Season: 2019

Tyler Repoli

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.

Christian Budzik

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.

Charlie Hesseltine

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.