SWHS baseball team headed to LL state finals
By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
- posted Fri., Jun. 8, 2012
The South Windsor Bobcats state semi-final baseball game against the Southington Knights went right down to wire, having tied the game at 5-5, then a close finish when Andrew King's double gave the Bobcats a 6-5 victory at Muzzy Field in Bristol on June 5. SWHS students were on their feet in the stands pretty much the whole game, cheering loudly to support the team.
SWHS Athletic Director Christine Wanner commented on the excellent fan turnout at the beginning of the game, saying, "It is a great night for a ball game. If we win, we'll make it to the finals.”
Afterwards, Principal Daniel Sullivan said, “The efforts of the kids are amazing. They worked hard and battled for this. I am proud of the kids. The other night they played 13 innings to get to this game. It is just so impressive.”
Many of the student fans followed their team to each of the games and rejoiced at the team making it so far. “They all work together and they know their school's here to support them,” said graduating senior John Maura.
Assistant Principal Mitch Orkin said the game was very competitive and amazing for first-year coach Jim Abbott. “It was a nail-biter, going back and forth,” he said. "I have never seen the emotion so high for a baseball game.”
When the Bobcats won, students rushed the field to congratulate them. The team held off on dumping the water cooler on Abbott until after journalists interviewed him. Abbott said, “We were trying to get the fastball, and it was unbelievable how Trevor Mirek played."
Mirek hadn't played the first three games of the tournament, because he was having problems with his vision. Overcoming his difficulties, he helped win the game. “He did something special at the end,” said Abbott.
“I couldn't be happier. We played so well," Abbott continued. "The game was about what we can do. Words cannot describe how I feel. This is the best team I have ever coached. It was a special year and I just love the team.”
Number 24, Andrew King, who contributed to the winning run, said, “I have so many emotions right now. I am happy and excited we made it to the finals.” Commenting on the school's support in the stands, he said, “There was a good crowd and truthfully we couldn't do it without them.” And as for the coach, King said, “I couldn't ask for a better coach. He lets us do what we want, but still has good control over the team.”
The South Windsor High School Bobcats advance to the finals against Shelton on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m., at Palmer Field in Middletown.