SOUTHINGTON - Southington North 11U All-Star Adrian Pescetelli continues to impress.
Despite the team getting off to a 1-2 start in District 5 pool play, the pitcher has done his part, such as on Wednesday when he gave up two runs as Southington North suffered a 2-0 loss to Forestville.
“I’ve had Adrian as a pitcher for a couple of years now,” Southington head coach Mike LaRosa said. “I have seen him grow so much in that time period and it’s great seeing him succeed now.”
Pescetelli sees each game as a way to get better. The young pitcher was first drawn to baseball because it was a sport where he could do a little bit of everything.
“I loved playing something that I could hit, catch and run after the ball,” Pescetelli said, “I’ve loved it ever since tee ball.”
But LaRosa knows the pressure of playing baseball in a town with the tradition Southington has, regardless of how old you are. He sees Pescetelli as a perfect example of a player who has an attitude the rest of the team should follow.
Despite the loss against Forestville, LaRosa was pleased with Pescetelli’s positive approach throughout the game.
“You look for energy. You look for enthusiasm. You look for passion in the game,” LaRosa said. “These guys are so young. They’re 9, 10, 11 years. It’s a lot of pressure out here. The most important thing is that they’re having fun. Adrian was definitely having fun out there on the mound [Wednesday].”
The head coach believes Pescetelli’s ability to stay calm in games, especially at such a young age, is one of the player’s most impressive qualities. In Wednesday’s game, only one of his runs was earned, after a throwing error in the third inning led to the first Forestville run.
“The biggest thing about him is that he kept his composure,” LaRosa said. “No matter what was happening behind him, he stayed focused on the batters. That’s a big thing for a pitcher and he really stayed with it, so I’m really proud.”
Another benefit for Pescetelli is having an older brother, Kyle, who plays baseball as well. Kyle is a player on the 12U team, but is currently sidelined after breaking his arm. The boys’ mom admitted that it has been hard to go through the injury, but Adrian believes Kyle has still made a lasting impact on him.
“It’s great because he’s taught me so much about baseball,” Pescetelli said. “If it weren’t for him teaching me, I probably wouldn’t be here right now.”
Tyler Roaix can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org