The Baseball program at Putnam Science Academy is a year-round elite development program that will aim to develop student athletes both physically and mentally to prepare them for the collegiate level.
The Mustangs Baseball program started in the Fall of 2022. It’s a Development Program geared toward exposure. Connecticut Baseball Academy in East Hartford, CT is where the Mustangs will train indoors. CBA’S state of the art Rapsodo and HitTRAX equipment will focus on the analytical improvements for each players specific skill set.
Putnam Science Academy is excited to be able to offer the extensive Development, College Guidance, and Competition that will be unmatched in our New England schedule. PSA will offer the largest spring season where they will play their home games at the Senator Thomas J Dodd Stadium and will play approximately 28 games along with a college showcase day with Prep Baseball Report.
Prep baseball coaches across New England have firmed up their respective rosters for the 2024 season…… Click the link above to read the latest edition and check out the previews on our own Mustangs.
Harrison Roy – Southern Connecticut State University
Ryan Ponte – Central Connecticut State University
Ian Mihopolous – Central Connecticut State University
Robbie Natale – Central Connecticut State University
Matthew Blachuta – Eastern Connecticut State University
Cody Hesleton – Marist University
Anthony Mena – Assumption College
Jatin Patel – Anna Maria College
Angell Garcia – Dominican University
Cody Heselton remembers being maybe 10 years old and playing in a Little League All-Star game against a rival town, and taking a fast ball off the kneecap that forced him out of the game. Harry Roy’s first memory goes further back, to the time when he turned a double play in a T-Ball game. There have been a lot of years and there has been a lot of growth since those early baseball days for Heselton and Roy, and their Putnam Science Academy teammates Ryan Ponte and Ian Mihalopoulos. But those moments were so important in getting all four of them to Wednesday, Nov. 8 – the day each of them took a momentous step in their baseball lives by signing their National Letter of Intent to continue to play in college next year.
Hestleton, a lefty pitcher/first baseman/outfielder signed with Marist College; Roy, a right handed pitcher, with Southern Connecticut State University; and the right handed Ponte, a pitcher/first baseman/outfielder himself, and Mihalopoulos, a righty pitcher, both signed with Central Connecticut State University.
The four were feted at a ceremony at the school with family, friends, teammates, and fellow students. “It was great,” said the charismatic Heselton, who is from Glastonbury and in his first year at Putnam Science Academy. “Very nerve wracking with so many people. That was definitely a sight to see but it was fun. I was very very nervous. But more excited than anything, really. I’m excited for this next chapter. It’s been a long process, very complicated. But signing today with Marist, it all feels complete.”
Ponte, also in his first year at Putnam Science Academy, was likewise nervous to speak in front of so many of his peers. And he too was happy to finally make it official, especially considering he hasn’t pitched in nearly a year because of Tommy John surgery. “It’s been really hard with my injury, ” he said. “There were times that I wanted to quit, but I was really encouraged not to by my parents. I decided to do a postgrad year this year, and that’s when everything changed for me. The’s when I verbally committed and I knew then that everything was going to be ok.”
Mihalopoulos was the first player to commit to Putnam Science Academy in the spring of 2022, but he has yet to throw a pitch for the Mustangs because, like Ponte, underwent Tommy John surgery. A setback in the spring of 2023 kept him off the mound then, he had a big summer with travel ball, which turned into a commitment to Central Connecticut State University. “For me, it was just getting back onto the field,” he said. “My process was much easier than other people’s has been. It wasn’t like coaches were ghosting me or anything like that. For me, it was just more trying to stay healthy. Once I was able to do that and get back out and pitch again, Central liked what they saw.”
“When I first committed, it was kind of a surreal feeling and it is now that I have signed. But now that I’m actually signed to a college, it feels like my younger self is really proud of me.” This is Roy’s second year at Putnam Science Academy after putting together a standout first season for the Mustangs. He was a bulldog of an ace on last year’s staff, going 6-1 with a 1.30 ERA and 56 strikeouts over 43 1/3 innings. “It’s exciting just to know that this is the next chapter of my life that I’m going to be starting next fall,” Roy said. “There were a lot of ups and downs in the recruiting process, but Southern is the perfect fit for me. They have what I was looking for, including coaches who I trust.”
Congratulations to Harry, Cody, Ian and Ryan!!