Aaron Wilson: Next Stop Division I Hartford
Northwest Catholic's Aaron Wilson, the Courant's baseball player of the year at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. (Andrea Wise | ALWISE@COURANT.COM / July 6, 2012)
COACH: Cory Carlson
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Went 3-4 against Bristol Eastern and 3-4 with a double and a triple against Simsbury. . . In a game against Farmington, Farmington had runners on second and third with two outs when a hard grounder was hit up the middle. Wilson went to his left, dived to snare the ball behind second, sprang up and threw out the runner at first. “It was one of the best plays I have ever seen a high school kid make,” Carlson said. . . Hurt his left shoulder diving for a ground ball at East Hartford May 3 and was told not to swing the bat in his next game. But in that game against New Britain, he was supposed to bunt, but had two strikes on him. He swung away and tripled. . . Led the Indians in runs (25) and stolen bases (18) and batted .325. . . Was named All-CCC West and to the Class S Connecticut High School Coaches Association Senior all-state team and to the CHSCA all-star game.
WILSON SAID: “I was proud of how my leadership improved for the team. I'm pleased with my season, but we were dissappointed we didn't take it all the way in Class S. But Cromwell, which beat us in the semifinals [8-1] was a great team, and it deserved to win it all.”
CARLSON SAID: “Aaron is one of the best players to ever come through the Northwest Catholic baseball program. His hard work and determination have earned him a well-deserved opportunity to play Division I college baseball. He has been an excellent leader and role model for not only his teammates, but also our entire school community.”
UP NEXT: Will attend and play baseball at the University of Hartford.
IN 10 YEARS: “I hope to be playing baseball professionally. If not that, then I might try something in sports management. I really like math, so I'm looking at business [major and/or courses] at Hartford.”
MISCELLANEOUS: His mother Diana Ramos was an excellent shooter as a point guard at Hartford Public. She also played volleyball and softball. ... Step dad, Carlos Rodriguez, played baseball at East Hartford High, University of New Haven and Manchester Community College, where he made the NJCAA New England first team. Dad also was a minor-league second baseman. ... Wilson is a member of the Connecticut Players AAU team. ... Was a starter on Northwest Catholic's basketball team that advanced to the Class L title game, which it lost to Career-New Haven. ... Played football for two seasons at Northwest Catholic. ... As a junior, ran the anchor leg for the first-place Class S indoor track team in the 4x100 relay and finished sixth in the 55 meters. . . Wore No. 2 in baseball in honor of his favorite player Derek Jeter.