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Over-40 baseball semifinals has Thomaston flavor

POSTED September 30, 2011
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson

                          Over-40 baseball semifinals has Thomaston flavor

             THOMASTON – Call this one the Backyard Barbecue Brawl.

            The Connecticut Over-40 Baseball League semifinals will have a distinctly Thomaston flavor to it this weekend when the Thomaston Spartans meet Ordinary Joe’s-Watertown in a 3:30 contest at Black Rock Field for the Northern Division title.

            The winner will take its bragging rights to the league championship game next week against the Southern Division winner at a date and time to be determined.

            The Spartans feature a host of Thomastonl talent that includes John Hurlbert, pitching phenom Kip Miller and Tri-State League czar Ed Gadomski.  Meanwhile, the Chicken Wings while located just over the border in Watertown, also sport some familiar names including former Spartans Terry and Jay Fredlund and Thomaston Spoiler fireballer Bill `Hondo' Plekan.

            Look for the action to sizzling one way or the other with a barbecue planned after the game expected to produce a variety of gastronomic delights.

            O. Joe’s is the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a 14-4 record while the Spartans were 13-4. But, the Spartans handled the Chicken Wings twice during the regular season by 5-2 and 6-0 scores and Gadomski has fired off a salvo at the Wings as the game approaches.

            “It’s definitely a rivalry and I don’t think (the Chicken Wings) want any part of us,” said Gadomski. “They haven’t had a lot of success against us in the past. Kip Miller has dominated them in the past and I think they are hoping the third time is a charm for them. I just hope they bring the buffalo wings to the game.”

            Terry Fredlund was not biting on Gadomski’s ribs.

            “If you ask, I think (the Spartans) would hate to lose to us said the former Summit Little Leaguer. “But, Kip Miller is the deal breaker. We might have a better defense but facing him is like facing Roy Haliday. He’s got a good curve, a hard knuckler and can throw just about anything.” 

            Fredlund also expressed concern about the barbecue.

            “I’m just hoping to get to the game with the equipment. I don’t know about the wings unless (owner, GM Joe Romano) supplies us,” said Fredlund.

            The Spartans starting lineup is expected to have famed fall baseball coach Gabe Amador in center field, the effervescent Gadomski at second base, one of Ulysses Garcia’s best friends, hoopster John Hurlbert at shortstop and in the cleanup spot legendary curve ball specialist Jim Russo.

            Batting fifth will be Laura and Leah Miller’s dad, the already mention Kip Miller to be followed by Rob Gadomski in right field, Rich Smeglia behind the plate, smooth Tony Foschini at first base and Jeff Cheek in center.

            Eye guy and coach Jim Lefebvre, veteran lefty Dave Colavecchio, Pale Ale Jeff Kahn and John Tuna could also see action.

            Other notables for the Chicken Wings are former Thomaston Spoilers Dan and Tim Hamel, although Dan is going to the races, Black Rock School custodial engineer Jose Ortiz and forever young Dandy Randy Phillips.

            Heat up the arms and crank up the grill, it’s time for the Barbecue Brawl.

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