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Years of transition for baseball, softball programs

A year ago, the Canton High baseball team (18-5, 12-4 NCCC) won their first-ever NCCC Tournament title, won what is believed to be a school-record 18 games and advanced to the Class S semifinals.
This spring, Canton has a small, young squad led by senior All-NCCC shortstop Nick Quattro (.314, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored) and senior third baseman Aras Benevicius (.288, 20 RBI).

Junior second baseman Tyler Detorie (10 RBI), first baseman/outfielder Colin Gurry (.246, 10 RBI) and pitcher Gehrig Deaver (.250, 7 RBI) return for the Warriors and coach Brian Roy, who is entering his 13th year behind the bench.

The pitching will be young so it might take a while for this team to gell. Quattro and Benevicius are the only seniors on the team.

SOFTBALL: After 47 wins and a Class S championship in the past three three seasons with All-State pitcher Mo Gauthier on the mound, the Warriors will be facing some new challenges in 2011. Gauthier graduated along with All-NCCC shortstop Melissa Parente and two other senior starters.

Canton will be a young squad with just two seniors, infielder Deanna Nappi and hard-hitting first baseman Sarah Benedetti, who played first base as a sophomore on Canton’s state championship team in 2009.

John Bement, the school’s athletic coordinator, will be coaching the team. Doug Clement, who coached four of the past six seasons, stepped down after he took a new job that couldn’t accommodate the time needed for Clement to coach a varsity team.

 

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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