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Between The Lines 4/16/2013

POSTED April 16, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Between The Lines 4/16/13

Three dead, 140 injured. Another senseless act of violence that just makes you shake your head. 

The Boston Marathon and Patriots Day will never be the same and what's sadder still is that it's just another in an increasingly long line of events, places, destinations that no longer seem to be safe.

I really don't know what to say or write but couldn't see leading off the column this week any other way. It's just heartbreaking. The stats sound like something you hear about in Iraq or Afghanistan. They certainly aren't what you expect to be reading about after a marathon. But who knows what to expect anymore.

Connecticut knows all to well about senseless tragedy after Sandy Hook. That parents of the Sandy Hook shooting victims were seated across the street from one of the bombs is just one of the aspects of Monday's attack that makes you sick. Another are the victims, mostly spectators, there to support friends and family on what should be a special day, a day of accomplishment and pride, now one turned into grief.

One of the victims was just 8-years-old, Martin Richard, he was there to root on his dad and now they will never see each other again. Martin's mom and sister were severely injured in the attack while his father escaped any physical injuries because he was in the race. The emotional scars will last the rest of his lifetime.

Boston is scarred to and it will take a long time to recover. There have been some great stories of heroism and compassion in the wake of the bombings and these events always seem to bring out the best in people. It would just be nice if it didn't take a tragedy to bring the good in people to light.

BRIDGE CARRYING TERRYVILLE : Terryville senior Jamie Bridge has led the Kangaroos softball team to a hot start with her latest big-time performance coming in Monday's 7-1 victory over Thomaston.

Bridge helped break open a 2-1 game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run triple. On the mound she allowed an unearned run and three hits with 15 strikeouts and no walks.

She finished 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and is a big reason why Terryville is starting to separate itself from the pack in what looks to be a wide open race for the title in the Berkshire League this season.

WINNING AT WOLCOTT TECH: The Wolcott Tech baseball team is off to a fast start this season, winning four of its first five games after an 8-2 victory over Whitney Tech on Monday in Hamden.

Jeff Negron had six strikeouts in six innings to pick up his fourth win of the season and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Dan Diaz added two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI for the Wildcats.

In what looks more like a football score than softball, the Wolcott Tech softball team evened its record at 2-2 Monday with a 33-18 victory over Whitney Tech. Kim Stack hit three home runs and had six RBI and Brianna Genest allowed one hit with four strikeouts in three innings on the mound. Genest added a home run, two RBI and five runs scored.

NEWS AND NOTES: The Torrington softball team continues to roll after sweeping a doubleheader from Wilby on Monday by a combined scored of 41-0. The Red Raiders won the opener 26-0 and the second game 15-0 to improve to 7-0 on the season. Sydney Matzko pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in game one and had another 15 strikeouts in the second game. ... Northwestern looks to be the top baseball team in the BL and improved to 5-0 with a 14-1 victory at Housatonic on Monday. ... Congrats to the UConn women on their eighth national title. Breanna Stewart has three more years left in Storrs so don't be surprised if the title total reaches double digits before she is done there. 

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