Willington, Ashford, Hampton-Chaplin All-Stars advance
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Wed., Jul. 6, 2011
It was brutally hot the afternoon of July 5, when the Willington/Ashford/Chaplin-Hampton junior All-Stars team took on the Brooklyn All-Stars. But despite the heat, WACH managed to keep up an impressive energy level to handily put away the previously-undefeated Brooklyn team with a final score of 5-0.
WACH also entered the contest undefeated, with both teams boasting a 2-0 record for the start of the contest. WACH defeated both Jewett City (final score 7-3) and Plainfield (final score 11-1) earlier in the contest. The win against Brooklyn was the result of a combination of solid offense, consistently strong play in the field, and a top-notch performance by starting pitcher Kyle Quenzer. Quenzer, a 14-year-old from Ashford, pitched all but one inning and kept the Brooklyn offense effectively in check.
Evan Zavickas, going into his sophomore year at Parish Hill High School, rotates between center and catcher during the regular season. Against Brooklyn he was in center field. Before the contest, Zavickas said that the key to a win would be staying in the game mentally, paying close attention to backing each other up in the field. Offensively, the team has performed well throughout the contest. “We’re pretty good,” said Zavickas. “We all hit the ball throughout the order.”
WACH managed to end the game against Brooklyn on a high note. With a score of 5-0, they just needed three outs at the top of the seventh to seal the win. With one out already under their belts, the team executed a beautiful double play at second and first to end the game.
WACH next takes on Killingly on Saturday, July 9, at Willington Town Hall. Killingly is also undefeated, having knocked out Norwich on Tuesday to advance.
Leaders for WACH are Mike Goodale (Ashford, manager), Chris Gareau (Willington, coach) and Alan Ference (Willington, coach). Players are: Evan Zavickas, Jonathan Gareau, Joshua Ference, Gregory Hernberg, Joshua Littell, Chase Bruder, Ryan Goodale, Patrick Hannon, Kyle Quenzer, Justin Gagnon, Christopher Pavilscak, Mark Robinshaw and Thomas Rogers.