Eagles exit, but hang hat on successes

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Fri., Jun. 1, 2012
Senior Ethan Sikoski watches the ball head over the outfield fence as he hits a three-run home run in the first round game of the Class L tournament vs. New London on May 29. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior Ethan Sikoski watches the ball head over the outfield fence as he hits a three-run home run in the first round game of the Class L tournament vs. New London on May 29. Photos by Steve Smith.

Tolland High School's baseball team wasn't able to translate a great season into playoff success, after being knocked out in the first round by New London on May 29 by a score of 14-9, but coach Scott Czerwinski said the team's victories lie in the strength of the program and its accomplishments.

Tolland answered a New London run in the first with four of its own, including a three-run bomb by senior Ethan Sikoski, but walks and some unfortunately timed errors allowed New London to score in every inning except the last, and gain the tilt in the offensive battle.

Czerwinski said his team came into the game with a lot of momentum, but just had an unlucky day. “We finished 14 and 6, and won 11 out of our final 13 games, so we had been playing really well,” he said, adding that starting pitcher Dallon Asnes had a record of 9-0 before the loss to New London. “It was just one of those days – we picked a bad day to not play very well,” he said.

Czerwinski added that there had been much talk about how Tolland would struggle with its recent shift from the NCCC to the CCC. “People said we couldn't be successful there,” he said. “In less than three years, we went 13-1 in the league, basically running the table. We've certainly come a long way, and we're back, in my opinion, to what we always were before, which is being a successful high school program, winning games and hanging banners.”

That success is likely to continue in the future. Although the Eagles lose six players to graduation, there is a wealth of talent waiting to take the mantle. “All of our kids, top to bottom, were good this year,” he said. “We're losing a lot of key kids, but we bring back a lot of pitchers [including Asnes, a sophomore] and other key things and some younger kids who are waiting to step in. We're excited about the future.”

For a complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.org.


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