Windsor Locks Raiders baseball team inexperienced, but hopes to turn heads
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Fri., Mar. 22, 2013
The Windsor Locks High School baseball team is coming off a successful 2012 campaign, in which it reached the North Central Connecticut Conference semi-finals and made the Class S state tournament before falling to eventual champion Cromwell. Not much remains from that squad except All-Conference senior captains Michael Gentile and Casey Vogt. Vogt was an All-State selection, as well.
For the Raiders to be successful this season, they will need big years from the two senior captains as well as strong contributions from a young, inexperienced roster. Gentile will play baseball at American International College next season and is the Raiders’ ace, winning every game he pitched in last season except for a 1-0 loss to Granby. When Gentile is not controlling the mound, he looks to be a solid force in the outfield.
Vogt will play baseball at the University of Hartford next season, but before he makes his way down the road, he will be calling the game behind the plate as the Raiders’ starting catcher. Vogt brings a big bat to the plate and has power to all fields. When Vogt is not behind the plate, he can be expected to help solidify the Windsor Locks pitching rotation.
“We have a lot of young kids, but I think if we work hard enough and play the game the way were supposed to play it, then we will have another good season,” Vogt said. “We could turn some heads as the season goes on.”
Head coach Dave Farr said last year’s team lacked a strong defensive infield and now he is looking to three juniors to solidify this year’s infield: third baseman Zach Weigert, short stop Jonnathan Oliveria and middle infielder Matt Kuracz. The trio does not have a lot of varsity experience, but their talent should help them transition.
Weigert and Oliveria will also be looked to bolster down the pitching staff and compete for a spot behind Gentile. Windsor Locks will need a solid second starter if they want to return to the state tournament.
The Windsor Locks outfield will feature Gentile when he is not on the mound, but sophomore Kamri Thomas will be looked on to step in and contribute immediately. Thomas’ strong arm will be a true asset for the defense, and his powerful bat should help provide run support.