Saturday, August 30th, 2003 State Champions Baseball 

State Champions 1978


Coach Sochrin learned early that he possessed a strong pitching staff led by senior fire baller Kurt Kepshire and young sophomore Adrian Broadley. However, the failure to make the "big play" defensively and the inability to score the "big run" caused the Hilltoppers to struggle early. But two characteristics of a Sochrin team - playing together and not giving up, caused the team not to lose hope. They won seven of their last eight games.

Ranked fourteenth in the state, Central opened against Roger Ludloe. Trailing 6-2, the Big Red Machine cam to life. After the slugfest was over, Central prevailed 11-9. The Hilltoppers gained the quarter finals by easily defeating North Haven 8-4 with the timely hitting of Jack Messina and Jimmy Moses.

Led by the fiery defense of Joe DeVellis and the clutch hitting of Ricky Abelli, Central next managed to eliminate Greenwich 5-3. Facing New Britain in the semi-finals the Hilltoppers won easily, 6-1.

Central had to take on rival Trumbull in the finals. Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the stage was set for another come-from-behind victory. with the skillful bunting and baserunning of shortstop Larry Gill and the strong relief help of Adrian Broadley, Central captured the state title.

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