Windsor Locks and Enfield Legion Baseball Having Successful Seasons

The Windsor Locks 19U American Legion team, which also features players from Suffield, is 10-8 as of July 9. It is fourth in Zone 8, two games behind third place Enfield.

Windsor Locks has been led by its pitching and defense the entire season. It has allowed just 2.5 runs per game.

“Tim Eheander has been a huge help for us at the top of the rotation,” head coach Rusty Mattesen said. “He throws a ton of strikes and uses his off speed pitches very well. The remainder of our staff has also pitched well. Our defense has been very solid, especially in the middle infield.”

The Windsor Locks offense has significantly struggled at times and is averaging under 3 runs per game. Mattesen attributed much of these struggles to hitters having difficulty adjusting to wooden bats. The team’s best hitters have been pitcher and infielder Troy Hastings, catcher Matt Clark and center fielder Jonnathan Oliveira.

Windsor Locks is in good position to qualify for the playoffs, as it leads Windsor by a game and a half and East Hartford by two. It is focused on doing a better job of making hard contact and manufacturing runs during the remainder of the regular season. Mattesen feels Windsor Locks is a team built to make a playoff run.

“If we make the playoffs, our defense and pitching could help us surprise some teams,” he said.

ENFIELD

Enfield, which features players from both Enfield and Fermi High School, is 13-7 as of July 9 and third in Zone 8. It is currently 3 games behind second-place Tolland. Enfield has played its best baseball recently, winning its last four games and seven of the past ten.

Enfield’s dynamic offense is averaging 5 runs per game, good for best in the zone. It has been led by slugger Gregory Kraucanus. The pitcher and infielder has drove in 13 runs and has a .431 batting average to go along with a .577 on-base percentage. Other major contributors include infielder Josh Pasini, catcher Chris Giottonimi, and pitcher and infielder Tom Owens. Pasini is hitting 356, and Giottonimi and Owns are tied for second on the team in RBIs with 8.

Enfield has allowed 2.5 runs per game. Its deep pitching staff has received valuable contributions from a number of hurlers, led by Charlie Smith, Owens and Kraucanus. Smith has an ERA of 0.70, while Owens has nearly matched him with a mark of 0.72. They are both 3-1. Kraucanus is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA and leads the team in strikeouts with 32.

Enfield has four remaining regular season games, and will play the teams ahead of it (South Windsor and Tolland) both once.

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