The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

South Windsor comes together

- By Pete Paguaga

Coming off its first loss in almost a month — a 1-0 loss to East Hartford a week ago Monday — South Windsor coach Mike McDermott didn’t know how his team would respond.

But he knew they would be ready.

“We have had a couple of good practices,” McDermott said. “The kids are upbeat and are strong mentally.”

The No. 5 Bobcats won on Friday, 3-2, over Manchester and improved their record to 16-2.

“It’s a combinatio­n of that and experience,” McDermott said of his team. “We have 10 seniors on the roster and a lot of them have varsity experience and that goes a long way.”

“We all knew we had a good team going into the year,” he added. “Baseball is different. Everything has to come together.”

It seems it has for Souther Windsor. The Bobcats opened the season winning their first eight games before losing to Windsor on April 26. It won its next seven games before falling to East Hartford.

The formula is simple for the Bobcats: Good pitching and contributo­rs up and down the lineup.

With University of Hartford commit Will Novak leading the staff alongside fellow senior Jason Ray and junior Zach Donohue, the Bobcats have the pitching.

“Will Nowak and Jason Ray have really carried the load this year,” McDermott said.

McDermott added that Ray has really establishe­d

“We all knew we had a good team going into the year. Baseball is different. Everything has to come together.” South Windsor coach Mike McDermott

himself.

“Everyone knows Will,” he said. “In April, Jason Ray was under the radar. In May, everyone knows Jason around here.”

Before the state tournament starts, everyone should know about Ray. The senior pitcher 1has struck out 38 in 29 ⁄3 innings and has given up one run all season according to McDermott. Ray is also 5-0.

On the offensive side, players like Hunter Pasqualini, Jimmy Tamburro and Brendan Mabey are anchoring a lineup that is averaging over six runs a game.

“We really do have a lot of contributo­rs,” McDermott said.

With no CCC conference tournament, the Bobcats will wrap up their season this week and look forward to the Class LL tournament.

“In another week,” McDermott said. “It’s a new season and anything happen.”

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