Tomahawks off to good start
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 8, 2011
Before the first game of the season, Glastonbury varsity baseball coach Mike Grant said he was a little concerned that opening day jitters may have an effect on his team.
After the team beat Northwest Catholic 9-3, on April 6, Grant has to be less concerned about the offense.
“We're looking okay,” Grant said. “So far, we're pretty happy where we are.”
Grant said that, despite losing some hitters last year, the team should rely on its defense and pitching to get going, and hopefully the bats would catch up as the season progresses.
“Our pitching and defense right now is probably going to lead us,” Grant said. “We're putting a big emphasis on that. We're trying to do a good job moving runners, and getting a timely hit here and there. I hope to get some timely hitting and execute some small-ball.
“We lost a few kids,” he said, “but we're actually hoping to do a little better job offensively this year. We've got some young guys who we're looking for some big things out of.”
Grant said he expects seniors to lead the way, especially pitcher Connor LeBlanc, centerfielder and number-three hitter Kyle Richards, as well as a pair of backstops, Alex Henelet and Thomas Ehrhardt, who will share time behind the dish.”
“Connor is a big lefty who throws the ball nice. He has a good curveball, a change-up, and if he gets the ball down, he'll be fine. He'll probably be hitting more as the year goes on, too.”
“Kyle is a three-year starter and number three-hitter, who hits with a little power, and can run really well. He plays good defense, and we're looking for a good year out of him.”
The other good news, Grant said, is that the team doesn't have anyone with (or recovering from) any major injuries.
Looking to improve upon last year's 11-9 record seems likely, but many of the Tomahawks' opponents look good, too.
“The league's incredibly talented this year,” said Grant, whose coaching tenure is 14 years long, “and our out-of-conference games look extremely difficult, too. So, we've got our work cut out for us. The pitching in this league is as good as I've seen it.”