The Branford 1998 Class L State Champion baseball team finished ranked #1 in the state and #3 in New England. This was Branford’s first state baseball championship in the history of the school. They finished the year with a 23-3 record and won the SCC Hammonassett Division. They were runners-up in the SCC tournament.
Entering the Class L tournament as the 2 seed they cruised by all of their opponents outscoring them by a total of 40 to 3, while winning the state final at Palmer Field against Law 4 to 1. The pitching staff struck out 40 batters in 26 innings during the state title run. Branford’s 3 main pitchers all boosted era’s of less than 1 and had a combined record of 21-2.
State Tournament Scores:
Wilton 5-0 (2nd round)
Kayner Tech 21-1 (Quarter Finals)
Fitch 10-1 (Semi-Finals)
Law 4-1 (State Final)
Coaches – Walt Novak, Bill Hallam & Ray Pompano
Players – Brian Sager (Capt), Marc Potocsky (Capt), Chris McCarthy, Steve Langlois, Matt Lucibello (Capt), Steve Bray, Vin Risopli, Pete Hawley, Alfred Woody, John Kenney, Jay Ulstad, Brian Forgione, Chris Benson, Tom Rank, Chris Fraenza, Kyle Stawicki & Brett Warner