Pierlioni Fontaine, Butkiewicz to enter Plainville Sports Hall of Fame

Published on Monday, 22 August 2022 10:24
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This is the first in a multi-part series highlighting the Class of 2022 inductees into the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame.

Amanda Pierlioni Fontaine

Pierlioni Fontaine was a four-year starter for the Plainville Blue Devils. A versatile player, she could hit the three, drive to the basket, run the floor and handle the ball. A tenacious rebounder throughout her career, she helped control the boards thus allowing for an explosive running game. Playing in the very good, competitive Northwest Conference, Pierlioni Fontaine was named to the All-Conference team three times. She was also named to the Class M All-State team twice.

A captain her senior year, she finished with 1,356 points at PHS where she averaged 14 points per game on 50% field goal shooting and 69% free throw shooting. In addition, she earned MVP honors at the Senior All-Star game. After an outstanding senior season, she was nominated to play in the McDonald’s Senior All-American game.

Said coach Lisa Mandeville, “Amanda was an amazing talent. She could have easily scored more points and gotten more rebounds, but she was a selfless member of very talented teams. She deserved every recognition she received. She was a huge part of our success during those four years.”

Pierlioni Fontaine earned an athletic scholarship to play Division II basketball at Bryant University. She finished her career at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Eric Butkiewicz

Butkiewicz took his place in the Plainville baseball program’s long lineage of incredible pitchers at the turn of the century by putting together two spectacular seasons while also helping lead the offense.

During his junior season in 2000, Butkiewicz earned six of Plainville’s 13 wins, going 6-2. He displayed power and control on the mound, striking out 78 batters in 56 innings while walking only nine. His work with the bat was just as impressive that season, as he drove in 16 runs in 19 games and recorded a .429 batting average.

That splendid season was just a precursor to what Butkiewicz would achieve in his senior year, however. Butkiewicz helped lead the Blue Devils to 17 wins and a spot in the Class M state championship game by throwing 79 2/3 innings of absolutely brilliant baseball. Butkiewicz allowed just 55 hits and pitched to a 1.23 ERA, striking out 121 and walking just 15. Star pitchers really make their mark in the postseason, however, and Butkiewicz certainly left his. He threw 19 innings in the tournament, fanning 31 and walking five on the way to a 1.84 ERA. He capped his All-State season with two sparkling innings for team Connecticut against Massachusetts at Fenway Park, striking out four and allowing just one hit.

Butkiewicz went on to put his name all over the record books at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After starting strong by earning Rookie of the Week honors from the Northeast Conference, Butkiewicz went on to one of the best careers of any UMBC pitcher ever. He tied a school record with 50 starts for the Retrievers, throwing 337 2/3 innings, which is still the most in school history. His 230 strikeouts also stand as the school record and his 16 complete games are second-best by any UMBC pitcher. A captain in his senior year, Butkiewicz took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Maine, but it was his ability to stack great game upon great game that made him special.

In summer baseball, Butkiewicz earned All-League recognition in the prestigious Alaska Baseball League thanks to a 2.06 ERA.

Wherever Eric Butkiewicz, now a police officer in West Hartford, plied his trade, records fell and wins accumulated.

The Plainville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held October 22 at Hawk’s Landing in Southington. Tickets can be purchased at Modern Barber Shop and The Central Connecticut Dental Group (Dr. Rusty Camp). 

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Monday, 22 August 2022 10:24. Updated: Monday, 22 August 2022 10:27.