This is the second of a three-part series highlighting the newest members of the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame:
David Fish, 1992
Fish was a captain and key member of Plainville’s 1992 Class L State Baseball Championship and No. 1 ranked team in the Hartford Courant state baseball poll. Patrolling the outfield and pitching, Fish was named All-State in baseball as a junior and senior. He was a varsity starter for all four years of his high school career and was tabbed All-Northwest Conference four times.
Fish was an effective left-handed pitcher for the Blue Devils, but did most of his damage with the bat. The hulking left-handed power hitter batted over .350 for his career, tallying 90 hits, 12 home runs with 88 RBI.
According to former Plainville baseball coach Bob Freimuth (Hall of Fame Class of 2006), “David Fish was an outstanding baseball player. He played just as hard in practice as he did in games. I was fortunate to have him for four years. He was a great competitor in the batter’s box and on the mound, truly self-motivated and unselfish.”
Fish’s size, speed and strength made him a force on the gridiron as well. He captained the football team, playing fullback and inside linebacker. A three-year starter, he was named All-State as a senior in 1991.
Collegiately, Fish was a four-year starter in the outfield for Western Connecticut State University. Named the team’s captain his junior and senior seasons, Fish hit over .300 for his career with 11 home runs and 78 runs batted in.
Scott Martin, 1995
Martin graduated from Plainville High School in 1995. He was a four-year member of baseball and basketball teams and was a captain of basketball team his senior year. Martin was also a member of the Blue Devils baseball teams that competed in four consecutive state championship games, winning the state championship three times. In the 1995 title game, Martin had the game-winning hit.
Martin then attended CCSU and was a four-year member of the baseball team, earning all-league honors in his junior and senior seasons. He finished his careers second all-time in strikeouts, both in his career and season, and as a senior, was seventh in the country in strikeouts per 9 innings at 12.2 per game.
Martin was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and played three seasons, earning top ERA with the Dodgers organization in 1999 and 2000. He was a member of the 2000 league championship with the San Bernardino Stampede in High-A.
Locally, Martin pitched for the Middletown Giants in the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was selected 1st-team all-league and for Bristol in the Twilight League earning 1st-team all-league, leading the team to its first championship in 26 years
Martin is currently the varsity baseball coach at Stafford High School with more than 140 wins and an appearance in the 2009 State Championship finals. He has earned coach of the year three times and is on the High School Coaches and CIAC Boards. He is also the varsity girls basketball coach, in addition to teaching history at Stafford High School.
The Plainville Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central Street in Forestville. The ceremony will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the awards following immediately. The cost for a ticket is $45 and can be purchased at the Dental Offices of Dr. Rusty Camp at 359 Farmington Ave, or Angelo’s Modern Barber Shop at 61 East St. or Farmington Bank at 117 East St. in Plainville.
Please contact Mike Bakaysa at 860-573-8015 or Byron Treado at 860-836-3377 for details. All commemorative plaques can be viewed at Plainville High School in the Hall of Fame Showcase. For further information on the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame can be found at www.plainvillesports.com