WLHS baseball completes strong season
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
On June 7, three-seed Windsor Locks took on two-seed East Hampton in the semi-final round of the CIAC Class S Tournament at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Both teams carried an impressive 18-4 record, but Windsor Locks’ road to the game was marred with far more early-season challenges than head coach Dave Farr ever anticipated.
“We got hit pretty hard early on,” Farr explained. “We have overcome so much adversity to reach this point, and I’m really proud of what we have accomplished. Two of our key players, kids I expected to add a tremendous amount to the team, were out for the season. Mike Chmelowski, one of our pitchers, was playing soccer and broke his leg. Then Conor Pepin ended up out for the season with Tommy John surgery. We were not off to a good start, but look how far we’ve come.”
With a bye in the first round, the Raiders’ second-round game was against 14-seed Somers. “I can honestly say Somers surprised me,” Farr said. “We’ve played that team a couple of times and I was expecting a much different game – they just were not the same team we played earlier in the season.”
Facing 22-seed Trinity Catholic in the quarterfinals, Windsor Locks came out on top in a decisive 7-1 victory. “With all the injuries, we’ve had some kids really step up this year and proved to be solid ballplayers, both in regular season and the tournament,” Farr said.
Leading the team on and off the field, senior and starting pitcher Chuck Vogt approached the semis with both determination and nostalgia. “I have to keep the hitters off-balance; stay focused. It helps that my brother Casey is the catcher,” he said. “This will be my last start as a Raider, so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”
Starting first baseman, senior Joshua Poissant, commented on his time with the Raiders and the best advice Farr ever gave him. “Coach says to take one game at a time; get through the one you’re playing before you start to get all worked up about the next one,” he said. “This is my first trip to the semi-finals in my four years at WLHS, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of being on this team.”
In a highly-charged pitching duel, the Raiders fell to East Hampton, 5-3.
Windsor Locks High School Baseball Head Coach Dave Farr
Number of season with this team: 10
Looking back on 2011: “This team has overcome some real adversity and should be proud of how far they’ve come and what they have accomplished,” Farr said.
Chuck Vogt - Senior/Pitcher: “Chuck’s got a .500 batting average and an ERA of less than 1,” Farr said. “He leads the team in RBIs with 26.” Vogt’s favorite memory as a Raider came when he hit two homeruns against East Windsor in May 2011. He will be attending Keane State in the fall.
Joshua Poissant - Senior/First Base: “Josh has knocked in 20 runs for us this year, and he’s got a .300 batting average,” the coach said. In addition to baseball, Poissant plays soccer for WLHS and will be attending Division II University of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship - majoring in secondary education.