Ellington JV baseball team boasts 19-0 season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Fri., Jun. 7, 2013
The undefeated Ellington Knights JV baseball team's official team photo. Photo courtesy of Ellington High School Athletics. - Contributed Photo

While the Ellington High School varsity baseball team had an 11-9 regular season and a tournament berth, Ellington's junior varsity was able to escape their season unscathed, notching a 19-0 undefeated effort. Manager Stephen Charette said the team was founded on a group of sophomores and augmented by a talented freshman class.

“We were fortunate to have a group of guys who came to practice every day and worked hard,” Charette said, “and a really fundamentally sound baseball team.”

Coach Ralph Santaniello said the team began around mid-season to use its undefeated streak as a way to make its mark. He said that the accomplishment was due to an all-around team effort.

“We had everything,” he said. “Our starting pitching was tremendous and we could hit the ball. [In roster spots] one through 15, everyone contributed at one point or another.”

Among many notable individual stats, sophomore Brian Machado batted .572 for the year and sophomore Danny Hayes had a 2.03 ERA in 5 starts. Shane McGowan is also the team leader. Pitchers Cam Rosa and Graham Caso were the team's one-two punch on the mound. Rosa also pitched for the varsity squad on occasion and Caso is described as the JV squad's “workhorse.”

While the coaches admit that there were some lopsided wins on the schedule, the undefeated season didn't come without challenges. “We had an eight-inning game that we won 2-0 with defense and a timely hit,” Santaniello said. “We had a game where we were down 5-0 vs. Avon, and we came back and beat them, 8-7.”

Charette said those two games typified the effort of the players all season long.

A few players were also called up to varsity on occasion, so that added the challenge of an inconsistent line-up.

“They play well as a team, they pull for each other, and it was a pleasure to coach them,” Santaniello said. “If we ask them to do something, they do it. It's been a blast. They became really a close-knit group.”

Charette and Santaniello also coach the Ellington freshman basketball team, which posted a 13-1 record this past season.

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