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Talk about a dramatic ﬁn-
ish…people in Rocky Hill will
be talking about how the Terri-
ers overcame a 3-1 deﬁcit to re-
cord their dramatic 4-3 Class M
state championship victory over
Haddam-Killingworth before just
shy of 2,000 people on June 14 at
Middletown’s Palmer Field for a
The top-seeded Terriers ral-
lied to deadlock the game at 3-3 in
the home half of the sixth. H-K’s
Grifﬁn Bremer fanned the ﬁrst two
batters before junior designated
hitter Brian Batalis singled up the
middle. A pair of walks loaded the
bases before a wild pitch bounced
close to the Rocky Hill dugout on
the third base side. Batalis came
home, followed by pinch runner
Nick Bogus, who looked to be out
on catcher Tyler Popp’s throw to
“The ball never went into the
dugout, so I waved Nick in,” said
head coach Chris Farrell as he
gripped the Class M championship
plaque. “The catcher’s throw was
to the inside and Nick slid to the
outside.” Umpire Craig Funaro
called Bogus safe.
Senior right-hander Tommy
Seaver, who pitched 10 of the 12
innings needed to defeat defend-
ing state champion St. Joseph’s in
Class M semi ﬁnal action, moved
from center ﬁeld to the mound
to pitch the seventh. A ﬁelder’s
choice and a crisply turned double
play that Seaver started kept the
Cougars in check.
The drama built when H-K
reliever Brian Moskey hit junior
outﬁelder Dave Sevigny with an
inside pitch to open the bottom of
“We’re trying to get Dave Se-
vigny over to third base so then a
ﬂy ball or base hit wins the game.
With one out, Brandon Grover had
a good at bat with a base hit to
right ﬁeld. I wanted to send Sevi-
gny from second base but held him
up because we had our [number]
ﬁve hitter up next. They walked
Spencer Bunting. Our next batter,
Josh Zawisa, knows the strike zone
so well and battled and fouled off
three or four pitches,” Farrell said
of his ﬁrst baseman’s most impor-
tant scholastic at bat.
“I was a little nervous,” Zawi-
sa admitted. “I wanted to get the
game-winning hit. With the count
3-2, I knew I had to swing if the
ball was in my zone but I saw it was
a little high. I threw my bat when I
heard ‘Ball four.’ I saw my team-
mates jumping and screaming. All
I could think about was getting to
ﬁrst base and then jumping on the
big pile. I couldn’t believe we had
just won the state championship.
It was the best feeling in the world.
I haven’t been this happy since I
was a little kid playing baseball.”
Zawisa drove in Chris Bouchard,
who drew a walk in the fourth, for
Rocky Hill’s ﬁrst run.
The loss brought HK to 0-5
in title game appearances and an
overall record of 19-8. The #11
Cougars earned the right to meet
Rocky Hill with a 7-5 semi ﬁnal
defeat of Plainﬁeld in 13 innings.
The Terriers (23-2) made their ﬁrst
state championship appearance
one to remember.
“This feels amazing,” Sevigny
said. “Words can’t even describe
how I feel right now. We’ve talked
about it all year, about hanging a
banner and getting to this point at
Palmer. Now that we’re here and
now that we’ve won, it just feels
“After Brandon singled, I’m
at third and I’m thinking Spencer
has to hit it to the outﬁeld, let me
tag up and drive me in. If not, let
him walk. When Josh is up, I’m
praying for a deep ﬂy ball.”
Zawisa echoed Sevigny’s
sentiments. “This feels really
good because of how hard we’ve
worked. Ever since last year,
when we lost in the ﬁrst round
against Ansonia, we all knew we
had to work really hard to get here.
We sat down as a team before the
season and our two goals were to
win the conference championship
and to win the state championship.
Now that we’ve accomplished
those goals, it feels really great.
“We’re all anxious to get our
rings. We haven’t really talked
about it, but we know we’re get-
ting them. We’ve worked hard
for them. I don’t know when the
championship banner will be hung
at the high school, but whenever it
is, we’ll all be there. That will be
a very special day for Rocky Hill.”
A wide smile threatened to
split Seaver’s face as he said, “This
is the best feeling in the world. I’m
so happy right now. It’s our ﬁrst
baseball state championship, so it
means a lot to the team, the school
and the town. They all came out
to support us and it helped us a lot.
“I threw 10 innings the other
day but this is a big situation and
I wanted it so bad for my team so
I had to come through. We were
down, but we never lost hope. We
knew we could make something
“After Dave gets hit in the
seventh, our next three hitters are
some of the best on our team and
in the state. I knew one of them
would come through to move the
runners over and win the game.
However we won, whatever hap-
pened, it’s a great feeling. This is
my best memory from Rocky Hill.
My smile probably won’t wear off
for a couple of days. Maybe not
for a couple of weeks. I might
be hurting tomorrow from smil-
ing, but it’s worth it,” according to
Seaver, who picked up the win.
“Before the season, I asked
the team what they wanted to be.
Everyone, especially the seniors,
wanted to be champions,” said
“This is a very special group.
They deﬁnitely just made history.
This is the ﬁrst time we’ve ever
been in ‘The Game.’ We’ve never
been to the semiﬁnals. The seniors
are resilient. They really stuck to-
gether. And Tommy and Spencer
on the mound have been unbeliev-
able. It feels amazing to be the
ﬁrst Rocky Hill baseball team to
win a state championship.” Farrell
“I have never felt better in
my life,” said Bunting, who gave
up three runs on four hits in six in-
nings. “I’m thinking we’re going
to win this game because Tommy
Seaver is one of the best pitchers
in the state. We don’t have a num-
ber one pitcher and a number two.
We have two number ones. I had
full conﬁdence that he would shut
them down and we would come
back as a team and win it, some
how, some way.
“As a senior, this is very, very
special,” according to the right-
hander, who accommodated a
multitude of photo requests. It’s
the best moment of my life. She
might get mad, but yes, this is
better than kissing my girlfriend,
Abby Smith,” he added with a
laugh. “If you print that, she’ll be
okay with it. And now we’re go-
ing to celebrate.”
Bunting joined his team-
mates who were already hanging
out of the bus windows. They left
Palmer Field to a cacophony of
appreciative cheers, thunderous
applause and the loud blare of car
horns. The celebration had begun.
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Terriers Win Dramatic State Championship
Rocky Hill Youth Football is now
accepting player registrations for 13 &
14-year-old athletes who reside in Newing-
ton and Cromwell. If you would like to play
Youth Football for the Rocky Hill Terriers,
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2014 Registration Fees
Football Players: $200 registration fee.
Cheerleaders: $125 registration fee.
Please Note: There is a family maxi-
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Senior Spencer Bunting got the start in the Class M championship game and gave up
three runs on four hits through six innings.
The victorious Terriers and their fans salute each other at Palmer Field.
The jubilant Rocky Hill baseball team celebrates its historic state title.
The 13th annual charity golf tournament will be held Saturday, June 21, at Goodwin
Golf Course in Hartford to beneﬁt Mikey’s Place, a wheelchair accessible playground and
for research of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The shotgun start will take place at 12 p.m. with
a scramble format. A registration fee of $120 per golfer also includes light lunch on the
course and dinner after the tournament. Singles welcome or sign up a foursome! There will
be prizes, contests and rafﬂes! For further information and registration forms, please visit
www.mikeysplace.org or contact Paul Huffman at 860-965-8551 or the Daversas at 860-
529-2711 or email@example.com.
Mikey’s Place Charity Golf Classic
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