CT Pulse win baseball championship
Memorial Day was approaching and the Trumbull High junior varsity baseball team’s season was about to come to a close.
A group of JV players were called to varsity and travel programs were not starting for two weeks, leaving a half a dozen JV players with no team and no games for the holiday weekend.
Alex Colondona had one thing to say “Let’s play ball.” He got into his coaching mode and in 10 days he fielded a team, had uniforms made, took out the proper insurances, gathered all the documents, signed up for a tournament, rallied a second coach and a pitching coach, a couple of team moms, a few drivers and a u-haul and they were headed to Delaware’s Sports At The Beach.
Now called the CT Pulse, the team consisted of nine THS junior varsity players, a freshman, and two Hillcrest Middle School eight graders with Colondona, Tony Socci and Steven Nemchek as the coaching staff.
The team bunked in one large room allowing the team to bond and to get to know one another. Without a single practice as a team, they headed to a victorious first-game with Nolan Nemchek and Jared Rosen pitching a 9-3 win.
Competition got tough in the next two games, as they battled and lost against some of the best pitching their players had ever faced.
The coaching staff shifted their focus on what they would like to see happen and taught them not to put any energy into their fears.
Most of players from the other teams were juniors in high school. Yet, coming off the losses Al Paolozzi, an eight grader, pitched an outstanding game and got the fourth game win.
Tony Socci Jr. made his contribution as he nailed a dead center home run to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.
Now seeded third for the playoffs, Nolan Nemchek stepped into the semifinals on short rest. He threw a masterpiece, complete game to beat the team they had lost to earlier.
Josh Colondona led the team into the championship round by hitting a triple and a double, which helped land him the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award. He went 7 for 13 at the plate with seven walks and caught five out of the six games.
Vinny DeRubeis made a key defensive play by picking off a would-be double.
Samuel Montalvo got the biggest hit of the tournament.
Pulse was down by two and he lined a bases-clearing three-run double to put them in a 3-2 lead sealing the victory for DeRubeis.
Rosen pitched two innings in relief innings to seal the championship win.