All photos courtesy of Carol Priestly DeCapua

The photos below are from a softball game played in the late 40's or early 50's on the Lordship Bluffs at Staples Field. The game and picnic later that evening moved to Pop's. Can anyone idenify the people in these photos? If so, please contact lordshiphistory.com and the names will be added. Staples field on the bluffs was located on the corner of York Street and Park Boulevard.


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


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Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


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Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


Softball on Bluffs


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's


1940's at Pop's

September 6, 1946 - POPS TEAM IS VICTOR IN AN 11-INNING GAME: Baseball championship of Lordship seems to have been settled definitely on Labor Day when Pops Team and the Skippers met in a morning match which ran to 11 innings. Pops Team batting first, pounded out three runs then, making the final score 7 to 4. The two Lordship nines had met the middle of August with the score showing 7 to 6 in favor of Pops Team. Some dispute arose about the accuracy of the tally however and the return match last Monday resulted. Stan Ambler contributed sensationally to the final score for he stole home in the 11th inning. None of the contending batsmen seemed to be able to make a complete round of the bags, but two of Pops players hammered the horsehide for three bases each Marty Tristine and Joe Webb. The Skippers could not do quite so well, but Baxter Brown and Mickey Banis pounded the ball for long distances and each got a two-bagger. Banis moreover, on the mound for the Skippers pitched a splendid game but his support weakened toward the end. Joe Stangel, captain of the Skippers and playing left field for the team, had a star performance credited to him.

July 11, 1947 - POPS RED DEVILS WIN THREE HOLIDAY GAMES: Pops Red Devils added three more softball games to their growing list of victories during the Independence Day period and directed additional attention to the prowess of Lordship. Two victories on July 4 itself and another last Sunday were recorded. Pops Red Devils defeated the McNally All Stratford team last Friday morning 8 to 6 and that afternoon took the Aubin Marine team into camp 5 to 4. Sundays game brought the Park Avenue Restaurant boys over to Staples Field here from Bridgeport; the Red Devils chalked up an 11 to 7 win. Manager Stan Ambler was the defensive star for Pops team on Independence Day for he handled 10 chances at third base without a boot. Ken Priestly and Eric Ambler took the slugging honors each getting 2 for 3. Makris starred for McNallys in three trips to the plated he got a homer and a single. Don Wray tossing for the Aubin Marines, lost a heart breaker Friday afternoon when Joe Webb lashed a long double to right center sending across the winning run when two already were out with a tied score. On Sunday Ed Finnegan and Mickey Banas did about all any batters could be expected to do; they hammered out three homers and a triple. Pops Red Devils are looking for games with any softball team in the county. Stan Ambler and Ken Priestly are handling these details.


August 8, 1957 - LORDSHIP SA SCORES EASY WIN OVER ANN'S: The Lordship S.A. softball team walloped Ann's Newfield Bakery squad, 10 to 3, at Lordship last night. Johnny Stratton went the pitching route for the Lordship team, scattering four hits. He received plenty of support from George Gray and Art Weinstein, who got three hits apiece. Frank Savo garnered two hits for Ann's team and scored all three of its runs. The Lordship team will return to action Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

September 9, 1957 - LORDSHIP TEAM TOPS WHITEWAY SQUAD, 9-1: The Lordship Sporting Association softball team walloped the Whiteway restaurant team 9 to 1, recently. It was the 17th win of the season for the Lordship combine. Johnny Stratton went the pitching route scattering four hits to notch the victory. The Whiteway team scored in the final inning to deprive Stratton of a shutout.

September 23, 1957 - LORDSHIP SA ENDS SEASON: The Lordship Sporting Association Softball team completed its season recently breaking even in 34 games. Plans are now underway to organize a touch football league for boys 9-14 years of age.

June 10, 1958 - LORDSHIP TEAM WINS ON HIT BY BRIGHINDI: Ed Brighindi rapped his third hit of the game to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning as the Lordship S. A. Merchants edged Maiolo's Pitch Fork Inn softball squad, 5-4, in a recent Stratton also starred at bat for the Merchants while Bob Duncan clouted a three-run homer for Maiolo's.

July 3, 1958 - DOMENICK'S TRIUMPH OVER LORDSHIP, 1-0: Ken Palazzo broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Bill Patrick and John Stratton with an eighth inning single driving in Dick Anderson to score the game's only run for Domenick's restaurant, in its 1-0 win over Lordship S.A.

July 30, 1958 - LORDSHIP S.A. BLANKS MONTY'S SHOP, 6 TO 0: The Lordship S.A. Merchants, behind the one-hit pitching of Johnny Stratton, avenged an earlier defeat by trouncing Monty's, 6-0 recently. The only hit off Stratton was garnered by Johnny Krozser. Don Fagan, with three singles, and George Tuscaeff, with a single and a double, collected five of Lordship's six hits. Friday the Lordship S. A. will tangle with Mailos Pitchfork Inn at Lordship Field, at 6:30 p.m. The same teams will meet again Sunday morning in Milford.

August 8, 1958 - LORDSHIP WINS, 11-2: The Lordship Merchants, behind the three hit pitching of John Stratton; trounced Mailo's Pitchfork Inn, Sunday, 11-2. Stratton aided his cause at bat with two hits, while Oldham, Fagan and Gray collected eight hits between them.

August 15, 1958 - LORDSHIP FINISHES SECOND IN FAST PITCH LEAGUE: Lordship SA Merchants finished tied for second place with Domenicks Restaurant at 6-4 behind Windmill Restaurant 9-1. Esthers Hacienda was fourth at 4-5-1, Martins News fifth at 3-7 and Star Service last at 1-8-1.

September 12, 1958 - LORDSHIP SA SOFTBALL: The Lordship Sporting Association has completed its softball activity for the year winning 20 games, losing 13 and playing 4 ties. Regulars who participated on the squad were your Stratford News sports reporters, John Stratton and Don Fagan, Hall Oldham, George Gray, John Hajas, George Devitt, Sean Gorman, Ed Brighindi, Don Sebes, Art Beaudoin, George Tuscaeff, Jerry Noland and Billy Robinson. They are now busily engaged in their second annual touch football league. Some 80 youngsters have been assigned to six different teams and league play scheduled to begin on September 20th.

February 20, 1959 - Lordship Men Planning Sport Night Program: A Father-Son sports night program is planned by the Lordship Sporting Association and the Lordship Fathers club, for Feb. 26 at 6:30 p. m. in the Lordship Community Church hall. The dinner session will honor the Little League clubs both in baseball and football from the Lordship area. Town Manager Harry B. Flood has been invited to attend.

March 26, 1959 - LORDSHIP S.A. TO HAVE YOUNG TEAM: The Lordship Sporting Association, youngest club in the league, features a host of former Stratford High stars and reached the height of their 3 year career last season in deadlocking Domenicks for second place. The L.S.A. is led by John Stratton, their top pitcher and hitter, Hal Oldham, Ed Brighindi, George Gray, John Hajus, George Devitt, Don Sebes, Sean Gorman, Bill Robinson, Don Fagan and newcomers Jack Angeski, Dewey Amos and Bob Gerwein. The L.S.A. will be coached by Dan McCoart and Gene Ferrio and for further information contact Don Fagan at DR8-8510. The first Lordship practice is scheduled for April 5th on the Lordship School field.

July 30, 1959 - LORDSHIP S.A. FINISHES SEASON: The Stratford Town Recreation League Fast Pitch season ended for the Lordship Sporting Association with a record of 3 wins, six losses and a tie. Other teams in the league were Domenicks, Success and Esthers.

August 10, 1959 - LORDSHIP SA WHIPS MOOSE CLUB, 11 T0 4: The Lordship S. A. Merchants defeated the Bridgeport Moose club 11-4, recently, behind the four-hit hurling of Wes Shaffner. Don Fagan and Dan McCoart had two hits apiece for the Merchants, while Ted Johnson and Jack Angeski each had solo homers. Tonight the Lordship S.A. will play the Derby Vets and will play Gloria's Market, of Milford, on Wednesday. The Lordship team is entered in the Milford Invitational tournament and the Bridgeport City Open.



May 25, 1951 - LORDSHIP TEAM FACES UNITED LUNCH TONIGHT: The Loews Jolly Whaler Softball team of Lordship will meet the United Lunch squad tonight at 6 pm on the Lordship field. Sunday afternoon the Whalers will oppose the Denhup restaurant team on the same field. Teams desiring to play the Lordship squad can book games by phoning 7-9182.

October 8, 1963 - Sports Dinner Slated By Skipper's Squads: New York Giant halfback Hugh McElhenny will be guest speaker tomorrow night when Skipper's restaurant honors its slow pitch and basketball teams at a dinner in the Lordship restaurant at 7 o'clock. Lou Broderson will serve as master of ceremonies, with invited guests including Jim Penders, Stratford recreation director; Bernie lassogna, state ASA commissioner and Perry Pilotti, prominent sportsman. Skipper's slow pitch team compiled a 63-23 record, while the cage squad won 25 of 29 games.

July 8, 1964 - STRATFORD LEAGUE: League-leading Skipper's restaurant trimmed Pop's restaurant, 9-5, last night in the feature game of the Stratford Senior recreation slow pitch league at Longbrook park. Ed Evers had three hits and drove in three runs for Skipper's, which won its sixth straight.

July 8, 1965 - LORDSHIP SOFTBALL TAKES 3, DROP 1: The Lordship Community Church Softball Team scored three victories while losing only one last week. In a doubleheader with Our Lady of Peace, the Congregationalists came out on top by a score of 10 to 5 in the first tilt. Carl Johnson picked up the win while Ed Curtis homered for the victors and Mark Valentine clouted a two run homer for the losers. In the second and more closely contested game, Our Lady of Peace won by a score of 1 to 0. Pete Roberge was credited with the win while Mark Valentines home run in the fifth inning was the only tally of the game. In a church league tilt, the Lordship team trounced Westminister Presbyterian 12 to 5. Bob Baird picked up the win and also went 4 for 4 at the plate. Ted Johnson and Doug Dempsey each had two hits for the winners. Tom Keenans tremendous home run in the first inning was the only tally of the game. In an independent game the Lordship team once again was victorious. This time the Bajoris Market of the Fairfield Recreation League were their victims as Lordship Community Church took a 9 to 6 verdict. Pete Roberge was the winning pitcher while Jim McNerney, Bob Grant, Keith Werwin and Carl Johnson starred at the plate.

August 26, 1965 - LORDSHIP SOFTBALL TEAM ENDS WITH 5 WIN SKIEN: The Lordship Community Church Softball Team has racked up five victories without suffering a setback over the past two weeks. This brings their season record to 23 wins and 17 defeats. Because of injuries, military obligations and vacations the schedule for the past few weeks has been relatively light. With League play concluded, the final batting averages have been tabulated. The top five hitters (with more than 20 at bats) were: Bob Baird 31 for 48, .646; Harold Spencer 24 for 42, .571; Keith Werwin 21 for 40, .535; Ted Johnson 14 for 27, .519 and Greg Ward 11 for 22, .500. In the power department John Stratton led the team with 14 homeruns. He is followed closely by Tom Keenan and Bob Grant each with 11. Keith Werwin is one step behind them with 10 circuit clouts to his credit. In recent games the Church team has defeated Hawley Hardware 9 to 8 and 14 to 4. The first game saw Lordship lose a seven run bulge as they barely managed to pull it out of the fire. The second contest was entirely different with Hawley never in contention. Lordship was led by the hitting of Ted Johnson, Bob Grant and Carl Johnson while Pete Roberge starred defensively. Roberge in making the last of his pretty plays, fell hard on his shoulder and dislocated it. In other contests, Lordship defeated Wafe Division 17 to 7 as Jim McNerney and Keith Hutchison hit hard for the winners. In a rematch with Hawley Hardware the results were more convincing as Lordship slugged its way to a 27 to 10 victory. The most recent victory was one at the expense of the Stratford Police in which the score was 6 to 2. Tom Keenan and John Stratton supplied the power needed to overcome the local warriors.

September 2, 1965 - LORDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCH DEFEATS OUR LADY OF PEACE: The Lordship Community Church softball team clobbered Our Lady of Peace in a fast pitch game played at Lordship School. Lordship exploded for seven runs in the last two innings to win 11 to 6. The team rode to victory on the three hit strikeout pitching of John Stratton. Pete Roberge pitched a good game for the losers but showed signs of tiring and eventually was hit quite hard. This was his first start since he injured his shoulder making a lunge for a line drive. Lordship started the scoring with one out in the first when Bob Baird lined a single to right field. Then John Stratton doubled to right center putting runners on second and third. Bob Grant hit a slow grounder which enabled the run. OLOP came back with a pair in their half of the inning. Pete Roberge singled and Don Fagan and Hal Oldham had back to back doubles accounting for the two tallies. The churchmen came through with three hits, a walk and an error to score three runs in the second inning and regain the lead 4-2. Stratton held the losers in check for the next two innings as he struck out six straight men. In the last of the fourth, Ted Johnson came in to hurl for Lordship but could not find the range, as he allowed three hits and three walks without retiring a man. Stratton returned to try to put down this uprising. After a run had scored via an error he struck out the side on only nine pitches. But Our Lady of Peace had the lead 6-4. This was to be a short lived lead. Lordship got four runs in their big sixth inning. Stratton retired the side in order in the last of the sixth while striking out the last two batters.

September 22, 1966 - LORDSHIP CAPTURES INTER-CHURCH TITLE: Lordship Community defeated the defending champions Salem Lutheran, 3-0 to capture the 1966 Inter-Church Softball League championship. The victory came in the deciding game of the best-of-three series. Salem won the first game 10-1, but Lordship came back to win the next two games 7-4 and 3-0. Lordship had finished the season in fourth place with a record of 11 and 3 and won the championship playoffs the hard way by climbing up the ladder. The champions ended up with a 15 and 4 league record. In the quarterfinals, Lordship eliminated St. Johns A.C.R. behind the two hit pitching of Bob Baird. The winners came from behind with seven runs in the sixth inning. Ted Johnson had three hits, while Don Fagan, Bob Grant, Ed Brighindi, Walt Powell and Bud Willis contributed two hits each to the winners cause. The semifinal round saw Lordship defeat St. Dimitries Romanian 6-5. A homerun in the fifth inning by Ed Wojcicki tied the score at 5-5. In the last of the seventh Johnson, Baird and Fagan singled with one out to load the bases. Bob Grants long fly ball plated Johnson with the winning run. Jim McNerneys fine play in the field made him the game defensive standout. After Salem Lutheran had easily won the first game of the finals, they came up with four runs in the top of the first inning in the second game. But after that it was a different story as Lordship picked up a single run in the second and opened up for six runs in the fifth. Harold Spencer and Jim McNerney starred for Lordship. In the deciding tilt Lordship jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as Wojcickis fly ball plate Baird. The score remained the same until the last of the sixth when Lordship scored two runs. Don Fagan reached second on an error and scored on Grants double. Grant scored the final run on a single by Wojcicki. Carl Johnson pitched a four hitter to register the win. The game marked the first time Salem has been shutout in the last four years and the first time ever in a championship game.

September 17, 1967 - LORDSHIP SOFTBALL: The championship of the Lordship fast-pitch Softball league will be decided today when the Raiders play the Lordship Community Church at 12:30 pm. A Raider victory will give them the crown but a win by Lordship Community will make a second game necessary to determine the winner. If a second contest is needed it will begin immediately after the first game. Trophies will be presented to the winning team by Glean Laudenslager Jr. and Robert Baird.

June 20, 1968 - LORDSHIP BEATS CLOVER FOR 1ST SSA LEAGUE WIN: Lordship rode the two hit pitching of John Stratton to their first win of the season as they downed defending champion Clover AC 5-0 in the Stratford Softball Association at Longbrook Park on Sunday. A two run double by Bob Cullen proved to be all the runs that the veteran right hander needed as he set the losers down for their first setback of the season. They now stand at 1-1. The win upped Lordships mark to 1-2 for the campaign. Lordship jumped on losing hurler George Lefkowski for two quick runs in the first inning as Pete Roberge walked and John Baroni was hit by a pitch. Stratton then sacrificed both runners along setting the stage for Cullens blast to left field which drove home the first two runs. Lordship added a single run in the third when Baroni reached on an error but was forced at second on Strattons fielders choice. Stratton however moved to second on a wild pitch. Bob Baird then lined a single to right driving home Stratton and Lordship opened a 3-0 lead. The final two tallies came in the sixth as Dave Stearns singled with two outs. Wes Schaffner reached third on an error by third baseman Len Libby to put runners on first and second. Bob Costello walked to load the bases. Pinch hitter John Roberge then singled up the middle to drive in Stearns. Lefkowski then walked Pete Roberge with Schaffner crossing the plate. He got out of the inning as he retired Baroni on a fly out. The losers were unable to get much in the way of an attack going as only three runners reached base against Stratton. Their biggest threat came in the last of the seventh as the first two hitters got on. But the Lordship defense tightened to pack in the win. Bruce Fray led off the seventh with a single off the glove of Stratton for the first base runner since Ed Sheks bunt single in the second. To this point Stratton had retired 13 men in a row. Lefkowski then bounced a ball to shortstop Baroni in what looked like a tailor mad double play. The toss to second baseman John Roberge was dropped and all runners were safe. Matt Grega then hit into a fielders choice forcing Lefkowski at second with Fray moving to third. Grega stole second without drawing a throw as Lordship was more concerned about getting the batter out. Stratton put a slow curve by Charlie Potak on a 3-2 count for the second out and Ed Shek popped up to the first baseman Bob Costello to end the game. Stratton recorded the win as he fanned eight in his route going performance. Lefkowski was the loser. His record now stands at 1-1.

August 1, 1968 - LORDSHIP GETS INTO PLAYOFFS: The Lordship Community Church Softball team gained a berth in the post season tourney to determine the league champion as they trounced St. Dimitrie 15-3 on Tuesday night to bring their regular season to a 9-4 mark. In winning the important tilt Lordship pounded out 21 hits. The locals took an early 3-0 lead in the first two innings and then exploded for four runs in the fourth to move into a commanding 7-0 edge. St. Dimitrie came back with three runs in their fifth at bat to narrow the score to 7-3. Lordship wasted little time in turning the game into a rout as they sent 11 men to the plate in the sixth inning and scored eight runs paced by Bob Grants three run double and Ed Wojcickis two run homerun. Bob Baird banged out four hits in five trips and drove in four runs while Grant had a pair of hits and drove in three. Every player collected at least one hit with Wojcicki, Jack Halkovic, Tom Finn, Jim McNerney and Greg Ward each collected two. By virtue of the win, Lordship gained a playoff berth for the third consective year. The league playoffs are slated to begin Tuesday after pairings are made tomorrow night at the UMCA. Since Salem and Zion are tied, as are Lordship and St. Johns a draw for position is needed. Lordship will play either Salem or Zion depending on their draw.

September 8, 1970 - LORDSHIP TALLIES IN TOURNEY 10-1: John Stratton and Bruce Fray powered the Lordship Community Pharmacy to an easy 10-1 victory over Pizzaland yesterday in the opening round of the first annual Fairfield County Invitational Fast-pitch Softball Tournament at Masuk High School, Monroe. Renz-Hauling defeated St. Vincent hospital, 7-4, in the other first-round encounter. Lordship and Renz-Hauling will vie for the championship tonight at 5 o'clock at Masuk. Pizzaland and St. Vincent will play in a consolation contest. Stratton fanned 10 and yielded only five hits in keeping his unbeaten string intact, and chipped in with three safeties. The charges of Henry Hersh jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a walk, Bob Baird's triple and Fray's two-run homer. Fray had three hits, while Baird, Don Caterson and Ed Sylvia all had a pair.

September 8, 1970 - LORDSHIP TEAM TAKES TOURNEY: The steady hurling of John Stratton and an early flurry of runs enabled the Lordship Community Pharmacy team to capture the championship of the first annual Fairfield County Fast Pitch Softball Invitational tournament yesterday with a 7-2 triumph over Renz Hauling at Masuk High. Stratton stymied the losers on only one hit a two run homer by Hank Jasiukiewicz while striking out six in chalking up his second straight tournament victory. Manager Henry Hersh received a balanced offensive attack, in which every starter collected a safety and flawless defensive support to aid the right-handed slants of Stratton. Lordship, top-seeded in the four team single-elimination event bunched seven of its nine hits in the first two frames to grab a 6-0 lead before losing hurler Ed Board settled down. Jack Halkovic walked and moved to third on Bob Baird's double to left. Halkovic dented the plate on Stratton's infield out before Bruce Fray delivered a run-producing hit to left. The two-time Stratford fast-pitch titlists pushed across four markers in the second frame as ten men came to bat. Singles by Ed Sylvia and Ted Johnson put runners on the corners before Tom Finn lined a hit to center. Bob Seibert's single to right delivered Johnson for a 4-0 spread. Halkovic was safe on an error with Finn crossing home. Following a fielder's choice and a strikeout, Don Caterson stroked a one-bagger to left that brought Halkovic home with the sixth run of the game. Lordship closed out its scoring in the fifth as Halkovic singled was sacrificed to second and scored on Stratton's hit. Jasiukiewicz' circuit clout came in the third, after lead off hitter Marty Zito was hit by a pitch. However, Stratton permitted only two base-runners the remainder of the game. Pizzaland, recently crowned Tri-Town league champions, salvaged the consolation game with an 8-1 nod over St. Vincent Hospital.<.p>

August 29, 1975 - TWO AREA CHURCH TEAMS IN NATIONAL TOURNEY:MARIETTA, Ga. - The seventh annual National Church Slow Pitch tournament gets under way here tonight with a 16-game schedule. Participating in this double-elimination tournament are area YMCA Inter-Church League rivals Lordship Community Church of Stratford and Black Rock Congregational of Fairfield. Lordship, the top-seeded team in the 48-team field, drew a first round bye and makes its debut Saturday morning. Lordship plays at 8 a.m. Saturday against the winner of tonight's 7 o'clock game between Talbot Park, Virginia and South Carolina. Two fields at Lockheed, Page and Custer Field will be the sites for the four-day event which concludes Monday afternoon. Some of the top teams in this year's tourney include host Mt. Zion Methodist of Marietta, East Belmont Baptist, N.C., Lakewood Baptist, Lewisville, T'ex., Clark Street Baptist, Tenn., and Oak Park Baptist, Tampa. Last year's champ, St. Martin's of St. Louis, didn't return. The Missourians were disqualified and had to relinquish their championship for numerous eligibility violations. Lordship, which finished second in Louisville, therefore assumed the top ranking and was given the 1974 crown. Three members of LCC were named to the 1974 All-American team. They include pitcher Bill Bansak, catcher Bruce Czapla and outfielder Tom Cianciolo. Other team members are Lou DiZenzo, Ed Sylvia, Jack Halkovic, Ed Finnegan, Vic Swaller, Tom Andrea, Dave Stearns, Ed Raschke, Bob Baird, Tom Finn, Jim McNerney, Paul Mengold, Bob Snyder and Jim Wiltsie. Lordship and Black Rock have paced the Church League the past three years with BR wining top honors in 1973 and LCC last year. In that span Lordship is 38-1 and Black Rock 35-5 in regular season league play. This year Lordship stands 13-0 and Black Rock 12-1.


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1975 LCC Softball Team


August 10, 1967 - RAIDERS NET FIRST ROUND IN LORDSHIP LEAGUE PLAY: The Raiders won the first round title of the Lordship Fast Pitch Softball League last week by coming from behind to defeat the Patriots 5 to 3. Trailing 3 to 1 in the fourth inning, the Raiders scored three runs in their half of the inning to gain the lead which they never relinquished. George Lefkowski twirled a three hitter for his fourth straight win. Bob Baird had two hits for the winners while Jack Filia paced the losers at the plate. In the other League game the All-Stars defeated the Lordship Community team 5 to 4. George Dlugos scored the winning run on Tom Kopnickys sacrifice fly in the last inning. Steve Cibulsky paced the winners with two hits. Mark Valentine and Bill McCarthy also hit hard for the winners while Ed Brighindi and Hal Oldham paced Lordship. On Sunday at 2 pm at Lordship School the Patriots will battle Lordship Community and the All-Stars meet the Raiders at 3:15 pm. League standings are the Raiders 5 and 0; the All-Stars 3 and 2; Lordship 1 and 3 and the Patriots 0 and 4.

August 17, 1967 - RAIDERS COP FIRST ROUND IN LORDSHIP LEAGUE PLAY: The Raiders concluded a sweep of first round action in the Lordship Fast Pitch Softball League with a 17 to 5 triumph over the All-Stars. Bill Dolyak twirled a two hitter for his second win in a row. George Lefkowski was the batting star for the winners with four hits including two homeruns and four RBIs. Seven Raider players had at least two hits apiece as they pounded All-Star pitchers for 19 hits. In the second game of the twin bill Lordship Community crushed the Patriots 14 to 3 as John Stratton pitched and batted the team to victory. Stratton had three hits while Shaun Gorman and Hal Oldham each had two. Jack Filias three run homer accounted for all the losers tallies. Earlier in the week the Patriots had defeated Lordship 5 to 4 behind the three hit pitching of Bruce Fray. Jack Filia and Ron Jablonski had two hits for the Patriots while Stratton, Spencer and Oldham collected the only safeties for the losers. Tonight the Raiders will meet the Patriots at Longbrook Park at 6:30 pm. On Sunday the Raiders will face the All-Stars and Lordship Community will meet the Patriots.

August 30, 1967 - RAIDERS STILL FIRST IN LORDSHIP FAST PITCH LEAGUE: The Raiders remained in first place in the Lordship Fast Pitch Softball Association by defeating the Lordship Community team 6 to 4. George Lefkowski picked up the win, his third in a row. Bob Baird and Dave Danowski slugged two hits apiece for the winners while Shaun Gorman chalked up three for Lordship. In other action in the circuit, Bill Dolyaks two hit, nine strikeout pitching helped the Raiders shut out the All-Stars 7 to 0. Leading sticks for the winners were Matt Grega and Bob Edgerton with two hits each. In previous league action the All-Stars trimmed the Patriots twice, 5 to 4 and 13 to 12. The All-Stars lost to Lordship Community 9 to 0. The Raiders picked up two wins, 7 to 3 over the Patriots and shutout Lordship Community 2 to 0. The league plays doubleheaders on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm and Wednesdays at 6:45 pm.

April 11, 1968 - FAST PITCH IN LORDSHIP BEGINNING: The Lordship Fast Pitch League is in the process of organizing for the 1968 season. Last season the league was comprised of four teams playing a 12 game schedule. The 1967 champion were the Raiders who fashioned an 11-1 mark and will be back this season to defend their title. This season play will begin in early May and continue throughout the summer in an expanded schedule. The league will probably play their games at Longbrook Park. Two teams from the 1967 loop will be returning. In addition to the Raider squad the Lordship Community team paced by veteran hurler John Stratton will pose a formidable threat this season as they feature such standouts as Shaun Gorman, Pete Roberge and John Baroni. The Raider team will be comprised of the same contingent that walked away with the league title last season. The two main pitchers are Bill Dolyak who held a 6-0 mark and George Lefkowski with 5-1. The infield is fairly set with Ed Wojcicki handling the catching chores. Either Dolyak or Lefkowski will be at first base when they are not on the mound. Bob Baird will handle the second base spot with Jack Halkovic at shortstop. Sid Vaughn will play third. The outfield will consist of Matt Grega in left and Joe Deerin who led the team in hitting with a .357 average last year will be in centerfield with Jack Connolly in right. There have been many players in the area who have expressed an interest in playing in the league and in the next week or so there will be a registration session for those players to be placed on a team. For additional information contact Bob Baird at the Stratford News.

April 18, 1968 - LORDSHIP FASTPITCH LEAGUE ANNOUNCES THREE OF FOUR TEAMS READY TO PLAY BALL: The Lordship Fast Pitch Softball League now in its second season of play is making final plans for the coming season. With a four team circuit anticipated, three spots are already filled with last years champs, the Raiders being sponsored by Carrolls Sports Shoppe. The 1967 runner up team Lordship Community will also return. A new member of the league is the Singer-Metrics team from the YMCA Industrial fast pitch circuit. Because the Industrial league could not field the mandatory four team requirement the Singer-Metric squad will play in the Lordship League. The league plans a 12 game schedule with action beginning in mid-May. Also on tap will be a Holiday Tournament in early July. This tournament will be a double elimination event. The League should be much stronger this year with the three teams already entered possessing ample pitching and hitting strength. The Carrolls Sports Shoppe Raiders who ended last season with an 11-1 record, the only loss being a 6-5 setback at the hands of the All-Stars have 11 players returning for the coming season. Lordship Community is paced by player-coach John Stratton. Stratton led the league in hitting last season and is equally adept on the mound. The returning stars feature Shaun Gorman, a long ball hitting first baseman; the Baroni boys, Jolen and Bob are expected to supply ample power. Lordship picked up Pete Roberge as a reserve pitcher. Newcomers Tom Murphy, Jim McNerney and Dave Stearns give Stratton a respectable team. The Singer-Metrics team is paced by veteran Hank Loika a well known hurler and slugging first baseman Tony Russo. The league is still looking for any people interested in playing. All three teams still have openings for players. This Sunday the Raiders will hold their first practice at 2 pm at Lordship School. At this time the league managers will also make arrangements for the coming year.


July 18, 1975 - OUR LADY OF PEACE WINS IN GIRLS PLAY: Winning pitcher Fran Giarniero hit a triple in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring Jane Rooney from first as Our Lady of Peace defeated the Superstars 19-18 in Stratford Recreations Junior Girls Softball League. The Superstars scored six runs in the first inning for an early lead but Our Lady of Peace scored 12 runs in the second inning and four runs in the fourth to come back. The Superstars chipped away at that lead and in the fifth took the lead as pinch hitter Anne ONeil hit a bases loaded triple to tie the score. She scored on Lynnette Briguglios single. Tracey Smith tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a run scoring double. That set the stage for Fran Giarnieros winning hit and put Our Lady of Peace in sole possession of first place.

August 27, 1975 - OUR LADY OF PEACE LOSES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The Superstars overcame a 9-0 first inning lead by Our Lady of Peace to take the Stratford Recreation Departments Junior Girls Softball League recently. Our Lady of Peace banged out 11 hits in the first inning to score nine runs behind Patty Yatsinko and Jane Dobis but the Superstars held them to just two runs the rest of the way. The Superstars fought back with the aid of a six run outburst in the 3rd inning. JoAnn Lupias home run in the last inning of the regulation game tied the score 11-11 and a home run by Lynette Briguilil won the game. Nancy Cartiglia was the winning pitcher. The members of Our Lady of Peace team are: Patty Yatsinko, Kathy Harold, Kathy Costello, Eileen Massey, Jane Dobis, Carol Cuny, Karen Knowles, Jane Rooney, Alice Quinn, Tracey Smith, Fran Giarniero, Sheila Morrissey, Terry Carrafiello, Pam Pengue, Sue Malafronte, Mary Kopnicky, Sue Collier, Jean Collier and Helen Michaud. Their coaches are Kathy Collier, Sue Woessner and Lora Morolla.