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Fortier earns softball honors

Gillian Fortier. -CONTRIBUTED
Gillian Fortier. -CONTRIBUTED

NEW HAVEN — Naugatuck resident Gillian Fortier, a freshman on the Albertus Magnus softball team, has been named the 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year.

Fortier, a First Team All-Conference selection for the GNAC this season, batted .500 during the regular season for the Falcons. She leads the Falcons this season in just about every offensive category. She has registered 59 hits, 30 RBI, 11 doubles, four home runs, three triples and 36 runs scored.

She has also posted a slugging percentage of .733 and an on-base percentage of .526.
Fortier leads the GNAC in hits and batting average. She was also honored as the GNAC)\ and ECAC Rookie of the Week, the school announced April 21.

The week prior to the announcement, Fortier hit .704 (19-for-27) with a .742 on-base percentage to go along with two doubles and three home runs for a 1.111 slugging percentage.

Wilde named Women’s Diver of the Year

WALTHAM, Mass. — Bentley University senior Paige Wilde of Naugatuck has been named the Women’s Diver of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Wilde, the only NE-10 woman to compete in the NCAA Division II pre-qualification meet, swept the women’s diving events during the Northeast-10 championships in February. She received NE-10 Women’s Diver of the Week honors eight times and was the NE-10 Women’s Diver of the Meet at the championships.

Borough hosting youth skills competition

NAUGATUCK — Local youth can test their pitching, hitting and running skills at Naugatuck High School.

The Park and Recreation Department is hosting Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, on May 3. The local competition runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school, 543 Rubber Ave. The rain date is May 9 at the same time at Breen Field North, 100 Hotchkiss St.

The competition is open to children ages 7 to 14. It’s free to participate. Children will showcase their skills by throwing strikes to a designated target, hitting from a batting tee for distance and accuracy, and sprinting from second base to home plate. For more information, call Emily or Kim at (203) 720-7071.

Post 17 announces sign-ups for baseball

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck Post 17 American Legion baseball is holding registration for its senior and junior teams on May 10.

Registration is from 2 to 5 p.m. at Peter J. Foley Little League, 299 Scott St. Senior Legion is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, and 19-year-old players must have played in one of the previous three seasons. Junior Legion is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998. Players must live in or have at least one parent living in Naugatuck or Middlebury.

For more information, contact Paul D’Agnone at (203) 231-8848 or post17bball@gmail.com.

Dbacks defeat Nationals

NAUGATUCK — The Union City Little League Dbacks defeated the Nationals, 14-12, April 25.

Dbacks second baseman Lucas Patino hit a base-clearing inside the park home run in the top of the last winning to provide the winning runs. Andrew Normand, Fin Galvin and Mike Rusin also stood out offensively for the Dbacks.

Isaiah Williams, Anthony Abate and Ron Rivera lead the offense for the Nationals.
Charley Marenghi made four putouts at catcher for the Dbacks. Jack Fortin made several solid plays at shortstop for the Nationals.

Dylan Troschler came on in relief to earn his first win of the season. Ian Normand earned his second save of the year.

YMCA, Hop Brook collaborate on golf program

NAUGATUCK — The second season of the Get Golf Ready program begins May 6.
Get Golf Ready is a collaborative program between the Naugatuck YMCA and Hop Brook Golf Course to get participants ready for the golf season and to encourage those not familiar or comfortable on the course to play.

The program runs for six weeks on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for women and 6 to 7 p.m. for men and women. New this year, Hop Brook is offering family lessons beginning May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Clubs aren’t needed but should be reserved ahead of time through either the YMCA or Hop Brook. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

For more information or to register contact the YMCA at (203) 729-9622 or www.naugatuckymca.org.