Tolland baseball: Eagles looking for better second half

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Fri., May. 3, 2013
Tolland sophomore lefty Ben Clough fires a fastball in his relief effort vs. Platt on May 1. Photos by Steve Smith.
Tolland sophomore lefty Ben Clough fires a fastball in his relief effort vs. Platt on May 1. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Tolland High School varsity baseball team fell to a .500 record (6-6) after a loss to Platt (Meriden) on May 1. Tolland lost 7-6, but had held the lead twice in the game, including going into the last inning, before a three-run double gave Platt the lead for good.

Coach Scott Czerwinski said that game typified his team's season, in that the players are performing well, but it just comes down to a few plays. “It was a couple of plays that we make all year, and it ended up costing us the game,” he said, adding that the Eagles have had good pitching and defense this season.

“We haven't hit the ball great, as we have in the past, but our pitching and defense has kept us in every game,” he said, adding that junior Dallon Asnes is the team's usual starter, and sophomore lefty Ben Clough is the #1 reliever. Senior Chris Byam also pitches, but usually plays shortstop.

Czerwinski said that while the team has shown signs of improvement at the plate, it will likely have to shore up its defense to make it to the conference tournament. “We'll work on our defense until we can make virtually every play, because that's what we're going to have to do,” he said. “We don't score enough runs to where we can rely on our offense."

The Eagles' game vs. rival E.O. Smith will be telling, as it will be meaningful to the conference standings, which are currently bunched up with several teams carrying one or two conference losses.

The state Class L tournament should be easier to reach, the coach said. “If we're not in the state tournament,” he said, “we're really in trouble.”

After the E.O. Smith game, the Eagles will travel to Fermi on May 6 and then host RHAM on May 8. For a complete schedule, visit

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