Harwinton Indians roll to AAA title
The Harwinton Indians put the finishing touches on a memorable season last week by winning the Terryville/Harwinton/Torrington/Burlington AAA World Series title to cap an undefeated season (17-0).
TERRYVILLE - The Harwinton Indians put the finishing touches on a memorable season last week by winning the Terryville/Harwinton/Torrington/Burlington AAA World Series to cap an undefeated season.
The Indians entered the playoffs as the top seed after an unbeaten regular season and didn't let up in the postseason, finishing the season as champs and with a perfect 17-0 record.
The Indians roster for the 2013 championship season included Garrett Karas, Josh Martinotti, Tommy Martinotti, Evan Janssens, Sam Bushka, Luke Bushka, Jeff Hayward, Tyler Kolenda, Nick Gizzi, Colby Cables, Nico Cardello and Garrett Kittredge.
Throughout the season the Indians beat teams with their depth, both on the mound and with their bats and it was no different in the World Series title game, an 11-1 victory over Torrington. Tommy Martinotto tossed two no-hit innings with four strikeouts while Janssens came on and yielded one hit with four strikeouts in two innings.
Janssens also had a big game at the plate with a pair of triple and four RBI while Karas added two hits and scored a run.
The championship victory capped a dominant run through the postseason for the Indians. As a team the Indians hit .393 during the round-robin pool play and World Series with an on base percentage of .571. The Indians scored 50 runs and belted out 35 hits while allowing just 11 hits with 57 strikeouts.
It's hard to go unbeaten in any sport, especially baseball. The bats can go silent, you can go up against a hot pitcher and the Indians had a few close calls along the way, but were always able to rally for a few heart-stopping victories when they needed it thanks not just to talent, but also a never-quit attitude.
"The team unity and spirit with this team was great," coach Rob Martinotti said. "The players came to every game and practice ready to learn and work hard. This team was really special."
Janssens led the team in batting average this season at a whopping .756 with three home runs. Hayward hit .667 with a homer and two triples while Tommy Martinotti led the team with 25 runs scored. As a team this season the Indians hit .440 while the pitching staff tossed 89 innings and allowed 45 hits with 182 strikeouts.
"It was a great season," coach Greg Martinotti said. "The kids constantly worked to get better and played hard every time out. To go undefeated was just awesome and these kids will have memories of this season forever."