Torrington P-38's and American Legion ready to roll...Story by John Torsiello...
By, JOHN TORSIELLO
If the Torrington P-38 American Legion baseball team is going to make a run at a Zone 1 title this summer it’s going to have to be with a basically remade lineup and roster.
“We lost 10 players from last year’s team,” said head coach R.J. Poniatoski, who has been at his post for four years after replacing longtime mentor, Biff Pond, who now serves as the team’s general manager. Poniatoski has been with the program for 16 years. “We’ll be filling the void with new players from Torrington, Litchfield, Wamogo and Wolcott Tech high schools.”
Torrington finished 12-15 last season and Poniatoski said the team’s goal is to reach the post-season in 2013.
Among those returning to the fold are pitcher Kyle Sanford, outfielder Nick Yousefzadah and infielder Colin Neller.
Other players listed on Torrington’s preliminary 2013 rosters posted on the team’s website include third baseman Ben Canny, second baseman Shane Bierfeldt, third baseman Tom Jerram, second baseman Tom McCarthy, pitcher Tristan Pepin, pitcher Connor Rollins, second baseman Sam Shurburg, along with Pat Baker, Dave Randazzo, Stan Rijo, Roberto Santiago, Ben Stone, Jason Tyrell, Perry Weingart, and Mitch Zagrodnic.
“The newcomers are all competing for playing time at every position,” said Poniatoski, who said the roster had not been finalized as of mid-week.
“It looks like Southington, Simsbury, and Bristol will be among the top teams in the zone this year,” said the head coach, who is assisted by Eric Mahar. Burlington has dropped out and will not field a team in 2013. Torrington will also not field a Junior Legion team this summer.
Torrington will entertain Winsted Sunday for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m., play host to Terryville next Tuesday at 7 p.m., and go on the road to take on Unionville next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Tunxis Mead Field in a busy first week of action.
Zone 1 is made up of Avon, Bristol, Simsbury, Southington, Terryville, Winsted, Unionville and Wolcott in addition to the P-38’s. Southington is the defending Zone 1 champion.
Zone 1 chairman Fran Mullins has stepped down from his position after over 65 years of service to Connecticut American Legion Baseball. Citing a need to spend more time with family, Mullins will continue to serve Legion baseball as a special assistant to the state director Craig Zimmerman. Zimmerman appointed Tim Vincent the New Zone 1 chairman. Vincent's first act as new chairman was to preside over a motion set forth by Avon head coach Brian Doyle and approved by the zone to establish a "Fran Mullins Sportsmanship Award" that will be presented annually to the team in Zone 1 that demonstrates respect for opponents, umpires, and the game of baseball.
Visit the P-38’s website, www.torringtonp38baseball.com, for updates, schedule, roster and advertiser or sponsor information.