Baseball kicks off season with key victories and team trip to Florida

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The baseball team opened up their season with an astounding game on Monday, April 1, against Westminster School, winning 16-1.

Junior pitcher Nick Cannata got all ten of his outs by means of the strikeout and senior Eryk Jones came in and closed the game, not giving up a run. Head Coach Steve Cannata said junior Jack Marshall and sophomore Mike DeMio had good hitting games, as they both had two hits.

On Wednesday, April 3, KO faced Trinity-Pawling School, where they lost 12-4. Despite the troubling score, the Wyverns did produce some good offense as sophomore Sam Smith hit a homerun. Coach Cannata said that the scoreline doesn’t accurately reflect the game. “We only had one bad inning in two games,” said Coach Cannata.

On Wednesday, April 10, the baseball team hosted Choate School. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. The game had to end early because as the game went to extra innings, it became too dark to continue. Senior pitcher captain Evan Moore gave up no earned runs. DeMio had another great hitting performance as he had another game with multiple hits. Junior catcher Tim Cotter also had a strong performance, as he was able to reach base on multiple occasions.

On Saturday, April 13, the Wyvens traveled to Kent School where they played a hard fought game, but unfortunately they came up just short, losing in ten innings, with the final score being 6-5. “We fought well but had a few errors that ended up costing us the game,” said senior outfielder Aidan Shea.

Coach Cannata said he is happy with where his team is at for this early on in this season. “Being so early in the season we are still feeling things out defensively, and that is already starting to sort itself out,” said Coach Cannata. He also said that he is happily surprised with how well his team has been hitting, especially since it is so early in the season. Cannata also said that the team has really bonded well so far this season. “We’ve had great chemistry so far and it’s only going to get better,” he said.

Coach Cannata said his goal for this season is to finish in the top four teams. The Founders League this year decided to establish a playoff next year, which will be composed of the four teams with the best record.

Despite their being no playoff this year, he wants his team to fight hard to prove to the Founders League and themselves that they can make the playoffs.

Coach Cannata said that he believes his team is up for the task and says that pitching depth will be very important as they have just begun a short 19 game season with little recovery time for his pitchers.

The baseball team has encountered an unfortunate stint of weather so far this season, as two of their games have been rained out, but hopefully the weather will permit the Wyverns to avenge their loses to Trinity-Pawling School on Saturday, April 20, at home.