Suffield Wildcats' bats come out strong
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Mon., May. 9, 2011
After a frustrating 3-17 year in 2010, Suffield High School baseball is off to a strong 4-4 start. Taking the field on April 27 against Stafford, second-year head coach Tom Kadamus and his team of 14 came out swinging. On the mound for the Wildcats, pitcher Kyle Eheander began warm-up throws with catcher and team co-captain Joe Mangiameli.
“We have a true team approach,” Kadamus said. “The players are young and eager to play hard. We have a good core group of young men who work incredibly hard both at practice and in games. We’re building this year, and doing well.”
On a roster full of veteran players, Kadamus recognized the important role upperclassmen play in successfully grooming younger teammates. “Luke Allen is one of our seniors and plays shortstop,” he said. “He can pretty much do it all for us. He’s a real team guy and great role model; the perfect example of a student athlete on and off the field.”
Pitching has played a key role in the team’s success. “We have some strong guys this year. Kyle Eheander is one of our strongest; he’s a fundamentally sound player and brought us a big win against Canton on the road,” Kadamus said. “Sean Pare is another standout pitcher; he’s been contributing quite a bit as well.”
Showing power at the plate, the Wildcats won big over East Granby (8-2), Canton (6-2), Stafford (8-5) and SMSA (3-2). “Dalton Peck, our second baseman is our number-four hitter,” the coach said. “He’s having a great year. Kevin Gundersen at third is looking good, too.”
Recognizing Ellington, Canton and Avon as chief rivals, Kadamus believes his team has the potential to come out on top. “I was really proud of the team in our win over Canton,” he said. “We had some clutch hits and really impressive pitching. If we can keep that up, we should finish well.”
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Suffield High School Baseball Head Coach Tom Kadamus
Number of season with this team: 2
Seniors: Luke Allen, Kevin Chmiel, Mario Frare and Kevin Gundersen.
Season ahead: “This is a rebuilding year for us, but I’m hopeful to end with a .500 record,” Kadamus said.
Bill Lapinski – Junior, #1: A three-year varsity player, Lapinski is the starting centerfielder. Playing baseball since the age of 5, he throws right and bats left. He currently holds a .312 batting average. “I love the competition of the game. I think Windsor Locks is one of my favorite teams to play; they give us a good game,” he said. A New York Yankees fan, Lapinski hits lead off.
Joe Mangiameli – Junior, #7: Team catcher with a batting average of .462, Mangiameli has been a member of the varsity team for three years. “Joe is a leader on and off the field,” the coach said. “A real student of the game and a class act all around; as dependable as they come.” Another Yankees fan, Mangiameli bats in the number-three slot.