Clippers pg 1 4-5-18

By Shawn Bates
The Clipper ship looks to be in good shape from their performance against Ellis Tech last week.
Coach Chris Heir had the boys bunting, stealing and working hard on the field .Coach Heir  Also had a hit to the program when John Foucault left the program due to work obligations but gained Killingly and Mitchell College standout Tommy Derosier as the new assistant coach . 
The one big player key loss was in the outfield with Zach Cutler graduating. The Clippers now need to find that guy to anchor the spot. Also lost to graduation was Adam Saucier and Andrew Simmons.
The good news is that the Putnam Middle School went undefeated last year and moved up some talented players. And a majority of the team gained some early high school experience by playing last summer and fall for Tritown American Legion Baseball (Scott and Cole Davagian, Mitch Barylski, Aiden Ciquera, Kobie Bates, Colby Livingston, Johnny Carita, John Espinosa and Tanner Clark .
Livingston  will add at least one new arm for the hill to make up for Culter and the rest of the freshman add some much needed utility players for the outfield and the infield when the pitching staff is on the hill. With the power of the bats of Barylski and Ciqueras, and the ability of Scott Davagian to get on base, it makes it easy for Bates to lay down bunts when needed for the Clippers to either out hit and move the runners into scoring positions. This year’s key returnees can  flat out hit the ball and beat a team up quick. And they can run
Like all the other sports the Clippers will be playing independent this year and they have a challenging schedule facing ECC teams and a couple tech teams.
Top Returnees: Seniors: pitcher, catcher and infielder Mitchel Barylski; outfielder, pitcher and shortstop Scott Davagian; catcher, infielder and pitcher Aiden Ciquera; Juniors: infielder and relief pitcher Kobie Bates; 1st baseman and pitcher Cole Davagian; Gabe Derosiers utility. Sophomores: John Espinosa 3rd base; outfielder Tanner Clark.
Newcomers: Freshman pitcher and infielder Colby Livingston, outfielder, infielder and pitcher Johnny Carita; utility player and pitcher Jack Lomax; utility Nate Barylski.
Schedule is found on CIAC website

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