Farewell to Charlie Baseball. Southington coach Charlie Lembo passes at 62

Farewell to Charlie Baseball. Southington coach Charlie Lembo passes at 62

SOUTHINGTON — The information really did not come as a shock, however it was no much less heartbreaking.

Southington Secondary school baseball trainer Charlie Lembo shed his year-long fight with cancer cells on Saturday evening. He was 62 years of ages.

■ To describe Lembo as just the Southington baseball trainer would certainly be an injustice to a guy that committed his life to boys and also an area that is grieving his loss.

Lembo trained heaven Knights for 10 periods, however he was a lot greater than an effective trainer to those that recognized him on and also off the area.

” He was just one of a kind,” SHS aide baseball trainer Brian Crowley claimed. “As soon as he concerned the neighborhood, he lodged himself in it.”

Lembo’s years of success at SHS began with a journey to the 2011 Course LL title video game. He would certainly lead heaven Knights to 3 even more state finals, shedding as lately as 2019 to Staples in the LL national championship.

Southington’s various other 2 state title video game looks under Lembo came throughout back-to-back 20-4 periods in 2013 and also 2014. Lembo never ever had a shedding period at SHS and also possesses an occupation.758 winning portion with 4 20-win periods.

As a gamer, Lembo gained an area in the East Place Secondary School Hall of Popularity. After senior high school, he pitched and also played shortstop at Divine superintendence University.

Funeral solutions for Lembo have actually not yet been set up.

Crowley showed up with Lembo at SHS in 2011. Crowley had actually currently been a head trainer at St. Paul in Bristol and also was the New Britain head baseball trainer. Certified to be Southington High’s following head trainer, Crowley did not obtain the placement.

Rather, he accepted be Lembo’s aide after a two-hour conversation regarding life and also baseball with the guy employed to be head trainer.

That discussion occurred in Crowley’s living-room– the exact same living-room Lembo when called his very own.

Yes, Crowley was staying in the exact same Southington home Lembo had actually marketed years before both guys’s conference.

” Charlie informed me, ‘I’m being in the living-room where I made use of to live,'” Crowley claimed. “Exactly how amusing is that? A life-long bond was created.”

Fate brought both guys with each other, and also with Crowley at his side Lembo led heaven Knights to the state event for 10 straight years. Lembo’s Blue Knights never ever won all of it, however they won lots of video games with Lembo accountable.

His last profession document at Southington: 178-57.

” He recognized the ins and also outs of baseball,” claimed Crowley. “I would certainly constantly asked him inquiries. He recognized whatever. He recognized a great deal regarding a great deal.

” He aided with players; he recognized a great deal regarding pitching, capturing, infield, outfield. He was simply a multi-tool trainer,” Crowley proceeded. “He can have trained alone. He felt in one’s bones a great deal.”

Lembo’s last look at Fontana Area was in 2015 on Elderly Evening.

Crowley remembers a few of his last hrs with Lembo in the SHS dugout on May 10, 2021 when Southington organized East Catholic and also ace bottle Frank Mozzicato.

” He was ill, he had not been really feeling well, he really did not have any kind of power,” claimed Crowley. “However he was a freaking cannon fodder. He was howling as loud as he can then.”

Southington never ever formally changed Lembo this period. Rather, the college generated Stan Switala as the group’s acting head trainer.

Crowley and also Joel Stamilio, that trained with Lembo for one decade throughout the summertime in facilities and also on traveling groups, aided Switala trainer the 2022 Blue Knights to a 17-3 normal period.

A number of existing Blue Knights bet Lembo 2 summer seasons earlier on the Hamden-based Connecticut Bombing Planes. Among those gamers is elderly bottle Vincent Borghese, that has actually understood Lembo given that his days participating in Lembo’s summertime baseball camps.

” He was simply such a gentleperson; he constantly kept an eye out for you,” claimed Borghese. “He was simply a great well-rounded individual. He was constantly so helpful.”

Going to a camp at Fontana Area, Borghese remembers Lembo permitting the 7- and also 8-year-old campers to play whiffle sphere on the senior high school area. The trainer would certainly after that switch on the area’s lawn sprinklers to allow the children go through them.

8 years later on, when Borghese turned up as a fresher and also a possible Blue Knight, Lembo bore in mind Borghese’s given name. It’s that sort of individual touch that made Lembo so liked by his gamers.

” The wonderful feature of him was from the celebrity gamer to the 20th individual unemployed, he treated them just the same,” Crowley claimed. “He had the exact same degree of regard (for each gamer). That was Charlie. That was his design. He did it for the ideal factors.”

” Train Lembo had not been nearly baseball,” included Southington elderly Connor Whitehead, that additionally bet Lembo on the Bombing planes. “He appreciated what we were performing with our future and also constantly would certainly use guidance.”

Words, nonetheless, weren’t sufficient when it concerned Lembo.

Lembo would certainly be seen each year with his group doing off-season social work occasions. He made certain his group was well-represented at the community’s Expert’s Day events, medication understanding rallies and also with volunteer companies such as Grain forever and also the Southington Neighborhood Solutions.

” He took satisfaction in the reality that he was returning to the neighborhood. That suggested a load to him, it actually did,” claimed Crowley, that bears in mind Lembo informing his group after method to stroll a lap on the senior high school track throughout Relay forever. “He was simply a generous individual.”

” Truthfully, it really felt excellent to recognize that our trainer enjoyed offering,” Borghese claimed. “As gamers, to recognize just how engaged your trainer is really felt excellent.”

” He was really charitable with his time and also constantly urged us to offer and also repay to our neighborhood,” Whitehead claimed. “Also this previous Thanksgiving, when he was currently really ill, he boiled down to Bread forever while we were offering and also provided us a speech regarding just how vital (these points are for) group bonding.

” He really did not care nearly winning video games,” Whitehead included.

Lembo’s individual health and wellness was never ever reviewed in public. He would not enable it.

Never ever one to intend to remain in the limelight, Lembo rejected to go over the information of his fight. His altruism stays a staple of his heritage.

” We never ever actually recognized just how major it was,” Borghese claimed. “We never ever considered him diing. Today, it’s struck us, simply exactly how genuine it is.

” We are simply mosting likely to utilize it as fire (in the playoffs),” included Borghese.

Southington opens up the Course LL state event on Tuesday as the No. 4 seed. Heaven Knights host Brien McMahon at 3:30 p.m.

” He absolutely really did not do anything for himself,” Crowley claimed. “He was an extremely generous trainer. He did it the proper way.”

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