Hamden Hall baseball is ready for the NEPSAC finals, dedicating the season to fellow fallen teammates

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What started as the start of a baseball season has been a memorable one for Hamden Hall.

The Hornets played through opposition to end the regular season, then pulled off two winning upsets to win the Fairchester League tournament. Now the Hornets have just one win from the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C champions.

Hamden Hall faces MacDuffie Saturday at 13 pm on Providence (RI) Country Day.

“She is ready. He doesn’t want anything but to win, ”Hamden Hall coach Brad Chernovetz said.

After beating Brunswick in the semifinals of the Fairchester tournament, Hamden Hall won 7-0 against Greens Farms in the final. The thunderstorm postponed the game to May 20th.

The Hornets had to travel back down to Westport the next day, but it didn’t show the ill effects of the trip: they put three more runs on the scoreboard. He won 10-0.

The Hornets earned an automatic bid to the NEPSAC Class C tournament. The excitement of playing for the New England champions was offset by the loss of teammates.

Zayne Thomas, a 15 -year -old freshman, died of injuries this week suffered Sunday after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle. Chernovetz said starting for the JV team.

“He was an unreliable kid, all he wanted in a friend,” Chernovetz said. “Monday was a very emotional day. The players decided to dedicate the rest of the season in Zayne’s memory.

Hamden Hall beat King 1-0 in 10 innings on Saturday. Cam Maldonado drove in Brady Chernovetz with the win. Maldonado also hit 17. On Wednesday, Maldonado had three hits and three RBIs in a 5-3 win against Harvey.

Now it’s MacDuffie, whom Hamden Hall beat 10-5 in April.

Maldonado, who is set to play at Northeastern University next season, is a Hornets player who returned to the All-Area Register from last season. Maldonado is batting .507 with seven homers and 39 RBIs. He only had three strikeouts.

The two home races came in the semifinals of the Fairchester tournament in Brunswick, the top seed. Hamden Hall beat Brunswick 5-1.

Hamden Hall’s turnaround from a 3-4 start coincided with newcomer Lucas Ametrano being placed in the starting lineup. Ametrano batting .423 from the leadoff point, according to Chernovetz. Hamden Hall is 14-1 since, including 12 straight.

“I know he (Ametrano) is good, but I don’t think he’s going to do what he’s done for us by attacking,” Brad Chernovetz said. “Maldonado has brought us to the end of the last five games.”

With Ametrano in center field, senior captain Christian Scanlon moved to first base.

Chervnovetz said either Maldonado or Gavin Lyons will likely start on the mound. Calm down, Max Liebel, who has been dominant out of the last bullpen, will be there at some point.

“(Zayne died) I’ve made us closer, like family,” Chernovetz said. “I didn’t know how mental these kids were until Monday when they came out and played hard against a really good King team.”

joseph.morelli@hearstmediact.com; @nhrJoeMorelli