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Geltz, THS Turf and SOCT. Ramblings from the desk of Mr. Gaff.

POSTED September 04, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: While the last few days may have felt like mid-summer heat, truth is, fall is just around the corner with action starting soon on high school fields, gyms and pools.

Some of the biggest buzz comes from Torrington as the fall soccer and football teams eagerly await the completion of the highly anticipated Turf Project that will leave a magnificent new turf field and a state of the art eight lane track.

Completion is scheduled for Monday, October 6 with Mario Longobucco and the Raider girls’ soccer team first on the pitch when they host rival Watertown on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m.

Mike Fritch Jr and the boys take to the turf the following night when they challenge Naugatuck at 6 p.m.

A battle of the Raiders will cap off an exciting week at the new facility when the Derby Raiders come to the Robert H. Frost for a meeting with the THS Raiders at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

Ceremonies are being planned that will include a ribbon cutting with a possible visit from Governor Malloy and local leaders.

We will be broadcasting live from the field as well with the Litchfield County Sports Show at approximately 5:30. Details to follow.

…..On Friday, September 5, I will be in Uncasville at Mohegan Sun, covering the Special Olympics Connecticut “Over the Edge” event, following two local participants.

Sharon Pelkey and Torrington Detective Madeline Farfan will be propelling down the side of the 34-story Mohegan Sun hotel to raise money for SOCT.

The event is sold out at 75 brave souls who will head down the side of the hotel after raising more than $1000.00 each to qualify.

This year’s participant level is more than double what they had a year ago and is one of the more unique ways to raise money for a tremendous cause.

Now, if we see an “Ice Bucket Challenge” on the way down the side………I’ll have the pictures and video.

And no, I will not be one of the faithful who will be ignoring perfectly good elevators and stairs by going down “Spiderman” style on the outside.

I didn’t even have to bring up my knee but I would have if I had to!

…..The UConn football team has what looks for all intention to be a winnable game on Saturday when they host Stony Brook at noon from East Hartford.

I think we can be pretty confident first year head coach Bob Diaco is not going to let the ghost of Towson a year ago resurface in 2014.

Still, until the Huskies play four quarters of mistake free football, develop their running game and for the love of everything decent, choice one quarterback, you just can’t be sure.

In his Monday conference call, Diaco, who has been criticized for being too positive at times, was realistic in telling us that the Huskies “As not a very good football team…..yet”.

This is a long term plan and Diaco can just hope the UConn faithful can stay patient as this program looks to go to heights it has not seen in a very long time.

Good to hear the high praise former Ansonia great Arkeel Newsome has gotten since the start of summer practice.

Diaco said on Tuesday that Newsome, “Needs to have the ball more often and will.”

That’s a great sign for the record setting back from the NVL.

…..Is it really time for the National Football League to get underway? Have the Jets fired Rex yet?

That’s about all the excitement I can muster this early.

…..Good to see former Torrington Twister and Gaffney house guest Steve Geltz make his way back up to the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays.

After receiving a 50 game suspension after a failed drug test earlier this summer, it was unclear whether Geltz would ever get another shot.

He appeared in two games with the Angels a couple of years back and had maintained an outstanding strikeout to innings pitched ratio throughout his career and worked his way back.

On Monday against the Red Sox in Tampa, Geltz gave up an RBI single to Toenis Cespades before striking out Mike Napoli.

Tuesady night versus the Blue Jays, Geltz fanned four in an inning of work Three outs all on K’s. Not a bad second appearance.

He struck out Melky Cabrera on a foul tip, Jose Bautista on a called strike three to end the fourth then fanned Adam Lind after walking Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth.

Congrats Steve, good job.       

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