JV baseball begins season at Stafford High

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Apr. 28, 2011
SHS pitcher Tim Ford in game against East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
SHS pitcher Tim Ford in game against East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Game day temperature at Arute Field on April 18 topped out at 38 degrees. Howling winds and passing rain did not damper the spirits of the Stafford High School junior varsity baseball team; the Bulldogs came to play.

Coach Kris Young and his team of 13 determined ballplayers took the field against East Windsor. “We have had a slow start this year,” Young said. “Like a lot of teams, the weather has been a real problem for us, and we’ve had to do some rescheduling.”

Coming off an 8-9 record in 2010, Young recognized the steps necessary to improve on last season. “We have two standout pitchers right now, and we are piecing together more,” he said. “It’s still early, but I’ve seen some real progress with the newer guys.”

Working on the basics, Young noted areas in which he feels the Bulldogs could improve. “I would say we need to work on our consistency, especially in our starting 1-9,” he said. “We need to keep everybody healthy - but overall they are looking good.”

Centerfielder Evan Theroux, out rehabbing a broken arm, is eager to get back in the lineup. “I broke it early in the winter, so I’m almost ready to come back,” he said.

Baseball is a family affair in the Young household. Team shortstop Austen Young is enjoying playing for his father. “Being on this team is really like being part of a family,” he said. “We have a good time together, and we all get along.”

The JV team will next take on Granby Memorial, away, on May 6. A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.



Coach’s Corner-

Stafford High School Junior Varsity Baseball Coach Kris Young

Number of season with this team: 2

Captains: Tommy Jacobsen, Austen Young and Cameron Reyes

The season ahead: “My goal for this year is to continue to improve and make these guys into better ballplayers and overall athletes,” Young said.



Spotlight Players-

Tommy Jacobsen - Sophomore/Pitcher: A ballplayer from the age of 5, Jacobsen is returning for his second season with the Bulldogs. “I really don’t have a favorite part of the game,” he said. “I guess I just like winning.”


Austen Young - Sophomore/ Shortstop: Returning to baseball after a few years off, Young is looking forward to the season ahead. “I’m glad to be back in baseball. I like playing the field best,” he said. Young also plays basketball for SHS.


Cameron Reyes - Sophomore/Catcher: A tri-sport athlete, Reyes also plays basketball and soccer. Beginning baseball at the age of 4, he is looking forward to games ahead. “The fact that baseball is a team environment is important - when you get down, someone picks you up,” he said.

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