SHS Bulldogs baseball team ready to take the field

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
Evan Theroux takes the field for the Bulldogs' first practice of the season. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Evan Theroux takes the field for the Bulldogs' first practice of the season. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Spring arrived in Stafford on March 19 with budding trees, record high temperatures and the first crack of Stafford High School Bulldogs’ bats. Alongside seven-year head coach Scott Martin, 25 varsity and junior varsity players grabbed their gloves and took the field, ready to get underway.

“This team, more than years past, appears to have formed quite a bond,” Martin said. “Team unity is a consistently underrated attribute, and this team has the work ethic and drive to achieve greatness.”

After finishing 2011 at 6-14, Martin began this season with an emphasis on utilizing veteran talent as inspiration for the newer players. “It is important for our team every year to improve upon the last,” he said. “We’re returning quite a few starters from last year’s squad, and it is important for them to continue to work hard any apply themselves to improve our team.”

Assisting Martin from bench to bullpen, coaches Mike Morhardt, Tony Paolini and Kris Young return to the program. Leading their teammates on and off the field, seniors Brent Kalette, Nick Dent, Brent Henderson, Tim Artruc and Kyle Pallanck bring experience to the Bulldogs lineup.

Martin listed overall speed and pitching depth as the team’s strengths. “We are returning a lot of starters from last year - and are expecting big things from all of them,” Martin said. “Zach Rollins (Jr., OF/P) is entering his third year as a varsity starter. Tim Ford (Jr., IF/P), Jake Kalette (So., IF/P) and Tim Artruc (Sr., IF/P) will anchor the lineup and the infield.” On the mound, Martin named Artruc, Rollins, Tom Jacobsen (Jr., 1B/P) and Brent Kalette (Sr., P) as key players.

“The NCCC is continually strong, and we expect each team in our conference to be a challenge,” Martin said about the upcoming competition. “Enfield is returning quite a bit this year, and can be tough for any team.” Opening away against Enfield on April 4, Stafford will host a four-game home streak beginning on April 6 against SMSA; Parish Hill April 7, Coventry April 9 and East Windsor April 11.

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