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2004 High School Baseball Preview
Coach: Mike McDermott
2003: 15-6 (division champion)
Top players: Shawn Howey, sr. 2B; Eric Capella, sr. P; Mike Natalie, sr. P/OF; Mike Farrell, sr. OF; Jovan Rosa, jr. SS; D.J. Burnham, jr. 3B; Ryan Dobson, jr. 1B; Matt Rondinone, jr. C; Mike Riley, so. P/DH.
Outlook: Capella (6-1, 1.39 ERA) and Natalie (5-1, 2.39 ERA) will anchor the staff of team that lost no starters.
E.O. Smith (Storrs)
Coach: Jason Donahue
Top players: Andy Sauer, jr. P/SS; Mike Sutcliffe, sr. P/3B; Elliott Clark, sr. IF.
Outlook: Team should be much improved with the return of all but one starter. All-CCC East pick Sauer (.365) will be the No. 1 pitcher. Must improve last year's team batting average of .260.
Coach: Mark Dube
Top players: Ryan Kilty, sr. P/SS; Ross Pieper, sr. C; Bryan Mehigan, sr. CF; Tyler Breton, sr. 2B; Mike Boisseau, sr. OF; David Diaz, jr. SS/3B; Kevin Marocchini, jr. OF; Dan Marocchini, jr. 3B; Evan Tuttle, sr. P.
Outlook: Kilty had three wins and Pieper was an All-CCC East pick. A .500 record is a realistic goal.
Coach: Joe Lombardo
Top players: Jose Ramirez, sr. SS/P; Ray Perez, so. P/IF; Ronald Perez, so. P/IF; Dan Correia, sr. OF; Xavier Rolon, sr. OF; Angel Delgado, so. 2B; Tim Evelyn, so. 3B; Omar Sosa, fr. 1B.
Outlook: Ramirez is a returning All-CCC East pick. Only two starters graduated, postseason berth is a realistic goal.
Coach: Paul Winiarski
Top players: J.J. Depasqua, sr. P/1B; Josue Lopez, sr. C; Will Moran, sr. SS; Andy Layer, sr. RF; Ismael Bolorin, sr. CF; Erich Todte, jr. 2B.
Outlook: New coach inherits team that lost only three starters and has three All-CCC East picks returning. Pitching is biggest concern.
Coach: Art Wheelock
Top players: Jeremy Boyko, sr. P; David Burney, sr. OF; Zack Grunberg, sr. 3B; Mike Tingley, jr. P; James Kukucka, jr. P.
Outlook: Boyko went 6-4 last season and Burney and Grunberg both hit over .320. Biggest question mark is Tingley, who went 12-0 as a freshman with an 0.91 ERA but had arm problems last season and didn't pitch.
Coach: Phil Harak
Top players: Pat Duggan, sr. P/IF; Dave Ertel, sr. P; Matt McCabe, sr. IF; Scott Tindall, sr. DH/OF; Chris Waxenberg, sr. IF; John Ursone, sr. OF/P; Mark Williams, sr. OF/P/C; Chris Noske, jr. OF; Jeff Vigurs, so. C.
Outlook: Team will feature defense and speed. Tindall led team in average (.409), RBI (14) and doubles (7) last season.
Coach: Rick Milton
Top players: Calvin Manson, sr. SS/P; William Rivera, sr. 2B; Kevin Melanson, sr. P/OF; Justin Bailey, jr. 3B; Kenny Smith, sr. OF; David Benson, sr. P/OF.
Outlook: Melanson had four wins last season, four-year starter Manson hit .390 and Benson (.380) hit four homers. Will have five four-year starters in lineup.
Conard (West Hartford)
Coach: Joe Mancini
Top players: Blake Bugbee, sr. P/IF; Jason Giliberto, sr. OF/IF; Chris Gonzalez, jr. P/OF; Mitch Greene, jr. P/IF; Ray Lynch, sr. IF/OF; Matt Martucci, jr. 2B; Casey O'Brien, sr. C/IF; Brendan Roberts, so. IF; Matt Backel, sr. OF.
Outlook: Gonzalez, who went 2-3 with 1.43 ERA, is likely No. 1 pitcher. Not much offense returns.
Coach: Ken Soucy
Top players: Ryan Kravontka, sr. 3B; Peter Moskal, sr. P; Alex Perry, jr. 1B; Nick Martino, jr. SS.
Outlook: Kravontka (.319), Perry 436) and Martino (.337) lead the offense and Moskal went 4-4 last season. A young and inexperienced team.
Hall (West Hartford)
Coach: Dave Masters
Top players: Anthony Scialdone, sr. SS/P; Joe Nardi, sr. C; Dave Pulito, sr. OF; Will Pulito, sr. OF/P; Steve Farrah, jr. P; Greg Hendrickson, jr. P.
Outlook: All-CCC West picks Scialdone (.484 career BA) and Nardi are three-year starters along with Dave Pulito.
Coach: Ray Schwarz
2003: 20-1 (division champion)
Top players: Taylor Meehan, sr. SS/P; Dan Hood, sr. C; Rich McGraw, sr. 3B; Joey Serafin, sr. P; Jason Alexander, sr. 2B.
Outlook: Meehan (6-0, .397 average) and Serafin went a combined 8-0 last season. Offense returns in Hood (.409, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 38 runs), McGraw (17 runs) and Alexander (19 runs).
Coach: Al Ford
Top players: Shane Milledge, sr. P/IF; Ermel Vazquez, sr. P/1B/C; Hazel Evans, sr. P/3B/OF; Derrick Comeaux, jr. OF; James Weston, fr. OF/IF; Ian Greene, so. C/OF; Phillip Jackson, jr. P; Joaquin Medina, sr. IF; Jason Williamson, sr. OF/P.
Outlook: Ford, the former coach at Bloomfield, has a simple goal to be competitive and to work hard.
Coach: John Fote Jr.
Top players: Will Musson, so. P; Josh Pasquaretta, sr. OF; Jim Merritt, sr. OF; Jon Pasquaretta, sr. P; Chris Delarippa, sr. 1B; Dave Filipiak, sr. DH; Paul Hatje, sr. 3B; Tom Queno, jr. P.
Outlook: Staff will be anchored by Musson (5-0, 1.58 ERA, 3 saves). Should be solid on mound and on defense.
Coach: Jay Apicelli
Top players: Brian Discenza, sr. P; Clint Mitchell, sr. OF; Jack D'Agata, sr. OF; Josh Visone, sr. 3B; Chris Chagnon, jr. P; Jason Pizzaferrato, jr. P/SS; Ryan Cheverier, so. C; Ryan Litke, so. 2B; Kris Campbell, so. RF.
Outlook: Apicelli takes over for long-time coach Barry Chasen and inherits team that graduated three starters. Top three pitchers are returning.
Coach: Tom Moylan
Top players: Chris Klepps, sr. SS; Nick Michaud, sr. P/1B; D.J. Hernandez, sr. CF; Joe Fortier, sr. C; Kevin Curry, sr. IF/OF; Steve Ziogas, jr. 1B/OF; Dru Sgro, jr. OF; Mike Samartino, jr. 2B/OF; Shaun Belmonte, jr. OF/P.
Outlook: Will build around Siena-bound Klepps (.405), Michaud (4-2, 2.10 ERA), Hernandez (.355) and three-year starter Fortier.
Coach: Mike Giovinazzo
Top players: Matt Arburr, sr. 1B/P; Rex Cone, sr. OF/P; Bryan Hazelton, sr. C/P; Sean Allaire, jr. SS/P; Mike Wentland, sr. P/OF.
Outlook: Arburr, Cone and Allaire all batted .300 or higher. Pitching staff has no varsity experience.
Coach: Patrick Mairson
Top players: Chris Vazquez, sr. 2B; Cruz Baez, so. P/SS; Anthony Rebello, sr. 3B; Chris Medina, sr. P/CF; Alvaro Rodriguez, sr. 1B; Kevin Ortiz, so. OF; Cheyenne Rosado, so. P.
Outlook: Mairson, up from JV program after five years, takes over program that hasn't made states since 1989. Team has some speed but no varsity pitching experience to work with.
Coach: Howard Hewitt
2003: 19-3 (division champion)
Top players: Seth Dolan, sr. P; Ryan Wedge, sr. DH; Mike Giacco, sr. P/1B; John Fahey, sr. 2B; Joe Rios, sr. CF; Justin Poirier, so. SS; Matt Corsetti, so. 3B/P; Matt Pierce, so. 1B/P; Joe Diaz, so. IF.
Outlook: Graduated seven starters but won't give up division title without a battle.
Coach: Ken Kezer
Top players: Tom Torres, sr. SS; Jon Ramirez, sr. 2B; Chris Mayette, sr. 3B; Matt Marino, sr. C; Andrew Gurekovich, sr. P; Derek Roberts, jr. P; Nick Colagiovanni, jr. CF; Tyler Aparo, jr. P; Ronald Black, sr. OF.
Outlook: Gurekovich and Roberts combined for six wins last season. Torres (.370) is a four-year starter and Mayette (.268) is a three-year starter.
Coach: Eric Frank
Top players: Paul Tsuji, sr. OF; Mike Montinari, sr. P/1B; Mike Moyles, sr. C; Kenny Cook, sr. P/3B; Matt Powers, sr. P; Joe Cousineau, jr. OF; Matt Knight, jr. P.
Outlook: Most of lineup returns. A team with speed that should be solid on defense.
Coach: Jim Frederick
Top players: Jason Mortyko, sr. P/SS; Kyle Dahn, sr. P/OF; Justin Nihon, sr. IF; Dave Donadio, sr. IF; Mike Melendez, jr. C.
Outlook: Graduated 11 seniors and eight starters. Mortyko is a returning All-CCC South pick.
Coach: Steve Matyczyk
Top players: Ben Schumacher, sr. P/1B; Nick D'Angelo, sr. P; Joe Zongol, sr. P; Jeff Rustico, sr. C; A.J. Garstang, sr. RF; Derek Bird, jr. CF; Joe Griglun, so. IF.
Outlook: Experienced pitchers return in All-CCC South pick Schumacher (5-2, 1.98 ERA), D'Angelo (2-2, 2.32 ERA) and Zongol (2-1).
Coach: Leo Veleas
Top players: Mike Pindar, sr. C; Kyle Bialek, sr. SS; Justin Greatorex, sr. 3B; Joe Delcegno, jr. P; Chris Baumann, jr. P/OF; Dan Baccaro, jr. P/OF; Felix Lupia, sr. IF; Kevin Lagassey, jr. IF; Andrew Delorm, jr. IF.
Outlook: Hoping to get back to top of conference, will rely heavily on All-NWC picks Pindar and Bialek.
East Catholic (Manchester)
Coach: Jim Penders
2003: 15-6 (conference co-champion)
Top players: Mark Plourd, sr. 2B/SS; Chris Kessing, sr. C/P; Mike Wengzn, sr. CF; John Kuschman, jr. 1B/3B; Mike Fortin, sr. P.
Outlook: Team graduated five starters. Fortin, the only returning pitcher with varsity experience, sustained a shoulder injury playing hockey.
Coach: Peter Veleas
Top players: Shawn Haviland, sr. P/SS; Mike McGuire, sr. C; Nick Fusari, jr. P/OF; Brendan Kelly, so. OF.
Outlook: All-NWC pick Haviland (7-3, .408 BA) leads the returnees. Fusari had the other two victories last year.
Coach: John Geary Jr.
Top players: Jim Drobnis, jr. P/1B; Nick Toth, sr. P/2B; John Faass, jr. OF/C; Dustin Demonte, jr. C/P; J.R. Bagley, sr. P/1B; Chris Brainard, sr. OF; Chris Palmieri, so. SS; Ryan Knight, so. OF; Brandon Souto, sr. P.
Outlook: Drobnis and Toth will be top two pitchers. Most of starting lineup returns.
Northwest Catholic (West Hartford)
Coach: Cory Carlson
Top players: Mark Iorillo, sr. P; Mike Johnson, sr. P/3B; Anthony Donatelli, sr. OF; Mike Gualtieri, sr. OF/1B; Neil Mascolo, sr. 2B; Pete Bourdon, jr. P/SS; Joe Robinson, jr. P/OF; Stefan Thompson, so. OF.
Outlook: First-year coach will build staff around Iorillo (5-2 in 2003). Johnson and Donatelli each hit over .300.
Coach: Bob Freimuth
2003: 15-6 (conference co-champion)
Top players: Kevin Bores, sr. OF; Corey Zdunczyk, sr. P; Frank Jarnsinsky, sr. P; Mike Everson, sr. P; Keith Pernell, sr. 1B; Matt Brylle, sr. OF; Greg Miner, sr. C; Chris Warner, sr. C/IF; Kevin Carroccia, jr. P/OF.
Outlook: Everson and Zdunczyk cominbed for five victories and Bores had 12 stolen bases. Must replace five three-year starters.
Coach: Paul Steiner
Top players: Matt Grosso, so. OF; A.J. Pollock, so. SS; Bill Brown, sr. OF; Bryan Archambault, sr. P/OF; Erik Ackerman, jr. C; Sam Taute, jr. UT; Brad Weeks, sr. P; Tim Reiser, sr. P.
Outlook: Team is solid up the middle but lacks experience, especially on the mound.
Coach: Joe Dabkowski
Top players: Eric Fritz, sr. P/OF; Mike Streckfus, sr. OF; Dave Zaniewski, jr. 1B; Scott Lukas, jr. SS; Doug Elliot, so. C; Sam DeGiovanni, jr. OF; Bryan Wziontko, sr. 3B; Scott Bengston, so. 2B; Brian Shiro, so. P.
Outlook: Fritz will be the No. 1 pitcher after going 3-5 last season. A .500 record is a realistic goal.
St. Paul (Bristol)
Coach: Brian Crowley
Top players: Sean Gorman, sr. SS; Rob Swanke, sr. OF; Dustin Nigro, sr. 2B; Zach Fienemann, jr. 3B; Steven Tolles, jr. C; Kyle Abuciewicz, jr. P/IF/OF.
Outlook: Abuciewicz, a transfer from Bristol Eastern, could be the No. 1 pitcher.
Coach: Marty deLivron
Top players: Adam VanDerBeek, sr. P/SS; Ben Lerer, sr. P/1B; Nate Lane, sr. C; Reed Timme, sr. OF; Jay Joyce, jr. P/3B; Tyler Dew, jr. P/2B; Phil Kayan, jr. P; Bobby O'Brien, sr. OF.
Outlook: Should contend for the conference title with all but one starter returning.
Coach: Brian Roy
Top players: Dan O'Flaherty, sr. 3B; Marcus Wilcox, sr. P/1B; Conor McAlindin, sr. 2B; Sean Bahre, jr. SS; Heath Cotton, jr. P; Jeff Rose, jr. C; Joe McGuigan, jr. OF/P; Dan Podesla, so. IF/OF.
Outlook: All-NCCC pick Wilcox and Cotton went a combined 8-2 last season. Graduated two starters.
Coach: Todd Shufelt
Top players: Pete Ahlstrin, jr. 1B/P; Andrew Kremmen, jr. SS/P; Ben LeBlanc, jr. 3B/P; Mike Joseph, jr. C/3B; Wade Jubrey, so. SS/P; T.J. Doherty, so. OF.
Outlook: Graduated seven starters. Defense will have to make up for lack of experience.
Coach: Chris Corkum
Top players: Sean Zern, sr. P/OF; Matt Loos, sr. P/OF; John Gentile, sr. 2B; Brett Drake, jr. CF; Kevin Corkum, so. SS; Jeff Wyse, so. OF/P; Rick Harrison, fr. P/C; Ben Quesnel, so. C/OF.
Outlook: An inexperienced team overall.
Coach: Keith Tautkus
Top players: John Swayner, sr. P/OF; Kyle Arvisias, sr. P/OF; Brian Sardihna, sr. C; Matt Swayner, jr. OF/P; Jason Tatutkus, so. SS; Matt Fauteux, sr. IF/OF; Sean Palla, jr. P/1B; Kurt Rhodes, jr. 3B.
Outlook: John Swayner (4-2, .350 BA), Arvisias (.340) and Palla (.340) return to lead the offense.
Coach: Bob Bromage
2003: 18-4 (conference champion)
Top players: Mike Dalenta, sr. SS; Karl Gates, sr. 1B; John Bard, sr. 2B/P; Rick Coupe, sr. 3B; Jeremy Kauffman, sr. C/CF; Mike Anagnostou, sr. LF; Brian Smuda, sr. RF; Dave DeMur, sr. CF; Dan Angtelica, sr. P/2B.
Outlook: Graduated three pitchers but Bard, who had a no-hitter vs. New Britain, returns.
Coach: Tom Vincent
Top players: Dave Cennamo, jr. P/IF; Shaun Feron, jr. P/3B; Andy Godiksen, sr. 1B/C; Mike Morawski, sr. P/OF; Joe Reynolds, sr. OF.
Outlook: Team has some pitching, but there are a lot of newcomers.
Coach: Scott Czerwinski
Top players: Martin Piscottano, sr. SS; Anthony Campagna, sr. CF; Chris Meier, so. C; Shane Drahos, so. P/IF; Matt Stark, so. P/IF; Evan Gregory, jr. P/IF; Pat Connell, sr. 2B.
Outlook: All-NCCC pick Piscottano (.400 BA) leads returnees. Will use speed to create scoring opportunities.
Coach: Damian Frassinelli
Top players: Jayson Banks, sr. P/3B; Dan Mitta, sr. SS; Tony Paolini, so. 2B; Carl Purnell, jr. 1B.
Outlook: Only graduated three starters but pitching depth and experience are concerns.
Coach: Bob Eggleston
Top players: Bryan Sullivan, sr. P/OF; Brian Duncan, sr. SS; Matt Zaczynski, sr. OF; Billy Kingman, sr. OF; Roger Sircar, sr. OF; Cory Weathers, sr. C; Sam Janik, sr. OF; Mike Koistinen, sr. 1B; Adam Davidson, sr. OF.
Outlook: Will need to improve offense in hopes of at least .500 finish.
Coach: Skip Olander
Top players: Ben Hansen, sr. 1B; Anthony Angeloni, sr. P; Nick Tavolacci, jr. P/1B; Owen Toombs, sr. 2B; Mike Goepfert, sr. SS; Dave Saunders, sr. CF.
Outlook: Angeloni and Tavolacci combined for a 7-5 record and Hansen hit .414 with four HRs.
Coach: Dave Farr
Top players: Scott LaTorra, sr. CF/1B; Dave Hallett, sr. 3B; Mike Quagliaroli, jr. P/SS; Rob Boscarino, jr. C; Craig Kulas, jr. OF/2B; Nick Roy, jr. 1B; Eric Tracy, jr. OF; Chad Giannuzzi, so. P/2B/SS; Nick Michaud, so. RF/P.
Outlook: Quagliaroli and Giannuzzi each won three games last season and All-NCCC pick LaTorra hit. 389. COC
Coach: Greg Gunn
Top players: Andrew Nightingale, sr. P/SS; Pat Neilan, jr. P/SS/C; Billy Bogner, sr. 3B/1B; Lane Bradford, jr. 1B/P; Peter Burgio, fr. C; Adam Jodoin, fr. OF/IF; John Varcia, fr. OF/IF; E.J. Parsons, jr. IF; Matt Reid, fr. IF.
Outlook: Seven starters graduated. All-COC pick Neilan (three wins, .330 BA) and Nightingale (.340) lead the returnees.
Cheney Tech (Manchester)
Coach: Gary Marineau
Top players: Daniel Haberern, sr. P/2B; Justin Flemke, sr. C; Nick Roy, sr. OF; Pete Ostashen, sr. 3B; Nicholas Jones, jr. P/SS; Kyle Marandino, jr. OF; Will Rossi, sr. P; Ted Roback, sr. OF/1B; Nick Masciovecchio, fr. IF/P.
Outlook: Pitching in capable hands of Haberern (7-0, 1.67 ERA, .387 BA, 24 RBI) and Jones (7-4, 1.40 ERA, .360 BA, 120 SO).
Coach: Brian Leighton
Top players: Jason Kuczynski, sr. C/P; Jason Riddell, sr. P; Pat O'Sullivan, jr. C/P; Jay Kreisberg, sr. 1B/OF; Mike Trottier, so. OF; Brett Hansen, sr. RF/P; Lee Traygls, sr. IF; Jared Surprenant, jr. 2B/SS.
Outlook: Riddell, O'Sullivan and Kuczynski will pitch and lead the offense.
Coach: Mike Pitruzzello
2003: 18-4 (conference champion)
Top players: Justin Griffith, sr. P/1B; T.J. Grande, jr. P/OF; Frank Favina, jr. 3B; Kyle Berggren, jr. P/IF; Mike Boucher, jr. C; Tim Clark, jr. P/C; Jon DeMaio, so. IF; Javaris Brown, so. P/OF; Tony Lazzaro, so. P/1B.
Outlook: Graduated four starters. Pitching staff is unproven.
Coach: Michael Mercaldi
Top players: Jarret Coleman, sr. P/OF; Billy Abbott, sr. 1B; Tony Simoni, sr. 3B/P; Arron McLaughlin, sr. OF; Joe Sorvillo, sr. 2B; Mike Rall, jr. SS; Gary Hall, jr. C.
Outlook: McLaughlin (.366) is a four-year starter and All-COC pick Coleman hit .348. Simoni and Sorvillo missed last season.
Lyman Memorial (Lebanon)
Coach: Marty Gomez
Top players: Josh Pagano, sr. SS; Kyle Murphy, jr. P/1B; Ryan Quinn, jr. P/3B; Tyler Jaquith, jr. C/CF; Eric Cusano, jr. OF; Tyler Ursin, sr. C/DH; Chris Creamer, jr. OF.
Outlook: Murphy and Quinn went a combined 9-4 last year and Pagano hit .380.
Coach: Glen Maxwell
Top players: Will Matfield-Sarbough, sr. 3B; Timothy Scheer, sr. C/P; Doug Greer, sr. OF; Brian Moore, sr. SS/2B; Peter Filandia, sr. 2B; Andrew Marino, jr. OF; Michael Wnuk, jr. OF; Chris Caffery, jr. OF; Kevin Ladny, fr. P.
Outlook: Only graduated two starters. Strong senior class will lead the way.
Vinal Tech (Middletown)
Coach: Angelo Morello
Top players: Scott Santangelo, sr. P; Gary Anderson, jr. 3B/P; Carlos Ruiz, so. C; Mat Tuthill, sr. LF; Steve Goff, fr. SS; Chris Fowler, fr. P; Wesley Beaulieu, jr. 2B; Jeremy Cote, jr. 1B/DH; Nick Brasile, sr. 1B.
Outlook: Most of starting lineup returns.
Coach: Ted Lombardo
Top players: Joe Bridges, sr. P/IF; Dave DeSanti, jr. SS; Ethan Cote, sr. 3B; Nate Gosselin, sr. C; Mike Baronowski, sr. RF; Dan DeRosa, sr. 2B; Tom Chiari, sr. LF.
Outlook: An experienced team with Bridges stepping in as the No. 1 pitcher.
Coach: Mark Brookes
Top players: Cory Riordan, sr. P/1B; Matt Finlayson, sr. SS; Bobby Arrigoni, sr. CF; Josh Griffo, sr. 3B; Adam Chamberlain, jr. P/LF.
Outlook: Riordan (11-3, 0.51 ERA, .393 BA, 13 RBI) will lead the staff. Finlayson (.442, 11 RBI), Arrigoni (.426, 20 SB), Griffo (.361, 15 RBI, 13 SB) and Chamberlain (.415, 13 RBI, 14 SB) lead the offense.
Hale-Ray (East Haddam)
Coach: Rich Gable
Top players: Chris Anderson, sr. P/1B; Austin Vaillancourt, sr. P/SS; Jim Iacovelli, sr. C; Mike Parker, sr. 2B/P; Tyler Antrim, jr. P/IF.
Outlook: Only graduated one starter.
Hyde (New Haven)
Coach: John Aurora
Top players: Prince Prescott, jr. CF; Javier Rosario, sr. P/C/SS; Jamale Williams, sr. RF; Davon Yarbrough, sr. IB/LF; Brandon Logan, jr. 2B; Chris Blackwood, jr. P/LF; Jessie Camacho, so. SS/LF.
Outlook: An inexperienced team.
Coach: Derek Karcich
Top players: Nic DeMazza, sr. CF; Jeff Behuniak, sr. 3B; Eric Rapuano, jr. DH; Scott Rembisz, so. SS/P; Ron Sommo, sr. 2B.
Outlook: Only three returning starters, but pitching should be strength.
Coach: Frank Bombace
2003: 22-4 (conference champion, Class S runner-up)
Top players: Kyle Bombace, sr. SS; Rick Hudson, sr. 2B/P; Gary Nadeau, sr. P/3B; Chris Barthel, sr. P/OF; Karl Derbacher, jr. OF/P; Kyle Befus, jr. 1B/P; Matt Golebiewski, jr. C; Kyle Modica, jr. LF.
Outlook: Only lost two starters from state finalist. Hudson, the No. 1 pitcher last year, had arm surgery last summer and won't pitch until June at the earliest.
Coach: Randy St. Germain
Top players: Matt Stark, sr. P/OF; Sean Donnely, sr. 3B; Brian Moore, so. 2B; Dave Quintin, so. C/OF; Rob Neaton, so. P/SS; Mike Neaton, so. P/1B; Tim Yester, jr. C/OF; Jim Gleason, so. P/OF; Sean Collins, sr. OF.
Outlook: New coach takes over program that had an uncharacteristic season last year.
Coach: Matt Reed
Top players: Andrew Gibas, jr. P/SS; John Pugliese, jr. P/SS; Ryan Mercado, jr. P/1B; James Eaton, sr. P/OF; Keith Russell, sr. OF; Mike Smith, so. P/IF; Jason Simoni, so. P/OF.
Outlook: A young team returns for new coach.
Valley Regional (Deep River)
Coach: Ed Maikowski
Top players: Dan Needleman, sr. IF/P; Brian Saitta, sr. 3B/P; Joe Radomski, sr. 1B/OF; Brett Zupan, so. C; Eric Pomroy, so. SS; Joe Burns, jr. P/OF/1B.
Outlook: Saitta, Needleman and Burns all pitched last season. Infield should be solid.
Coach: Scott Werkhoven
Top players: Dave Vincent, sr. C; Brian Porrell, sr. P/1B; Adam Carbo, sr. P/CF; Chris Lombardozzi, jr. P/2B; Wayne Hughes, sr. 1B/DH; Eric Mesler, sr. OF/2B; Tyson Rich, sr. OF; Tim Reynolds, sr. OF; Jeff Isacson, jr. SS.
Outlook: Most of the staff returns in Porrell (3-3, 2.40 ERA), Carbo (5-2) and Lombardozzi (3-2). Vincent (.408) was an All-State outfielder last year.
Bacon Academy (Colchester)
Coach: Dave Shea
2003: 17-6 (ECC)
Top players: Tom Alferi, sr. P/1B; Chris Zaccaro, sr. CF; Chris Macaluso, sr. IF; Dan Hargey, jr. P/SS; Craig Amell, sr. IF.
Outlook: Four seniors return, but graduated three of top four hitters.
Coach: George Dummar Jr.
2003: 16-7 (SCC)
Top players: Conor Reardon, sr. 3B; Mike Tamsin, sr. C; Justin Lawrence, sr. P; Ed Bethke, jr. P; Kurt Warner, sr. P; Craig Kenney, jr. SS; Matt Golad, jr. P; Bob Criscoula, sr. RF; Jared Ceccolini, sr. CF.
Outlook: First-year coach has talent. Good speed, will be solid on defense and the mound.
Coach: Bill Mrowka
2003: 3-17 (SCC)
Top players: Jeff Katz, sr. P/OF; Jim MacDonald, sr. 3B/1B; Rob Malloy, sr. C/OF; Ryan Dacey, sr. P/1B; Ross Sobel, sr. 3B/1B; Rob Sheehan, sr. 2B; Chris Luft, sr. OF; Kyle Bukowski, jr. C; Matt Stevens, jr. 2B/SS.
Outlook: Deep team. Katz was injured most of last year and hopes to return to No. 1 status on the mound.
Coach: Butch Johnson
2003: 7-13 (SCC)
Top players: Joe Esposito, sr. P/1B; Bill Paulson, sr. P.
Outlook: Esposito will lead the staff after going 5-3 last year. Staff will be team's strength.
Coach: Ed Rowe
Top players: Jason Rago, jr. OF; Dave Erickson, sr. P; Scott Dobrydney, jr. P; Steve Thurston, jr. OF; Jesse Weinzimmer, sr. IF; Jordan Gunzy, sr. IF; Scott Manheimer, sr. P/C; Russ Roberts, sr. P; Jamie Poster, jr. C.
Outlook: Will build around Rago (.405), Erickson (3-3) and Dobrydney (4-1). Graduated seven starters.
Goodwin Tech (New Britain)
Coach: Joe Granja
2003: 5-12 (CVTC)
Top players: Dan Guevara, sr. P/3B; Alberto Borrero, jr. 2B; Rob Bilek, jr. LF; Mike Leibin, jr. RF/C; Josh Asadow, so. P/1B; Shawn Hughes, so. P/OF; Jesse Baez, so. C; Cory Piatek, so. P/3B.
Outlook: Only graduated one starter. Only one senior and three juniors. Team has good speed and will rely on a young pitching staff.
Coach: Pete Civitello
2003: 7-13 (SCC)
Top players: Sean Milano, jr. 3B; Mike Mormile, sr. CF; Tom Schirmacher, sr. SS; Nick Platner, sr. C; Brian Verrelli, sr. P.
Outlook: New coach takes over team that graduated seven starters. Will be solid on mound and on defense, especially in the infield.
Coach: Tom Schultz
2003: 12-10 (SCC)
Top players: Tom Davis, sr. P/CF; Steve Pelletier, sr. RF; Bobby Santone, sr. OF/2B; Zach Purcell, jr. C; Mike Fumiatti, jr. C/P.
Outlook: Four returnees hit over .300 and team graduated only one starter.
Coach: Dan Vogt
2003: 8-12 (ECC)
Top players: Zach Wintrow, sr. C; Judley Sanon, sr. CF; Brad Oatley, jr. P; Matt Fournier, sr. SS; Jim Windrow, sr. 3B; Matt Miliken, sr. LF; Will Preston, jr. P; Joe Racicot, so. P.
Outlook: Seven starters graduated.
Notre Dame (West Haven)
Coach: Lou Kessler
2003: 9-12 (SCC)
Top players: Mike Bednarczyk, sr. P/1B; Rob Jermine, sr. OF; Matt Dolan, sr. 2B; Mike Reed, sr. P; Sean Chacho, jr. P/1B; Dave Jermine, jr. 3B; Mike Heins, jr. OF; Mike Pierpaoli, jr. P.
Outlook: Bednarczyk, Reed and Chacho combined for five victories last season.
O'Brien Tech (Ansonia)
Coach: Rob Hyder
2003: 20-4 (CVTC champion)
Top players: Gabe Diglio, sr. P/SS; Andrew Herbert, sr. C/1B; Dave Venice, sr. CF; Chris Smith, jr. P/SS.
Outlook: Diglio and Smith went a combined 14-4 last season.
Prince Tech (Hartford)
Coach: Al Giordano
2003: 0-14 (CVTC)
Top players: Angel Morales, sr. LF; Mauricio Jiminian, sr. RF; Hector Rodriguez, so. 2B; Jose Rodriguez, so. P/DH; Wilfredo DeJesus, jr. 3B/P; Jonah Williams, jr. SS; Luis Figueroa, sr. CF; Sal Marino, so. C.
Outlook: Team struggled last season but seven starters return.
Coach: Patrick McCarthy
2003: 4-16 (ECC)
Top players: Nathan Brodeur, sr. C; Greg Biggs, sr. 1B; Aaron Wassreman, jr. 2B/SS; Aaron Henry, sr. P/SS; Michael Ireland, jr. P/OF; Michael Rickaby, jr. P/OF; Joseph Kubik, so. P/OF; Luke Zinsky, sr. C/P.
Outlook: New coach has some experience. Henry, a transfer from Killingly, is likely No. 1 pitcher.
Coach: Matt Altieri
2003: 19-6 (SCC)
Top players: Matt Karl, sr. P/1B; Rad Welch, sr. C; Mike Lucht, sr. 1B/DH; Tyler Tomer, jr. 3B; B.J. Senna, jr. P/1B; Chris Newell, jr. OF; Tom Eckert, sr. OF; P.J. Grant, jr. OF; Dom Lombardozzi, sr. 2B.
Outlook: Housatonic Division champion has loads of pitching returning in Karl (5-0, 2.20 ERA), All-SCC Housatonic pick Senna (6-1, 50 SO) and juniors John Roche and Adam Shackett.
Sport & Medical Sciences
Coach: Lindsey Boutilier
2003: 8-8 (independent)
Top players: Jose Ruiz, sr. P; Ramon Appellaniz, sr. C; Josh Perez, sr. OF; Felix Rosado, sr. OF; Gabe Ruiz, sr. OF.
Outlook: All but three starters returns, including Ruiz (5-2, .351 BA), Appellaniz (.300) and Perez (.425).
St. Bernard (Montville)
Coach: Mike Garvie
2003: 6-14 (ECC)
Top players: Adam Ducynski, sr. OF; David MacIntyre, sr. SS; Ben Bowdy, sr. P/3B; Travis Turgeon, jr. P/IF; Justin Curcio, jr. P/IF; Chris Wojcik, so. C/P; Eric Javor, so. 1B/P; Brendan Butler, jr. IF/C.
Outlook: Pitching will be improved with the additions of Turgeon (NFA) and Curcio (New London).
Coach: Paul Helenski
2003: 13-9 (Berkshire)
Top players: Eric Baba, sr. SS/P; James Baylock, sr. OF/P; Matt Emma, sr. OF/P; Dan Neagley, sr. 2B; Chris Zbuska, sr. 1B; Joe Sasani, so. OF/P; Mike Schenkel, so. IF/C; Mike Madore, jr. IF/P.
Outlook: Team has some depth on the mound, good speed and solid defense in the infield.
Wilcox Tech (Meriden)
Coach: Charles Kszywanos
Top players: Justin Febles, jr. 2B/P; Matt Cannon, jr. 3B/P; Andrew Sheehan, jr. 1B; Kyle Skitromo, jr. C; Scott Titus, jr. 2B; Eric Oulundsen, so. CF; Ryan Lis, so. UT; Kevin Fiefer, fr. OF; Ed Nieves, fr. OF; Ryan Johnson, fr. OF.
Outlook: Entire starting lineup returns. Febles and Cannon combined for six victories last season.
Coach: Rocco Carbone
2003: 3-17 (CVTC)
Top players: Ron Miles. sr. C; Danny Cates, sr. P/3B; John Burdick, jr. P/SS; Carlos Costillo, so. P; Aaronn Cooley, so. CF; Charles Griffin, so. SS; Bill Foley, jr. 1B; Jose Arriaga, fr. RF; Brandon Strede, fr. LF.
Outlook: New coach has all but one starter returning. Burdick will be the No. 1 pitcher.
Wolcott Tech (Torrington)
Coach: Rene Williams
2003: 6-14 (Berkshire)
Top players: Malcolm Brewington, sr. 1B; Wayne Brewington, sr. P/OF; Mark McCullough, sr. P/OF; Jeff Mitchell, sr. 3B; Kurt Rivera, sr. 2B; Landon Gardella, so. C; Corey Carpenter, jr. SS; Brandon Cordani, jr. P/1B.
Outlook: Graduated two starters. Pitching and bench depth are concerns.
Coach: Rich Magner
2003: 14-8 (SCC)
Top players: Rick Persutti, sr. 2B; Zack Thomas, sr. SS; T.J. Kronenberger, sr. IF; Jason Jemola, sr. P; David Riege, sr. P; Dan Rogen, sr, P.
Outlook: Untested pitching staff is a concern.
Kingswood-Oxford (West Hartford)
Coach: Steve Cannata
Top players: Mike Whaley, sr. 1B/P; Mike Backer, jr. 3B; Sean Baer, jr. P; Mackenzie Martin, so. SS; Sam Bellingrath, so. C; Kevin Coscarelli, so. OF; Lars Hollis, sr. OF; Corwyn Canedy, sr. C; Terance Trammell, so. OF.