SAL ROMANO, SOUTHINGTON
No-hit Bristol Central 5-0, struck out nine and walked one. … Was named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year. … Threw 10 innings (four hits) in a 4-2 win in 11 over defending Class LL champion Pomperaug-Southbury in a Class LL quarterfinal. … Was 10-2 with a 0.35 ERA, allowed 42 hits and one homer, walked 17 and struck out 121 in 81 innings. … The right-hander, who bats lefty, hit .407 with 25 RBI and two homers.
"I knew with the things I wanted to accomplish I had to have a breakout year. I felt if I put my best effort out every time, my team would have a good shot to win. Since I came here as a freshman, I knew about the great tradition with pitchers who went on to the big leagues, like Rob Dibble and
. I wanted to be me, and hopefully to make my own name."
"Knowing he was going to have big year he worked hard in the off-season. But then he took a liner that broke his jaw in the summer. It was shut for six weeks. My biggest concern was him facing live hitters again and how he would react. Turned out not to be a concern. He overcame that, like everything else. 'Impressive, great, dominant;' I've run out of adjectives for Sal."
He's taking summer courses at Tennessee, where he had signed a letter of intent. He's lifting weights and getting stronger for the upcoming season. The possibility of pitching in the
' minor-league system remains, if the contract offer in August and other considerations are satisfactory.
IN 10 YEARS:
"To play major-league baseball. That has always been my goal since I was little. If some how, it ever turned out that I was playing for the
, which is my team, that would be the ultimate."
Was 2-0 and didn't allow a run for the Southington Legion team. … Averaged 16.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks and shot 56.8 percent (154-271) for the Southington basketball team. . … His top game was 26 points and 16 rebounds at Bulkeley-Hartford. … Mother Lynne was one of only four out of the 100 that tried out to be the first girls to play Little League in New Britain in 1975. … Father Sal played baseball at Division Avenue High in Levittown, N.Y. He's a member of the
Softball Hall of Fame.