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ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Rain, rain go away, we've got games to play

The biggest story of the high school season so far has been the rain.

But there are some other notable things to check out.

Here’s a few.

BASEBALL

Fitch-Groton’s Matt Harvey is the No. 1 ranked baseball player in the country according to some sources.
The right-handed pitcher is 6-4 and 190 pounds and a senior who is sure to be a high draft choice in the major league draft in a couple months.
Harvey will have the same decision to make that former Hamden Hall star Josh Zeid debated a couple of years ago. Zeid opted for Vanderbilt but was not a potential No. 1 pick like Harvey.
If Harvey is picked No. 1, look for him to enter the majors and take the money. After all, super agent Scott Boras is his "advisor."
Our baseball writer Joe Morelli will feature him in an upcoming story soon.

SOFTBALL

On the softball field the season is off to a wild start. Mercy had hopes of running the table this season with superstar pitcher Tory Satagaj but the Tigers have already lost two games.
Mercy fell to Amity and Cheshire. On Friday, Amity topped Cheshire to seize control of the top rung of the SCC ladder. Now the bull’s-eye is on the Spartans’ back.
Let’s see how long Lauren Bespuda and the girls from Woodbridge can stay there.
The SCC also announced that it would implement a tie-breaking system in the postseason tournament. If the game is tied after eight innings, a runner will be placed at second base to start the ninth inning.
Man, does that cheapen the integrity of the game.
If were worried about endless games dominated by pitchers then just move the mound back. Already we’ve seen plenty of no-hitters and perfect games this year.
Move the mound back 3 feet and then you bring a unique concept of the game into play. It’s called defense.
If you’re going to change the rules why not go all the way?
Check out Mike Pucci’s take on the softball scene every Monday in the Register, which also features a weekly journal from Amity standout Katie Yanagisawa.
Katie is a blazing second baseman for the Spartans whose writing is every bit as good as her game. She’s already been accepted to Yale University and will play softball for the Bulldogs.
She told me she's been working on her power game and homered against Cheshire Friday. Katie moved to second base this year because Bespuda overpowers many hitters. Coach Mike Scanlon figured she'd get more action at second than at shortstop.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, there are other spring sports happening!

April 17, 2007 at 1:01 PM 

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