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Colabello Shines in Olympic Qualifier

Milford High School graduate Chris Colabello was one of the stars of the WSBC Olympic qualifying tournament for Europe and Africa, pounding opposing pitching even after taking a fastball to the face.
Colabello suffered a non-displaced fracture after being hit by the pitch with
his Italian national team tied 2-2 with Israel. His father said doctors had trouble stopping the bleeding and his doctor suggested he take the rest of the tournament off. Donning a black protective mask, Colabello returned to action and hit a home run the next day.
Italy came up short in its bid to qualify for the Olympics. Israel ended up winning the tournament.
"It was tough to have the tournament go the way it did," he told the Town Crier. "We were 2 and 0 and tied 2-2 in the 7th with Israel when I got hit with a guy on first already and no outs. Things kind of went sideways after that."
Colabello downplayed his own stats due to the fact that his team did not make it to the 2020 Tokyo games, but the Milford slugger was one of the tournament's stars. He hit .421 with two home runs and eight RBIs during the qualifier. The 2001 MHS graduate's stats in those three categories ranked among the best in the tournament.
Between the qualifier and the preceding European Cub, Colabello amassed 20 hits in 13 games, including seven home runs, and drove in 13.
Colabello was seeking to follow in his father, Lou's footsteps, after the older Colabello played for team Italy in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Chris Colabello spent part of his childhood in Italy, where his mother is from, before living in Milford and attending Milford High School. He was a member of the 2001 Milford Legion squad that advanced to the American Legion World Series.
After parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, Colabello spent time this summer playing independent baseball with the Sugarland Skeeters and with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. He said he is not sure whether he will be playing baseball again next summer.




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