Suffield High School baseball led by starting rotation

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Fri., Mar. 29, 2013
Suffield High School Junior pitcher and third baseman Troy Hastings loosens up his arm during baseball practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Suffield High School Junior pitcher and third baseman Troy Hastings loosens up his arm during baseball practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Suffield High School baseball team enters the season looking to build off a successful 2012 campaign where they finished 10-10, earning a fifth-place finish in the competitive North Central Connecticut Conference as well as a berth in the Class M state tournament. The Wildcats lost a lot of leadership with eight seniors graduating, but they will be guided this season by first-year head coach Steven Wheeler, who takes over the helm after working as the assistant coach for three seasons.

“I think this year we have some better bats than we have in previous years, but pitching and defense will be our core,” Wheeler said. “I’m excited for the season because this is one of the better teams that I’ve seen.”

Suffield boasts one of the strongest, pitching rotations in the NCCC, if not the strongest. The Wildcats are led by a duo of senior pitchers who have been pitching at the varsity level since their freshman year. Sean Pare compiled a 4-2 record with a 2.88 earned run average last season and is expected to be the staff’s ace this season. He will be nearly unhittable if he locates his curveball to go along with his fastball which hits in the low 80s.

The second starter for the Wildcats could be the ace on just about any other team, Kyle Eheander. Eheander has the ability to eat up a lot of innings and is spot on with his location, evident by his meager 13 walks in 44.2 innings pitched last season.

Rounding out the starting rotation are juniors Troy Hastings and Robbie Hitt. Hastings is a hard, accurate thrower while Hitt’s looks to carry over his success, which included a three hit shutout at the end of last season. Wheeler believes that Hitt could have a breakout season because of the late movement on his pitches.

The Wildcats are looking for strong contributions from junior outfielder Nick Mangiameli. He will bat leadoff for Suffield and can be expected to be a pest for opposing teams, earning walks, stealing bases and putting himself into position to score runs for the pitching staff.


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