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2011 Year in Review. July 4. Tri-State/Titans Fourth of July Spectacular lived up to the name.

POSTED December 28, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


Sky-diver Mark Krazinski, brings down the American flag before the start of Fourth of July exhibition between the Titans and the Tri-State All Stars. Torrington scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull out an 8-5 win.

Fuessenich Park, Torrington: There was a little bit of everything for the many who flocked to Fuessenich Park on Monday afternoon/night for the Tri-State All Stars/Torrington Titans, Fourth of July Spectacular.

This event had something for everyone.

From a sky diver, who delivered the American Flag, to a first pitch toss by a former New York Yankees player and a couple of building-denting home runs during the Home Run Derby, this day had to be considered a success.

And yes, even a former American Idol contestant, William Hung.

One of the things the Carminucci Sports Group promised the people of Torrington when they first introduced themselves was that they would not only see great baseball; they would be entertained before, during and after.

Monday started early in the afternoon when approximately 400 fans showed up to watch a classic fan favorite; the Home Run Derby.

While the Titans Cole Harrison came away with the trophy with a seven bomb performance in the finals, teammate Thomas Richards got the biggest reaction when he sent a bomb over the right field fence and up past the third floor window of the house beyond the batting gages.

It was still going up when it hit.

Many a ball was lost by both sides.

Bouton, who spoke with John Torsiello about his latest doings, threw a scoreless fourth inning with a dead to rights knuckle ball that danced towards Titans hitters, who did not get a ball out of the infield.

Pretty good for a guy who is 72 years young and still playing the game he loves.

Just before the game started, a sky diver delighted the crowd with a perfect landing just behind second base, flag in hand.

A terrific sight.

William Hung, former Idol castoff from season three, performed during the game, including the rendition that made him known, “She Bang”.

Adam Piechowski, former Torrington Twister and Gilbert High School graduate and baseball star, looked sharp as ever in his three innings of work to start the game.

Scott Arigoni, also a living legend in Torrington lore, pitched an inning and made it about a dozen high level exhibitions over the last decade that he has pitched in.

Rick Wilson has the latest on one of Torrington’s finest men later this week.

The weather was great, the fans were into the game and the entertainment value was sky high (no sky diving pun intended).

Those on hand on Monday sure got there money’s worth and more from a group that enjoys the business of entertaining fans while presenting great baseball memories.

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