Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

At the plate, Verderame promises to stay aggressive and take whatever opponents give them. DiNello led the team in the opening week, going 3-for-3 with three walks, two doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI. Ted Shaw (3-for-6) and Sirois (2-for-4) have both gotten off to a strong start, and the team has already combined for 12 stolen bases in two games.

“That’s what we’re going to do,” said the coach. “We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to do suicide squeezes, bunts, and steals. We had 98 steals last year in 30 games. This year, we’re going to go for 100.”

Can they win the zone again? Can they win their first state title since 1993? Bristol and Simsbury continue to be among the favorites to capture the zone crown. Unionville is ready to make a run, and Avon is going to be good.

Southington can do it, but it won’t be easy.

“We’re going to see a lot of good baseball,” said Verderame. “If that’s something that you want to see, this is where it’s at. We enjoy the competition, and I think we’re ready to take it on.”

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