Mt. Hope baseball coach Mike Mazzarella was awarded a plaque by athletic director Christy Belisle for collecting his 100th win as manager of the Huskies nine after their loss to Coventry on …
Mt. Hope baseball coach Mike Mazzarella was awarded a plaque by athletic director Christy Belisle for collecting his 100th win as manager of the Huskies nine after their loss to Coventry on Wednesay night. The 100th win came when Mt. Hope beat the Oakers 11-10 in Coventry on May 8.
When asked about the mark he jested, “It means I’m getting old.”
Then Coach Mazzarella, who has been coaching the baseball team for eight years, said, “It’s amazing. I’d like to thank the support of our players, the administration, the coaching staff who has been with me the entire time. We’ve done this together and I’m proud of it. Really proud of it.”
Helping Coach Mazzarella out with the Huskies are assistant coaches, Joe Simeone, CJ Cassalino, Connor Padovich and Henry Cabral.
“The program has come a long way,” said Coach Mazzarella. “It’s all on the kids and the coaches, showing up everyday. We work hard. It’ means a lot. I’m really proud of this moment.”
The Mt. Hope baseball team was mired in a 1-17 season in Division III when Coach Mazzarella took over. The team has since blossomed into a power house Division I team that competes every year.
“Christy and I talked about the game plan. It was a matter of being consistent and holding the players accountable. It starts at practice. And I’ve never had an issue. Every day the kids beat me here and they are ready to work. It’s been great. I am really privileged to be a part of this.”
Last season the Huskies made it to the semifinals and this season they are fighting for a playoff spot.
“We are fighting for a division title right now,” said Coach Mazzarella. “7-6 doesn’t sound to lovely, but we are right there in the hunt for the first seed in Division ID. We have to grind out.”
Oakers score 4 runs in the third, beat Huskies 4-0
The Mt. Hope baseball team fell to Coventry 4-0 in a Division I game at Guiteras Field on Wednesday evening. The loss drops the Huskies record to 7-6 in Division I, with five games left to play. Coventry scored four runs in the third inning off Huskies senior Brad Denson who struck out 9 and allowed 5 hits, 4 walks and hit a batter in 5 1/3 innings of work. Shortstop Parker Camelo relieved the ace and struck out 2, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and hit one batter in 1/2/3 innings.
Offensively the Huskies skattered 4 hits, struck out nine times and were kept off balance by Coventry ace Tommy Turner who walked just one in 7 innings of work.
“We did our job this week,” Coach Mazzarella said of splitting with Coventry last week. “Tommy Turner is a helluva pitcher. He’s one of the better pitchers in the state. You take your lumps. Our players battled. We got four hits off of him and grinded it out.”
“Right now we have a quality program,” he said, “But I think that there’s more there. I think that the whole staff feels that way. We just haven’t fully clicked all together, but there’s no better time to do that, than right before the playoffs.”