Pitchers and catchers report at Windsor High
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 25, 2011
With baseball diamonds still peppered by mounds of stubborn snow, Warriors varsity baseball began the 2011 season in the Windsor High School gym during the week of March 14. Working first on stretching and conditioning, teammates returned to the basics of baseball under head coach Joe Serfass.
In his second year with the team, Serfass continues to bring a wealth of knowledge to the program, including lessons learned from his time as a player with the New York Mets organization. “One of my goals for the team this year is to make each player a better person on and off the field,” Serfass said. “A second goal is to compete at the top of the CCC and qualify for the Class LL state tourney and make a run of it.”
With stiff competition in the Class LL division, Serfass is looking forward to season play with chief rivals. “Every game will be a key game for us as we try to make up for the loss of seven seniors,” he said.
Serfass noted the Warriors’ strengths and weaknesses. “We will need to improve on the offensive end,” he said, “but I believe our pitching will be our greatest strength.” He named five returning players as the core of this year’s lineup: pitchers Devin Over, Brian Mazella and Joey Phelps and catchers Wesley Hurty and Albert Nunes.
Team co-captain Over explained his game philosophy. “Baseball is one of the only sports not dictated by time,” he said. “It’s like time stops when you come out on the field. It’s just a special feeling – you really can’t describe it.”
Phelps credited his parents with his love of the game. “There is something special about standing 60 feet, 6 inches away from a batter and knowing he can’t touch you,” he said. “My parents are always at the games; they are my biggest supporters.”
Hurty summed it all up: “It’s a team sport – just relax and enjoy it.”
Games are scheduled to begin in April. An official schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.
Windsor High School Baseball Head Coach Joe Serfass
Number of Seasons: 2
The season ahead: “My first goal is to make my student athletes the best baseball players they are capable of being, and make my team as a whole the best they are capable of being,” Serfass said.
Seniors: Devin Over (captain), Albert Nunes (captain), Brian Mazzella and Garrett Thomas.
Complete schedule on www.windsordiamondclub.com
Albert Nunes, Senior, Catcher: A three-year varsity player, Nunes is described by the coaching staff as a leader behind the plate on the defensive end. “Albert hit over .300 last year as a junior,” Serfass said. “He will be a key guy in our lineup this season, as we will look for him to be our producer on the offensive end. Albert will be a co-captain with Devin Over.” Nunes also plays for the CT Capitals in AAU division ball.
Devin Over, Senior, Pitcher/SS: Over led the team last year in most offensive categories and was an All-Conference selection. “The team will look to ride his arm on the mound,” Serfass said. “He has committed to the University of Connecticut, where he received a baseball scholarship.” Over was selected to the Area Code team in summer 2010, where he traveled across the U.S. competing against the best youth baseball teams in the states.