Suffield High School baseball strong at mid-season mark
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., May. 17, 2012
In his third year as head coach of the Suffield High School baseball team, Tom Kadamus subscribes to an all-for-one philosophy, implementing the core values associated with being a high-caliber, respectable ball club. “Our team emphasizes good sportsmanship, team work and positive character and integrity above winning,” he said.
Returning from a 9-11 2011 and first-round tournament elimination, the 2012 Wildcats currently stand at 8-6, with six games remaining in the regular season. Assisted by Steve Wheeler and senior manager Derek Burnaford, Kadamus carries a varsity roster of 13, led by senior captains Joe Mangiameli and Billy Lapinski.
“Billy [Lapinski] and Joe [Mangiameli] are leaders on and off the field and come ready to play every day,” the coach said. “They are student-athletes first and foremost, and their teammates look to them for leadership and direction. They promote and emphasize sportsmanship, a team concept, and hard work continually.” Fellow seniors Dalton Peck, Kevin Hull, Matt Somerville, Matt Kolensky, Will Clark and Dylan Rupp round out the Cats’ upperclassmen.
“Our starting team goals were to make the state tournament, make the top four in the NCCC and reduce the total team errors to around 20 total for the season,” Kadamus said.
A key component in Suffield’s success stems from the equal distribution of talent between offense and defense. Several starting offensive players are putting up record numbers: Hull - .343 AVG, 12H, 52B, 10R, 8RBI; Peck - .367 AVG, 11H, 4R, 11 RBI; Lapinski - .298 AVG, 9H, 12R, 5 SB.
On the defensive side, the Cats rely on Somerville at first base with a .983 fielding percentage including 54 put outs; Lapinski (CF), Hull (LF), Peck (2B) and Mangiameli (C) round out Suffield’s standouts in the field.
On the mound, Kadamus singled out the skills of Clark - 2.80 ERA, 10.0IP, 14K; Rupp - 2.88 ERA, 17IP; and juniors Sean Pare - .79 ERA, 17.2IP, 13K and Kyle Eheander - 4.57 ERA, 12 K.
“At the midway point our goals remain the same and we believe that we are capable of playing consistently and competitively with any team in our conference,” Kadamus said. “All of our upcoming opponents will be competitive and a challenge. We must be prepared for every game and not take any one opponent for granted.”
A full Wildcats baseball schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.