NEWINGTON - When Brandon Baglan arrived to Alumni Field Wednesday evening, he wasnâ€™t planning on pitching. During pregame warmups, he was preparing to just play the field and hit.
But as his head coach, Dan Beaupre, had done a number of times throughout the season when things started to go the way of the other team like they did against the Granby Storm, he turned to Baglan.
â€śHeâ€™s lights out, so I knew heâ€™d come in and shut them down,â€ť Beaupre said of one of his aces.
The Farmington Bank/Vantis Life League Junior Newington baseball teamâ€™s starting pitcher had lasted just two innings and with its perfect record possibly on the line, Baglan trotted out to the mound and went to work. He didnâ€™t disappoint.
After a small setback in the third, when the Storm scored two runs to increase their lead to 4-2, Baglan didnâ€™t concede anything the rest of the way. Over his final three innings of relief, as Newington went on to win 16-4, Baglan showcased his ability to force hitters to either groundout or popup.
â€śI just try not to think about anything,â€ť Baglan said, â€śjust focus on the batter.â€ť
But his approach was a little more in depth than that. Baglan utilized his fastball effectively, and was able to command it on the outside of the plate to force Granbyâ€™s hitters into making mistakes.
â€ś[When the ballâ€™s] inside, thatâ€™s when they are able to hit it far,â€ť Baglan said of his pitch locations.
With Newington now getting set for the postseason, Baglan is sure to see time on the mound again. Just donâ€™t expect him to treat it any differently than any other game heâ€™s pitched in this season.
â€śI would just have the same mindset,â€ť Baglan said. â€śJust throw strikes and donâ€™t try to do too much by yourself.â€ť