Tri-State to be inducted into National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall-Of-Fame. Info from Ed Gadomski.
Tri-State to be inducted into National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall-Of-Fame
The letter came on February 13th from National Director Tim Turpin announcing the selection of the Tri-State Baseball League into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall-Of-Fame. An induction banquet will be held on October 11th, 2015 in Evansville, Indiana. A new Semi-Pro Baseball Hall-Of-Fame and Museum is currently under construction where each Hall-Of-Fame inductee will receive a (4”x8”) engraved brick paver that will be placed in the Field of Honor at the entrance of the museum which leads out to the baseball field of a newly built semi-pro baseball stadium.
The 2015 Tri-State baseball season kicks off on Sunday May 17th and will feature all 17 teams returning from 2014 and 1 new expansion team, the East Mountain Waterbury Cougars coached by Phil MaCary. The league champion Wolcott Scrappers will defend their first-ever league title taking home the crown in 2014. The two-time defending Stan Musial Stan champion Tri-Town Trojans will be hot on their trail led by first year coach Kyle Osolin who takes over for the retired Ryan McDonald. The Naugatuck Dogs, Stan Musial champions in 2011 and 2012, will be in the hunt led by long -time coach Jay Harloman. The Litchfield Cowboy, league champions in 2011 and 2012 will be coached this season by former minor leaguer Chris Blazek. Brass City Brew (Paul Novakowski), Terryville Black Sox (Dave Alcaron), Watertown Blaze (Chris Ayer), and the Bethlehem Plowboys (Tony Geraci) figure to all be in the mix for a league championship.
The Lakeville Firemen (Andy Watt), Burlington Hunters (Alex Hansen), Tribury Twisters (Jeff Cappa), and Amenia Monarchs (Tom Downey) all qualified for last year’s league playoffs and look to go deeper into the championship tournament this season. The Bristol Greeners will be under new management this year as John Griffin takes over for long time coach Shawn Mirmina while Greg Bodnar takes the reigns in Torrington replacing head coach Curtis Anthony. Longtime member Winsted Whalers look to get back into this seasons post-season under the leadership of (Chet Warner). The Thomaston Threshers (Scott Bellemare) and second year Canton Crushers (Tommy Dubois) round out the field of 18 for the Tri-State League.
The 2015 Hall-Of-Fame ceremony will be held during the Tri-State League World Series in late August. This year’s Hall-Of-Fame class includes Carl Rivers, Tim Gaffney, Ralph Davino, Daryl Morhardt, and Gary Swierczynski. In addition, four teams will qualify to play in the 2015 Stan Musial state tournament the last week of July.
Tri-State would also like to announce its 2014 award winners and all-star team:
MVP: Mike Meier Wolcott Scrappers
Silver Slugger: Devin Murphy Naugatuck Dogs
CY Young: Ken Kerski Terryville Black Sox
Catcher: Tony Geraci (Bethlehem)
1st Base: Brady Hecht (Burlington)
2nd Base: Zach Dandrea (Terryville)
Shortstop: Michael Fabiaschi (Tri-Town)
3rd base: Kyle Murphy (Naugatuck)
Outfield: Brett Anderson (Teryville)
Outfield: Ryan Andrade (Wolcott)
Outfield: Steve Hutchinson (Amenia)
Pitcher: Gary Novakowski (Brass City)