GHS baseball wraps regular season on top of state heap
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., May. 27, 2011
As the regular season winds down, the Glastonbury Tomahawks find themselves atop the state’s Class LL baseball standings, which is somewhere they didn't quite expect to be when the season began.
Coach Mike Grant said that it wasn't until about mid-season when he felt the team had what it took to reach the top of the standings.
“Not in the beginning of the year, but once we started getting together as a team, gelling and playing well about half-way through the year, I figured we could do something special,” Grant said. “Hopefully, we can finish strong.”
As the players finished the final week of the regular season with wins over East Hartford and Wethersfield, they take an 11-game winning streak into the post-season.
Grant said the team has performed great in all aspects of the game down the stretch.
“Much better job hitting, running the bases, hitting behind runners,” he said. “We're pitching and playing good defense, which is the key to winning. We're playing fundamentally sound right now.”
Grant added that his six seniors, who were honored at Senior Night during the game versus East Hartford at Riverfront Park, have been another of the team's strengths. “We've got some good senior leadership in key spots and they're surrounded by a good bunch of young guys,” he said.
Getting ready for tournament play, Grant said, basically means staying on course for his team. “I tell them to try to stay focused,” he said, “and take advantage of the opportunity. See what happens, and just don't beat yourself. We probably haven't seen a lot of the teams that we're going to play, so we're a little bit in the dark as far as that goes. So, we're going to worry about ourselves. If we get good defense, pitch well, and move runners in a timely way, we'll have a chance to win.”
Still, Grant and company can't help but be a little pumped up for the challenge ahead.
“I'm excited, my guys are excited, and my coaching staff's excited,” Grant said. “We're thrilled to be in the spot we're in, but we also realize it can end real quick. In a single-elimination tournament, anything can happen. You have to play well, get good match-ups, and get a little lucky along the way, too.”