Fermi baseball team starts season with new head coach

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Mar. 21, 2013
First year head coach Bob Cressotti alongside senior captains Dan Brunnetti and Alex Zachary. Photos by Colin Rajala.
First year head coach Bob Cressotti alongside senior captains Dan Brunnetti and Alex Zachary. Photos by Colin Rajala.

When the Fermi High School baseball team’s season ended early in the first round of the Class L state tournament last season, seven of Fermi’s nine players on the field were underclassmen. The Falcons enter the 2013 season with a vengeance, looking to return to the state tournament for a deep run and become champs of the Central Connecticut Conference East Division.

The Falcons' goal is more than plausible, as they return their entire starting infield, two captains, Dan Brunetti and Alex Zachary, and they expect two sophomores to break out after gaining a wealth of experience playing on the varsity level as freshmen - Greg Kraucunas and Chris Giottonini.

Fermi will be led by new head coach Bob Cressotti, who was the assistant coach last season. Cressotti brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as the skipper, having played in the minor leagues while also coaching AAU teams in the Greater Hartford Twilight League, as well as varsity baseball at the high school level.

“They know all of my expectations, so it’s been a very smooth transition,” Cressotti said. “My overall expectation is to be competitive every time we step out onto the diamond. I expect to see good pitching, solid defense, timely hitting and to be very consistent throughout the year.”

Brunetti and Zachary were both All-League selections last year and will lead by example throughout the year. Both will lead a formidable pitching staff that is as deep as they come, and will contribute in the field as well - Brunetti at catcher and Zachary at centerfield and first base. The pitching staff will also feature Kraucunas, Giottonini, senior AJ Netkovic and junior Charlie Smith.

Zachary may be the team’s strongest hitter and has batted at the top of the lineup for much of his career, having a knack for getting on base and using his speed to advance and score easy runs. Zachary is a multi-tooled player and can also hit for power to all fields. Brunetti is another strong hitter who has no problem with situational hitting or advancing the runner to help manufacture runs for the Falcons. Kraucunas will be looked upon to drive in Zachary and Brunetti from the cleanup position.

The Falcons' season opens on April 3 when they visit Bristol Central.

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