The Southern Connecticut Diamond Club, Inc. honored 30 area high school baseball players at its annual awards banquet, including Shelton's Paul Salley, at Monticello’s Restaurant in Meriden recently.

Each player was presented with the John “Whitey” Piurek “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” Award. Named for the longtime West Haven High coach, the honor is awarded to the member of each team who gives most unselfishly to his program.

In addition to the Piurek awards, the club presented the Samuel Burrell Jr. Coach of the Year award to Chris Borelli of Hamden High School. Also, the George Klivak Team of the Year was presented to Fairfield Prep High School. Both awards are voted on by the area coaches and members of the SCDC.