Baseball tourney dedicated to fallen officer

The 2023 CIAC state baseball tournament will be dedicated to Bristol police Lieutenant Dustin DeMonte, who was killed in the line of duty in the fall of 2022.

Each year, the CIAC dedicates its baseball state tournament in honor of an individual closely connected to high school baseball in the state.

DeMonte settled in North Haven, but came of age in Middletown. He was a catcher and pitcher on the Middletown High School baseball team, graduating MHS in 2005. A writeup on the CIAC website states, “Coaches and friends recall Dustin as a quiet leader, who led by example.”

DeMonte’s uniform number in high school was 51, and the Middletown High baseball team honored the former player this season by wearing No. 51 patches on their jerseys. 

The CIAC baseball state finals will be played at Middletown’s Palmer Field on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10.

A brief pregame ceremony will take place on June 10 to formally honor DeMonte and his family.


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