Softball and such

Hmmm, what I have been doing lately?

Last Thursday I got to the office about 15 minutes before Joe showed up, which has happened a few times, so I sat there looking over what was going on for the day. When he walked in he told me that there wasn’t much happened and told me to go to the Wesleyan softball game. That sounded like a good idea to me, especially since I have been following the CCSU softball team for a few years now.

I left the office and drove up Washington St. to the field, grabbed my game program just as Allee Beatty lined a triple down the right field line to lead off the bottom of the first for Wesleyan. I had no idea who any of the players were or knew anything about the team, but I quickly figured out why the Cardinals were atop their division in the NESCAC. I introduced myself to the SID behind the plate keeping score and he told me it was no problem talking to whoever I wanted after the game.

I walked down the third base line towards left field and watched a majority of the game there. In the sixth I went back towards home plate to watch the end of the game and made sure the SID saw me and would let me go on the field afterword.

After the coaches were done talking with their teams, I talked to the Western Connecticut State coach first and then made my way over to the Wesleyan side and got a shot interview with the coach and winning pitcher, freshman Susan Pardo. She had just thrown her third complete game shutout of the year and held a 9-0 record.

I drove back to the office and wrote the story. I thought I had a good lead written about how WCSU knew they had to keep Beatty off the bases, but didn’t account for the best pitcher they had seen all year in Pardo. Joe liked it, but wanted something different, so we went back and forth for a while on it and came up with the one in the story I linked above.


It rained all day.

The Rock Cats game got postponed in the morning so I couldn’t go to that and almost every CIAC event got postponed due to the weather, so I had to come up with something to do. I thought about doing a college notebook and when I walked in, that’s exactly what Joe said. I worked on that for the entire time I was in the office, which was only a couple of hours, but it was fun to see these local athletes doing great things in college.

At the end of the night Joe was going over the internship guidelines and realized that I only had two weeks left. We both were surprised and I almost got a little sad. I will write a reaction to that soon, but we talked about a final feature for me to write. I have been looking into that this week and should have something good for next week.

There, but not there

The class S and L championship indoor track meets were held in New Haven this past Thursday and Friday and even though no one from the Middletown Press attended the event, we still tweeted the results almost as soon as they happened.

The results were live on the CIAC sports website and as local kids names showed up at the top of the leader board, I tweeted them for the @MPSportsEditor. This was pretty cool, because track meets drag on and if there is only one story you are covering or a couple of athletes, you can be waiting hours for that story to take shape. I know this from my limited experience running indoor track my freshman year of high school.

Jimmy Zanor was in New Haven for the meet trying to find that story and he got some good stuff, like Louis Tobias of Cromwell won the boys 1600-meter run and Tyler Rubega of East Hampton won the boys pole vault. The girls from East Hampton finished second, fourth and fifth in pole vault which sparked the idea of writing a feature on East Hampton pole vaulting for next week, as a preview to the state open.

So for most of the night I tweeted class S results while working on a “college notebook” for the second time. The NESCAC basketball tournament pairing were announced earlier this week, so since Wesleyan is right down the street and a member of the conference, I had to do a short write-up of those tournaments. Both men’s and women’s basketball teams are seeded sixth and play quarterfinal games Saturday, the men at Middlebury and the women at Williams College.

I wrote up a couple of high school basketball stories and then by the end of the night, Joe finished putting the page together and we were done.


I thought I was going to be doing the same thing on Friday, but when I got in, Joe told me I was going to Wesleyan for the Xavier vs. Cheshire swim meet. I got a little nervous, because I had no idea how to write a swimming story, but read a couple of stories that Jim Bransfield had done and got a little more comfortable. I waited for Cathy to return from city hall where she was taking a picking of a police officer being sworn in and then we left for the pool.

There aren’t really many notes or anything to take when at a swim meet, you basically just watch and pay attention and then get all your quotes at the end and that’s what I did. I had no idea who was winning or really what was going on until I got the final score. Xavier won 99-85. This is pretty close when it comes to swimming, if one or two races went differently, the result could have been very different.

When the meet was over and the teams huddled up to do some sort of cheer they always do at the end, I made my way to the scorers table and awaited my copy of the final results. I grabbed an interview with the coach Chris Haines and two seniors who were swimming their final dual meet of their careers, Matthew Lyons and captain Dom Fogarasi. I really had no idea what kind of questions to ask them, so I went with the generic stuff and it was almost 9 p.m. we had to go.

I was writing the story for the web, so there really wasn’t a deadline, but Cathy had to get some pictures in the paper by 10 p.m. I finished my story by about 10:15, which would be good for almost any other paper, but the deadline for the Middletown Press is crazy early and very difficult. Joe looked it over and we made a few AP Style changes and then the story was done. I am happy with the way it came out. I feel like I have a writing style that works for any sport.

This was just another fun week at the Middletown Press…To Be Continued…