2 players named to all-league for WMA Baseball
Spring sports were cut short due to COVID-19, but the season was long enough for Wilbraham & Monson Academy baseball players Liam Shea-Gallagher ’24 and Dan DeNucci ’22 to show their talent.
Liam and Dan were selected to the All-Western New England Prep Baseball League Second Team in late May following the abbreviated 2021 campaign.
Liam established himself as a sure-handed shortstop and mature hitter for the Titans, while Dan’s performance on the mound earned him the team’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Liam on making all-league as a freshman: “I was extremely excited to learn I had earned all-league second team. It helped validate the hard work I put in prior to this season, but it also provides additional motivation for me to continue working this summer and the upcoming offseason to build upon what was previously gained. I hope to contribute to a great season at WMA in 2022.”
Dan on his improvement: “I feel I continued the development of my mental approach in the batter’s box and on the mound. That growth has continued into this summer and I’m looking forward to a great senior season in 2022.”
Coach Jim Irzyk regarding Liam: “Liam is a passionate and talented baseball player. At the plate he sees the ball as if he were a senior and veteran player. In the field he has solid instincts, a strong arm and good range. In short, he truly enjoys playing the game.”
Coach Irzyk regarding Dan: “Danny was our most consistent pitcher this season. He is a smart pitcher. He is confident in locating all his pitches on any count. This confidence makes him effective, and when combined with his competitive nature he is a joy to coach. Because he is able and willing to mix his pitches, his complete game win against Berkshire was splendid.”