CROMWELL — Cromwell High baseball and basketball player Noah Budzik signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of New Haven in a ceremony held in the Cromwell High School Library/Media Center Thursday morning.
“I felt really comfortable at New Haven,” said Budzik, who plans to major in business. “I liked the coaches, the players I met and the campus. I’m close to home, too, and while that wasn’t a priority, I’m glad it worked out that way. I’m excited.”
Budzik made three visits to UNH, meeting with coaches one time and spending time with players on another.
He has played both baseball and basketball all four years at CHS, but confessed that he liked baseball best. An Honor Roll student, he said his biggest thrill was winning the American Legion Baseball State Championship as a member of the RCP program in 2016 and going to the finals of the Northeast Regional at Muzzy Field in Bristol.
In high school, he said winning back-to-back Shoreline Conference titles the past two seasons was his top high school accomplishment. He plans to play basketball this season and both high school and Legion ball in 2018.
Budzik, a shortstop, said that he was told that he will be given a shot to start at shortstop for the Chargers. He has also played second base, a little outfield and pitched both in high school and in Legion.
His parents Michele and Tony Budzik, his grandparents Betty Ann and John Hart, his coaches, AD Kelly Maher and building and district administrators attended the signing ceremony.