Glastonbury Tomahawks baseball team is experienced and competitive

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Apr. 11, 2013
Glastonbury High School senior shortstop Mike Conti makes a diving stop in the Tomahawks' 2-1 victory over Manchester on April 10. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury High School senior shortstop Mike Conti makes a diving stop in the Tomahawks' 2-1 victory over Manchester on April 10. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury High School's varsity baseball team will look to its experienced starters this season. Among the senior starters are first baseman Jack Halpin and shortstop Mike Conti (both four-year varsity players). Other seniors include Mike Surface, Carter Marshall (three-year starting second baseman), Nick Berey, Tyler Janssen, Patrick DuVerger and Kyle Magli.

Halpin's younger brother, Ian, a freshman, is anchoring the other corner of the infield. The Halpins’ father, Pete, said it's the first time the two are on the same team. Making the varsity squad was important to Ian, he said, as he felt the urge to keep pace with his older sibling. “We've got a little sibling rivalry thing going,” he said.

New to the team is coach Eric Frank, who has plenty of coaching experience, having manned the top step of the dugout for Newington for the past 15 years.

“We've got some talented guys here, that's for sure,” Frank said. “We've got quite a few experienced guys here, and now we're trying to put together a very competitive baseball team.”

Frank said the pitching staff still has to get together. Surface, a lefty, started the game vs. Manchester on April 10 and gave up just the lone run, and Conti closed it out. Frank said Berey (another senior lefty) and junior righty Justin O'Brien will also start games, and DuVerger and Conti will likely be the first arms off the bench.

Offensively, Frank said the team is very talented and has some power. The trick will be coming together as a team.

“We started off a little rough, but we found a way to win the last two,” he said. “It will come together. We have the talent, and we're going to learn how to compete. I like this group of players. We have solid hitters – guys who can drive the ball, but our goal is to get quality at-bats, put runners on and then drive them in. We need to do a better job in the bunting game, so we'll continue to work on that.”

The Tomahawks, 2-2 at press time, will head to Berlin on April 15, and then host Windsor on April 17. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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