RHAM High School heads into baseball season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
Because it was cold and wet outside, the RHAM High School baseball team practiced inside on April 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Because it was cold and wet outside, the RHAM High School baseball team practiced inside on April 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The 2010 season was a very good one for the RHAM High School varsity baseball team. Finishing the regular season with a 15-5 record, the Sachems captured the CCC East championship and easily beat E.O. Smith in the first round of the state tournament. They were knocked out during round two by Bristol Eastern.

“This year, we’ve got some good players and we’ve got some who are more inexperienced,” said head coach Paul Steiner. “We’ve got some players who have been waiting a long time for their chance to step in. They’re enthusiastic, and they’re working really hard.”

Among the top returning players is Kyle Schilling, a senior who will again alternate between pitching and short stop. Schilling was an All-Conference player last year, and a member of the Connecticut Junior Select Team. “I think he led the team at the end of last year for hitting,” said Steiner.

Senior Brett Dootson, a starter in his freshman and sophomore years, didn't play ball his junior year. He will return to the team this season, and should be a significant contributor. “He’s an explosive bat, a good outfielder, and he has a lot of baseball experience,” said Steiner. “I think if we’d had him last year, we could have gone further during the post season.”

Sophomore Baylor LaPointe should be another important contributor. The Sachems’ number two pitcher as a freshman, LaPointe will be their top man on the mound this year. He'll also contribute at first base. “Possibly third,” said Steiner. “He’s one of our top players this year.”

 

Coach's Corner-

RHAM High School Varsity Baseball Head Coach Paul Steiner.

This is Steiner's 20th year as head coach of the varsity baseball program at RHAM High School. “I went the usual route,” said Steiner. “Middle school, JV, assistant, that kind of thing.” Steiner sees a strong season ahead for the RHAM Sachems.


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