RHAM baseball ends a strong season with loss to New Canaan
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Jun. 8, 2011
The RHAM Sachems put together a season to be proud of for 2011. With an experienced roster led by eight seniors, the Sachems finished up the regular season with a winning record, entering the state tourney with a number-21 seed. They easily brushed past number-12 seed Watertown during round one of the playoffs, with a final score of 13-0
For round two, RHAM took on number-five seed East Lyme, a team entering the post season with a 15-5 record. With sophomore Baylor Lapointe on the mound, RHAM breezed past East Lyme. Lapointe pitched a complete game four-hitter, and seniors Brett Dootson and Kyle Schilling both produced offensively.
For the quarterfinal round, RHAM faced number-13 seed New Canaan(13-7). With Schilling on the mound for RHAM, New Canaan produced a total of eight hits and four runs. New Canaan's pitcher Alex Farina limited the Sachems to just four hits, and the Sachems couldn't bring any of them home. The final score was 4-0, ending the season for RHAM, and sending New Canaan on to a semifinal against number-16 seed Farmington, in a game that was scheduled for June 7 at 3:30 p.m.
This is Paul Steiner's 20th year coaching the RHAM High School varsity baseball team. Entering the season, Steiner predicted a strong season for the Sachems. “This year, we’ve got some good players and we’ve got some who are more inexperienced,” said Steiner in April. “We’ve got some players who have been waiting a long time for their chance to step in. They’re enthusiastic, and they’re working really hard.”
Kyle Schilling - #5, Pitcher, Short Stop: An All-Conference player for 2010, senior Schilling was a top offensive producer for RHAM in 2011.
Brett Dootson - #17, Outfield: Senior Dootson returned to the team this year after an absence for 2010. He was a top offensive producer for RHAM in 2011.
Baylor Lapointe - #23, Pitcher: Going into the season, sophomore Lapointe was expected to be RHAM's top pitcher and a significant contributor to the team. He didn't disappoint, putting in strong performances such as the upset against East Lyme during round two of the state tourney, where Lapointe pitched a complete-game four-hitter.