With the baseball season soon to start, Head Coach David Roberts looks to use experience from past seasons going forward. After qualifying for states for the second time in three years last season and falling short to Group IV champions Hunterdon Central High School, Roberts is focused on the wins necessary to strengthen the team’s record, which was 9-14 last season.
“Ten wins is always a goal and [to] try to finish as close to .500 as we can,” Roberts said. “Hopefully we will get a state bid again and see if we will make it.”
Another goal for the team is to perform well at the Mercer County Tournament. Back in 2005, the boys beat the Hun School and West Windsor Plainsboro South High School before falling to Notre Dame High School in the semifinals of this tournament. Throughout its history, the baseball team has never claimed a county title.
“[Some objectives are] to take the division title this year. We are definitely a perennial powerhouse, [which] in past years we really haven’t been. [Also] making states for the third year in a row, and winning a few games in the MCT tournament are big goals,” senior co-captain and designated hitter Dan Gross ’17 said.
With few seniors on the team, including Gross and Teddy Marttila ’17, co-captain and the starting first baseman, attention is turned to the talent in the current junior class. These key players include Paul Cooke ’18, John Girouard ’18, Mike Ramirez ’18, Alec Silverman ’18, and Zack Yoelson ’18, to name a few.
“[We have] depth and a lot of young talent on the team … we are a small senior base but I think a very strong one, and I think we can use our leadership to encourage the younger kids … we’ve got something special this year,” Marttila said.