Baseball: Lomasney returns to high school ranks after two decade hiatus

Two decades later, Harry Lomasney is going back to high school.
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Two decades later, Harry Lomasney is going back to high school.

Lomasney, who guided Greenwich to state baseball championships in 1992 and 1993, has joined the Saratoga Central Catholic varsity staff as its new pitching coach.

Lomasney led the Witches to 11 Wasaren League titles, three Section II championships and a 328-111 record from 1972 through 1995, when he retired as a history teacher at the school.

Lomasney and his state Class C-winning teams that went a combined 52-1 were among the first inductees into the Greenwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

“Phonsey has always been a friend of mine. We have a good relationship. When he started there, we talked about how to run a program,” Lomasney said of Saints coach Phonsey Lambert. “A couple of years ago, he asked me about doing it, and I was quite busy at the time.”

More recently, Lambert asked again.

“He lives in Saratoga,” Lambert said. “I ran into him and told him, ‘We could really use a guy like you, with so much knowledge. I’d like to have you come aboard.’ ”

Since departing Greenwich, Lomasney has been giving private pitching lessons, and he also had a stint with the Skidmore College baseball program which included a year as its interim coach in 1998.

“I’ve been keeping busy, keeping my hand in baseball,” Lomasney, a Castleton State graduate, said.

Lomasney has joined a highly successful program. Lambert’s teams since 1988 have posted a 487-177 record and claimed 20 Tri-Valley League and Western Athletic Conference titles, five Section II championships and two regional crowns. Lambert’s 2000 edition, which included future major leaguer Tim Stauffer, reached the state Class C final.

“I like their program,” Lomasney said of Saratoga Catholic. “I’ve watched them quite often. They practice well. They play the game the right way. I’m happy to help out and be a part of it.”

The pitching group Lomasney will be working with features Connor Farrington, Joe Schmidt, Terel Tillman, Kyle Bailey and Owen O’Reilly.

“I put a seed into him a couple years ago about joining us,” Lambert said of Lomasney. “The guy has won state titles and over 300 games. He’s going to help us.”

Saratoga Catholic’s coaching staff already has varsity assistants Andy O’Reilly and Dale Long Jr., whose father, the late Pittsburgh Pirate Dale Long, in 1956 set a major league record with home runs in eight straight games. The mark was later matched by Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr.

“They’ve got some good guys on their coaching staff. It’s going to be fun,” Lomasney said. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be. They say, ‘Play ball.’ They don’t say, ‘Work ball.’ ”

Lomasney began teaching history at Greenwich in 1968, and directed junior varsity baseball and basketball teams at the school in addition to his long run as the Witches’ varsity baseball coach.

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