Born May 14, 1996, Isaiah Rivera was raised in Newington, Connecticut. As a ballplayer for Newington High School, Rivera was on an LL State Championship team. He was named to the All-State and All-Conference teams in junior and senior seasons. The Hartford Courant selected him as part of Connecticut’s Fab 15 select team. Rivera went on to earn Dean’s List honors and a Challenge to Achieve Award as a Freshman at Pace University. He transferred to the University of Bridgeport and was a key player on the baseball team until graduating in 2018. Rivera is currently a para educator at Hartford Public High School and is pursuing a career as a Special Education teacher. Rivera volunteers as a coach for the New Britain Little League and has been an assistant basketball coach at Hartford Public. Rivera, who lives in Bristol, has played in the GHTBL since 2017.
Born on July 11, 1997 in Bristol, Connecticut. Lorenzetti has represented Bristol baseball for the last two decades. Starting out in McCabe Waters Little League, he eventually played for Bristol Central High School. Then he enrolled at St. Paul Catholic High School where he was named Naugatuck Valley League All-Conference in 2015. In the summer, he played catcher for Bristol’s American Legion program from 2014 through 2016. Lorenzetti joined the Bristol Greeners of the Tri-State Baseball League in 2016 and took over as manager in 2017. He was named a Tri-State League All-Star three times and won the league batting title (.507 AVG) in 2018. Lorenzetti earned a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2019 from the University of Connecticut. Upon graduation, he was hired as a Project Engineer and Logistics Analyst at Collins Aerospace, while pursuing a Master of Engineering Degree in Data Science at UConn. Lorenzetti resides in Bristol and was integral to entering the Greeners into the GHTBL in 2021.
Born in Hartford, August 25, 1992. Repoli graduated from RHAM High School in 2010 where started 4 year as a varsity pitcher and first-baseman. At RHAM he received 3 All-Conference laurels and an All-State election in his senior season. During high school Repoli played summer ball for Tri-County 19U American Legion for five straight summers under coaches Len Lampugnale and Mike Susi. He was recruited as a pitcher by Southern Connecticut State University and earned an Exercise Science degree in 2015. As a medical redshirt recovering from Tommy John surgery, Repoli journeyed with the Owls for a historic season, including a 22-game win streak, a regional championship and a 4th place finish in the DII College World Series. After college, Repoli was an Assistant Coach for the Tri-County Legion Program. In 2016, he revitalized his baseball career in the GHTBL as a first-baseman for the Manchester-based franchise. Repoli assumed the manager role for Rainbow Graphics in 2019 with assistance from his father, Steve Repoli. They operate a contracting business named Repoli Quality Homes LLC, renovating houses in the Hartford area. He currently lives in Marlborough, CT with his wife, Lindsey, who is said to be Rainbow Graphics biggest supporter.
Born on June 29, 1995, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Budzik and his family moved to Connecticut where attended Cromwell High School. He was a standout shortstop for the Panthers under Coach Lew Pappariella from 2011 to 2013. Budzik was a key player in capturing the 2012 State Championship and in his senior year was named All-Shoreline Conference, team captain and Most Valuable Player. He matriculated to Eastern Connecticut State University and played infield for the Warriors. In the summer of 2014, he led RCP Post 105 to the American Legion World Series. Budzik took his talents to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2015 and 2016 as shortstop of the Bristol Blues. After graduating from ECSU in 2017 he became Assistant Coach with the Bristol Blues. Soon thereafter, he was hired as a Special Education Assistant at Cromwell High School and appointed Head Coach of the varsity baseball team. Budzik currently resides in Cromwell and is seeking a masters in Special Education at St. Joseph’s University.
Born in Meriden, CT on January 19, 1985. Hesseltine graduated from Maloney High School and was named an All-State pitcher in 2002 and 2003. He was drafted in the 42nd round (1,245th overall) of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers – the only CT player chosen that year. Hesseltine chose to attend Pensacola Junior College in Florida seeking a higher draft pick, however tore his ulnar collateral ligament during the second week of the 2004 season. He underwent Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL. After rehabbing, Hesseltine played in the GHTBL during the summer of 2005. By 2006, he signed to play professional baseball for the Atlantic City Surf of the Atlantic League. He ended his professional career with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2008 and was inducted in Maloney High School Hall of Fame in 2014. Hesseltine has worked as a pitching instructor at Home Run USA in Cheshire and has continued his role as ace pitcher in the GHTBL. He stepped up to manage the Record-Journal Expos in 2017. Hesseltine is a carpenter for Central Connecticut Acoustics Inc and lives in Hamden, Connecticut with his wife Karla.
Born on July 29, 1972, DeMaio grew up in East Haven and graduated from East Haven High School in 1990 as class salutatorian. He was 2-sport captain in both basketball and baseball and gained 2nd team All-Housatonic and 1st Team All-New Haven Country in basketball and 2nd team All-Housatonic in baseball. After high school he pursued a career in teaching and coaching. DeMaio has a Bachelor’s in History and Teaching Certification from Southern Connecticut State University (1995) and later a Master’s degree in History (2005). He is currently pursuing an additional degree in education administration. DeMaio has been coaching high school basketball since 1992 and also coached baseball as an assistant varsity coach for two years at North Haven High School und Bob DeMaio (unrelated). He has taught social studies at North Haven High School for more than 25 years. DeMaio was awarded Teacher of the Year at North Haven at High School three times was named SCC Coach of the Year on two occasions and was inducted into the North Haven High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He resides in Wallingford for the past 23 years with his wife and two children.
Born 1987, Kosakowski is a GHTBL veteran pitcher turned championship manager. He grew up in New Britain, CT. After his family moved to Berlin, CT, Kosakowski played for Berlin High School and American Legion Post 68 under Leo Veleas. Connecticut Connecticut State University recruited him to pitch. Kosakowski had his best season for the Blue Devils during his Junior year and competed in the Northeast Conference for four consecutive seasons. During this time, Kosakowksi spent his summers in the GHTBL on the Middletown-based Bill’s Sports Shop team (later becoming RMR Construction and then Ferguson Waterworks). He won 3 straight championships as an effective closer for Ferguson Waterworks. In 2019, Kosakowski took over as manager of the East Hartford Jets. The following season, he led the Jets to the 2020 Playoff championship. Kosakowski is also a school psychologist who lives with his wife, Elizabeth in Newington, CT.
Born on October 13, 1954 in Hartford, Connecticut, Pizzanello is one Hartford’s top catchers of all-time. He led Hartford to Connecticut’s Little League championship in 1967. Pizzanello was a star catcher for the city’s Jaycee Courant and American Legion programs. He was captain of the Bulkeley High School varsity baseball team, named All-CDC catcher and graduated in 1972. At Eastern Connecticut State University, Pizzanello was elected captain, played in two DIII National Championships, selected to the All-New England Team and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1976. During this time, he played summer ball in the GHTBL from 1971 to 1989, mostly with the Vernon Orioles. In 1977, he was signed to catch for Nettuno of the Italian Baseball League. After his professional stint, Pizzanello focused on coaching in the Town of South Windsor, Connecticut including Little League, Jaycee Courant, Senior League and American Legion. He worked for 37 years at Hartford Insurance Company and IBM in information technology and technical services. In 2017, after being inducted into the Bulkeley High School Athletic Hall of Fame, he became the first manager of the South Windsor Phillies club and won the 2020 GHTBL Regular Season championship. He lives in Eastford, Connecticut with his wife Charlene and have three children.
Born on January 27, 1965, Jack Ceppetelli was raised in East Windsor, CT. He attended East Windsor High School, class of 1983 and played baseball at Assumption College for four years. Ceppetelli competed in his first GHTBL season in 1985 and returned in 1991 as a pitcher. He also pitched for s years in the Tri-County Baseball League in Massachusetts. Ceppetelli earned GHTBL’s Most Valuable Playoff Pitcher in 1999. He has been manager of the Vernon Orioles since 2001, winning twelve league titles in the last 20 years. In 2003, he was inducted into the East Windsor High School Hall of Fame. Ceppetelli lives in South Windsor, CT, is a tax accountant and certified CPA.
Born on August 11, 1943, in Hartford, CT. Tom Abbruzzese is the longest serving manager in GHTBL history. He is a graduate of Wethersfield High School and Fairfield University (1965). Abbruzzese coached the Junior and Senior Division of the Jaycee Courant League from 1971 to 1978. He entered his first twilight team, Society for Savings, into the GHTBL in the summer of 1976. Abbruzzese’s franchise was also sponsored by Bank Boston Bank and then became People’s United Bank in the summer of 2000. His franchise has amassed 15 Regular Season Titles and Playoff Championships. Abbruzzese earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Connecticut (1996). His current profession is as Director of Adult Education, in Newington, CT. Previously he was a Vice Principal of Ledyard High School Ledyard High School (1974-1995) and before that, Recreation Leader for the City of Hartford (1963-1976), According to Abbruzzese, he is, “thankful not only for the outstanding players I have had the privilege of coaching and continue to have, but most importantly for their exceptional character as well. These two qualities are the ingredients for success.” Abbruzzese resides in Wethersfield, CT.