The Southington Citizen Friday, July 27, 2012
Zone champs turn attention to state tournament By Nick Carroll The Southington Citizen
For the second straight year, the Southington Post 72 Junior American Legion baseball team is champion of Zone 1. The locals wrapped up the 2012 zone title July 19 with a 9-2 victory over Simsbury, the club they had been tied with in the standings. “It’s nice for them winning back-to-back state titles. It’s a feather in their cap,” said Post 72 coach John Susi. “Outside of the two returning players we have, the young guys really came through. It says something about Southington baseball that we can compete at this level every year.” “You’re not sure at the start of every year how it’s going to go,” the second-year coach added. “You think you have enough talent to do it, but you just don’t know if you can actually come through. And this team showed up and did it. That’s
With a record of 11-6, the Southington Post 72 Junior American Legion baseball team secured its second straight Zone 1 championship this summer. impressive.” Post 72 closed out the regular season by winning five of six games to finish 11-6. “You have your moments where you play like 15-, 16-
year-old kids, and you struggle and bumble through,” Susi said. “But we got on a little roll. They focused and concentrated and played a lot better baseball.”
By winning the zone championship, Southington punched its ticket to the upcoming state tournament. Post 72, the only Zone 1 team to qualify this year, will play
Ironboy Tyler Grabowski of Plantsville competed in The New England Kids Triathlon July 23 on the campus of MIT in Boston, and finished third out of 27 competitors in the 7-year-old division. The triathlon consisted of a 100-meter swim, a three-mile bike ride and a half-mile run. Grabowski placed first in the riding section. The triathlon was sponsored in part by the New England Patriots/NFL Play 60 Movement. Patriot punter Zoltan Mesko participated in the celebrity triathlon.
Sunday, July 29 in the round of 16. The quarterfinals are slated for Wednesday, Aug 1. “Anything can happen in a single-elimination tournament,” said Susi. “You have to get some luck and some quality play, roll it all into one and get on that magic carpet.” In 2011, Post 72 was knocked out of the state tournament in the Elite 8. No matter how his troops fare this time around, Susi will chalk the summer up as a success. “The immediate goals we had set were, obviously, to qualify for the state tournament. Our second goal was to win the zone championship, which we did,” he said. “Winning the state championship is a goal, but it would probably be the third on the list. That would just be the cherry on top of the cake.” Post 72 trailed Simsbury last week before surging
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Two titles for Southington Legion This season was a good one all around for the Southington Post 72 American Legion baseball program. As did its Junior brethren, the Southington Senior club finished atop Zone 1. The Post 72 Seniors rolled up a record of 21-6 in the zone and will face Stamford in the state tournament’s round of 16, Saturday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. in Stamford. In 2011, the Post 72 Seniors advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament after failing to even qualify for the event six years in a row.
The Southington Citizen 07-27-2012