Brother tandems lead Amity and Sheehan, two of the top baseball teams in the state

(WTNH)–Arguably the best four players in the SCC are on the conference’s two best teams, Amity and Sheehan. And get this–Sheehan’s dynamic duo is related, and so is Amity’s.

Even in the fall, you see the these guys at the batting cage working out on their own. The Winkels, Pat and Chris, led Amity to a state title last year.

Chris, who batted .390 last season and is going to UConn, says baseball is a main topic of discussion at the Winkel’s dinner table. “You don’t stop talking about it until the next morning,” he said.

Chris’ brother Pat was just a freshman last year, when he donned the tools of ignorance behind the plate for the Spartans.

“To have a freshman start at catcher we’ve never had that in the 23 years that I’ve coached.”

Pat was a freshman in name only. He kept runners from stealing bases and says his older brother is a big reason why. “We’re constantly pushing each other to get that extra rep,” he said.

But so do the Gozzos.

“We push each other. If my brother gets three hits, I want to get three hits,” said Paul.
That’s a lot of three-hit ballgames.

Sal plays shortstop and was an All-State selection last season.

Paul says his baseball is life for the Gozzos. “We call each other out our dad calls us out. We just learn from each orther.”

Their dad played in the majors and his good baseball genes rubbed off, as Paul batted .411 with 28 RBIs and led Sheehan to a state crown.

So we’ve got two sets a brothers. They’ve won a state title, Sal and Paul Gozzo made All-State as did Chris Winkel and the Gozzo’s are going to Tulane.

So you decide, who’s got the better set of siblings? 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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