After leading his team to the state championships in 2013, Amity High School Baseball Coach Sal Coppola became our hero.
Now, the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club is ready to honor the coach with the Tony Mentone Memorial Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented next month at the annual Hall of Fame induction dinner, Thursday, Oct. 17, at Monticello’s Restaurant, 577 S. Broad Street, Meriden.
Tickets are $55 per person and include a full-course surf and turf dinner or vegetarian, if preferred. Hors d’oeuvres will be at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m.
According to a press release, inductees include Jim “Butch” Abel of North Branford, a former Wilbur Cross pitcher and semi-pro and pro player; John Anquillare of West Haven, former coach at the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven; Dan Ford of Hamden, former pitching star at Hamden High and Quinnipiac University; Earl Mathewson, of North Branford, coach at Sacred Heart University; Bob Moran of West Haven, former West Haven High School and Twilight League athlete; and Tony Notarino, of Branford, former pitching star at Wilbur Cross High school and the University of New Haven.
Fred Norman of New Haven will receive the Andrew Gassira Memorial Umpire Award.
Many Amity fans know that Coppola led the Spartans to three state championships. You can show your appreciation and support by attending the dinner.
About the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club.
The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club is a 501 (c) (3) organization which was originally formed with one goal in mind – to promote the great game of baseball! That simple mission continues in the dedication and volunteer work of its members.
The club spreads the goodwill of baseball through awards, recognitions of those who have given back to the game, free skills clinics, donations to local organizations, and more. It is a full-fledged network of baseball people working to help others enjoy the game.
For more information go to www.southernctdiamondclub.org.