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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Recreation Commission held the local level competition for the national Pitch Hit and Run Contest (sponsored by Major League Baseball and Scotts Lawn Care) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Sunday, May 6.

Despite the rainy weather, eight young baseball players came out for the event and all excelled in the three phases of the competition.

Winners in three age groups qualified for the sectional competition that will be held in Enfield on June 3.  The age 7-8 division will be represented by Dennis Nestler; the 9-10...

Lakeville Journal Sports

Hometown ballplayers win national tourney

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Two student athletes from the Northwest Corner won a national baseball championship title this summer.
Housatonic Valley Regional High School student Willy Yahn of Sharon and Northwestern Regional High School student Zach Risedorf of Barkhamsted each earned a spot on the U15 Amateur Athletic Union’s Team Connecticut baseball team, based in East Hartford.
The team won the Triple Crown Summer National Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The national tournament consisted of 64 teams from across the United States.

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Trout fishing during the dog days of summer

Tangled Lines

It’s been raining steadily for a couple of days now, but late July and August are traditionally tough months for trout fishermen.
Streams and rivers are low, water temperatures are high, and any sensible trout finds someplace cool and safe to hang out — under a rock or an undercut bank.
An angler could spend eight hours on the water on a sunny August day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., change flies two dozen times, make a couple thousand casts and still catch nothing but an attitude.
There are ways to deal with this.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were 42 people for duplicate bridge on Aug. 3 at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon. With 10- and-a-half tables and three boards a round, 33 boards were in play. Because of that large number of deals, we stopped the play before the full cycle was completed. The average score was 84.
The winners: For North South pairs, in first with 112.85 points (67.17 percent) were Jane and David Parshall; in second with 101.94 points (60.68 percent) were Trish Stimpson and George Mason; and in third with 92.35 points (54.97 percent) were Ann Patton and Mary Robertson.

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This one didn’t get away

Tyler Roberts of Sharon caught a bass in a pond near his home on the first cast. Pretty impressive, especially for a 3-year-old.

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Home run winners score big prizes

Van Angel and Brian Mollica each walked away with a five-day cruise to the Bahamas for their first-place efforts in the Home Run Derby held in North Canaan Saturday, July 30, to benefit the Kara Zinke Emergency Fund. Allycia Reel and John Foley each took second place, winning a trip to Las Vegas. The Home Run Derby is a substantial fundraiser for the Emergency Fund, which gives to local families who have faced devastating events.

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Discs go flying around Segalla Field

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NORTH CANAAN — As children most of us remember tossing around Frisbees, plastic discs about the size of a dinner plate.
In 1968, a student at Columbia High School in Maplewood N.J., proposed the student council establish a Frisbee team, turning what had been “play” into a sport with rules.
The idea spread to other high schools as well as to colleges and universities. Players started to call their new game Ultimate Frisbee — but because of a copyright on the word “Frisbee,” the new sport eventually became known simply as Ultimate.

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Slice of Americana: Softball at Community Field

LAKEVILLE — Summers in the Northwest Corner have always drawn crowds from the city. After all, since the late 1800s, there have been summer camps scattered throughout the Berkshire hills for the children of urbanites and there have been second homes here for centuries.

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Good leap

Mara DePuy of Round Hill, Va., and her horse, Fun Maker, easily cleared the intermediate stadium course at the Millbrook Horse Trials last weekend.
Click here for more on the Millbrook Horse Trials.

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A day at the races

Ferrari Challenge returns to Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — After a four year break, the Ferrari Challenge returned to Lime Rock Park Saturday, July 30. The weather was good and the turnout was even better as fans examined models ranging from 1928 to 2012.
Ferrari aficionados and first-timers alike picnicked on the hillside while watching the race.
The event was considered to be a huge success by Skip Barber and the team at Lime Rock. They estimated that many more people attended this Ferrari Challenge than the previous one in 2005.

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Fort Lauderdale dominates Challenge

LIme Rock — In the first of two Ferrari Challenge races at Lime Rock Park last weekend, polesitter Enzo Potolicchio (Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale) of Venezuela led flag-to-flag for the win.
Despite leading all the laps, Potolicchio was tailed closely the entire race, first by Emmanuel Anassis (Ferrari of Quebec), who fell back mid-race after cutting a tire, then by Mark McKenzie (Ferrari of Houston).

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