AROUND THE HORN: Southington 13U baseball squad wins Nutmeg gold; Meriden Legion 15U team remains alive; Cheshire advances in Junior Legion tourney; UConn hires Athletic Department C.O.O.

AROUND THE HORN: Southington 13U baseball squad wins Nutmeg gold; Meriden Legion 15U team remains alive; Cheshire advances in Junior Legion tourney; UConn hires Athletic Department C.O.O.

NEW BRITAIN — The Southington Blue Knights 13U baseball team won a Nutmeg Games gold medal with an 8-2 victory Sunday over the CT Blue Jays of Manchester.

Aidan Buck pitched six innings of three-hit ball to earn the win. Trent Laframboise pitched a scoreless seventh to finish it off.

For the tournament, Southington pitchers allowed just 11 runs in five games.

The gold-medal game was a rematch of the top two seeds. Jake Nafis drove in four runs Sunday, while Nate Cofrancesco added a two-run double in Southington's five-run fourth inning.

Southington rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score the game's final eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Southington finished 5-0 in the week-long tournament, beating the Blue Jays in pool play 6-4 on Saturday to earn the No. 1 seed. Earlier during pool play, Southington beat teams from Stratford, Burlington and Manchester. The CT Bulldogs from Burlington won the bronze medal.

Meriden afloat in 15U Legion tourney

MERIDEN — Post 45’s 15U American Legion team remained alive in its state tournament with a 6-3 victory Sunday over Wallingford at West Side Field. 

The result eliminated Wallingford and sent Meriden on to face Ridgefield in an elimination game on Tuesday. That game will be played in Ridgefield at 4:30 p.m.

Meriden is 2-1 in the double-elimination tournament. Post 45 fell at Branford 10-6 in its opener on Thursday, then rebounded with wins on the weekend against Newington (10-0) and Wallingford.

Wallingford won its first game, 6-3, over Glastonbury, then lost 4-2 to Ridgefield on Saturday before being bounced by Meriden on Sunday.

Cheshire advances in 17U brackets

CHESHIRE — In a winner-take-all rubber match, Cheshire’s 17U squad defeated Jewett City 10-0 on Sunday at Cheshire High School to win Pod B in the American Junior Legion state tournament.

Jewett City forced the finale by defeating Cheshire 6-4 earlier on Sunday. Prior to that, Cheshire had recorded wins over Glastonbury (6-2) and Jewett City (16-2).

Cheshire now advances to the North Regional, which starts Tuesday in South Windsor. Post 92 opens against Bristol at 7 p.m.

UConn hires Athletic Department COO

STORRS — The UConn Athletic Department has named Adrianne Swinney its Chief Operating Officer. The hire was announced Monday afternoon by Athletic Director David Benedict.

The position includes the designation of Senior Woman Administrator for the Athletic Department.

Swinney, who comes to Storrs after spending the last three years as Deputy Athletics Director at UNC Wilmington, will oversee equipment services, sports medicine, sports performance and athletic training at UConn. She will also serve as the department liaison for Admissions, Title IX & Gender Equity and OIE/Community Standards. 

Prior to her stint at UNC Wilmington, Swinney worked at Jackson State University and Paul Quinn College in Dallas.  A certified athletic trainer, Swinney started at Jackson State as assistant athletic trainer. At Paul Quinn College, her duties included head women’s basketball coach.

She is the current chairwoman of the Women Leaders in College Sports Professional Development and Continuing Education Committee.

Swinney graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a Masters in business management from Dallas Baptist University in 2009 and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from Jackson State University.

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