Harris twirls one-hitter as Avon Legion remains alive with 6-1 win over Waterford

Pitcher Connor Harris allowed just one hit and struck out six as Avon remained alive in the state tournament with a 6-1 win over Waterford Sunday.

BRISTOL, July 23 – The Avon American Legion baseball team isn’t done yet.

Pitcher Connor Harris came within one strike of throwing a no-hitter and Post 201 had eight hits as Avon remained alive in the Connecticut state tournament with a 6-1 decision over Waterford in a Northern Division regional contest at Muzzy Field Sunday afternoon.

Two-time defending Zone 1 champion Avon (22-7) will face South Windsor in another elimination game on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Muzzy Field. The winner will get a chance to play West Hartford on Tuesday night.

Harris was too much for Waterford (24-7), the Zone 6 runnerup team. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. With two outs and with two strikes in the top of the seventh inning, Nick Parazzi finally got a hit down to break up the no-hit bid.Continue Reading

Hard-hitting Wallingford beats Canton Little League for Section II title

Canton manager Chris LaPointe talks to Major Division All-Stars after Wallingford beat Canton, 13-2 for the Section II title Saturday night.

PLYMOUTH, July 22 – The summer journey of the Canton Little League baseball team is now complete. Hard-hitting Wallingford rapped out 11 hits including three home runs to win the Section II championship and a spot among the last four teams left in the state tournament with a 13-2 win in five innings Saturday night.

Wallingford (8-1, 3-0 Section II) will be among four Major Division (ages 11-12) teams playing a double-elimination tournament beginning Friday in Guilford to determine the state champion and who will represent the state at the New England regional tournament in Bristol.

Not only did Wallingford dominate at the plate but pitcher Justin Hackett was outstanding on the mound. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight to keep Canton (7-3, 1-2 Section II) off balance all evening.

“That is one heck of a team,” Canton manager Chris LaPointe said of Wallingford. “They capitalized on our mistakes and we made more than we usually do.”Continue Reading

West Hartford gets 10 hits to beat Avon Legion in state tournament, 7-2

BRISTOL, July 22 – West Hartford scored four times in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh inning to beat the Avon American Legion baseball team in a Northern Division state tournament game Saturday at Muzzy Field.

West Hartford, which finished second in Zone 7 to RCP, advances to face South Windsor on Sunday at 4 p.m. here at Muzzy Field while Avon (21-7) plays an elimination game against Waterford on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Muzzy Field. South Windsor beat Waterford, 4-1 on Saturday.

West Hartford had 10 hits off Avon pitching to take control of the game. The contest was tied at 2-2 after three innings before Post 96 broke through against Avon starter Kyle Emery.Continue Reading

Despite shutout loss, Canton faces Wallingford in Section II title game

Catcher Jack Biskupiak had the only hit for Canton in Friday night’s 17-0 loss to Wallingford in the Section II state tournament.

PLYMOUTH, July 21 – Win or lose, the Canton Little League baseball team is going to play in Saturday’s Section II title game. So, Canton rested their normal pitchers in Friday night’s Section II state tournament game in Terryville against District 5 champion Wallingford.

Wallingford (7-1, 2-0 Section II) rapped out nine hits and Derek Rascari hit a pair of two-run home runs and drove in five runs as Wallingford rolled to a 17-0 win in four innings. Justin Hackett was 3-for-3 with one RBI.

The two teams will play again tonight in the Section II title game at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the four-team, double-elimination portion of the Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament that begins next Friday, July 28 in Guilford.Continue Reading

Canton Little League gets the bats going to earn first-ever state tournament win

Canton manager Chris LaPointe looks to celebrate with Andrew Coates, whose three-run home run in the third inning put Canton in command of their 8-2 state tournament win over Prospect Thursday night.

PLYMOUTH, July 20 – It about an inning or so for the Canton Little League baseball team to begin to feel comfortable in Thursday night’s state tournament game against District 4 champion Prospect.

All Canton needed was a few sharp hits. Canton had three extra-base hits in the second inning to take their first lead of the game and had four hits more in the third inning, including a three-run home run from Andrew Coates to lead Canton to an 8-2 win over Prospect in a Section II contest.

Not only did Canton (7-1, 1-0 Section II) secure a spot in the Section II final against District 5 champion Wallingford on Saturday night but Canton also won the first Major Division (ages 11-12) state tournament game in the program’s long history dating back to 1952.Continue Reading

Matterhorn to host professional golf tournament in Canton in September

Holly Havens of South Windsor putts on the 18th green at Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton recently. Richard McKenna of Torrington waits for his turn.

CANTON – Professional golf is coming to Canton in September.

Matterhorn Miniature Golf on Route 44 in Canton will be hosting the International Pro-Am miniature golf tournament on Saturday, September 23 for professional and amateur golfers.

The professional golfers will play five rounds at the 18-hole course with the amateurs playing three rounds.

“We’re thrilled,” said Autumn Sutherland, owner of Matterhorn, which is now in its third season on Dyer Cemetery Road. “We’ve already had a professional from Long Island register. We’ve had excellent response and interest. I always thought a tournament here would be a good idea.”Continue Reading

Serruta finishes strong to win state women’s amateur golf championship

Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon won the Connecticut Women’s State Amateur Championship Wednesday by two strokes. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

MANCHESTER, July 19 – Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon had a three-stroke lead coming into Wednesday’s third and final round of the 52nd annual Connecticut Women’s Amateur Golf Championships at the Manchester Country Club.

Serruta started off the day well with a birdie and four pars on the first eight holes before running into trouble with five consecutive bogies on holes nine through 13 and losing her lead.

But Serruta didn’t panic, sank a big putt for birdie on the 15th hole and rallied to win her first state amateur golf title with a two-stroke win over Jennifer Holland. Serruta shot a final round of six-over-par 78. It was her highest score of the tournament but it was enough to best Holland, who shot a 77 Wednesday.Continue Reading

After losing by forfeit, Avon Legion holds off Southington in game three, 4-3

Avon pitcher Justin Olson allowed just five hits and struck out nine as Post 201 eliminated Southington in game 3 of their best-of-3 state tournament series on Wednesday.

AVON, July 19 – Baseball players make mistakes all the time. It’s the nature of the game. It could be a dropped fly ball or a ground ball that scoots under your glove. Sometimes, your mistake costs your team the game.

The real test is how one reacts after making a mistake – especially one that costs you a victory.

In the sweltering 95 degree heat Wednesday, the Avon American Legion baseball team was on the verge of sweeping Southington to win their best-of-3 series and advance to Saturday’s four-team Northern Division finals at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Post 201 had an eight-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

But Avon coach Donny Annicelle unknowingly put a player into a game who was ineligible. He had attended a player showcase event over the weekend. Southington manager Marc Verderame notified the umpire and they consulted with Zone 1 chair Tim Vincent of Simsbury, who was at the game sitting behind the backstop.Continue Reading

Home run in eighth inning lifts Litchfield to Tri-State win over Crushers

Jon Scippa had one of Canton’s two hits in Tuesday’s loss to Litchfield.

CANTON, July 18 – Mike Odenwaelder’s two-run home run in the eighth inning snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Litchfield Cowboys baseball team to a 3-0 win over the Canton Crushers in eight innings Tuesday night in Tri-State League play at Bowdoin Field.

Canton hurler Jake Bryant was excellent through seven innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out five. But he ran into some trouble in the eighth inning by allowing a leadoff walk and a big home run by Odenwaelder into a tree in left field. An RBI single from Dan Hedden extended the lead to 3-0.Continue Reading

Avon’s Autumn Serruta has lead after two rounds of women’s state amateur

Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon leads the Connecticut Women’s State Amateur championships by three strokes after two rounds. The final round begins Wednesday morning in Manchester. (Photo courtesy Connecticut State Golf Association)

MANCHESTER, July 18 –  Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon has a three-stroke lead going into the third and final round of the 52nd annual Connecticut Women’s Amateur Golf Championship on Wednesday.

Serruta shot a two-over-par 74 in the second round for a two-round total of 150 at the Manchester Country Club, three strokes better than Jen Holland of Lyman Orchards (78-75, 153) and six shots ahead of Sarah Houle of Rock Ridge Country Club (77-79, 156). Houle won the CIAC girls golf title in June playing for Newtown High. Holland won the 2008 state amateur title.

Serruta, a former golfer for Avon High and Mount St. Mary, had one birdie and just three bogeys on Tuesday. Her 74 is her best round in her last three appearances in the state amateur championship event.Continue Reading

Stellar defense and pitching lifts Avon Legion past Southington in playoff opener

Avon’s Will Thramann gets a face full of dirt but he safely gets back to first base in Tuesday night’s state tournament game in Avon. Post 201 prevailed, 3-0.

AVON, July 18 – The Avon American Legion baseball team got the job done on Tuesday night against Zone 1 rival Southington in game one of the best-of-3 Northern Division series at Buckingham Park in the state tournament.

Post 201 only had four hits against Southington but made them count with a pair of clutch hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to allow a tight one-run lead swell to three runs. Avon played some outstanding defense and pitcher Connor Harris scattered five hits and struck out seven as Avon beat Southington, 3-0.

The victory gives Avon a 1-0 lead in the series. The two teams play on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckingham and, if necessary, they will play game 3 at 5:30 p.m. The winner of the series advances to the four-team Northern Division finals beginning Saturday at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

“The defense was great, top-notch,” Avon coach Donny Annicelle said. “The pitching was phenominal. The hitting could have been a little better but we got the hits when we needed them.”Continue Reading

Sun’s Alyssa Thomas selected as reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game

Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas has been named to the WNBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve.

UNCASVILLE, July 18 – Three Connecticut Sun players will be making their All-Star debuts Saturday at the WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle. Forward Alyssa Thomas was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference Tuesday night. She is joining teammates Jasmine Thomas and Jonquel Jones, who were named starters for the Eastern Conference squad last week.

“I’m so happy for AT,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She put a lot of work into her game in the offseason and continues to get better.

One of the most versatile forwards in the WNBA, Alyssa Thomas is in the midst of a career year. She is currently third on the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game, is second with an average of 6.5 rebound per game and is tied for the team lead in assists at 4.9 per contest.Continue Reading

With season-high 13 hits, Canton outlasts Bristol, 8-4 in Tri-State League action

Jim Spirito pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win of the season on the mound Sunday against Bristol. (Photo courtesy Lesile Dubois)

BRISTOL, July 16 – Jake Bryant, Chris Van deBogart and Taylor Riley each had three hits while veteran pitcher Jimmy Spirito pitched seven strong innings to lead the Canton Crushers baseball team to a 8-4 win over the Bristol Greeners in Tri-State League action Sunday at Bristol Central High School.

Spirito scattered eight hits and allowed just three runs to pick up his first victory of the season on the mound. Canton (5-12) had a season-high 13 hits in the game. Riley was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Bryant was 3-for-5 while Van deBogart was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Taylor Landry, Sean Bahre and Heath Cotton each had hits and RBI. Bahre had a pair of singles.Continue Reading

Sun regroup at halftime and race past San Antonio for 12th victory of season

Connecticut All-Star guard Jasmine Thomas was one of three Sun players with 13 points in Sunday’s win over San Antonio.

After an good two-game road trip on the West Coast, the Connecticut Sun were lacking a little energy in the first half of Sunday’s WNBA game against the lowly San Antonio Stars in Uncasville.

Connecticut, which leads the Eastern Conference, beat Seattle on Tuesday, 83-79 behind a team-record tying seven 3-point goals from Shekinna Stricklen. The next day, the Sun got an early lead but couldn’t hold it in an 87-77 loss to defending league champion Los Angeles.

Yesterday, the Stars, who have won just two of 18 games, had a five-point halftime lead over the Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Sun didn’t panic. They came out energized in the third quarter with a 33-10 run to grab control of the game and run away with an 89-75 victory before 6,355 fans. Every player made at least one field goal for the Sun (12-8), who were led by Courtney Williams with 15 points. Alyssa Thomas, Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas each scored 13 points.Continue Reading

Thousands enjoy Collinsville HOT festival in downtown Collinsville

Fire dancers perform on the Farmington River Saturday night in Collinsville in the finale for Collinsville HOT.

CANTON, July 15 – Thousands of people from Canton, Avon and across the Connecticut flocked to Collinsville on warm, sunny Saturday to enjoy the third annual Collinsville HOT festival in downtown Collinsville. There was plenty of outstanding music, excellent food, crafts, shopping and fun for all.

We were proud to be one of the sponsors that helped bring this event to you. We snapped a few photos on Saturday. Take a minute to relive the fun. We had a great time. We hope you did, too.Continue Reading