BASEBALL: Southington trio settles on college destinations

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SOUTHINGTON — This spring, Southington baseball had its most successful regular season with a 19-1 campaign.

Much of Southington’s success was due to strong senior leadership, and three of those seniors recently signed to play college baseball.

Devin Pelletier highlighted the group as the he inked with Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pelletier hit .385 and drove in 19 runs. With 13 walks, he had a .488 on-base percentage.

The same day Pelletier signed with FDU, outfielder Jackson Cardozo commited to Castleton University and pitcher Bobby Lasbury cast his lot with UConn-Avery Point.

Cardozo hit No. 5 in the order and batted .405. His OBP was .528.

As for Lasbury, the right-hander began the season as a starter, but finished as a reliever after sustaining a mid-season injury.

Southington assistant baseball coach Joel Stamilio said all three players were leaders throughout the season, which ultimately ended at 20-2 with a loss in the second round of the Class LL state tournament.

“With all of the adversity this year, they were as steady as they come,” Stamilio said. “The teams that were successful were the teams with leaders, and all three kids were a pleasure to coach. It showed with the success on the field.

“We are going to miss these guys and we can’t wait to see them at the next level. They are all prepared to play at the next level. They meant the world to this team.”

In making their commitments, Pelletier, Cardozo and Lasbury joined two teammates who had previously signed with Division I programs, Devan Bade (SUNY-Binghamton) and Dante D’Amore (Sacred Heart).

Pelletier, who plays travel ball for the Connecticut Rivals, said it’s always been his goal to play Division I baseball. 

“I put in a lot of hard work and kept getting after it every single day,” Pelletier said. “I play second base, third base and shortstop. I consider myself a versatile infielder and I adapt wherever my team needs me.”

Pelletier is a contact hitter who hits to all fields. His goal is to get on base and to set up the hitters behind him. 

“We had a great team this year and our run of having the best regular season in Southington history was incredible,” Pelletier said. “It was a blast to play all season with these boys. We built a good family with great chemistry.”

Cardozo knocked out 17 hits in 42 at-bats en route to his .405. He hit for average and he hit for power: two home runs, three triples and four doubles. 

Lasbury, who relies on his off-speed pitches, appeared in five games this season. He allowed five hits over 8 1/3 innings and finished 1-0 with one save. He did not allow a run.


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