Catching up with Blue Devils

Former Plainville High School baseball standout Mike Thomas is once again at it for Roger Williams University and as of March 20, the junior has played in 11 of 12 games, starting 10 of those for the 6-6 squad.
For the season, Thomas is batting .172 with five hits that includes a double, one home run, and six RBI.
He’s walked twice while compiling 15 assists, manning his usual third base position for the Hawks.
Thomas has also been hit by a pitch twice and has a sacrifice to his name this season as well.
On March 14 in a game against Cazenovia from Auburndale, Fla., Thomas had his best game of the season to date for the Hawks 9-0 victory.
Thomas went 2-of-4 from the plate, scoring a run while tacking up a season high of three RBI.
In the fifth frame of the showdown, Thomas drilled a three-run homer and helped turn a close game into a 9-0 push after five completed frames of play.
In 2012, the likable Thomas played in 34 of 44 games on the year with 27 starts as a sophomore.
He batted .253 on the year, which for players in the rotation which tied Thomas for second on the team. Thomas carried a .310 slugging percentage as well for the Hawks.
Also on the year, he produced six RBI and scored 10 runs while adding a .290 on-base percentage.
His most productive game came on April 7 when he sliced Endicott for a season-high three hits during Roger Williams 4-1 victory.
Thomas also appeared in two games on the mound, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
One year previous, the then-freshman played in 40 of 43 games and made an impressive 37 starts as a first year player.
He split time between shortstop and third base and finished with 27 hits on the year in 123 at-bats.
Thomas ended up scoring 12 runs while he was second on the team in runs batted in with 22.
He finished the campaign with six multi-hit games.
Thomas, of course, played on the varsity level at Plainville since his freshman season and lettered in baseball and basketball all four years.
He was named captain of basketball team in his junior and senior years while he earned that honor on the baseball team during his senior campaign and guided his team to the state championship in 2008, playing in the CHSCA Junior and Senior All-Star games.
He received Academic All-State honors in his senior year, was an Honor Roll Student all four years at Plainville and to top it all off, he was a member of the National Honors Society
But Thomas isn’t the only former Blue Devil still playing baseball in college.
Former Plainville High School baseball standout Tom Dinda is on the roster of Bentley University’s baseball team.
He wears his familiar #17 for the Falcons and is on Bentley’s roster as a pitcher but has not made his first appearance of the season as of yet.
For the Blue Devils, Dinda earned two letters in baseball and three in football.
Last season, he helped Plainville to the 2012 Connecticut Class M state championship in its 3-1 victory over Haddam-Killingworth.
He just wasn’t one of the captains for coach Lou Mandeville, he was an Academic All-State selection as well while playing multiple positions on the field.
Dinda also played in CHSCA all-star game and spent time playing a little summer baseball with New England Knights


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