Baseball 2014: 25 CIAC players who will make you a fan this season

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register) Bunnell first baseman Ron Rossomando is one of Henry Chiosholm's top 25 CIAC players to watch.

(Peter Hvizdak – New Haven Register)
Bunnell first baseman Ron Rossomando is one of Henry Chiosholm’s top 25 CIAC players to watch.

• John Amendola, P, Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr: Amendola committed to Northeastern University last summer. He stepped up for the Green Knights last season as No. 1 starter Greg Zullo went down with an injury. Last season was a break-out year, this year could be even bigger for Amendola.

• Drew Arciuolo, OF, Notre Dame-West Haven, Sr.: The senior made All-Southern Connecticut Conference Quinnipiac Division last season and should lead a strong Green Knights’ team. He is headed to Fairfield University.

• Shawn Blake, IF, Fairfield Prep, Sr.: Led Fairfield Prep to the Class LL semifinals and was both an All-Area, All-SCC Quinnipiac Division pick. Posted 16 RBIs last season. He is headed to play at Albany.

• Scott Braren, OF, Hand, Sr.: The four-year starter is headed Boston College and was a All-Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division selection last season.

• Ben Brown, P, Holy Cross, Sr.: He will play Division I baseball at Hartford next year and led Holy Cross to the Class M semifinals last season.

• Tim Cate, P/OF, Cheney Tech, Jr.: Cate made Cheney Tech a legit contender last season, as it fell in the Class L second round in extra innings to North Haven. He was All-Constitution State Conference First Team and All-CHSCA All-State last season.

• Michael Cowell, P/IF, Shelton, Jr.: Cowell is the Southern Connecticut Conference’s best kept secret.

• Michael Davis, P, Newtown, Sr.: He’s already committed to Quinnipiac University and as a sophomore he threw a no-hitter and led the Nighthawks to a South-West Conference title.

• Buddy DeWaine, P/IF, Montville, Jr.: He led Montville to the Class M semifinals and made All-Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division honorable mention last season.

• Kyle Dunster, P, Greenwich, Sr.: Arguably the best arm in the FCIAC. The senior’s committed to Boston College and was All-FCIAC First Team last season.

• Sal Frosceno, P, Derby, Sr.: New Haven Register All-Area last season after posting 50 strikeouts in 52 innings with a 2.85 ERA. He was All-Naugatuck Valley League last season.

• Marvin Gorgas, P/SS, East Hampton, Sr.: He led East Hampton to the Class S semifinals and made CHSCA All-State last season.

• Noah Hahn, SS, Avon, Sr.: He will play at Quinnipiac University next season.

• Nick Lamberti, IF, East Haven, Sr.: He is headed to UConn and made All-SCC Oronoque Division last season.

• Logan Lessard, P, Cromwell, Sr.: The lefty has led Cromwell to back-to-back Class S finals appearances, made All-Shoreline Conference first team last year and the 6-foot-3 pitcher has committed to Bryant.

• Taylor Luciani, P, Northwest Catholic, Sr.: He will play at Quinnipiac University and should have a strong season for Northwest Catholic in 2014.

• Jimmy Magson, SS, Hamden, Jr.: Clubbed six homers last season for the Green Dragons and should have a breakout year in the SCC this season.

• Kevin Radziewicz, C, Cromwell, Sr.: He and Lessard are one of the best batteries in the state. He will play at Fairfield University.

• Danny Rajkowski, P, New Canaan, Sr.: He will play at UConn next year and this year will challenge Dunster for best arm in the FCIAC.

• Brandon Rentas, P, Sheehan, Jr.: Has a good, live fastball mixed with a nice slider. Those pitches could make Rentas tough to beat.

• Will Rios, P, St. Bernard, Sr.: He’s already committed to Maryland and was New Haven Register All-State First Team pick last season.

• Joey Rivera, P, Southington, Sr.: The Blue Knights could be back in the mix yet again with the arm of Rivera. He’s already committed to UConn.

• Ronnie Rossomando, P, Bunnell, Jr.: The 6-foot-5 UConn commit was All-SWC First Team last season.

• Danny Schock, OF, Cheshire, Sr.: He could be have the best bat of any player in the SCC this season. He committed to Sacred Heart University and was a All-SCC Housatonic selection last season.

• Nick Williams, P, St. Joseph, Sr.: A big arm on the Cadets staff last season as they won the state title. He was All-FCIAC honorable mention and is committed to Union College.

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  1. george russo says

    You forgot Jake Russo from Amity. 3rd team All State. 3 hits in Championship Game. Check his stats for the season and the tournament. Ridiculous!

    • Henry ChisholmHenry Chisholm says

      Russo and Capoziello were clutch for the Spartans last year. Picking this list is never easy. If you followed my girls basketball coverage I did an under the radar team. This year I’m doing something similar for baseball, so Russo and a few other guys will get their ink.

  2. Amity Fan says

    Three year starter under the radar? And who wasn’t following your girls basketball coverage…HA!

    • Henry ChisholmHenry Chisholm says

      Haha, well, I’m humble, what can i say? lol. But something similar to under he radar. Can’t spill the beans on exactly what it is just yet.

  3. The Captain says

    Under the radar??? How can a player on the #1 team in the State, who batted .438 for the season and .600 for 5 State tournament games be “under the radar”???

  4. Francis Perotti says

    Henry, Might want to add a kid named Willy Yahn from Housatonic to your list.

    INF/ P. He’s a senior this year, committed to UCONN.

    Junior year: .648 BA , 71 AB, 46 hits, 4 HR, 5 Triples, 13 DBL, 24 Singles.

    Did not strike out the whole season………..

    Pitch stats. 7W-4L-1S. 72 inn pitched, 2.89 ERA, 110 k for season.

  5. Scorekeeper says

    Just another Amity parent who thinks he and his son are entitled. Henry, don’t let them intimate you!! Let the kid earn it without daddy’s help!!!!!

    • SCC says

      3 State championships in 8 years, 13 division championships in 14 years and 6 SCC titles. Yeah “Daddy’s help”.

    • Team Amity says

      Just saw this ridiculous comment after reading the article on Amity winning the second state title in a row. Jake Russo, a three -year starter, all -state player, and captain, doesn’t need recognition, nor “daddy’s help” as you so ignorantly put. He and his team just won the state championship for the second year in a row. Get over your stereotypes and generalizations. That kid has has always earned everything on his own.
      By the way, I think you meant “intimidate” not “intimate.”

      Go Amity!

  6. Baseball Fan says

    This list is a joke. Read the high school sports page during the season and in the summer if you want to know who and where the connecticut talent is. There are so many kids looked over. Why get so crazy about who is and isn’t on the list.

  7. Henry ChisholmHenry Chisholm says

    I agree, pitching wins titles. If you’ve got two good arms and one average arm, you’ve got a legit shot. I have not seen Yahn play, but have heard about him. I think as the season unfolds the guys on this list will perform up to expectations. Tons of talent in state, so this should be a very exciting season. Anybody wanna go out on a limb and take a guess on state champs?

    • Baseball says

      Henry, Check out Tyler Bottino a Junior on the Derby team……He will not Fly under radar this season…..

  8. ACL says

    It never ceases to amaze me how people take pot shots at kids on a list meant to inform. I’ve got news for anyone who has a problem with who is or isn’t on this list…the kids don’t care! Only you do.

    If there is someone you feel deserves the recognition, mention their name and state your case. There is no reason to question a kids’ credentials by saying they don’t have any talent. Its immature and pointless.

    Now having said that, keep on an eye on Reinaldo Jackson, a junior from Foran. He committed to his fitness over the winter and it will benefit the Lions in a big way this year.

    See how easy that is?

    • ACL says

      That’s the point. I’m not saying not to promote a player. I’m just saying don’t bash kids that were named in the article.

      And, for the record, Reinaldo Jackson is friends with my son. I don’t coach him and my son doesn’t play baseball. I have known him since he was 5 and I want to see him do well. As you said, just being transparent.

  9. Peter Zabroski says

    Wow, Willy Yahn, a Uconn commit, easily deserves to be on your list, as does Northwest Regional catcher Zach Risedorf, another Uconn commit, who hit over .600 last season, and is ranked by Perfect Game as the top catcher in New England, and the 62nd best prospect in the country…..Criminal you missed that. Icoached with Team Ct baseball for 16 years, 18-u elite team, from kids like Steve Bray and Jamie D’Antona, to George Springer, Matt Barnes , LJ Mazzilli et al…….Yahn and Risedorf, MORE than deserve to be on that list…..

  10. says

    Spot on ACL no need to bash anyone but entering a name is fine. I mention Chris Brockett 4 NORTH HAVEH i forgot to mention Nick Proto 4 NH keep your eyes on these 2 boys.Both can arguable be the top 3 in the state at there postion

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