Baseball Swings for the Fences

Sports

As the spring sports season and school year come to an end, the boys varsity baseball team ends the season with a 9-7 record.

The first half of the season saw the Wyverns going strong with a 5-3 record. One of the more exciting games of the season was the third game against Choate Rosemary Hall on the road. Choate had taken a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning and held the lead going into the 7th. Senior outfielder Christian Pedro shot a rocket into the gap, bringing fellow senior center fielder Dylan Diaz from second base all the way home to tie the game. Heading into extra innings, sophomore infielder John Kumpa hit a lead-off single and managed to get to third base, eventually scoring on a passed ball, taking the lead. To finish the game, junior pitcher Devin Wolff struck out two batters, adding to his strikeout numbers, and earning the save and the win for the team in a thriller. 

The second half of the season has seen the Wyverns find even more success on the diamond, defeating teams such as Hotchkiss, Taft, and Kent, with the Wyverns winning by double digits in many of those games. However, there have been some missteps in the back half of the season, with the primary sum of some of their losses being against strong Founder’s League teams such as Loomis Chaffee and Avon Old Farms. Head Coach Steve Cannata spoke about how the team has found themselves later in the season. “If you look at the past six games, we’re 5-1,” Coach Cannata said. “During the first couple weeks of the season, we were trying to figure out player’s roles, and since then, we’ve come together as a team.” 

Coach Cannata highlighted the incredible depth of the Wyvern pitching rotation. “We can put out a few different guys against anybody,” he said. “We’ve gotten good starting pitching from Wolff, [sophomore] Adam Merrit, and [sophomore] Sean Habeeb.” Wolff has been leading the way in terms of strikeouts, Merrit has exceeded the coach’s expectations, and Habeeb has been a solid and reliable starter on the mound all season. Coach Cannata also noted Pedro, who, coming off of an injury, has reacclimated to pitching and is one of the better hitters on the team. 

Heading into the season, coaches anticipated that batting would be a weak point of the team because of the tougher Founder’s League pitching, with Pedro being the only player who has faced the strong pitching of the division. However, all of the players have stepped up to the plate and have gotten better with each at-bat, spotlighting junior catcher and first baseman Brady Nichols, who leads the team in RBIs, freshman catcher and outfielder Boden Swanson, who is one of the leaders in batting, and Pedro, who is also strong at the plate. The contributions of freshman infielder Dom Trolio also didn’t go unnoticed. Trolio has turned himself into the starting shortstop for the team and has excelled in this position. 

The Wyverns’ regular season concluded on a sour note as the team suffered two straight losses to Choate and Westminster. Despite the final two games of the regular season, the team’s final record is a solid 9-7, good enough for the playoffs. However, the team, unfortunately, fell to Loomis Chaffe 0-10, ending their season. Though the season ended on a playoff loss, the team’s season was still successful overall. We congratulate the varsity baseball team and wish the seniors luck as they move to the next level!