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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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Thanks for Field Closing Help last Saturday
On behalf of the CLL Board of Directors, thank you to everyone who...
Coginchaug Lands 3rd Straight Connecticut 50-70 Title
  Coginchaug took advantage of mistakes for a big 5 run 4th...
50-70 and Juniors Softball heading to East Regionals
  In our previous 58 years of Little League Baseball...
Coginchaug Sweeps Cromwell for District 9 Softball Title
  3 innings into Game 1 of the District 9, 10-12 Year old...
Coginchaug wins District 9 for 50-70
Coginchaug took their first District 9 banner of the All-Star season...
Perk on Main wins Majors Softball title
On Wednesday night Perk on Main won the majors softball league championship,...
Grant Groundscapes wins 2017 Majors Baseball Title
On Sunday afternoon, Grant Groundscapes defeated Durham Manufacturing...
REPOSTED - Little League announces new bat rules for 2018
This note was posted and sent out last August to all of our CLL players,...
Thanks for Field Closing Help last Saturday
On behalf of the CLL Board of Directors, thank you to everyone who helped to close down the baseball and softball fields last Saturday at Allyn Brook Park. It was a little chilly in the early morning, but we had a nice turnout which helped to complete a lot of work in a relatively short period of time.
We would just like to say a special thank you to all whohelped out:
RJ Albanese
Ben Albanese
Nikki Albanese
Ralph Albanese
Jordan Hawksley
Jill Amaio
Scott Strang
Chris Champagne
Emily Allen
Dave Wray
Anthony Alfano
Michael Wamester
Thomas Wamester
Charlie Wamester
Johnny Wamester
Tom Wamester
Howie Weissberg
If we forgot anyone, our apologies and our sincere thank you. (We went by the sign up sheet).
Lastly, we wish all Little League families a great Winter season and hope to see you all again in the Spring!!!
Rick Mach
Fields Director

by posted 11/20/2017
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 Nolan̢۪s double leading off the bottom of the 1st was the only extra base hit for Coventry.


Coventry̢۪s 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-man̢۪s 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
50-70 and Juniors Softball heading to East Regionals


In our previous 58 years of Little League Baseball and Softball at Coginchaug, we have sent 4 teams to East Regional tournaments. Now in 2017, for the first time ever, we are sending 2 teams to separate East Regional events. Coginchaug Junior Softball and Intermediate 50-70 Baseball will begin their quest for a World Series appearance on Friday, July 21. Find all of the info you need to keep up with our teams by selecting the East Region tab on the website. There you will find scores, brackets, links to competitors websites, and just about anything you can hope to find about our teams and their tournaments.


INTERMEDIATE 50-70 - East Northport, Long Island, July 21-27

Winner to Livermore, California for Intermediate World Series


JUNIOR SOFTBALL - Orange, Connecticut, July 21-27

Winner to Kirkland, Washington for Junior Softball World Series


The 1993 Little League (12U) Softball team was the last and only team to ever compete in an East Region final. They were New England champs and made it just 1 game from the Little League Softball World Series, held then at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Maybe one of these two teams can make 2017 a special year for Coginchaug. 

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
Coginchaug wins District 9 for 50-70

Coginchaug took their first District 9 banner of the All-Star season with an 18-0 victory over Cromwell today at Peckham Park in Game 2 of the best of 3 series. They move on to the Connecticut State 50-70 Tournament hosted at Peckham starting next Saturday, July 8 at Noon. Coginchaug will face teams from District 11 and 12 in the State finals.

by posted 07/02/2017
Perk on Main wins Majors Softball title

On Wednesday night Perk on Main won the majors softball league championship, defeating Durham Dental by a score of 7-4 to sweep the best-of-3 series. Congratulations on a great season.  

by posted 06/12/2017
Grant Groundscapes wins 2017 Majors Baseball Title

On Sunday afternoon, Grant Groundscapes defeated Durham Manufacturing 13-3 to cap a 2-1 series and win the 2017 Coginchaug Little League majors baseball championship. Grant had defeated DeRita Brothers in 2 games in the semifinal best-of-3, and after a 10-2 Grant win in Game 1 on Friday night, Durham Manufacturing recovered with a 15-5 mercy 5-inning win in Game 2 to force the 3rd and deciding game Sunday. Congratulations to the players and coaches from Grant Groundscapes.

by posted 06/12/2017
REPOSTED - Little League announces new bat rules for 2018

This note was posted and sent out last August to all of our CLL players, but we thought it might be helpful to send you a reminder again, as this may affect your decision to purchase a bat for 2017 season. 

To all Coginchaug LL families in baseball programs


Little League International recently announced a planned rule change in the use of bats in youth baseball divisions, effective the 2018 spring season. A new bat certification is being developed, that will be used by virtually every baseball association, including Little League, that will provide some standardization on what is permitted for acceptable bats at every youth baseball level. While this will ultimately result in a safer standard than what currently may exist, it will also mean that any bat currently being used in Little League games, will not be able to be used as of the 2018 Little League season. Older age groups, including Intermediate, Juniors, Seniors and Babe Ruth leagues already have standards for BBCOR requirements on bats and those are not a part of this chang.


The bat manufacturers currently are struggling to produce affordable versions of bats with the new standard, and we do not know if the program rollout date will be kept at Spring of 2018, but since that is only 18 months away, we wanted to make you aware now, in case you are considering purchasing an expensive composite or other type bat in the near future, as there is a likelihood it will be obsolete in less than 2 years. Our league will do our best to update families as we learn of any developments or changes in the bat rules going forward. For now we just want you to be aware and use this limited information as best you can before committing to a costly bat purchase for a player that will still be 12 years (league age) or younger in 2018.   


The link to the announcement by Little League International is below

by posted 03/15/2017
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