessee.