EHHS boys’ varsity baseball ready for first game of the season

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Mar. 30, 2012
Senior captains Alan Schiff and Joel Roman of the East Hartford Hornets boys' varsity baseball team. Both are recipients of college scholarships to play baseball. Photos by Frances Taylor.
Senior captains Alan Schiff and Joel Roman of the East Hartford Hornets boys' varsity baseball team. Both are recipients of college scholarships to play baseball. Photos by Frances Taylor.

Coach Mike McDermott said the East Hartford High School boys’ varsity baseball team is a competitive team this year, with five returning players and a number of junior varsity players who are moving up. “We don't have a lot of numbers yet, but I think we are a very competitive team this year and we've got some really good players,” the coach said.

Senior captains Alan Schiff and Joel Roman have been stand-out players during their years on the team. Each is now in his last season with the team, and will be moving on to college-level baseball in the fall.

Schiff will be attending Keene State College on scholarship in New Hampshire. Schiff said he was invited to visit the school after they saw him pitch last summer.

Roman has received a $35,000 scholarship to play baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson College in Teaneck, N.J. “They saw me when I was playing summer ball at camp down in Virginia and they called me and asked me to visit,” said Roman, who will be a history major in college.

Both captains said they were looking forward a good season this year. “We've got a good team – a lot of young guys who are good players,” Schiff said.

McDermott said the team will be relying on several players this year, including Tom Coppinger, who will be pitch as well as play third base, second base, and outfield. Bobby Burns will be a starting first baseman and pitcher. “They will be very important to us,” McDermott said. The Hornets will play Conard High School this week in their first game of the season.


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