E.O. Smith baseball heads into final stretch of regular season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., May. 14, 2013
Kyle Quenzer pitches for E.O. Smith during a May 10 game against RHAM.
Kyle Quenzer pitches for E.O. Smith during a May 10 game against RHAM.

According to E.O. Smith varsity baseball head coach Mike Susi, the team has the same three goals this year as it does every year: “get into the states, win CCC East championship and win a state championship,” said Susi. “We just won our eighth game, getting us into the state tournament for the first time in three years,” said Susi before a May 10 game against RHAM. "This was a goal which I expected but always a good feeling when it happens. I'm very proud of this team,” said Susi.

Susi said that pitchers Hunter Hamlin and Kyle Quenzer are providing the Panthers with a strong foundation this year. Hamlin is also a strong first base player, with Marcus Fry covering the first base position when Hamlin is on the mound. Also making defensive contributions are short stop Mark Tumosa, second baseman John Nollett, catcher Lukas Miniutti, and freshman Fry, who works the outfield when he’s not covering for Hamlin, according to Susi.

Fry is also making an offensive contribution, averaging .333 as the team heads into the final stretch of the regular season, according to Susi. Other strong hitters are Nollet, averaging .417, and Mark Tumosa, averaging .353.

The Panthers lost the game against RHAM with a final score of 5-1. Catch them at home on Friday, May 17 against Bloomfield, at Farrell Field, beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The seniors on this year’s E.O. Smith varsity baseball team are Lukas Miniutti, Dan Hill, Alex Kochenburger, Austin Scigliano, Steven Vampatella and Ryan Donahue. Miniutti serves as team captain.

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