By BRIAN JENNINGS
Brett Shaw and Adam Wilson chuckled like two siblings at the dinner table when they signed their letters of intent on Thursday, May 21, and that might have been because the two Blue Knights were both committing to play baseball for another teammate’s father next year when they continue their careers at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) for the Division III Colonials come next spring.
Shaw plans to study computer sciences and Wilson plans to major in law studies.
“It’s not just what we’re going to be losing on the baseball field, which is considerable, but it’s the two individuals sitting right here,” said Southington coach Charlie Lembo. “We’ve become more than just coach-player after getting to know these guys over the years. I remember Brett when he was in the seventh and eighth grade. Coach (John) Susi is going to be very happy with them. They’re going to do very well academically, so he’s not going to have to worry about that, which a lot of college coaches do. They’re going to be great on the baseball field and in the community at Western Connecticut. Coach Susi is getting two, great kids that go far beyond their play on the baseball field.”
Shaw is a senior captain and has been in the Blue Knights baseball program for four years. Shaw has been a consistent contributor to the success of our program, both in the outfield and on the mound. At the end of the 2015 regular season, Shaw has 24 hits, 24 runs, 11 RBI, five doubles, two triples, one homerun, a batting average of .338, and an on-base percentage of .405.
“Coach Susi has been our coach before,” said Shaw. “We’ve played junior legion with him. I think he knows us very well of how we act both on and off the field. He knows that we’ll fit in there and that’s probably the reason why he wanted us. Western’s has always been in the back of my mind because of music anyway. Besides baseball, my high school career has been based off of music. I’m not going there for music, but if I wanted to, Western’s always a really good music school to fall back on.”
Shaw said that WCSU was the only school he visited to see the entire campus.
Wilson has played first base and designated hitter as a two-year starter for the Knights, contributing in the middle of the batting order. Wilson has possessed a batting average of .350 or better for the past two seasons with the Knights. At the end of the 2015 regular season, Wilson already has 19 hits, 11 RBI, 11 runs, two homeruns, one double, a batting average .345, and an on-base percentage of .471.
“I talked to the coach at UConn-Avery Point a lot. We were in contact, but coach Susi has always been there for me,” said Wilson. “When I went for a visit and overnight, it just felt right. It just felt like the place where I wanted to go.”
The University of Connecticut-Avery Point was the only other school besides WCSU when it came down to Wilson’s decision.
Shaw will be playing for Team Connecticut Baseball this summer and Wilson will be playing for the Southington legion baseball team.