Baseball mantra: focus on the process and not the results

By Martha Marteney-Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
Junior Brian Finnegan throws a strike for the South Windsor High School baseball team.
Junior Brian Finnegan throws a strike for the South Windsor High School baseball team.

The South Windsor High School baseball team was on the Rotary Field on March 29 for a pre-season scrimmage against Enfield High School. Coach Ben Alaimo is starting his second year with the team, and only a week into the season he can already see improvements. “Anytime you come into a new program, there’s going to be growing pains,” said Alaimo about last year’s season record of 9-11.

“This year, we’ve got five core guys back,” noted Alaimo. “Offensively, we should be in good shape.” His concern is with pitching because the pitchers are young and do not have a lot of varsity experience.

“I really believe baseball is a momentum game,” said Alaimo, and he wants his team to take over the momentum and positive energy from the other team. At the same time, he wants the players to break down the game to see the process and not just the end results. “Focus on the process and not the results” is his mantra, which he uses to help keep his team positive. He also stresses the importance of each team member, while striving to build a family approach. Even though, in one sense, each team member is competing against fellow team members, Alaimo sees that they all root for each other.

Spotlight on Players:

Pitcher Brian Finnegan was called up to the varsity team three games into the season last year, saying, “It was exciting and nerve-racking.” He went on to be named “South Windsor Pitcher of the Year.”

“I was shocked and excited to win as a sophomore,” said Finnegan. He said last year was difficult for the team because of entering into a new conference. “We battled and did our best.” Over the off-season, he worked with a pitching coach and learned two new pitches. Now a junior, he is looking forward to a better year for the team.

Jeff Banach is a senior and will be switching off as catcher with co-captain Derek Pike. Last year, he had to move to his back-up position as outfielder, due to an injury. During the off-season, Banach has been working on his arm strength and throwing accuracy. “This year, we have good team chemistry so far,” he said. “We’ve got a good outlook for the season.

Junior Derek Pike also plays in the outfield when not catching. “We should have definitely done better,” said Pike about last year’s season, noting that they lacked chemistry and trust in themselves. “This year, we’re comfortable with each other. I think we’re better this year than last year.” As catcher, Pike is responsible for bringing knowledge about the other team’s players, which is done by reviewing the scouting reports.

April 6 marks the beginning of the regular season, with a home game against Newington. The next home game will be on April 13 against Glastonbury. Seniors on the team include Jeff Banach, Kyle Dorsey, Anthony Garcia, Pete Haggerty, Zach Nassau and Kurran Rai. For more information, visit the website cascaic.org.

 


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