Baglan continues to be go-to pitcher for Farmington Bank/Vantis Life League Junior Newington baseball team

Published on Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:18
Written by HUNTER D’ANTONIO

@HunterDAntonio1

NEWINGTON - When Brandon Baglan arrived to Alumni Field Wednesday evening, he wasn’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.

“He’s lights out, so I knew he’d come in and shut them down,” Beaupre said of one of his aces.

The Farmington Bank/Vantis Life League Junior Newington baseball team’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 didn’t disappoint.

After a small setback in the third, when the Storm scored two runs to increase their lead to 4-2, Baglan didn’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.

“I just try not to think about anything,” Baglan said, “just focus on the batter.”

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 Granby’s hitters into making mistakes.

“[When the ball’s] inside, that’s when they are able to hit it far,” 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 don’t expect him to treat it any differently than any other game he’s pitched in this season.

“I would just have the same mindset,” Baglan said. “Just throw strikes and don’t try to do too much by yourself.”



Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:18. Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:20.