Connor Rasimovich leads Holy Cross with his bat

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Crusaders junior third baseman Connor Rasimovich was one of the heavy hitters who helped his team to its first district title in school history this past season.

“It felt tremendous,” he said. “It was just such a great feeling to be a part of the team’s first district title in school history.”

Son of Frank and Ellen Rasimovich, Connor hopes to play college baseball after completing his senior year at Holy Cross.

Connor led Holy Cross with a .455 on base percentage and was second on the team with a .348 batting average. He led the Crusaders with three homers and was second on the team with 18 RBIs. He scored 12 runs and added six doubles.

Connor talked about what it took to make him a strong hitter.

“You need to work hard and look for the fastball early,” he said.

The talented third baseman is also skilled at the hot corner. “You need to work very hard to be a good third baseman,” he said. “You need to work on all the fundamentals,”

Connor has close to a 3.0 academic average. His best subject is history.

He said his parents taught him a lot. “My parents teach me to work hard all the time. With hard work, you can accomplish a lot.”

Multi-talented, Connor is a three-year member of the Holy Cross baseball team and two-year member of the basketball team. He plays forward for veteran coach Al Callejas on the basketball team.

He said Holy Cross veteran baseball coach Sandy Menichetti has been a strong influence.

“Coach Menichetti tells me to always stay focused, even under pressure.”

Connor enjoys listening to music in his spare time. He likes the music of Kid Cudi, a rap artist, who he would like to see in concert.

Connor was named honorable mention to the Lackawanna League Coaches’ All-Star team this past baseball season.

He talked about his future.

“My goal is to keep playing baseball and help Holy Cross win another district title next year. I want to study sports management and play baseball in college. I want to eventually get into coaching after graduating college.”

Connor has played travel baseball for the Lackawanna Thunder the past two years. His baseball coach for the Thunder is Tony Karpinski.

“I’ve really developed a lot playing summer travel baseball,” Connor said. “You play against the best competition.”

Connor is enjoying his experience at Holy Cross.

“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of friends.”

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