Boys varsity baseball swings into the new season

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Following a strong 2021 season, the boys varsity baseball team has come out swinging once again, starting the season with an impressive 5-3 record. 

After three years of not being able to take the team’s flagship training trip to Florida, the team was able to make the trip, starting off their season strong while also providing opportunities for team building. “One of the highlights thus far was that we were able to return to Florida for spring training for the first time in three years,” said Assistant Coach Ryan Radmanovich. “We’re able to get outside for practice and scrimmages in the warm Florida sun in preparation for our spring Founders League season.”

This trip clearly had a positive effect as the team soundly defeated Westminster 8-4 at their first game on April 7.  The team then suffered a tough loss 10-7 to Trinity-Pawling at home on April 5, but was able to quickly recover and notched a hard-fought 5-4 win at Choate Rosemary Hall on April 8. 

The team was then able to carry their momentum to another close victory over Taft on April 11, winning 7-6 and placing them at the top of the Founders League standings. Unfortunately, on April 13, the team suffered their biggest loss yet, losing 20-7 to Avon Old Farms at home. 

On Saturday, April 16, the team hosted Kent at home and showed their ability to recover from setbacks, defeating them 16-7. 

The team then traveled to Avon Old Farms on April 20, hoping to even the record between the two teams and come home with the victory. The team unfortunately fell short, losing 0-6. 

Able to recover, the team traveled to Trinity-Pawling on Saturday, April 23, and brought home a resounding 9-1 victory to bring their record to 5-3.

“We have a relatively young and inexperienced team,” said Coach Radmanovich. “Only two players on our current roster (seniors Christian Pedro and Dylan Diaz) have played varsity baseball in the Founders League prior to this season.” 

One of the team’s standout performances has been in pitching, as evidenced by the team’s 9-1win over Trinity-Pawling. “Our pitching has been strong in most of our games, like the second Trinity-Pawling game,” said senior centerfielder Dylan Diaz. “Devin Wolff came out and threw 11 strikeouts with no hits to start, and Christian Pedro closed out the game with a strong performance with seven strikeouts and no hits.”

One of the main goals for the team has been coming together, despite the relative inexperience of much of the team. “I would say our goals are to first win the Founders League, but also we really needed to come together in the beginning of the season, which I feel like we accomplished,” said junior Jack Gold. Coach Radmanovich agreed with Gold’s sentiment. “We have had a few individual standout performances so far, but everyone has contributed in different ways,” he said, “and we are really starting to gel as a team. We have emphasized the concept of ‘team first’ since our first practice in Florida and have been very pleased with each and every player embracing their role on the team.”

This gelling of the team has resulted in a positive team atmosphere. “The team atmosphere has been great,” Diaz said. “With the baseball team not having a full season in three years, everyone is motivated to make this season great. Our team is very close; we have fun with each other but we also compete and try to push each other.”

Looking to the future, the team has a strong upcoming schedule, traveling to Taft and Kent on April 29 and April 30 respectively. 

One consistency throughout the team is the desire to keep winning and to clinch a playoff bid to ultimately win the Founders League. “In our upcoming games we hope to continue winning and improving on all the little things we need to work on,” Diaz said. “If that all works out, we hope to make top seed for playoffs and try to win a championship.” Coach Radmanovich agreed and perhaps put it best: “Our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs and have the opportunity to play in the Final Four and win the Founders League Championship!”