Tuesday, April 2, 2013
BASEBALL: Area capsules
Coach: Ted Lombardo (14th year)
Last year’s record: 10-11
Key returners: Mike McShane, Sr., P/OF; Jack Granger, Jr., SS; Christian Adams, Jr., CF; Jeff Grumm, Sr., 2B/P; Evan Rand, Sr., P/OF; Steve Thody, Sr., P/1B; Ben Kelly, Sr., P; Charlie Anderson, Jr., C; Will Neri, Sr., DH/OF
Outlook: The Blue Devils could be this year’s dark horse to win the Shoreline, returning good, experienced pitching and most starters. Expect their record to end up above .500.
Coach: Lewis Pappariella (6th year)
Last year’s record: 23-5; Class S state champion
Key returners: Alex Ramirez, Sr., P/OF; Kevin Radziewicz, Jr., C; Christian Budzik, Sr., INF/P; Douglas Davenport, Sr., P/OF; Kevin Francis, Sr., OF/P; Logan Lessard, Jr., P/1B; Jake Regula, Jr., INF/P
Outlook: ERA, all the way. The defending Class S champion returns the deepest pitching corps in the conference, and also carries a bunch of players who advanced to the state’s American Legion championship game with RCP this summer. These Panthers know how to win, and enter this season as the Shoreline favorite.
Coach: Scott Wosleger (7th year)
Last year’s record: 17-6
Key returners: Nate Heroux, Sr., 2B; Marvin Gorgas, Jr., P/SS
Outlook: The Bellringer program is 40-10 over the last two years, and is always a Shoreline threat. Behind the pitching of Gorgas, a return to a third straight SLC title game (they won in 2011, lost in 2012) is not a bad bet.
Coach: Mark Brookes (37th year)
Last year’s record: 18-8; Class M finalist
Key returners: Rob Annino, Sr., OF/P; Joe Aitken, Jr., 3B; Brian Moskey, So., 2B/P; Joe Silvia, Sr., C; Griffin Bremer, Jr., OF/P; Nick Landell, Sr., SS; Jake DeCarli, Sr., P/1B; Cody Harlow, Sr., DH/1B; Liam Gallagher, Jr., P
Outlook: The Cougars lost five starters from last season’s Class M runner-up team. DeCarli leads four returning pitchers who look to be the strength in this rebuilding year for H-K.
Coach: Rich Gable
Last year’s record: 11-10
Key returners: Tom Murphy, Sr., P/1B; Hunter Humble, Sr., SS/P; Jon Comer, Jr., 2B/SS; Jason Traceski, Jr., CF; Jake Linares, So., C
Outlook: Some new faces will dot the starting lineup, which could make things difficult in what looks to be a competitive Shoreline Conference. Keep an eye on Murphy, who threw a no-hitter last year against Old Saybrook.
Coach: Jason Serra (6th year)
Last year’s record: 7-13 (3-11 in conference)
Key returners: Malcolm Alleyne, Jr., P/SS; Max Barreuther, Sr., 1B; Luke Sorenson, Jr. P/OF; Jose Ramos, Sr., OF/P; Billy Waldner Sr., C; Shane Wickham, Sr., P
Outlook: The Blue Dragons are hoping to build on the success they found in the last few games last season. Sorenson and Alleyne lead a high-potential pitching staff, but the infield will need to find some new talent.
Coach: Richard Borg (3rd year)
Last year’s record: (6-14)
Key returners: Matt Ryan, Sr., SS/P; Nick Stokke, Sr., 1B; Jason Staub, Jr., P/OF; Hayden Manning, Jr., P/OF; Nick Adamsons, Jr., INF/P
Outlook: The entire pitching staff is back for the Highlanders, and so are six position starters. Chances of improving on last year’s record? High.
Coach: Gary Ballestrini (2nd year)
Last year’s record: 3-17
Key returners: Dan Thayer, Sr., C; Kevin Penkala, Sr., SS; Mike Miezejeski, Sr., OF; Dave Bradbury, So., 3B/P; Tristan Suedmeier, So., P/3B
Outlook: The Warriors are young, but have a strong sophomore class that include top pitchers Bradbury and Suedmeier.
Coach: Tyler LaMontagne (1st year)
Last year’s record: 9-10
Key returners: James Annino, Sr., 1B/3B; Ryan Fazzino, Jr., OF/C; Sean Paradis, Jr., P/OF
Outlook: Things are looking up for the Hawks, who return good hitting in Fazzino (he batted .523 last year) and captain Annino. If the pitching is solid, Vinal Tech should return to the Class M state tourney.
Coach: Rich Magner
Last year’s record: 16-8
Key returners: Matt Albanese, Sr., OF/P; Ben Criscuolo, Sr., P; Jay Schaff, Sr., INF; Mike Purcell, Sr., 1B; Ellis Snyder, Sr., OF; Joe Violette, Sr., C; Justin Williams, Sr., INF
Outlook: The Falcons have a relatively young team, but return a good-looking offense that can hit with the best of the SCC. Look for the Falcons to contend for the Quinnipiac Division title.