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Survive And Advance: Stamford Legion Wins Dramatic 3rd Game With Middletown To Move On In State Tournament

STAMFORD—The Stamford Senior Legion team’s fate came down to a full count in Middletown’s last at-bat of game 3 in the Sweet 16 series at Cubeta Stadium on Thursday night. After shuffling through a handful of pitchers between games 2 and 3, it was Ronnie Jackson who had the ball in his hands against Middletown’s hard hitter Will Woods.

Jackson earned possibly the strikeout of his life as the final pitch sealed Stamford’s 5-4 victory and advancement in the state tournament.

“Ronnie wants the ball in that spot,” Coach Kevin Murray said. “He wanted the ball, I saw it in his eyes and we had true confidence in him to come in and throw strikes, and he did the job.”

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Harvard Man: New Canaan Receiver Alex LaPolice Gives Verbal Commitment To Play For Crimson

NEW CANAAN—Throughout the recruiting process, there were a pair of constants driving Alex LaPolice on the road to a decision about his future.

The first was to use his athletic ability in two sports to get the best education possible. And, if given the choice, he preferred to play football over baseball.

It was within that guideline, and the accompanying opened doors, that LaPolice, a senior wide receiver on the New Canaan football team, on Wednesday night gave a verbal commitment to play at Harvard.

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Stamford 3, Middletown 2: Stamford Legion Well-Armed For Deep Summer Run

STAMFORD — You don’t put up a 24-3 record without talent, something the Stamford Senior Legion baseball team has in abundance.

Coach Kevin Murray has had the luxury of decision-making in a liberal manner. If it seems like he bucks convention, it is that he is not constrained in a way as some of his colleagues.

That has been evident throughout the summer and was again on Wednesday afternoon, when Stamford opened a state tournament Sweet 16 best-of-three series against Middletown.

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Redd Alert: Silas Redd Ready To Face A New Challenge As Redskins Free Agent

Silas Redd is no stranger to challenges. His life the past five years has been like that of a hurdler, clearing obstacles represented by life decisions and setbacks.

So as Redd left Norwalk on Tuesday for training camp as a free agent running back with the Redskins, he was not ill-equipped for his most formidable quest yet.

“It’s all learning experiences,” Redd said on Monday. “Stuff I appreciate and stuff I don’t take for granted.”

It all started when Redd graduated from King and decided to take the next step toward his professional aspirations at Penn State.

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Catching Up With ... UConn — And Former Norwalk — Field Hockey Player Efthimia Kutrubis

Efthimia Kutrubis got to experience something her freshman year of college that most athletes will never realize: winning a national championship title. The former Norwalk High School field hockey standout decided to take her talents to the next level at the University of Connecticut. Kutrubis, who will be a sophomore at UConn this fall, was part of the program’s third national championship. The team defeated Duke, 2-0, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virg., in the final. The Huskies finished the season with an impressive record of 21-4.

Kutrubis was a decorated athlete at Norwalk. She excelled at both lacrosse and field hockey, and I had the pleasure of playing with her in both sports. She was an All-State second team selection during her senior year. Kutrubis was also selected to the All-FCIAC team.

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Welcome To The Show: Curt Casali Recounts His First Weekend With The Rays

When the moment finally arrived, and Curt Casali came up to bat as a major league player for the first time, there was a sense of ease, a feeling of accomplishment rather than fear.

“I don’t want to sound conceited, but the only time I was nervous was when I went out to warm up the pitcher,” said Casali, the New Canaan High School graduate who made his major league debut as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night against the Twins. “As soon as I got into the batter’s box, I felt comfortable.”

Those emotions were soon roused, as Casali hit a line drive into right-center for a base hit, and again when he scored his first run.

“I think I mumbled to myself, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,” Casali said. “I saw the third-base coach throw the ball into the dugout and I remembered all the time seeing that on TV whenever someone got their first hit. It’s pretty cool to see it happen to you.”

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