California team leaves no doubt who’s champ

The Colton Nighthawks won the 2017 Mickey Mantle World Series on Saturday evening. (Joe Palladino RA) By JOE PALLADINO Republican-American WATERBURY — The postgame hoopla was complete and the Colton Nighthawks, the 2017 Mickey Mantle World Series champions, were sauntering back to their dugout, carrying trophies, plaques and wearing championship rings, when one player, Kenny Kim, observed, “We’re just an average baseball team from California.” Um, not likely. Playing a dominant brand of baseball, the Nighthawks, out of San Bernardino, Calif., romped to the Mantle title Saturday night with a Read More …

Wolcott knocked out of Mantle Series

Austin Brown and the Wolcott Storm were knocked out of the Mickey Mantle World Series by the Toronto Mets on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Wolcott run in the Mantle Series came to an end in the semifinal round of the championship bracket after a 9-1 loss to the Toronto Mets on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. The game ended after five innings. Kieran Gagnon singled, doubled and knocked in a pair of runs for the Mets. Dylan White and Noel McGarry-Doyle also added two singles. Sacha Malahi Read More …

Colton wins, plays for Mantle title tonight

The Colton Nighthawks have advanced to the Mickey Mantle World Series championship game after a 12-6 win over Ontario at Municipal Stadium on Saturday. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Colton Mickey Mantle Road Show keeps rolling along. The Nighthawks of San Bernardino, Calif. defeated the Ontario Blue Jays, 12-6, on Saturday at Municipal Stadium in the day’s first game. The win knocked the Jays out of the Series and moved Colton into the 7 p.m. game tonight at the Stadium. A victory in that game would clinch the Series title. Damien Read More …

Wolcott falls to Colton in Mantle Series

The Wolcott Storm and Bryce Worth fell to the Colton Nighthawks in the Mickey Mantle World Series on Friday at Municipal Stadium. (Palladino/RA) Colton Nighthawks 5, Wolcott Storm 3: The Nighthawks scored three times in the fifth inning and then tacked on two more in the sixth to top the Storm. It was Wolcott’s first loss in the double-elimination bracket. Colton is now the last unbeaten team left in the Mantle Series. Win or lose in the next round, Colton will receive a bye into the championship final due to Read More …

Teamwork keeps Storm on top of its game

Dan Graziano, left, of the Wolcott Storm tags out Nico Sharp of Dallas-Forth Worth at first base in the third inning during the Mickey Mantle World Series in Torrington Friday.Steven Valenti Republican-American By MARK JAFFEE Republican-American TORRINGTON — Talent doesn’t necessarily lead to success or victory. Teamwork and execution often does. The Wolcott Storm baseball team proved that point when Rob Johnston sprinted from second base all the way to home plate on Garrett Coe’s pinch-hit, walk-off hit for a dramatic 5-4 win over the Dallas-Fort Worth Twins at the Read More …

Coe hit in 7th lifts Wolcott to Mantle Series win

Wolcott Storm rallied to beat DFW Twins in the Mickey Mantle World Series on Friday at Fuessenich Park in Torrington. (Palladino/RA) TORRINGTON — Garrett Coe delivered a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive home Robert Johnston and lift the Wolcott Storm to a dramatic 5-4 victory over the DFW Twins in the Mickey Mantle World Series on Friday at Fuessenich Park. The win moves the Storm through the winner’s bracket. They now play the 8 p.m. game vs. the Colton Nighthawks.     Dallas-Forth Worth Read More …

Property Hit List: Bristol Tackles Blight

Every Month the Bristol Code Enforcement Committee meets to discuss what properties need help or demolition if needed. Chairman Guy Morin not only tackles blighted properties but also brings the committee up to-date on efforts to combat blight in the City. According to the June 5, 2017 Code Enforcement Committee meeting, it was recommended 6 properties receive a tax assessment freeze. The properties include 1047 Burlington Avenue, 254 Divinity Street, 14 Henry Street, 54 Locust Street, 3 Talmadge Street (a.k.a. 133 Divinity Street); and 573 Wolcott Road. The Committee also discussed 200 Greene Street. The property is Read More …

Mantle championship bracket takes shape

Khalid Collymore of the Ontario Blue Jays slides into second with a stolen base. The Jays have advanced to the Mantle World Series championship bracket. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Mickey Mantle World Series championship bracket is taking shape, with the games for Fuessenich Park all set. The Municipal Stadium half of the bracket still waits on one game. Today and tonight in Torrington, here are the games: Fuessenich Park Colton Nighthawks vs. Torrington Mets, 4 p.m. Wolcott Storm vs. Knights Baseball, 7 p.m. Remember, all previous wins and losses are Read More …

UPDATED: Mantle championship bracket set

Khalid Collymore of the Ontario Blue Jays slides into second with a stolen base. The Jays have advanced to the Mantle World Series championship bracket. (Palladino/RA) WATERBURY — The Mickey Mantle World Series championship bracket is all set, with games tonight at Fuessenich Park and Municipal Stadium. Here is the schedule: Municipal Stadium Ontario Blue Jays vs. Tigers de Arrevica, 4:30 p.m. Woodward Travelers vs. DFW Twins winner, 7 p.m. Fuessenich Park Colton Nighthawks vs. Torrington Mets, 4 p.m. Wolcott Storm vs. Knights Baseball, 7 p.m. Remember, all previous wins Read More …

Wolcott falls in Thursday’s Mantle Series action

Here are the early results from Thursday’s play in the Mickey Mantle World Series: Municipal Stadium Knights Baseball 8, Toronto Mets 2: The Knights scored in every inning but one in beating the Mets. Jackson Sherrill clubbed a homer, a double, and he drove in three, Tucker Smith knocked in a pair with a single and double. Jackson Jarvis added three hits, with a double. Jett Jackson, with 10 strike outs, and Jarvis combined to limit the Mets to three hits. Fuessenich Park Wolcott Storm players watch as their team Read More …

Mantle Series schedule for Thursday

Thursday’s games at Municipal Stadium Toronto Mets vs. Knights Baseball, 9 a.m. YSL Blue Devils vs. Michigan Bulls, noon at Muzzy Field Lansingburgh Royals vs. Ontario Blue Jays, 9 a.m. Homer Trojans vs. Woodward Travelers, noon at Bethel High School Northwest Orioles vs. CT Edge, 9 a.m. Tigers de Arrevica vs. DFW Twins, noon at Fuessenich Park Wolcott Storm vs. Colton Nighthawks, 9 a.m. Mission Baseball vs. Midland Tomahawks, noon End of pool play DOUBLE-ELIMINATION BRACKET SCHEDULE Thursday’s games at Municipal Stadium 4 p.m., 7 p.m. at Fuessenich Park 4 Read More …

Mantle Series remembers men in blue

Mary Celine, center, sister of the late umpire Albie Yuravich Jr., and Yuravich’s son, Albie III, hold a plaque given to them at the Mickey Mantle World Series on Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium in honor of Albie Jr., a longtime baseball umpire in the area. Behind them are members of the Central Connecticut Board of Umpires, who will work the Mantle World Series this week. (Joe Palladino RA) Umpire Joe Bellino, left, and his mother, Fran, hold the plaque presented to them in memory of their father and husband, Read More …

Mickey Mantle World Series roundup

Jared Herzog delivers a pitch for the Homer Trojans on the first day of play of the Mickey Mantle World Series. (Joe Palladino RA) Mickey Mantle World Series 2017 Round 1 Municipal Stadium Colton Nighthawks 7, Midland Tomahawks 1: Elias Rios slugged a pair of triples and drove in four runs for the Nighthawks. Kenny Kim doubled in two runs. Three Colton pitchers held the Tomahawks to six hits. Wolcott Storm 8, Mission Baseball 0: Larry Zapata stroked two singles and Thomas Marciano cleared the bases with a single in Read More …