Junior varsity squad is the future of Stafford baseball

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., May. 16, 2012
Andrew Bachiochi takes a lead off second for Stafford. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Andrew Bachiochi takes a lead off second for Stafford. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders aren't born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” At the center of Stafford High School’s promising baseball future is a strong junior varsity program; each player striving to put Lombardi’s words into practice with every trip to the diamond.

Three-year JV coach Kris Young begins each new season with more than wins and losses in mind. “We always have the ultimate goal of preparing student athletes for life on and off the field,” he said. “Our goal as a JV team is to prepare these players to make an impact at the varsity level.”

With a record of 9-3 after a May 7 victory over Windsor Locks, Stafford’s defense is proving to be seemingly impenetrable. “We may not always hit with authority,” Young said, “but we have great team defense and do all the small things: bunts, move runners over and smart base-running.”

On a roster of 12, the team’s captain - sophomore short stop Andrew Bachiochi - is having an exemplary season. “Andrew has great experience and athletic ability,” the coach said. “He really understands the game.”

Freshman Connor Hutchins plays third base. “Connor is a great hitter and defensive player,” Young said. “He plays with great passion and intensity.”

The final games of Stafford’s season will prove to be some of the toughest. “We play Canton as our last game of the season,” Young said. “They beat us in the last inning of our last game and they are very well-coached. We look forward to playing them again this year.”

“There seems to be a good understanding of the style of play we desire here in Stafford,” Young said of the JV team. “Doing the right thing is important.”

A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.

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