STONINGTON — Stonington High baseball coach Bob Cahoone put senior center fielder Kevin Ferrer in a very select group among the players he has been around during his time on the diamond.
Cahoone, who has been an assistant or head coach for 30 years, including the last three at Stonington, said it was Ferrer’s consistency that made him such a special player.
“A lot of guys I’ve had in the past, they would have dips for a game or two, a week or two, a month or even a whole season,” Cahoone said. “But Kevin was very, very consistent. Just really a joy to be around.”
Ferrer, who will play at UConn next season, was named Class M All-State and ECC Division II first team. The last Stonington player to earn All-State recognition was Doug Domnarski in 2013. (Domnarski, a pitcher, was a 27th-round draft pick by the Miami Marlins last year.)
Ferrer hit .436 this season with six home runs, seven doubles and two triples. He drove in 17 runs and scored 28 times. A four-year starter, Ferrer hit .427 for his career with 128 hits, 50 RBIs, 11 homers, 26 doubles and six triples.
“He’s got very quick hands, good bat speed and he really adjusts to off-speed pitches well,” Cahoone said. “He worked and worked and worked. He spent a lot of time in the [batting] cages. He made himself into a great player.”
Cahoone said Ferrer also made strides with his defensive play.
“The biggest thing that impressed me was that he greatly improved in the outfield,” Cahoone said. “He got better at tracking the ball and getting a better jump on the ball. He was able to go back on the ball a lot better his senior year.”
Stonington’s seniors Adams Gibbs and Ethan Murphy and junior R.J. Parrilla received D-II honorable-mention recognition.
Gibbs finished with a 5-5 record on the mound, posting a 3.45 ERA. He struck out 53 batters in 67 innings.
Gibbs, who played first base or was the designated hitter when he wasn’t pitching, had the second-best batting average on the team at .361. He tied Ferrer for the team lead in RBIs with 17. Gibbs, who also received the scholar-athlete award, doubled eight times.
Murphy, the team’s right fielder, hit .311 with 14 RBIs. He homered once and hit four doubles.
Parrilla, the team’s shortstop, finished with a .357 average. He drove in 13 runs and was second on the team in hits (30) and runs scored (22). Parrilla hit a pair of homers and doubled twice.
Josh Georgetti was the sportsmanship winner for the Bears.
Stonington finished 9-14 overall and 3-7 in the league. The Bears lost in the quarterfinals of the ECC tournament to Waterford and finished 0-1 in the Class M tournament.