New Canaan Baseball Cleans Up With Postseason Honors


Although New Canaan’s run at a second consecutive state title ended Tuesday with a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Cheney Tech, 2014 was still a memorable year for the varsity baseball team.

Nick Casione confers with Rams coach Mitch Hoffman.

Nick Cascione confers with Rams coach Mitch Hoffman.

The Rams finished at 15-8 in a season that saw its fair share of dramatic wins, including what ended up being the last ‘W’ of the year – a 5-4 walk-off victory over Wethersfield in the first round of the Class L playoffs.

The results of the All FCIAC voting point directly to the program’s success. Given that baseball is a sport that only fields nine players at a time, to have ten players garnering postseason honors is truly astounding.

Matt Toth turns two.

Matt Toth turns two.

Leading the way for the Rams were senior co-captains Nick Cascione and Matt Toth, who along with junior Alex LaPolice were named to the All FCIAC team. Senior co-captain Dan Rajkowski earned All FCIAC East honors with juniors Brandon Abate, Kane Curtin and Zack Smith. Senior co-captains J.R. Anderson and Erik Jager and senior outfielder Max Wilson were given All FCIAC Honorable Mentions.

Alex LaPolice laces a base hit.

Alex LaPolice laces a base hit.

“It is true testament to the program and what the boys have built,” Rams head coach Mitch Hoffman told “The FCIAC was very tight this year and our players opened the eyes of many.  Most notably were Matt Toth and Dan Rajkowski. Matt finished second for player of the year and Dan surprised the entire league by even being able to play any portion of the year.  True leaders and hard workers on and off the field.  New Canaan is a baseball town.”

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