Middletown Had Champions In Baseball, Softball In 2019

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Pictured: After missing out on the last four tournaments, the 10U Little League Softball All-Stars rolled to the District 9 title. (Photo submitted by Middletown Little League)

Middletown Little League’s baseball and softball programs have opened registration for the 2020 seasons. Parents can register kids for the T-ball and Challenger divisions as well. Winter training sessions are being offered in January for both baseball and softball. For additional information, visit the league’s website.

Middletown celebrated two championship this past season.

In summer, the 10U Little League Softball All-Star team won the District 9 title after having missed the tournament the last four years (there wasn’t enough interest to field a team those years).

In fall, the Middletown Monarchs 8U baseball team won the CCFBL Championship with a 16-1 record after only winning twice in the spring season. The team was comprised of 15 boys, all from Middletown. 

In the softball district tournament played at No. 1 seed Coginchaug, Middletown defeated Coginchaug 6-5 in the semifinals on a walk-off home run by Ella Barone.

Middletown scored 4 runs in the third, highlighted by Grace Saraceno’s 2-run double. Julia Lane got the complete-game win on the mound, giving up 6 hits and striking out 6.  The win came after Middletown lost to Coginchaug two nights earlier in pool play 14-4.

In the championship game, Middletown scored 15 runs in the second inning and beat East Haddam 22-5. The game was stopped after three innings. Offensive highlights included Maya Martin (4 for 4, 4 runs), Ella Barone (2 for 2, 4 runs) and Carly Weisenberg (4 runs). Grace Saraceno, Julia Lane and Maya Shapiro-Rosado all had singles. Lane got the complete game win, striking out 3.

The championship team’s roster:

  • Mya Arce
  • Ella Barone
  • Kaylee Brasile
  • Madison Eldridge
  • Mikayla Gaboury
  • Abby Greaves
  • Julia Lane
  • Maya Martin
  • Grace Saraceno
  • Maya Shapiro-Rosado
  • Sophie Shea
  • Carly Weisenberg
  • Jen Lane, head coach
  • Rich Eldridge and Tom Shea, assistant coaches
Boys of autumn: The 8U Monarchs won the CCFBL title, beating Wolcott 2-0 at the Pat Kidney Sports Complex. (Photo submitted by Middletown Little League)

In the baseball tournament final game played at the Pat Kidney Sports Complex, the 8U Monarchs took home the championship with a 2-0 victory over Wolcott.

The Monarchs scored in the top of the first when Andrew Lane’s single scored Julian Green, who led off the game with a walk. The team added an insurance run in the fourth when Lane drew a bases-loaded walk, again scoring Green (who had walked). Brody Stone and Tad Bysiewicz also had hits for the Monarchs.

On the mound, Luke Morello got the win, pitching one-hit ball over the first 3 innings with 8 strikeouts. Lane pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief before Green came in to close out the game, striking out the 5 batters he faced.

The champion Monarchs’ roster:

  • Tad Bysiewicz
  • Trent Comstock
  • Tim D’Aquila Jr.
  • Anthony Garofalo
  • Julian Green
  • Xavier Jones
  • Jakoby Kardys
  • Jordyn Kneeland
  • Andrew Lane
  • William Lane
  • Luke Morello
  • Lennon Short
  • Brody Stone
  • Elijah Stuckey
  • Liam Varni
  • Tim D’Aquila Sr., head coach
  • Mike Cilley, John Kardys and Jimmy Lane Jr., assistant coaches

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