One of the things the coronavirus crisis has taught us is that much can be done from home.
While less efficient or effective, many of life’s more utilitarian activities can be accomplished simply with the aid of a computer and reliable Internet connection.
Our bedrooms are now workspaces. Our living rooms are makeshift classrooms. Our birthday celebrations, religious services, even our workout routines are now all conducted through your preferred video streaming service.
While it might make for a poor substitute for in-person communication and interaction, at least it’s something.
What can’t be done over the Internet, however, is sports. You can’t play baseball over Facebook Live or soccer through Zoom. You need athletes, coaches, and fields. You need two teams or two players. Competition requires personal interaction.
Right now, under normal circumstances, Cheshire spring sports would be underway. Players would be practicing and coaches would be yelling instructions.
Everyone would be gearing up for the next contest.
But, of course, Cheshire’s fields are noticeably empty. Athletes remain at home, waiting for word as to whether any part of their seasons may be salvageable.
For those who need their sports fix, however, fear not. To fill the void, we’ll be taking a look back on what was happening in the world of Cheshire sports on this date (or this week) in the past. Some of the names may be familiar. Some readers may even remember the scores and highlights from the games.
We hope it will remind you of a simpler time, when games weren’t canceled by pandemics and no one worried about gathering in crowds larger than 10.
Such was the world in April of 1992, what turned out to be a rather good week for Cheshire sports. It started with the Cheshire High School baseball team, which put together a three-game winning streak in less than a week to bring their overall record to 4-1. The final game, against North Haven, was a 3-0 pitchers’ duel, and the star of the contest was pitcher Dennis Hogan, who fanned 14 batters on the way to earning victory for both himself and his teammates.
The streak began in convincing fashion, as the Rams pounded Amity 14-3. The offense started simply enough — five walks issued in the first inning by Amity pitchers — and turned into an early route when singles by Jeff Sutherland and Steve Cassesse drove in the first of many runs.
It was a good day for Andy Krawiec on the mound as well, as the sophomore recorded his first win of the year by going five innings and giving up only one run.
The middle game of the streak, against Seymour, was a much tighter affair, and according to The Cheshire Herald’s April 23, 1992 coverage, much of the credit for the close win was owed to one person — Jim Shanley, captain of the team.
Shanley provided the first run of the game — a single in the third that scored Kevin Kareliussen — and then went about shutting down the Seymour offense from the mound, racking up five innings of shutout baseball while only scattering six hits.
Over on the courts, Cheshire tennis enjoyed a good week as well, facing off and defeating Housatonic League rival Sheehan 9-0. The standout for the boys’ team was Kevin Harmer, who won the No. 1 singles match against opponent Bob Marcus in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6.
Also recording victories that day: Justin Daubert, Jeff Anthony, Jeff Jackson, Mike Curren and Matt Moser.
But, unfortunately, not every team in Cheshire could win that week. Unlike the baseball team, Cheshire girls’ softball had their own three-game streak — losing each contest.
However, aside from one ugly loss to Seymour — a 27-1 defeat — Cheshire orchestrated two impressive comebacks to almost pull off improbable wins against Amity and North Haven.
As the story in The Herald explained:
The Rams rallied for four runs in the seventh inning but came up two short in a Housatonic League matchup against visiting Amity.
Cheshire trailed 9-3 entering the bottom of the last inning. The Rams loaded the bases with two out and got one run across on a walk before Meg Medelis cleared the sacks with a double to bring the Rams within two. But Medelis was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple to end the game.
As far as the game against North Haven went, another improbable comeback was cut just short:
North Haven held a commanding 15-2 lead after three innings, but Cheshire managed to come within three runs in a walk-filled matchup.
North Haven walked 17, and Rams hurlers (Lisa) Krawiec and Alyson Savelle walked 15. Savelle replaced Krawiec in the fifth inning. The Rams’ Liz LaFemina was 2-4 in the game with an RBI and Sue Gragnano added a hit and two RBI.