Pictured: In his only varsity season for Coginchaug, right-hander Alex Mach won five games and allowed only two earned runs in 32 2/3 innings. (Photo by Tammy Clancy)
Kolby Pascarelli wasn’t going to be denied this season. He proved time and again to be the top all-around player in the Shoreline Conference. Coaches confirmed this when they recently voted him as the league’s Player of the Year.
Pascarelli, a UConn baseball commit who will attend St. Thomas More Prep as a postgraduate in 2021-22, is hitting .448 (statistics through 21 of Coginchaug’s 22 games to date) with 10 extra-base hits and 23 runs scored. On the mound, the left-hander is 7-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
Coginchaug wouldn’t be 19-3 overall without senior right-hander Alex Mach, who pitched in Pascarelli’s shadow but was every bit as effective and dominant. Mach would be the ace in most other rotations and supported this opinion by being voted the Shoreline Pitcher of the Year. He posted a 5-0 record and 0.43 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 32 2/3 innings.
The complete list of players who received all-conference recognition:
Player of the Year: Kolby Pascarelli, Coginchaug
Pitcher of the Year: Alex Mach, Coginchaug
Coach of the Year: Brian Drinkard, Valley Regional
Conference co-champions: Coginchaug, Valley Regional
All-Shoreline First Team
Pitchers: Alex Mach, senior, Coginchaug; Matt Lauria, senior, Hale-Ray
Catchers: Mike Garofalo, senior, Coginchaug; Ryan Michonski, junior, North Branford
Infielders: Jeremy Mangiameli, junior, Coginchaug; Tino Gagliardi, senior, Coginchaug; Alec Erskine, senior, Haddam-Killingworth; Tait Sawden, senior, Old Lyme
Outfielders: Kolby Pascarelli, senior, Coginchaug; Dom Scalia, junior, North Branford; Luke DiMauro, senior, Haddam-Killingworth; James Quinn, sophomore, East Hampton
All-Shoreline Second Team
Pitchers: Jadon Canelli, senior, North Branford; Gabe Kaar, senior, Old Saybrook
Catcher: Oliver Ross, junior, Hale-Ray
Infielders: Dan Cascio, junior, East Hampton; Alden Halfinger, senior, H-K; Colbe Andrews, senior, Old Lyme; Andrew Salbinski, junior, Valley Regional; Garett Garbinski, junior, Morgan; Zach Zajac, junior, Cromwell
Outfielders: Camron Watkins, senior, Hale-Ray; Kyle Metz, senior, Valley Regional; Jack Naccarato, senior, Westbrook