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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.

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Coginchaug Delivers Three-Peat in District 9 11-12 Softball

11-12 Softball D9 Champs. L-R Front: Molly S, Sam M, Ava A, Allison S, Tatum H, Natalie N, Alayna M. Back: Claire P, Emilie H, Lily M, Claire O, Mia P. Not shown coaches Mike Mancini, Darin Overton, Adam Poturnicki

Mia Poturniki threw a 2 hit gem, and Tatum Hultgren’s RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning was all Coginchaug would need as they defeated Haddam-Killingworth in Game 2 of the District 9 All-Star Final.

 

After opening with a convincing 14-4 win in Durham against Guilford, Coach Mancini’s squad would head to Cromwell for the balance of the double elimination tournament. They would easily take down East Hampton 19-1, but then were nearly upset by a surprising Haddam-Killingworth team that has shutout Middletown and East Haddam in their first two games. Coginchaug pulled out a 1-0 win to head to the D9 finals. H-K pitcher Bella Richwine would again blank Guilford 10-0 in the losers bracket semifinal to setup the rematch, with H-K needing a pair of wins to upset Coginchaug.

In the first District final game, Coginchaug could not get their bats going, and for the first time since the preseason, CLL pitcher Mia Poturnicki was hit well by an opponent. H-K took the game, and the momentum, with a 7-2 upset, setting up a winner-take-all final the next day.

 

Both pitchers were at their best in the final game, that had some resemblance to the District final between Coginchaug and Middletown 2 years earlier. Neither team could push anything across, and baserunners were hard to find all evening.

 

Coginchaug won the toss and were home team, and aside from an intentional walk to H-Ks top hitter Amanda Belanger, Poturnicki was untouched in the top of the first. Richwine matched her with a 1-2-3 ground out and 2 pop outs in the bottom of the frame. Coginchaug would go in order, with 4 Ks through the 2nd and 3rd inning. H-K would fare just a little better. Richwine would single to lead off the 2nd, and 2 more runners would reach on a base hit and walk, but a soft grounder and pop up to Ava Alfano at first would end the threat with no damage. Belanger was intentionally walked again in the top of the 3rd,, and got as far as 3rd, but 2 ground outs ended any chance of her advancing. Poturnicki picked up her 2nd and 3rd strikeouts in the top of the 4th in her first 1-2-3 inning.

 

In the bottom of the 4th, Natalie Ness led off with the 1st hit of the night for Coginchaug. Sam Mancini hit into a fielders choice, and Poturnicki singled past the Shortstop to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Tatum Hultgren would hit a line drive over the second baseman to drive in Mancini and take a 1-0 lead. It would be the last hit of the game, as Coginchaug would go down in order in the 5th, but Poturnicki was simply shut-down the rest of the way as well. She fanned 4 of the final 7 batters she faced, again intentionally walking the dangerous Belanger one more time along the way. Both teams finished with just 2 hits. So with a 2 out Top of the 6th ground ball fielded by shortstop Ness, and the throw over to Alfano, Coginchaug had their 3rd straight title. After a shaky 4 run start in the opener against Guilford, Poturnicki had allowed just 3 runs in the remaining 4 games in district play. Richwine had allowed just 4 total in the 6 games she pitched, but a pair of 1-0 wins gave Coginchaug just enough to take the title.

 

The girls headed to Vicino Field in Rocky Hill for the Section 3 tournament, and fared about as well as their prior 2 year counterparts, falling 7-1 to Mystic-Groton out of District 10, and 12-2 to Newington from D7. Groton-Mystic would go on to win Section 3, and advance to the CT final before losing to Fairfield. 

 

 


by posted 07/01/2018
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