Once upon a time ...

Raymond Engineering overcame both the sweltering heat and Met Life to win the City Championship by a score of 23-9. Eddie Guillemette went 5 for 5 and Kevin Gentile and Stephen Bobb both homered. Mike Lockwood homered for Met Life.

Met Life reached the finals with two last inning wins. In their opener, Mike Lockwood singled in two runs to defeat Exchange 6-5. In the second game, David Needle drove in the winner against A-1 Appliance 7-6. Raymond reached the final by defeating CWV 5-1.

Dictrict Nine Tournament
The Moose All Stars rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to defeat Killinqworth 8-5. J.P. LaCombe was the winninq pitcher in relief. LaCombe had three hits including a home run. Tom Hilton had three hits. Sean McGrath and Glen Salamone each had two hits for the Moose All Stars.

Eddie Guillemette lead the Pat Kidney All Stars to an 11-1 win over Cromwell All Stars in Cromwell. He pitched a three hitter and struck out 12. Guillemette had three hits. He had a three run homer in the first.

Sean Murray had two hits including a three run homer. Joe Busca had three hits. The Bernie O'Rourke All Stars drew a first round bye. They then hosted Pat Kidney at Snow School. David Guild had a three run homer and Shaun Bourne a solo shot to pace the Bernie O'Rourke All Stars to a 6-4 win. Jason Mounts pitched a three hitter to gain the win. Two of the three hits he allowed were home runs by Eddie Guillemette. Mounts had two hits himself.

The Guilford All Stars rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth to nip the Moose All Stars 7-6 at Guilford. Moose scored four in the first and held on until the sixth. Jim Considine had a three run homer to close the gap to one run. Shawn Portley tripled in two to give Guilford the lead for good. Portley had three hits including a home run. Sean McGrath had three hits for Moose. Larry Thompson was the winner in relief. Doug Highsmith was the losing pitcher.

Jason Stevens three hit pitching performance led the Bernie O'Rourke All Stars to a 9-3 win over the Guilford All Stars at Snow School. The victory sent the O'Rourke All Stars to the District Nine finals against East-Haddam-Moodus a 5-4 winner over Clinton. The game at Snow was a pitchers battle for the first four scoreless innings. O'Rourke scored four times in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half Jim Considine hit a two run homer. O'Rourke scored five in the sixth to seal the victory. The O'Rourke offense led by Marcus Mickens with two hits. Shaun Bourne had a home run. Nate Turner tripled. Jason Mounts and Brian Morgan each had two RBIs.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R
O'Rourke All Stars 0 0 0 0 4 5
Guilford All Stars 0 0 0 0 2 1

The East Haddam-Moodus Little League All Stars defeated the Bernie O'Rourke All Stars 4-3 at Snow School 4-3 to win the District Nine championship. In the first, East Haddam-Moodus had their first three hitters single to take a 1-0 lead. Then Randy Vanderhoff hit a three run homer to make it 4-0. That was all the scoring East Haddam would get. It was all they needed.

Shaun Bourne relieved Jason Mounts and pitched shutout ball. In the second O'Rourke scored twice. Matt Beck reached on an error. John Guidice hit a homer. Shaun Bourne homered to lead off the sixth to make lt a 4-3 game. Vanderhoff then closed the game in a blaze of glory as he struck out the final three batters. Vanderhoff pitched a four hitter. He walked one and struck out eight.

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R
O'Rourke All Stars 0 2 0 0 0 1
East Haddam-Moodus 4 0 0 0 0 x

The East Haddam-Moodus Little League All Stars were defeated in their first state tournament game 17-0 to Forestville. Rick Phaneuf was the starter and he gave up all 17 runs and 16 hits. He was relieved in the fifth by Randy Vanderhoff. Hall of Forestville pitched a three hitter. He walked three and fanned 10. Forestville had homeruns from Costa and Kildruff (a grandslam).

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Forestville 0 4 1 3 9 0
East Haddam-Moodus 0 0 0 0 0 0

1982 Moose League All Stars
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1982 Pat Kidney League All Stars
Managers Tony Salamone and Dave Raczka
Joe Busca, Sean Murray, Eddie Guillemette, Danny Knapp, Mike Lockwood, Billy McKenna, Ricky Dawson, Erick Juraska, Joey Spinali, Joey Vigneri, Kevin Gentile, Mark Koval, Jay Shaw, Steve York

1982 O'Rourke League All Stars - District Runner-Up
Managers Chet Mounts and Ron Augeri
Jason Mounts, Brian Morgan, Tony Brunetto, Matt Beck, Pat Reynolds, Marcus Mickens, Nate Turner, Andy Hoffman, David Guild, Peter Roulx, Jason Stevens, John Guidice, Shaun Bourne, Todd Isaacson

Another good year for Middletown American Legion Post 75.

American Legion Post 75 - 1982 State Champs

Front Row ( L to R ): J. Thigpen, M. Ouellette, C. Hickey, P. Kostacopoulos, D. Fleck, D. White
Middle Row ( L to R ): B. Russo, J. Lentini, R. Romano, J. Manzie, D. Flis, P. Kiefer, J. Tucci
Back Row ( L to R ): Asst Coachs P. Labella & D. Lombardo, Manager T. Lombardo,
D. Darling, B. Smith, S. McConnell, B. Micale Missing: D. Sienna

Photo couretsy of D. Lombardo

Rick Romano was MVP of the 1982 American Legion State Tournament.

Charles Hickey went on to be Head Baseball Coach at Providence College and Paul Kostacopoulos became Head Baseball Coach at the University of Maine.

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