Local roundup: Detroit, Connecticut Tigers extend affiliation agreement
Norwich — The Connecticut Tigers and the Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday they have agreed to a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract, keeping the Connecticut Tigers as the short-season Class A minor league baseball affiliate of the Major League team through the 2020 season.
The current agreement had been set to expire after the 2018 season.
"We take great pride in our strong working relationship with the Detroit Tigers and are extremely excited to remain a part of that family," said Connecticut Tigers General Manager Dave Schermerhorn in a press release. "We are very fortunate to be affiliated with a Major League club with the history and tradition of the Tigers. From top to bottom they are a world-class organization, and we are thrilled to be able to continue to provide Tigers baseball for the fans of southeastern Connecticut for years to come."
The Detroit Tigers and Connecticut Tigers have been affiliated since the 2010 season, when the Oneonta (N.Y.) Tigers relocated to Norwich and Dodd Stadium.
In the eight seasons since arriving in Norwich there have been 15 former players to reach the majors. The 2018 season will mark the 20th season overall under the affiliation, which began in 1999 in Oneonta.
"We're very proud to be entering into an extension of our partnership with the Connecticut Tigers through the 2020 season," said Detroit Tigers Vice President of Player Development Dave Littlefield in the press release. "Since our Connecticut affiliation began in 2010, the Connecticut Tigers have been a tremendous partner in providing players with their introduction to professional baseball. We extend our thanks to the Connecticut ownership and staff for agreeing to this extension and look forward to many more years as a part of the Connecticut Tigers family."
Connecticut plays in the New York-Penn League. The 2018 season home opener is Friday, June 15 against the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox affiliate in the league. For tickets and information, call (860) 887-7962.
• Sean Graytok had 27 points and 8 rebounds as every Coast Guard starter scored in double figures in its 91-78 rout of Clark, its first New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference win of the season. Coast Guard shot 55.4-percent (36-of-65). Packy Witkowski added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Justin Kane had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the Bears (8-5, 1-4). Noah Baldez added 14 points and 4 assists and Bryce Schroeder scored 13. Luca McCormick had 13 points for the Cougars (3-13, 0-5).
• Jacee Hamelin scored 26 as Avery Point beat Gateway CC in double overtime on Tuesday night, 90-79. New London’s Tyrel Martinez had 20 points for the Pointers and Nick Fersch scored 13.
• Micaela Martinelli had 20 points and 5 rebounds as Coast Guard overwhelmed Mount Holyoke, 85-30, in a NEWMAC game. The Bears outscored Mount Holyoke in the first half, 48-18. They also held the latter to 32.5 shooting (13-of-40). Gillian Gerton had 10 points, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks for Coast Guard (7-7, 4-4) and reserve Brenna Farrington added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Leah Hodges scored 13 for the Lyons (0-16, 0-9).
H.S. girls' basketball
• Julianna Bonilla had 13 points, 4 assists and 4 steals as Waterford beat Killingly 51-28 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II game. Amy Pinch scored 12, Skyler Henry had 11 rebounds and Lili Stoddard had 8 rebounds and 5 steals for Waterford (7-5, 3-1). Reagan Morin scored 15 for Killingly (3-8, 0-5).
• Caden Foote opened the match with a pin at 120 pounds as Ledyard beat East Lyme 78-0 in an ECC Division I match. Dennis Charles (152) and Tim Dorr (220) also won matches for the Colonels (9-7, 3-1). The Vikings (3-8, 0-2) forfeited the other 11 matches.
H.S. boys' basketball
• Grasso Tech lost to Morgan in a nonleague game, 82-49. Jon Parra Tobey had 11 points and Luis Duran scored eight for Grasso (0-8).
• Capital Prep Harbor beat Williams, 44-29. Katia Bourganos had 10 points for Williams and Marie Grillo scored 9.
• UConn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes has resigned from his position after one football season in Storrs, the school announced on Wednesday.
“I want to thank J.B. for his efforts during his time with us,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I wish J.B and his family nothing but the best.”
Grimes, a 30-plus year coaching veteran, came to UConn after holding the same position with Cincinnati during the 2016 season.
His destination is Auburn, where Grimes returns to coach the offensive line, a job that he held there from 2013-15.