MERIDEN — We wrap up the Better of the Bunch collection — or at the least the person sport portion of it — with the person sport that was our most prolific of 2021-22.

All seven baseball groups within the Document-Journal protection space made the state event. They performed .671 ball (94-46) through the common season, then put collectively fairly the postseason.

4 groups reached the state quarterfinals: Southington, Maloney, Sheehan and Lyman Corridor.

Three reached the state semifinals: Southington, Maloney and Sheehan.

Southington (Class LL) and Maloney (Class L) reached the finals earlier than falling, whereas Sheehan (Class M) performed what proved to be a de facto ultimate within the semis, dropping 4-2 to state Participant of the Yr Matt Scott and a Joel Barlow workforce that routed Woodland 20-1 for the championship.

We undergo this litany to elucidate why the All-Document-Journal Staff that follows as we unveil our finalists for Baseball Participant of the Yr is so in depth. Every space workforce has 4 All-RJ choices.

Such because the 16-9 Maloney Spartans, who have been led to the Class L ultimate by the Rodriguez brothers, junior third baseman Joe and sophomore catcher Raffy, and aces Ryan Killeen, a senior right-hander, and Tyler Duffy, a sophomore southpaw.

All 4 are All-RJ. All however Killeen (an odd absence) have been All-CCC South.

En path to their title recreation date with Windsor, the Spartans reeled off 4 event wins that included a 9-3 second-round choice over Wilcox Tech.

Wilcox might have had a brand new identify — the college swapped Indians for Wildcats this faculty 12 months — however Wilcox had the identical recreation. For one more spring, the ol’ Tribe was a CTC contender and a worthy non-conference opponent.

Wiilcox went 16-7 behind All-CTC and All-RJ performers Jack McGovern and Derek Rascati, each seniors, junior Brandon Alvarado and freshman Bobby Herzman.

There’s a second freshman on the All-RJ Staff and that’s Lyman Corridor rookie Owen Wealthy. He was named All-SCC Second Staff after batting .328 with six doubles and scoring 12 runs whereas driving in 15 for the 16-9 Trojans.

Lyman Corridor’s Tyler Casey and Justin Hackett have been All-SCC First Staff.

Casey, a junior pitcher and heart fielder, batted .446 with seven doubles and 10 RBI. Casey additionally stole 14 bases and scored 30 runs.

He positively was a sparkplug. When main off an inning, Casey batted 10-for-20.

Hackett, a senior pitcher and shortstop heading to Bryant College, is our first Participant of the Yr finalist. He’s already received one such award to his identify: 2022 Southern Connecticut Convention Participant of the Yr.

Additionally named All-State Class L, Hackett was each constant and dramatic. He walked off three video games, together with one with a house run.

On the hill, Hackett went 5-0 with a .361 ERA. On the plate, he batted .515 with six house runs and 28 RBI. 

A sensible hitter and runner, Hackett drew 19 walks, received aboard at a .629 clip, stole 23 bases and scored 32 runs.

Now, there was a fourth LH participant who arguably ought to have made All-SCC, however didn’t. He does make All-RJ, and that’s senior Dylan Homosexual. Coming off an All-Convention hockey season, Homosexual batted .344 with 9 doubles and 16 RBI.

The identical form of state of affairs performed out at Sheehan. Three guys from the 15-9 Titans made the All-SCC grade, but the man who set the wheels in movement didn’t. That was leadoff hitter Tony Sutera, who had the very best batting common on the workforce at .390.

The sophomore drove in 18 runs, scored 21 and all the time gave the impression to be in the midst of these wild late-inning rallies for which the 2022 Titans have been well-known.

Sutera is All-RJ together with Andry Man and Matt Moconyi, two pillars of the pitching employees who swung good bats and have been named All-SCC Second Staff.

Man, a senior, was 5-0 with a save through the common season. His ERA was 1.38 and he struck out 37 in 30 innings. On the plate, Man batted .326 and whiffed simply as soon as.

Moconyi, a junior, went 4-3 with a 3.20 ERA and 47 Ok’s in 39-plus IP. He hit for common (.387) and energy (3 HR) whereas knocking in 15 runs.

On a workforce with depth and steadiness, the marquee man was senior shortstop Chris Barkasy, and he’s our second finalist for Participant of the Yr.

Barkasy was easy within the subject and an extra-base machine on the plate. Whereas hitting .370, Barkasy belted 9 doubles, six triples and three house runs.

He swiped 16 bases; he drove in 35 runs. At season’s finish, Barkasy was named All-State Class M and All-SCC First Staff.

Becoming a member of Barkasy on that All-SCC First Staff have been a trio of gamers from 10-11 Cheshire: junior catcher Ian Wirtz (.439), junior 1B/DH Ryan Barbieri (.395) and senior left-hander Luca Raccio (2-1, 1.27 ERA). Raccio additionally batted .308.

Senior heart fielder E.J. Quint hit at a .348 clip and stole 9 bases for the Rams. He made All-SCC Second Staff and he joins Wirtz, Barbieri and Raccio on the All-RJ squad.

Maintain ’em rolling: Class LL runner-up Southington (21-4) put 4 of its boys on the All-RJ and All-CCC West bus: outfielder Jackson Rusiecki, first baseman Jaden Maia, third baseman Justin Chiulli and pitcher Vincent Borghese.

The positional gamers all hit for common, hit within the clutch and tore it up on the bases. Rusiecki, a senior, was .413 with 22 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Maia, a junior, batted .380 and likewise had 22 RBI and a dozen thefts.

Chiulli led the run-happy Knights, who stole 82 bases, with 16 swipes. The senior batted .312 and drove in 15 runs.

As for Borghese, the senior right-hander led the pitching employees by going 8-3 with a 1.02 ERA, hanging out 65 in 54-plus frames.

Borghese actually shined within the state event. He beat McMahon (3-1) and Newington (4-0) — the one run was not earned — by permitting a mixed 5 hits and and 4 walks whereas hanging out 22 earlier than taking the loss to Fairfield Warde within the title recreation.

Borghese is happening to pitch at Put up College. Rusiecki is certain for the College of North Carolina.

Following up on his All-State choice in soccer, Rusiecki was named All-State Class LL in baseball. His six doubles, three triples and 4 house runs leap off the web page alongside along with his .413 common. He’s our third finalist for Participant of the Yr.

The fourth? He’s proper right here in Meriden, and there can hardly be any suspense.

Senior right-hander Brandon Cahill led Platt to its finest season in a decade. The Panthers went 15-6 and earned a share of the CCC South crown at 6-1.

Platt had terrific items that introduced the puzzle collectively. Seniors Nelson Rondon, Matt Merrigan and Ommy Velez have been all named All-RJ and All-CCC South.

Rondon, the catcher, batted .444 and drove in 18 runs. He stole 17 bases and scored 19 runs.

Merrigan, the third baseman, sported a .424 common and matched Rondon stat-for-stat with 10 doubles, two triples, one house run and 18 RBI. Merrigan had an edge in runs, scoring 21.

Velez, a primary baseman and pitcher, was a key participant on the hill and on the dish. The southpaw received two video games and saved two others, hanging out 54 in 28 innings. He batted .358 with 5 doubles, 18 RBI and 18 runs scored.

As for Cahill, he heads to the College of St. Joseph leaving his identify among the many better of all-time within the Platt baseball file e book. He went 9-2 this spring with a 0.95 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 66 innings.

These 9 wins tie Cahill for second on Platt’s single-season listing. His 14 profession wins tie him for third.

You might say that was the world baseball season in microcosm. Perhaps not the finest, however manner, manner up there on the listing.

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