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The Mission of Coginchaug Little League

Little League Baseball, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball."

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being.  By espousing the virtues of character, courage, and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

Coginchaug Little League board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Durham Town Hall (Oct-Mar) and at the Atwell field PA Booth (Apr-Sept) and are open to the public. 

We welcome new board members and hope to see you there!

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Field Prep Days 4/7 & 4/8 - Volunteers Needed
Hello Coginchaug Little League Families,   Baseball season...
CLL Day at The Yard Goats - Tickets On Sale Now
  Coginchaug Little League has reserved tickets to see the...
Boys Majors Baseball Rosters Announced
Grant Groundscapes Manager Bruce Willett Bugai, Dragan, Fournier,...
Majors Softball
Congratulations to the following girls for making girls majors softball...
Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball Challenger Division
Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball To Offer Challenger Division...
Coginchaug Little League Scholarship Opportunity
Coginchaug Little League would like to announce scholarship funds...
2018 Boys Intermediate 50-70 Baseball Registration NOW OPEN
2018 Boys Intermediate 50-70 Baseball Registration NOW OPEN BIRTHDAY...
Coginchaug Lands 3rd Straight Connecticut 50-70 Title
Coginchaug took advantage of mistakes for a big 5 run 4th inning,...
Coginchaug Sweeps Cromwell for District 9 Softball Title
3 innings into Game 1 of the District 9, 10-12 Year old Softball...
Field Prep Days 4/7 & 4/8 - Volunteers Needed

Hello Coginchaug Little League Families,


Baseball season is right around the corner!!! Hopefully the weather will start to warm up soon and the fields will start to dry out so that practices can begin. In order for us to get the fields up and running, we are going to have Field Prep Days on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th (times listed below). There are many tasks that need to be completed and any amount of time that you are able to help out would be greatly appreciated. Parents, players and siblings are all welcome to help as there are a variety of tasks. It is also a good opportunity for any students needing to complete Community Service Hours for school.


Tasks include:

- Hang windscreens on outfield fencing and backstops 

- Hang distance marker signs

- Hang sponsor signs to fencing

- Put bases in on all fields

- Bring pitching screens to fields

- Fill job boxes with proper field tools

- Put first-aid bins in job boxes

- Hang batting cage netting (2)

- Rake leaves and pick up sticks from fields

- Clean up around fields

- Clean out and organize equipment sheds

- Clean out dugouts

- Clean out PA booths

- Clean out Concession stand

- Other tasks as needed


The schedule is currently set up as follows:

Saturday, April 7th - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or so at Allyn Brook Park fields in Durham

Sunday, April 8th - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or so at Peckham Park in Middlefield


* If weather is an issue on Saturday or we do not get as much done as expected, we may begin work on Sunday on fields in Durham since there is more to do there. We will send an update to everyone if the schedule changes.


Please consider helping out on one of these days, even if only for an hour. It is a great way to help out the league and especially the kids who will be playing on these fields. Please e-mail Rick Mach, Fields Director, at if you are able to help and which day(s) you are able to help out on so that we can plan accordingly.


Thank you.

Board of Directors

Coginchaug Little League



by posted 03/20/2018
CLL Day at The Yard Goats - Tickets On Sale Now


Coginchaug Little League has reserved tickets to see the Hartford Yard Goats on Sunday, May 6.  They are playing the Red Sox AA farm team, the Portland Sea Dogs.  Game time is 1:05pm and the gates open at 11:30am.

The seats are great (second deck in right field).  If you haven't been to a game yet at Dunkin' Donuts Park, this is a great opportunity to get out there.
Tickets are only $10 each and supplies are limited. Please purchase them online here. https://leagueathletics.com/Store/Item.asp?id=35230&n=133645&org=COGINCHAUGLL.ORG

Tickets will be distributed on Opening Day on April 28. 

All little league players will be able to march onto the field as part of the pregame festivities and one lucky player from the league will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.

All little league players with a ticket to the game are invited to participate in a clinic with the Yard Goats from 9am to 11am that morning. Waivers are required to participate. Click on the link for the waiver. https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/9938/88806.pdf

You must have a ticket in order to get in the gates, so a ticket is required. 
There is no pre-registration, but the attached waiver is required to participate. Please bring the signed waiver with you to the game. The gates will open at 8:30am and the clinic will start at 9am. 
Parents, with tickets, are allowed to watch in the stands. 
Kids should bring own glove. 

by posted 03/17/2018
Boys Majors Baseball Rosters Announced

Grant Groundscapes

Manager Bruce Willett

Bugai, Dragan, Fournier, Franceschet, Grant, Kowal, Manning, Meisenkothen, Vumback, Willett, Yale


Dean Auto

Manager Tom Wamester

Barrett, Fitzpatrick, Fraulino, Ness, Poturnicki, Raney, Rascati, Ufferfilge, Wamester, J., Wamester, M., Wamester, T.


Durham Market

Manager Jeremy Lobo

Bender, Berry, DeVivo, Kleczkowski, Kozik, Lobo, Patel, Rivera, Rodrigue, Schafer, Schaffer, Williams


Durham Manufacturing

Manager Howie Weissberg

Caporossi, Carafeno, Cobb, Cronk, Foster, Mennone, C., Mennone, P., Rosario, Sewell, Turman, Webb, Weissberg

by posted 03/05/2018
Majors Softball

Congratulations to the following girls for making girls majors softball for the 2018 season.

Anna Gargamelli

Lilliana Mach

Julia Salley

Natalia Smith

Cailyn Smolley

Isabel Gargamelli

Molly Stoetzle

Maggie Ross

Mackenzie Bearor

by posted 03/02/2018
Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball Challenger Division

Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball

To Offer Challenger Division In Spring, 2018


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball

(MYBBSB) President Andy Prestash announced that the organization would offer Challenger Division baseball starting with the spring of 2018.  The Challenger Division season would play in April and would run through June.


“Our goal is to provide an opportunity for every child to play the game of baseball,” Prestash said. “The addition of Challenger baseball will allow Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball to expand that opportunity for children with special needs.”


Established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League, the Challenger Division provides boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges to be part of the game of baseball by playing and being part of a team. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school, are eligible to play.  More than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.


The registration fee will be set at $25 per player.


The season will include a midweek practice and at least one game scheduled each week. While the Division is in the startup stages, the goal will be to provide as many playing opportunities for players during the eight-week season.


Click here to register for the Challenger Division

For further information email

by posted 02/05/2018
Coginchaug Little League Scholarship Opportunity

Coginchaug Little League would like to announce scholarship funds for graduating seniors attending college or trade school this coming fall semester.  Applicants must have played for Coginchaug Little League for at least three years.  Other eligibility, criteria, and requirements can be accessed online by visiting our website, www.coginchaugll.org , and downloading the application under the "Documents" section of our home page.  Students can also inquire at their guidance office.  All applications and required materials must be postmarked by March 31, 2018.  Questions may be directed to Coginchaugll@gmail.com

by posted 01/13/2018
2018 Boys Intermediate 50-70 Baseball Registration NOW OPEN
2018 Boys Intermediate 50-70 Baseball Registration NOW OPEN
September 1, 2004 - Apr 30, 2005
Registration is open for 50-70 Intermediate Baseball for the 2018 Spring season. Cost is $140 per person. Early registration open now for League Age 13 year old players only from now-March 1. Season will run approx. April 7-June 30 with possible postseason tournament team formed for July if enough interest exists. Will play 16-20 games against teams both within and outside District 9.
League Age 11-12 players may be offered the opportunity to register for 50-70 play once the 13 year registration closes. 13 year olds registering after March 1 will be added to the roster only as space is available. Details on this will be sent out after March 1.

by posted 01/11/2018
Coginchaug Lands 3rd Straight Connecticut 50-70 Title

Coginchaug took advantage of mistakes for a big 5 run 4th inning, and held off Coventry 9-6 to capture the 2017 Connecticut Intermediate 50-70 Little League state championship on Saturday at Peckham Park in Middlefield.


Alex Mach struck out 10 in 5 innings of work, and Tyler Garretson closed it out with 6 strikeouts of the final 7 Coventry batters. Seb Manning, Garretson and Mach each doubled for Coginchjaug. CJ Nolan's double leading off the bottom of the 1st was the only extra base hit for Coventry.


Coventry's Seth Hood pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing just 4 earned runs, striking out 9 and allowing 10 hits.


Coginchaug was the visiting team for the game, and went down quietly with just a single by Gage Rovelli in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Coventry jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Nolan double, an Austin Jonas single, and a one out error on a hard hit ball past third base.


Coginchaug responded in the next frame. Ethan Kupec, Seb Manning and Dylan Quincy all hit hard liners to right field, with a base hit by Kevin Ryan, and RBI ground out by Edward Fournier mixed in, as Coginchaug quickly regained the lead 3-0. 


In the bottom of the inning, Steven Hassett singled for Coventry and reached second on a steal, but when Nolan hit a liner past Fournier at 3rd, Hassett rounded the base and was caught in no-mans land on the thrown in from left fielder Manning to Fournier to MacKenzie catching, and MacKenzie ran him down near third to end that threat.


Mach would lead off the top of the 3rd with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by MacKenzie to make it 4-2.


Coventry battled back with a run on 3 singles in the bottom of the inning by Jonas, Matt LaFountain and Jakeb DeLuca, but Mach was able to get the next 2 batters to strike out to limit the damage at 4-3.


Things fell apart for Coventry in the top of the 4th. Kevin Ryan reached on a fly ball to centerfield that was dropped, and then with 2 outs and Ryan on 3rd, Sam Hutchins grounded to the pitcher, who tried to throw home, instead of the easy out at first, and the quick Ryan was in before the tag was made to make it 5-1. Next was another pair of outfield drops on balls hit by Rovelli and Mach, and singles by Garretson and MacKenzie, and suddenly Coginchaug had opened up a 9-3 lead, all unearned runs, all scored with 2 outs.


Coventry still showed some life in the bottom of the 4th, scoring 3 runs on singles by Hassett and LaFountain along with 2 walks and an error to cut the lead to 9-6.


From that point the pitchers took over.


Hood retired 9 straight after that, allowing only a Garretson double in the top of the 7th. He was erased on a lineout double play two batters later.


Mach also settled in for the bottom of the 5th, striking out 3 straight. Garretson replaced Mach in the 6th, and was fantastic, allowing only a base hit by Hood in the 6th, and striking out the other 6 batters he faced in the final 2 frames.


Coginchaug now heads to East Northport, Long Island for the East Regional tournament. In their past 2 years, Coginchaug has a record of 2-5 at the event. They will open against the host team Commack North/District 34 on Saturday at 2 PM at Cedar Road Park.  They will play Sunday at 10AM in their second game. If they win Saturday they will face the PA vs NJ winner in a winners bracket contest, and if they lose Saturday they face the loser of the MD vs MA game, which will be an elimination game. The opening Parade of Teams, Home Run Derby and a family picnic will be held Friday.

by posted 07/16/2017
Coginchaug Sweeps Cromwell for District 9 Softball Title

3 innings into Game 1 of the District 9, 10-12 Year old Softball finals on Friday, and trailing Cromwell 3-0, Coginchaug needed some energy. They needed a spark. What they got was a bolt…..of lightening, then a downpour. With 24 hours to recover, the girls returned to Atwell field in Durham to overwhelm Cromwell 11-3 over the next 2 nights and sweep the Best-of-3 series to capture their 2nd straight district crown.


Jackie Kelly had 3 clutch RBIs between the 2 games, Ava Marenna hit a 2 RBI triple in Game 2, and Erin Donlan struck out 17 over her 12 innings of superb pitching, as Coginchaug won by scores of 6-5 and 5-1. Coginchaug was 5-0 in pool play entering the finals. Cromwell was 4-1 with their only loss by a score of 9-2 to Coginchaug.


In Game 1, Cromwell got off to the early start. In the top of the 2nd, Cromwell starting pitcher Malena Signorello singled to lead off, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. In the 3rd, Stephanie Esposito would walk, steal second and third, then make it 2-0, scoring on a wild pitch. Meanwhile 7 of the first 9 Coginchaug batters would strikeout the first time through the order. In the top of the 4th, Signorello would strike again, as she hit a liner to right centerfield that reached the wall. The throw in came slowly, and Signorello made it all the way around to build the lead to 3-0.


Sami Smith followed with another single up the middle, but then the weather turned. After a 30-minute delay for lightning, the skies opened up with 45 minutes of hard rain, and the game was postponed until 7PM on Saturday. Manager John Kelly demanded higher energy from his team heading into Saturday, and Coginchaug returned loud, confident and refocused. Donlan would strike out the side in the 4th after play resumed, leaving Smith at 2nd base. Then Sam Mancini led off the bottom of the 4th for Coginchaug with a bunt single, Donlan was hit by a pitch, Ava Marenna reached on an infield error, scoring Mancini, but Donlan got thrown out at home on the play. Grace Hughes-Conway would drive Marenna in on a fielders choice, and suddenly Coginchaug would be back in it, trailing 3-2.


Cromwell would get those 2 runs back in the 5th, on a pair of infield errors and 3 walks, and open the lead back up to 5-2. Coginchaug went down quietly in the bottom of the 5th with a pair of strikeouts and a pop-out. Cromwell would do likewise in the top of the 6th. Esposito would be hit by a pitch, but then picked off by the catcher Marenna throwing down to first base, all of which was sandwiched between a pair of strikeouts.


Signorello would struggle as the bottom of the 6th started. She walked both Donlan and Marenna, and Jackie Kelly drove both in with a line drive to right field on an 0-1 fastball. Amanda Case would reach on a fielders choice and Kelly scored shortly after on a passed ball to tie the game. Mia Poturnicki walked and with Case representing the winning run on 3B, Allison Sambor dropped down a beautiful bunt that was fielded by 3rd baseman Madison Tessmer. Tessmer faked the throw to first base, and then turned to try to catch Case at third. Her throw back to the base went off Case’s helmet, and rolled just a few feet behind the base. Case took off for home, and left fielder Alyssa DeLucco’s throw home was too high and Case slid in for the walk off win. The scene was strikingly similar to the sequence in the 8th inning of the 2016 District 9 championship that propelled Coginchaug over Middletown a year before.


Cromwell returned on Sunday for game 2, but never seemed to fully recover from the turnaround the night before. In the top of the second inning, Amanda Case led off with the first hit of the game, and stole 2nd base, but was thrown out trying to steal 3rd. Emma Ufferfilge lined out to short, and with 2 outs, Tatum Hultgren reached on a throwing error by the Cromwell 3rd baseman. Allison Strang hit a fly ball to right field that was dropped, and with 2 on and 2 out, Natalie Ness singled in Hultgren, Donlan reached on another error scoring Strang, and Marenna drove both Ness and Donlan in with a bases clearing triple to make it 4-0. Kelly would single in Marenna, and suddenly Coginchaug led 5-0.


Tessmer opened the bottom of the 1st for Cromwell with a double, but was thrown out by Marenna to Donlan covering, trying to steal home on a wild pitch. Cromwell got runners to third base again in the 2nd inning, but could not score. Donlan retired the next 6 in order, and entering the bottom of the 5th, the score was still 5-0. With 1 out, Esposito reached on an infield error, and Tessmer walked. Jamie Anderson then bunted to load the bases. Kiyah Skeene hit a fly ball that was high and fairly deep right down the first base line. Strang caught it on the run for the out, but her throw in to Donlan was quick enough to hold Esposito at 3rd base without a tag-up, and the score remained 5-0. Esposito would score on a walk to Signorello, but that would be all Cromwell would get, going scoreless in the 6th as they fell 5-1.


This was the first back-to-back softball title for Coginchaug since 2002-2003. The team went 7-0 in District 9 games, outscoring opponents 78-15.  Now with the state section tournament ahead of them, Coginchaug will open on Thursday at 5:30 PM at the Gardner Complex in Waterford. They play Newington out of District 7 on Thursday, and Waterford from District 10 on Saturday, also at 5:30. The top 2 of those teams play Sunday to advance to the State Final 4. 

by posted 07/05/2017
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