Stafford High School baseball dominates division

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Featured Article - posted Thu., May. 10, 2012
Stafford junior Tim Ford is safe at home during the Bulldogs' 8-7 victory over Suffield. Photos by Kathyrn Elliott.
Stafford junior Tim Ford is safe at home during the Bulldogs' 8-7 victory over Suffield. Photos by Kathyrn Elliott.

At the mid-season mark, Stafford High School baseball is on a hot streak. With an 11-2 record, coach Scott Martin has one goal for the Bulldogs: “Get ourselves better each and every single day, and attack one day at a time.”

Much of Stafford’s success stems from the consistency of its offense. “Junior Zach Rollins has really been a producer in the middle of our lineup,” Martin said. “He's hitting .490 and has 18 RBI to lead the team and has 15 stolen bases - and only been thrown out stealing once.”

Adding to the offense are juniors Evan Theroux and Tim Ford, and seniors Tim Artruc (C) and Kyle Pallanck. “Evan has been huge at the top of the lineup,” the coach said. “He’s hitting .375 to date and has stolen 17 bases without being thrown out. He works extremely hard daily, and it has paid dividends in games. Artruc and Ford have had some big hits for us and Kyle has had a nice senior year.”

Defensively, the Bulldogs are head and shoulders above the competition. Leading the team is junior catcher Emerson Dolby. “Emerson has been fantastic,” Martin said. “He continues to work extremely hard at his craft and has been stellar behind the plate.”

Martin expanded on the talent of the defense. “Our outfield play - Zach Rollins, Evan Theroux and Kyle Pallanck - has been very good,” Martin commented. “Jake Kalette, a sophomore at second base, does a great job in the field and continues to get better daily.”

Pitching has been a key strength for the Bulldogs. “Rollins has been a rock on the mound,” Martin said. “This is his first year pitching on the varsity level, and has really been a nice surprise. He's 6-0 with a 2.89 ERA and two saves. His positive attitude and unflappable demeanor have certainly been a plus.” Martin singled out freshman Josh Simpson as an upcoming player to watch. “Josh has been very good; he’s come right in and contributed by throwing strikes and is 1-1 on the year with a 1.50 ERA.” Rounding off the pitchers, senior Brent Kalette is 2-1 for the season.

“There are no easy days in our conference, every team will challenge you,” Martin said. “With seven games left, and five counting for the conference, we need to finish extremely strong.”


great job boys

great job boys

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