AROUND THE HORN: Total Renovations hitting stride in Wallingford Twilight Baseball League

AROUND THE HORN: Total Renovations hitting stride in Wallingford Twilight Baseball League


WALLINGFORD – Total Renovations has won four of its last five as they push to qualify for the playoffs in the Wallingford Twilight Baseball League.

At 7-9, the team has seen some struggles. However, player/manager JD Tyler sees momentum growing as the playoffs approach.

The turnaround started with back-to-back big wins behind strong pitching from Scott Iawanic and Tyler. Scott threw a complete game in a 6-4 win over the Black Sox. He fanned five in the victory. Tyler added a 14-strikeout performance over the Merchants in a one-hit shut out. Total Renovations won that game in six innings, 14-0.

The bats have also been heating up for Total Renovations, as Jason Sullivan, Brian Ramos and Jeff Morales have all collected multi-hit games in the last few games. Wink Farrow continues to be a key piece to the Total Renovation offense. New additions to this year’s squad includes: Drew Absonte, Conner Flinkins and Justin Kozslar.

The Wallingford Twilight playoffs begin on Aug. 11.

SMSAA calls meeting

SOUTHINGTON – Southington Middle School Athletic Association is holding a meeting on Aug. 21 in the meeting room of the Southington Municipal Center to elect new officials.

The SMSAA needs at least 4 board members and five or six committee members in order to make middle school sports happen again in the 2019/20 school year. Parents of current middle-school children or incoming children at DePaolo or Kennedy middle schools are urged to attend.

If unable to make the meeting but still would like to help SMSAA, contact Casie Messina (860) 919-6723 or Beth Huard (860) 384-2485.

Fundraising has kept cross county, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball alive the past two seasons. But as time moves on and children age out of middle school, new people and new ideas are needed.

Meriden golfers beat the heat

MERIDEN – The Hunter women’s golf league battled through the July heat wave and scored well despite the temperature. Winners in the 18 hole morning league included Trish Holewa, Noreen Clark, Judy Soprano, Alice Schilling, Linda Hipski, Mara Dunleavy, Bette Slowther, Lorraine Pettola, Chet Mrazik, Sherri Gracia, Cheryl Perito, Sangsook Cho, Sharon Maloney, Jeannie Pac, Lisa Bishop, Carol Thorpe, Nancy Sattler, Sharon Criscuolo and Leslie Pitiger.

The nine-hole evening league victors were Sherri Gracia, Kate Kelly, Nathalie Calle, Nancy Kiel, Cindy Semrau, Sandy Wagner, Karen Cebula, Jeanne Magyar, Kathy Roman and Debby Flint.

Winners in the bi-weekly tournaments were Noreen Clark, Trish Holewa, Valerie Miller, Fran Beedle, Mary Ann O’Neil, Linda Hipski, Judy Soprano, MJ Petretto, Myra Reynolds, Chet Mrazik and Cheryl Perito.

Tradition crowns tournament champs

WALLINGFORD – The Tradition ladies golf league featured some impressive rounds tournament action on July 31.

In the ONES Tournament, Nancy DeVylder and Carmela DiNatale both were tops with 27’s and Linda Burke was one off the pace by carding a 28.

Net play was tight with the trio of Brenda Tyler, Jean Cerino and Beulah Chomicz all had 19’s.

In the regular tournament, the Flight 1 Gross champion was Burke (44), followed by DeVylder (32), the Net winner.

In Flight 2, Jean Cerino (50) won Gross and Peg McCoy (33) took Net.

Nancy Smith collected the Flight 3 Gross crown with a 55 and Peggy Antonelli was best in Net with a 31.

Golf tournament scheduled for the Boys & Girls Club of Meriden

MERIDEN – The 29th Annual The Boys and Girls Club of Meriden Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Hunter Golf Club. The action begins at 9 a.m.

The outing is sponsored by Westaff and by the Boys and Girls Club of Meriden's Alumni Association. Proceeds benefit the 1,700 youth the Club serves every year with a wide array of critical programs and services. For further information regarding the tournament or potential sponsorship, call (203) 235-8185 or email Golfers can also sign up at by clicking on Golf 2019 on the home page.

Wallingford/Yalesville fall ball registration underway

WALLINGFORD – Online registration is underway for the upcoming Wallingford/Yalesville Fall Ball season and there will be two in-person registration dates at the Parker Farms baseball fields at 30 Parker Farms Rd.

In-person registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 10 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Parker Farms under the pavilion next to the concession stand.

The easiest way to register is to visit the online registration portion on the Yalesville Little League website ( starting Monday (Aug. 5). All Yalesville parents, as well as Wallingford Little League parents who played Fall Ball last year, can use their login information to register online. The league is asking that first-time players come to one of the in-person registration dates.

The Divisions (Ages) are: Clinic (4-6): No child pitching - $40; Bronze (6-7): For children likely playing AA next year - $70; Silver (7-10): For children likely playing AAA next year – $100; Gold (9-11): For children likely playing Majors next year – $100; Transitional (12s): For children entering Junior League - $120; Senior League (13-16): For children in Junior League  – $120.

Evaluations will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (check in at 9 a.m.) at Parker Farms. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.