Round of Applause
The Red Sox-Tigers series was a terrific week and a half of baseball. Pardon me for being a guy who still enjoys pitchers’ duels, but those low-scoring games were extraordinarily exciting and for the most part very well played. Sure, it’s easy for a Sox fan to scream at the guys who are striking out more than the nerdy high school kid trying to find a prom date (that kid may or may not have been me) but at some point you have to tip your cap to some absolutely filthy pitching by the Tigers. But the Red Sox pitchers were just as good, especially in that bullpen which looked shaky at times during the regular season. Boston’s clutch hitting in the series was exactly what we remember from the 2004 team, and this team shares so many similarities with that one. On another note, this postseason has made me glad to be a sports fan independent of a city (I’m a Red Sox fan and a Jets fan, so I can stay disassociated with Boston and New York fan bases). Boston sports fans have really gotten brutal over the years. They put down their teams when they’re losing (not even after a loss, but during a game that isn’t even close to being over) and react like their first children were born after a win. Let’s find a baseline, guys.
The Greyhounds posted a 2-1 record over the last week as they inch closer to the postseason. Last Friday, Naugy suffered a narrow 92-91 defeat at Torrington. Event winners for the ‘Hounds included Madison Wilson (50 free), Cara Rotatori (500 free, 100 back), the 200 free relay team (Barbara Martins, Martina Niebrzydowski, Addison Best, Tathiana Serrano) and Martins (100 breast). Naugatuck rebounded Monday with a sweep of a tri-meet against St. Paul and Wilby. Event winners for the Greyhounds included the 200 medley relay team (Rotatori, Martins, Erica Spino, Ashley Burkman), Elizabeth Walsh (500 free) and Martins (100 breast). Naugy will compete in a final meet Thursday against Holy Cross and Wilby before embarking on the postseason. The ‘Hounds will compete in the Naugatuck Valley League swim trials next Tuesday, the diving finals next Wednesday and the swim finals Nov. 2.
Word from the Woods
The Hawks split their final two regular-season meets of the year over the last week with a loss to Sheehan and a win over Kennedy. Woodland suffered a 101-80 loss to Sheehan last Friday. Event winners for the Hawks included Brianna Christiano (100-yard butterfly), Maria Carranza (100 breaststroke) and the 400 freestyle relay (Chloe Ariola, Anna Boris, Sarah Bryden, Tatianna Lynn). Woodland rebounded Tuesday with a 96-81 win over Kennedy. Event winners for Woodland included the 200 medley relay team (Bryden, Carranza, Emma Sardinskas, Ariola), Christiano (200 free, 100 fly), Carranza (200 IM, 100 breast), Ariola (50 free), Erin Mascoli (500 free), Bryden (100 backstroke) and the 400 free relay team (Christiano, Boris, Lynn, Mascoli). Woodland will compete in the Naugatuck Valley League swim trials next Tuesday, the diving finals next Wednesday and the swim finals Nov. 2.