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Top Performers of the Week: Baseball Star Performances Galore - TheSportsDept.com

Top Performers of the Week: Baseball Star Performances Galore

By Danny Atkinson

It was a memorable week for many local baseball players and teams, as player’s great performances led their teams to impressive wins.

South Windsor won three games last week thanks to strong play at the plate and on the mound. Bobcats sophomore Zach Donahue was on point against East Catholic on Monday, allowing just one run and two hits in the win. Donahue then drove in three and two runs on Wednesday and Thursday against Rockville and RHAM. Junior Ben Custer also had three hits and RBI against Rockville, while junior hurler Evan Hapkiewicz earned the win by allowing just two runs and three hits. Senior Mike Kostantakis had two hits and RBI against RHAM, and senior Brett Dabrowski kept up the great pitching by allowing no runs and three hits.

Rockville received strong pitching performances from seniors Eric Ashmead and Shane Bogli in wins against Bloomfield and RHAM. Ashmead allowed no runs and just three hits against Bloomfield Thursday, while Bogli held RHAM scoreless and to six hits. He was supported by junior Kevin Kozak, who smacked four hits and drove in three.

Undefeated Ellington also received two great outings from starters. On Tuesday, junior Alex Domingos allowed just one run and hit in a blowout of Bolton. Two days later, ace Kevin Luginbuhl helped beat Suffield by shutting it down to two runs and four hits.

Tolland senior Dan Steiner and junior Rob Gagnon were locked in at the plate against RHAM Wednesday, as Steiner went 3-5 with two home runs and four RBI and Gagnon 3-4 in the easy win, with the pair scoring four and five runs. On Tuesday, Enfield senior Elisha Swanson was 3-3 with a homer and three RBI in the team’s win against Bloomfield, and sophomore teammate Zach Healy had two hits and 3 RBI. Swanson scored three runs. East Catholic’s Danny Glendon and Jake Casey had strong performances in wins against Enfield and Hartford Public Thursday and Saturday. Glendon, a senior, hit a home run and double and drove in four runs in the first game. Casey flummoxed Hartford Public hitters, allowing no runs and three hits. Suffield junior Alex Honey earned a win against East Granby Monday, allowing one run and five hits.


Led by the stellar pitching of sophomore ace Maria Hanchuk, the Bobcats won three games last week. She allowed one hit and struck out 11 in five innings in Monday’s shutout of East Catholic. Senior Reilly McMahon supported her by going 4-4 at the plate and hitting a three-run triple. The next day against Tolland, McMahon went 3-3, scored four runs and stole four bases, while Hanchuk allowed one run and four hits. Sophomore Sammie Kasheta also hit a three-run triple for South Windsor. On Wednesday, Hanchuk threw a no-hitter against Rockville, striking out 19.

Enfield earned wins against New Britain and Wethersfield Monday and Tuesday behind their pitching and then offense. Freshman Kaitlyn Shirshar tossed a complete game against New Britain, striking out 14 and allowing just one run and two hits. The next day, freshman Caitlin Martinek and sophomore Kaitlyn Bourque each had five RBI in the rout. Martinek went 6-6 and hit a homer and triple, while Bourque also hit a homer and finished with three hits.

The Glastonbury sophomore trio of Sam Petow, Lindsay Curto and Olivia DiLaurio each finished with three RBI in Monday’s win against Simsbury, with Petow finishing 4-5 with a homer.

Rockville senior Morgan Bolduk struck out a combined 29 batters against RHAM and South Windsor on Monday and Wednesday, with the first game a win. She also allowed just three hits and runs in the outings.  On Thursday, East Catholic junior Jenny Titus smacked five hits and three triples to help beat Enfield, and Ellington sophomore hurler Megan Beebe allowed Suffield no runs and just four hits in a win.


South Windsor junior Max Iacovelli had three excellent performances in a 2-1 week for the Bobcats. In wins against Rockville and Wethersfield on Wednesday and Friday, he recorded 22 and 10 kills, with nine digs in the second win for good measure. Iacovelli also had 17 kills and 16 digs in Monday’s loss to Enfield.

Rockville senior star Nate Shliphack had a similar week, leading the Rams to a 2-1 showing with strong play. He earned 23 kills and 22 digs in Monday’s win against Glastonbury, and 20 kills in Friday’s sweep of Hall. Shliphack smacked 22 kills against South Windsor.

Enfield senior Dillon DeSouza averaged 15 kills in the team’s wins against South Windsor and Glastonbury Friday. The star dove for nine digs in the first triumph and hit six blocks in the second.

While Glastonbury had a tough week as a team, losing two games, multiple players played great in them. Against Rockville, Joseph Santiago earned 43 assists and senior Pat Morrisroe 24. Four days later against Enfield, senior Mike Allen blasted 12 kills.


Glastonbury had multiple players star in their blowout wins against Avon and Southington Wednesday and Saturday. In the first, junior Maria DiPiazzia led the way with six goals and seniors Catherine Guanci and Caroline Bogue each scored four. Against Southington, Guanci was again excellent with four goals and assists, and junior Tori Hurley earned three and four, respectively.

South Windsor’s terrific junior tandem of Ali Martin and Lauren Crusha were again excellent in Wednesday’s win against Southington, with Martin scoring seven goals and Crusha six. Ellington junior goalie Gina Carroll helped the Knights earn an overtime win against Somers Thursday by making 11 saves.

Tolland’s Aly Buongiorno (sophomore) and junior Lauren Janton (junior) scored four and three goals in Monday’s loss to Windsor. The same day, Enfield star Aly Wylie scored six in a loss to Canton. Three days later, Rockville sophomore Sam Peters fired in six goals in a loss to Windsor.


It was a great week for multiple Glastonbury and South Windsor players.

Glastonbury went 2-1 on the week behind some great performances. The Tomahawks were led by senior Ronan Jacoby, who scored five goals each in wins against Farmington and Cheshire Monday and Thursday. Four players (sr. Mike Hawkins, sr. Aidan Flood, jr. Gino Nuzzolo, so. Alekzander Tuti) scored three goals against Cheshire. Hawkins scored six times in Saturday’s loss to Hingham, which is from Massachusetts.

South Windsor seniors Matt Greer and Kyran Blackwell were excellent in wins against Rocky Hill and Northwest Catholic Tuesday and Thursday. Greer scored nine goals in the two contests, while Blackwell made a combined 23 saves and allowed just one and four goals, respectively. Sophomore Connor Smith led the way against Northwest with six goals.

RHAM sophomore Dylan Depersia scored three goals against Conard Monday.


Multiple schools competed atnfie the Marty Roberts Invitational on Saturday, held at Coginchaug High in Durham. The East Catholic boys team had the most success, finishing fourth overall with 59 points. Junior Evan Kennedy and senior Kevin Lanciano led the Eagles by winning events. Kennedy set a meet record in the 1600 meters with a time of 4.26.23. Meanwhile, Lanciano won the 100 in 11.42 and finished second in the 200 in 23.45. Fellow senior Peter Crowley was runner-up in the 400 in 52.24. Sophomore Heath Olivieri ran a 2:05.28 to finish third in the 800. RHAM sophomore Michael Browning won the shot put with a toss of 46-9.

In the girls competition, RHAM sophomore standout Bridget Lalonde won the 200 in a time of 26.18. East Catholic sophomore Nicole DiBenedetto finished second in the high jump with a leap of 4-10.


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