Young Somers baseball team wants to turn heads

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
Junior Ryan Connor warms up on the mound before a scrimmage. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Junior Ryan Connor warms up on the mound before a scrimmage. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Somers High School Spartans enter the 2012 baseball season with a young roster hoping to surprise teams in the North Central Connecticut Conference.

The young squad will look to their four returning starters for leadership and guidance. Last season, the four starters helped Somers to a 14-9 overall record, 10-7 league record and a berth in the Class S state tournament, where they advanced to the second round before losing to Windsor Locks.

“We may be a young team but we’re going to be a playoff contention team,” said head coach Eric Sharon.

The Spartans are led by senior captains Kevin Roberts and Nate Czelazewicz, as well as junior captain Ryan Connor.

“Our goal is to try and get to the state tournament and win a few games,” Roberts said. “Hard work has to be done, and in the end the work is worth the reward.”

Roberts plays the outfield and platoons at first with Czelazewicz and Connor. Czelazewicz and Connor also platoon together at the catcher and pitcher positions. The two captains’ experience at the varsity level helps solidify the Spartan rotation.

“The strongest part of our team is our pitching,” Sharon said.

Sharon is looking for junior third baseman and pitcher Tom Conlon to step up and add depth to the rotation.

“Our rotation has some good stuff,” Czelazewicz said. “We should be good all season if we keep up the rotation and don’t wear down our arms.”

Backing Somers’ strong pitching staff is a pair of young middle infielders that will be asked to step up and provide solid defense up the middle.

Sophomore Mike Casciano is shifting positions, moving to short stop after playing second base at the varsity level last season. Sophomore Brian Rossini will be the starting second baseman and hopes to contribute as well as Casciano did last season.
“We have a lot of good young guys coming up, playing and filling roles for us,” Sharon said.

The Spartans will need their underclassmen as well as their juniors to contribute and fill roles if they plan on making the state tournament.

“We’re asking a lot of these guys,” Roberts said. “We have juniors who are like seniors with their experience and we have juniors who need to have break-out seasons.”

 


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