Ferraro a key contributor for Team Connecticut

Greenwich resident and rising GHS senior Vincent Ferraro faced some stiff competition throughout the summer, as he was a member of the Team Connecticut Baseball (TCB) Blue Jays.

Ferraro, who was a member of the Greenwich High baseball team that finished the regular season 20-0 earlier this spring, had a solid season for the Blue Jays.

“Vincent played really well for us throughout the tournament,” said Team Connecticut head coach Kevin Huber, who is also the assistant coach for Yale University. “He played three different positions for us and he hit in the middle of our lineup. He had a great tournament overall and I am happy for him.”

As a team, the Blue Jays finished the regular season 33-3-1 overall. After a stellar regular season, the Blue Jays traveled to the Triple Crown United States Baseball National Championships, held in Richmond, Va. and took the field in six highly competitive contests.

After going 2-0 in pool play, Team Connecticut won three more games and advanced to the Final Four of the championships, but fell to the Richmond Braves 7-2 to end their tournament run.

“We made it to the Final Four, but it was difficult because we had some injuries and were a little short on pitching,” Huber said. “We had to turn to some guys that weren’t guys that we thought we were going to rely on for pitching. Luckily they did a good job. Overall we did a great job, going 5-1 and playing tough teams from all over the country. It was a great experience.”

“We’ve been playing great this whole year and only lost a few games,” Ferraro said. “We are from all over Connecticut, but the good thing about this team is that we play as one team. We all get along with each other and it’s a lot of fun. Our coaching staff is great and it’s just a lot of fun and I’m learning a lot. I am so proud of this team.”

Ferraro was a key contributor in a bunch of Team Connecticut’s victories. During the first game of pool play in the championships, the Blue Jays faced the Oakland Whitecaps, from Waterford, Mich. and came away with the 12-2 win. Ferraro went 2-for-2, with two doubles, walked once, scored twice and added an RBI.

Against the Blasters Showcase Baseball Team from Hillsville, Va., Connecticut was victorious 10-1. Ferraro was perfect on the day, going 3-for-3, with a triple, two RBIs and scored twice.

The next day saw the Blue Jays start play in the elimination round of the championship and they got things going quickly, beating the New York Lightning, from Plainville, N.Y., 6-3. Again, Ferraro had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-2 with two singles, two RBIs and one run scored.

Connecticut was back in action the next day, playing S.J.A.B., from Palatka, Fla., but had the same result as the previous three games, winning 9-6. A few hours later, the Blue Jays returned to the University of Richmond’s Pitt Field and advanced to the semifinals with a 8-3 victory over the Sports Zone LooksOuts, from Weaver, Pa., 8-3.

In both games, Ferraro combined for three hits, four RBIs, two runs scored, was hit by a pitch and came through with a two-RBI bases loaded double in the left center field gap against the LookOuts.

“The teams we played were great teams,” Ferraro said. “I watched a bunch of them play and they all are really strong. They know what each other’s strengths are and also play as a team.”

Throughout his time with the Team Connecticut Baseball Blue Jays, Ferraro has improved his primary position at shortstop, but has picked up a few new ones along the way.

“One of the things he’s done to improve his game was work on his versatility,” Huber said. “He came to us with his primary position at shortstop. Last year he played some third base and this year he also played third base, but also was a pitcher, first base and shortstop. Adding different facets to his game made himself more versatile and it will work for him more from a marketing standpoint. It will help get him to the next level.”

Case in point was during the semifinal game against the Braves. Ferraro, who hasn’t toed the rubber in a game for quite some time, was the team’s starting pitcher and threw four innings before handing the ball over to Bethel High’s Scott Luista.

“Shortstop is my position, but I also had to pick up how to play first base,” Ferraro said. “I played there once at Greenwich High. I also pitched a lot and that’s something I never do anymore. It was a lot of work, but I learned a lot from it.”

While the baseball season has been hard work for Ferraro, he’s thrilled with how much he’s improved during his time with the Blue Jays.

“I learned a lot,” Ferraro said. “I am now hitting the ball farther, fielding correctly and I even learned a good pitching motion. The coaches on the team are great at getting us ready and know what it takes to get us to the next level at college ball.”

 

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