South Windsor High School baseball team celebrates Senior Night

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., May. 24, 2013
SWHS's Steve Battaglini with his parents, Doug and Karen Battaglini. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
SWHS's Steve Battaglini with his parents, Doug and Karen Battaglini. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

The last home game of the season for the South Windsor High School baseball team was Wednesday, May 22, against East Catholic. The team took the opportunity to honor its four seniors during a Senior Night celebration. They are Andrew King, number 24, Steve Battaglini, number 11, Patrick Foley, number 4, and Dan Bettigole, number 23. The athletes presented their parents - Brian and Amber King, Doug and Karen Battaglini, Paula and Chris Foley and Scott and Carol Bettigole - with flowers during a pregame ceremony.

“We're doing pretty well,” said Bettigole, the team's pitcher. “We made it into the tournament, which is pretty much the main goal. We're doing well as a team. Even when we're losing, we're still playing hard.”

Battaglini agreed: “We started off strong. We're doing well, but looking for a big game going into the state tournament.”

King reflected on the past two years under new head coach James Abbott. “Last year we had an amazing team, nothing like it,” he said. A strong group of seniors made the 2012 varsity team a powerful one, but he has a good opinion about this team as well. “The team chemistry is good. No problems. That really helps our success,” he said.

Foley's assessment of the season is positive. “I think the ride we've had has been a good one. When [Abbott] came in, we had the chance to change the tide and prove that we're a winning team. The beginning of the season is a good example of that. We were hot, got to 8-2. We're doing well, just looking for that big game to push us into the playoffs,” he said.

South Windsor lost 1-0 to East Catholic, and enters the playoffs with 11 wins and nine losses. The first round is Tuesday, May 28, the second round is Wednesday, May 29, and quarterfinals are Saturday, June 1. The semifinals are Tuesday, June 4, and the remaining teams face off for championship games on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.

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