Enfield Raiders baseball finishes strong

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jun. 2, 2011
Dan Critz watches his hit in Enfield's game against Bethel in the second round of the state tourney. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
Dan Critz watches his hit in Enfield's game against Bethel in the second round of the state tourney. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

The Enfield High School Raiders varsity baseball team faced the Bethel Wildcats in the second round of the Class M tournament Wednesday, June 1. Seeded fifth in the tournament, the Raiders easily defeated the Wildcats 12-4 after beating Weston in round one with a score of 10-2.

Coach Jay Gaucher is proud of the work his team has accomplished this season, citing their 14-5 regular season record and second- place finish in the league. Enfield lost to Avon by one run in the league championship game.

“We’ve had a very successful year,” Gaucher said. “And great pitching,” he added.

Gaucher commented that the team has benefited from solid leadership by its seniors, but the team is also deep in talent. Junior Justin Thomas made All-State this season, and John Cerrato, also a junior, made All-Conference.

In regard to a rainy spring for practices and games, Gaucher said the team was somewhat affected. “We ran out of arms for a few games, but any kids we’ve asked to do whatever have stepped up, all the way down to the sophomores,” he said.

When asked about his favorite games or highlights from this year, Gaucher replied, “The season’s been a blur. Every single day they come out and work hard.” One game he does remember as a favorite moment was when the Raiders beat Ellington to tie for first place in the conference. He also enjoyed the trip the team took to Delray Beach, Florida, over spring break for a Bucky Dent Baseball School camp.

The Enfield Raiders will lose five seniors this year, but Gaucher said he likes the core that will be coming back next season. “We’ll need guys to step up, but we’ve got a good team,” he said. “We have kids who work hard on the field and in the classroom.”


Coach’s Corner-

Enfield High School Varsity Baseball Coach Jay Gaucher

Number of seasons with the team: 6

Thoughts on the season: “We’ve had a very successful year; we finished the regular season 14-5 and took second place in our league.”


Spotlight Players-

Dan Cezus, Number 25, Right Field/Third Base:

Senior Dan Cezus said his highlight of the season was when he delivered a walk-off hit in a game against Avon. Cezus, a team captain, said his strength in the game is hitting. He plans to attend Manchester Community College in the fall.


Nick VanOudenhove, Number 50, First Base:

A sought-after accomplishment in baseball happened to senior Nick VanOudenhove this year, when he hit for the cycle in a game against East Windsor. VanOudenhove is also a team captain and made All-State in football last season. He will play football for Pace University in the fall.


Joe Turcotte, Number 4, Shortstop/Pitcher:

Joe Turcotte, a senior, said his team is great at keeping up their energy. He plays both shortstop and pitcher, but his highlight of the season was starting at shortstop. 


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