Once upon a time ...

EIS is the O'Rourke champion, Elks is the Pat Kidney champion and Exchange claims the Moose crown.

The Elks defeated Exchange 7-0 to move to the title game. Jon Daniels pitched a two hitter. Steve Kolenda had two hits for the Elks. Vin Rutledge had the two Exchange hits.

The Elks took the championship game 13-7 over EIS. Jon Daniels was the winning pitcher. The Elks had two hits each from Bruce Parmenter, Steve Kolenda and Daniels. Mark DeJohn of EIS went four for four. He had a two run homer and a triple.

District Nine Tournament
1966 was the first year of three consecutive District Nine championships for the Bernie O'Rourke All Stars. In their first six years (1960-1965) of District Nine play the O'Rourke clubs had posted an 0-6 record. Things were about to change.

Mark DeJohn hurled a three hitter as the Bernie O'Rourke stars blanked Guilford 5-0. DeJohn struck out 13 and walked one. In the bottom of the first O'Rourke scored four times. Toby D'Oench singled in two runs. Jim Tuttle singled in another run and Rick Smith's base hit drove in another run. Rusty Dorflinger homered in the fourth.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Guilford All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
O'Rourke All Stars 4 0 0 1 0 x 5 4

The Moose team was shutout by Middlefield 6-0 behind the one hit pitching of Peter Tokarz. Tokarz struck out nine and walked three. Moose lone hit was a single by Phil Burgess. The Moose pitcher was John LaBella - nine hits, four strikeouts and two walks.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Moose All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Middlefield All Stars 0 2 3 1 0 x 6 9

Doug Bransfield hurled the Pat Kidney stars to a 5-2 win over Clinton. Bransfield struckout nine and walked one Bransfield singled in two runs in the first. Jon Daniels had two hits to lead the Pat Kidney offense.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Clinton All Stars 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6
Pat Kidney All Stars 2 1 0 0 2 x 5 6

Art Hatje hurled a two hitter as the O'Rourke All Stars stopped Middlefield 1-0. He fanned seven and walked one. O'Rourke scored in the bottom of the fifth. Dorflinger singled. Bill Smith was safe on an error. Jim Tuttle grounded out to first scoring Dorflinger. Toby D'Oench had two hits for O'Rourke. Art Hatje doubled.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Middlefield All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
O'Rourke All Stars 0 0 0 0 1 x 1 4

Bob Perkins fanned thirteen walked one and pitched a two hitter as Pat Kidney shutout East Haddam-Moodus 6-0. In the first Steve Kolenda singled and Doug Bransfiekd doubled him home. In the third Rick Misenti reached on an error, Steve Kolenda doubled in Misenti and scored on two wild pitches. In the fourth Harry Liedke doubled. Perkons singled Liedke in. Misenti reached on an error. Jon Daniels base hit plated Perkins and Misenti.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Pat Kidney All Stars 2 0 1 3 0 0 6 9
East Haddam-Moodus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Rick Smith two run homer in the third inning gave the Bernie O'Rourke All Stars a 3-2 win over Pat Kidney All Stars at Hubbard Park. Pat Kidney scored in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Doug Bransfield single scored Glenn Klare and Steve Kolenda. In the bottom of the second O'Rourke scored one time. Tom Prue and Jim Tyttle walked. Bill Smith's single scored Prue. In the third Art Hatje walked. Then with two outs Rick Smith hit his homer over the centerfield fence. Klare and Bransfield each had two hits for Pat Kidney. O'Rourke had only three hits off of Bransfield. Mark DeJohn picked up the win He walked four and struck out nine.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Pat Kidney All Stars 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
O'Rourke All Stars 0 1 2 0 0 x 3 3

The District Nine title game was played at Hubbard Park. Bernie O'Rourke trounced Portland 12-1. O'Rourke had a 13 hit attack. O'Rourke used four in the second and eight in the fifth to become District Nine champions for 1966. In the second Mark DeJohn singled, Rick Smith reached on an error, Tom Prue singled, Jim Tuttle walked, Bob Wasicki doubled. In the fifth DeJohn was out, Rick Smith walked, Tom Prue singled Jim Tuttle singled, Bob Wasicki singled, Bill Smith singled, Toby D'Oench singled, Art Hatje struck out, Rusty Dorflinger singled, DeJohn singled, Smith doubled, Prue singled, Tuttle walked, Wasicki flied out deep to leave bases loaded. Art Hatje walked one and struck out five to get the win.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Portland All Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7
O'Rourke All Stars 0 4 0 0 8 x 12 13

In the State Tournament the O'Rourke All Stars were held to two hits and lost to North Haven 8-0. The game was played New Haven Annex Field. The O'Rourke hits came from Mark DeJohn and Tom Prue. Mark DeJohn was the Middletown pitcher.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
O'Rourke All Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
North Haven All Stars 1 0 0 0 7 x 8 9

1966 Moose League All Stars
Joe Pagano, Richard Tanasi, John Shukis, Gary Onorati, Gary Grockowski, Tom Mahoney, Paul Bertuglia, Boh McMahon, John LaBella, Robbie Berqan, Phil Nanfrido, Phil Burqess, Orlando Casserino, Marshall Goldberg.

1966 Pat Kidney League All Stars
Doug Bransfield, Bob Perkins, Stan Opalacz, Jon Daniels, Steve Patenaude, Steve Kolenda, Bruce Parmenter,Glen Klare, Rick Glover, George Houston, Harry Liedke, Rick Frazier, Rick Misenti, Paul Shlien.

1966 O'Rourke League All Stars - District Nine Champions
Bob Wasicki, Tom Prue, Jim Tuttle, Gerald Behm, Brian Flynn, Don Heizman, Mark DeJohn, Ricky Smith, Art Hatje, Bill Smith, David Gionfriddo, Larry Fredericks, Rusty Dorflinger, Toby D'Oench.

Mark DeJohn played for the Detroit Tigers in 1982 - becoming the third Middletown Little Leaguer to appear in the Majors Leagues. Joey Jay (1948 LL) and Bill Deheny (1956-58 LL) were the others.

Mark DeJohn's Major League Career
DeJohn, Mark Stephen
Born: Septemer 18, 1953 - Middletown, CT
5'11" 175 lbs. - Bats: Both - Throws: Right
Year Team Games AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI BB Ks AVG
1982 Detroit 24 21 1 4 2 0 0 1 4 4 .190

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