Former Bridgeport Central, Law, Derby baseball coach Sumner Sochrin dies

Sumner Sochrin, the longtime high school baseball coach at Bridgeport Central, Jonathan Law, Seymour and Derby, died on May 31. He was 88.

Sochrin remains the only coach to lead a Bridgeport school to a baseball state championship. He did so at Central in 1978.

Bridgeport Central defeated Trumbull 5-3 in the 1978 Class LL state final. Sochrin was able to defeat another legendary coach — Jerry McDougall. Among the players’ on that championship team was Kurt Kepshire, who went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sochrin, both a resident of Shelton and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean at the time of his passing, went on to coach at Law in Milford for 14 seasons. Law advanced to the 1998 Class L state final, falling to Branford.

His final stop was at Derby, where he was born. He led Derby to its first NVL championship in 2012 and the first league baseball title of any kind since 1954.

“He was a really good baseball man and his teams were well-disciplined,” said former longtime Notre Dame-West Haven coach Tom Marcucci, who coached against Sochrin when he was at Law.

Sochrin coached at Derby until 2014, finishing his career with over 500 career victories.

Sochrin was a graduate of Seymour High, Georgia Tech and the University of Bridgeport. He taught mathematics at Bridgeport for 33 years after serving in the U.S. Army.

Sochrin is survived by his son Jeff among several other family members.

A funeral service and burial at Beth Israel Cemetery in Orange will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions in Sochrin’s name may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.; @nhrJoeMorelli