Enfield Raider baseball looks for continued success
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Mar. 28, 2013
The Enfield Raiders baseball team had a successful 2012, ending the year 18-5, finishing in second place to Ellington in the North Central Connecticut Conference regular season and tournament as well as earning a berth in the Class M state tournament. The Raiders have lost some key talent but return a strong core up the middle that they believe can help propel them back to the top of the conference.
“We have great senior leadership, and one of the best things about these kids so far this year is accountability and just execution of little things,” said head coach Jay Gaucher. “Our talent was probably better last year but our execution from day one has been better than last year. I think our kids believe and are playing with a chip on their shoulder because a lot of people are saying we can’t exceed our level of play last year. They want to prove that they can.”
Gaucher believes that with better execution of the little things Enfield will be able to turn a few close losses into wins; three of the Raiders’ four losses last season came by one run.
The Raiders return three-quarters of their starting infield from last season, with the senior captain duo of short stopTom Meskell and second baseman Avery Boissy providing a solid foundation up the middle. Junior Tyler Griffith will return to the hot corner for Enfield. The Raiders expect senior captain Ian Lempitsky and sophomore Kyle Lumbert to platoon at first base. Lempitsky will also play the outfield while Lumbert competes for time behind the plate.
The Raiders expect senior captain Sal Spadaro to be their ace on the season, and when he is not controlling the mound he will play centerfield. Filling in second in the rotation is junior Matt Boulette. Boulette does not have much varsity experience but Gaucher believes that he is a talented pitcher and gifted athlete who will adjust well in his first full season at the varsity level.
Enfield still has holes in its corner outfield positions and is hoping to fill those up during its preseason practices.
The Raiders host crosstown-rival Fermi at 1 p.m., on April 6.