Law baseball enters season with winning mindset

Jonathan Law brings a new look, but the same outlook, into the baseball season.

Coach Greg Simler’s Lawmen posted a 17-3 regular season record and advanced to the Class L semifinals before losing 7-2 to Masuk-Monroe.

“We had a senior-laden team last year,” Simler said before his team hosted a tri-scrimmage with Foran High and Platt Tech on April 2.

“Fortunately, we have some core guys and our freshman and sophomores gained some experience.

“All winter I felt good about our pitching staff. Our infield is a strong and the outfield we’re still trying to figure out.”

Evan Carollo, Kyle Frey and Nick Catandella, all juniors will be mainstays on the mound.

“Evan went 4-0 as a spot starter for us last year,” said Simler, who will be assisted by Ed Shea, Zach and Justin Thomas, and Mike Nelson (volunteer).

“Kyle threw some good innings for us, including a big game with Fairfield Prep, and Nick has been coming on in relief even as a freshman.”

When not pitching, Catandella will anchor the outfield in center and Carollo will be at second base.

“Tom Marchitto has been working hard and will be our catcher,” Simler said. “We have a couple guys who are battling at first base.

“Rob Griswold was a two-year starter for us at second base and will be at shortstop. He is a real heady player and his mechanics are great for the move. Frank Mucciacciaro will be at third base and is a big bat for us.”

Law opened its season with a 6-1 victory over Career High-New Haven yesterday.

The Lawmen will host Amity-Woodbridge today at 3:45, and Foran High visits Saturday at 11 a.m.

“We’ve been on the field since the first day because our field drains so well,” Simler said. “We were 0-0 with Hamden High on Wednesday (April 1) in the seventh. We were evenly matched.

“Hamden looks very competitive, with six or seven guys going to college (to play next year).

“As always in the early part of the season, pitching is ahead of the hitting.

“We always try to put the most competitive team we can on the field every game.

“The kids know that, come ready to play, and love to represent Jonathan Law.”