NEW BRITAIN - Once again, the Goodwin Tech baseball team showed itself to be one of the top contenders in Class M on the diamond in 2017 and as such, a number of its players earned recognition for their play.
The Gladiators finished out their season with a 19-7 record, reaching the Constitution State Conference tournament title game and the quarterfinals of the Class M tournament before losing to eventual champion Waterford.
Five Goodwin Tech players earned all-conference honors this season, three of which earned first-team recognition: Paul Prior, Tommy Hughes and Dave Plourde.
Prior, the team’s junior shortstop, proved himself to be a force both at the plate and in the field. He led the Gladiators in every offensive category expect for doubles. Prior batted .415 with a .491 on-base percentage and a .691 slugging percentage. He also hit three home runs, seven doubles, five triples and drove in 34 runs while scoring 35 runs himself. On the base paths, Prior stole 17 bases, getting caught only once. In the field, Prior had a .920 fielding percentage.
Hughes, a junior, came through in every facet of the game - fielding, hitting and pitching. On the mound, Hughes went 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP with 77 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Offensively, he hit .281 with a .414 on-base percentage and 23 RBI. Hughes also scored 26 runs.
Plourde, the senior of the trio, proved just as effective for Goodwin Tech as Hughes. He played first base, outfield and saw time on the mound. As a pitcher, Plourde went 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 55 innings of work. At the plate, he batted .277 with a .430 on-base percentage, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored.
But those three were not alone in a strong Gladiators’ season as Matt Dziarkowksi and Josh Masterson earned 2nd-team All-CSC honors.
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