Rich Boulli and his up and coming 9-10 year old Torrington LL softball team.
TORRINGTON: Rich Boulli is a Torrington High School graduate with a passion for three things.
His family, his sports and his business.
At this moment in time, all three are thriving and many of us can personal attest to that fact.
His business, Torrington Physical Therapy on Peck Road and Alvord Park Road in Torrington has become the go-to place for athletes and regular folks who need to heal from a fall or accident.
I should know. Mr. Boulli has worked on my shoulders, my sides and on one of my knees and one thing is for certain. He knows his stuff. He has also helped my wife Deb come back from three partially torn tendons in one shoulder, two in another.
A long time sports lover, Boulli is now living out another dream. Coaching his two daughters who play in the Torrington Little League, 9-10 year old softball bracket.
Amelia, age 10 and Lilah, age 8 made up the battery that sparked the Torrington team to a stellar run in the recently completed post season.
After winning the District 6 Little League Championship with a 12-0 win over East Granby/Granby in mid-July, the team went on to the next round and beat up on a team from Wallingford in a 20-2 mercy rule contest.
Torrington then went up against state powerhouse Seymour in the next game and gained a boatload of respect even though they lost by a 3-2 final.
My friend Rich is one intense guy as head coach. Fiery but compassionate at the same time, Boulli is having a blast in his first year at the helm.
“This has just been awesome,” Boulli said. “I didn’t expect this (referring to the 20-2 win over Wallingford) but the kids have played great.”
What does he try to instill in his team?
“I want them all to be confident,” Boulli said. “That’s one of the biggest things. When they walk on that field I want them to be confident that they will do their best and I just try and instill that in them.”
While always a team player and understanding that it takes a team to do what they did, Boulli was certainly proud of how his youngest daughter did in her first attempt on the diamond.
“Lilah never played softball until this year,” Boulli said. “Amelia and Lilah played every day last year in the summer for two or three hours together. When fall came around, Lilah said she wanted to try and play. So she played in her first fall league and is now completing her first spring season.”
Amelia Boulli was the work horse on the mound for Torrington this year and looks to be the real deal on the bump.
Boulli has been working on my aches for so long that I remember before his kids were born and once they were born, how they would go to their dad’s games whenever possible, a trend that continues without let down to this day.
“They still go to all my games,” Boulli said. “They even said driving to our game in Waterbury Friday night that they loved going to my games.”
This is one former Raider who is now giving back by teaching the next generation of players he hopes to see on the field at THS down the road.
If what I saw when I visited them holds up, the Raiders have a great group of players, learning from one passionate alumni, in the pipeline on their way up.