Cody Hennequin to play at SUNY Purchase

Cody Hennequin, the Foran High Lion’s left hander, will take the next step in his baseball career this fall when he becomes a member of the SUNY Purchase Panthers.

Purchase is one of 13 comprehensive colleges in the State University of New York system located in Purchase, New York.

Hennequin, who graduated Foran with high honors earning a 4.64 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, received a merit scholarship and will major in computer science.

“I received invites from Becker College, Johns Hopkins and SUNY Purchase,” said Hennequin. “I also looked at Wagner, Assumption and the University of San Francisco.

“When I visited SUNY Purchase and met the team and coaches, it felt like the best team fit for me. I have worked with the pitching coach Mark Jurczak in the past, playing for the Connecticut Blue Jays. He knows my style and my capabilities. As long as I prove myself in fall ball, I believe I will get the chance for consistent playing time.”

After the spring that Hennequin had pitching for the Lions, one thing that will be assured is his perseverance and never-give-up attitude as Foran went on to win the Class L state championship.

The unlikely turnaround that shocked high school baseball in the state of Connecticut began at the start of May when the Lions were struggling with a 1-11 record. What took place after that is what legacy are built on.

Statistics only tell half of the story in sports. Foran made believers out of the entire town of Milford winning 11 of the final 13 games to become the first team in any sport to be seeded last in the CIAC tournament and go on to win a state championship.

“I know it sounds cliché, but perseverance and never giving up helped us to accomplish what we did,” Hennequin said. “As a member of the National Honor Society we are persistent in helping tutor students to get better and excel.

“Coach (Garrett) Walker was our tutor, and through a persistent effort we got better on defense and offense. It was a struggle during the regular season. Then in the postseason things sort of clicked for me.”

Foran was ranked No. 32 at 7-13 getting in as the last team on a coin toss not having the eight wins to qualify. That set them up playing the No. 1 ranked East Lyme in the Class L opener and they trailed 4-1 after five innings. The Lions were not out of magic just yet as they rallied for an 8-4 win

Hennequin took the ball to start game two against Berlin and responded with a complete-game 7-2 victory.

“I believe what helped me was the preparation and training I have done all through high school,” said Hennequin, who also coaches youth baseball. “I love baseball and I want to give back to the kids. Giving them a heads up of what lies ahead. It has allowed me to become a student of the game learning at a slower pace where kids are just having fun. There is always something to learn about the game.”

SUNY Purchase went 9-18 this past season under head coach Adam Taraska playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and graduated 10 seniors including three pitchers. Hennequin will be a welcome addition to the Panthers having started in the Class L semifinal win against Watertown.

Hennequin credits his team being behind him for his success, as well as his family.

“My mother has been the one to provide positive encouragement,” said Hennequin. “My sister has always been the one to keep me staying positive even after a bad game. Lastly, my father has been the one to help coach me each year that I have played baseball.”

“I am lucky to say I have a team behind me, all helping me to succeed, and all helping me to become the player I am today. A successful season for me at SUNY Purchase would be to get consistent starts, in which I can help the team succeed.

“However, as long as I give everything I have, leave it all on the field, and have no regrets, then I will feel pretty successful in my first season in college. The goal is to be a positive impact on the team in some way, shape or form.”