Amity baseball looks for third straight state title

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Amity baseball, back-to-back defending champs of Class LL, practiced inside Tuesday to stay sharp for the state tournament.

The Spartans are coming off a championship win in the SCC title game. Sal Coppola’s team always seems to save its best baseball for the right time of the year. He keeps his message to the team simple.

“Playing backyard loose,” said senior Deven Belensky. “Like he says, some of the greatest plays you’ll ever make are in your backyard, like playing Wiffle ball. Playing like that when playing in the field, bringing that mentality on to the field.”

“We always tell the guys to think about the plays you’ve made in the backyard when nobody was watching, and you were able to do it because you were relaxed and playing loose. If we can do that, we have a good shot.”

“Coming into high school I never thought I’d ever win a state championship, and winning two, we try not to think about it at the beginning of the year, but we always have that goal in the end and we always seem to turn it on at the right time,” said senior Kyle Mattei.

The Spartans start their quest for a three-peat Wednesday at 4 against Ridgefield. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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