Rockville Rams baseball team gets first win, hoping to springboard

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Apr. 18, 2013
Rockville senior pitcher Kurt Annelli pitched shut-out ball vs. Bloomfield in the Rams' first win of the season on April 17. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville senior pitcher Kurt Annelli pitched shut-out ball vs. Bloomfield in the Rams' first win of the season on April 17. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Rockville Rams lifted themselves out of an early-season slump with a big first win of the season over Bloomfield, 16-0, on April 17.

Coach Art Wheelock said that the game showed the potential his players have, and that he hoped it would be a springboard toward big things to come.

“The last few games, we were actually in the game,” he said. “Hopefully, this will send us on our way. We still have a chance to do some things. It's still early.”

Wheelock said that while most of his starters are upperclassmen, there isn't a lot of experienced pitching, and a smaller roster overall means a lack of a deep bullpen. To try to mitigate that, the Rams are using a pitching-by-committee approach.

“It's hard not having a guy who know is going to go out and give you six or seven innings,” Wheelock said, adding that senior starter Kurt Annulli struggled early, but is starting to emerge as the most reliable of the bunch. Many of the arms are also normally position players, so there's a trade-off there, as well.

“A lot of times they don't get a chance to work on the pitching part of it, so that doesn't help the experience level,” he said.

Wheelock said his team is stocked with players with great attitudes.

“They come to practice every day and work hard,” he said. “They take care of stuff. They are extremely intelligent. About half of our team is on the National Honor Society.”

To grab a chance at a tournament berth, Wheelock said the Rams will have to steal a few games, but it's possible.

“We're going to have to surprise a couple of people,” he said. “Anything can happen. I'll live and die with them no matter what.”

The Rams travel to Tolland on April 22, and then to RHAM on April 25.

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