BASEBALL: Southington teen has game, will travel

BASEBALL: Southington teen has game, will travel

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SOUTHINGTON — From Georgia to Cooperstown, N.Y. and many points in between, 13-year-old Joey Tonnotti of Southington had a summer to remember on the AAU baseball circuit.

Tonnotti traveled up and down the East Coast playing against competition from all over the country, with some strong results.

He was winning pitcher in a tournament in Cooperstown in August, pitching for the New Jersey Storm in USA Baseball Tournament. Tonnotti tossed five innings and fanned 10.

The eighth-grader at DePaolo Middle School kicked off his summer at a Perfect Game Tournament in Georgia, playing with a team from Texas. In July, he played in a Triple Crown Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with the 13U Connecticut Blue Jays.

From Aug. 11-14, Tonnotti suited up for Team USA-New England after making the squad in regional tryouts. From there, he played in a series of tournaments in Cary, N.C.

While in North Carolina, Tonnotti was spotted by the Jersey Storm coach, who asked him to play in the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament. Tonnotti wound up playing seven days with the Storm and was the only player from Connecticut on the team.

He started in the Storm’s 5-4 championship win. The Storm went 11-1 and hit 14 homers in 12 games.

In Cooperstown, Tonnotti caught the eye of another coach, this time one from U.S. Elite Baseball, based in Pennsylvania.

With U.S. Elite, Tonnotti will be playing six games this fall with stops at Penn State, Georgia, Maryland and Glen Cove, N.Y.

The pitcher/shortstop/outfielder started playing baseball at age 6. He’s a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter.

Tonnotti gets pitching lessons from Lance Stevens at Diamond Kings in Bristol. He hones his batting with Mike McGuire of the Connecticut Blue Jays.

As a pitcher, Tonnotti throws a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a change-up and a breaking ball. His father, Joe Tonnotti, said his son’s heater was clocked at 73 miles an hour and his breaking ball at 65.

“We are hoping to pick up five miles per hour per year,” the elder Tonnotti said..

Joey Tonnotti is the son of Joe and Faith. He has two older sisters, Ava and Leann.