Varsity Baseball strives for success

Oliver Steinman and Sam Chiang

The Boys Varsity Baseball team traveled to Poly Prep Country Day School last Wednesday for one of their toughest games of the season, Mark Fernandez (11) said.

Though the final score was 2-3, the team hopes to beat Poly Prep during their home game on May 13th by fixing their mistakes, he said. The team currently has a record of 5 to 3 and an impressive streak of four wins.

“The main reason we lost is because we left too many men on base,” Avi Kapadia (10) said.

“The team this year is very hopeful that the season will be good,” Ryan Webb (10) said.

Despite losing a few players to injuries and the team’s less than ideal start to their season in Florida, they were able to turn things around and regain their composure, Fernandez said.

The Lions beat Riverdale, a team that started off the season as the second best in the league, Fernandez said. “We really showed who we were as a team in that game and battled through the entire seven innings,” he said.

“We played for each other and trusted each other, so we were able to walk off the field proud,” Fernandez said.

“The team this year feels like a brotherhood,” Andrew Rosen (12) said.“We’re a very young team overall, so naturally, the younger guys became key players that drive the game,” Rosen said.

“We have a very strong sophomore and junior class and the seniors allow the younger players to showcase some of their talents,” Boys Varsity Baseball Head Coach Matthew Russo said.

“I feel that the seniors bring the experience, the junior bring the energy and a team orientated presence, and the sophomores bring the fire and hunger that we need for every game,” said Fernandez.

“The role of the upperclassmen on the team is to lead by example and prepare the younger players before we become leaders next year,” Webb said. Part of the team’s success also comes from reshaping the team’s culture both on and off the field, Russo said.

“In previous years, upperclassmen haven’t been the approachable leaders they need to be to the younger guys, but this year, there’s a stronger sense of camaraderie and family on the team,” Rosen said.

The team’s desire to succeed has fortunately translated into wins on the field, Adrian Arnaboldi (10) said. The team is not satisfied with losing and is constantly striving to achieve better results, he said.

Many players feel the same way with goals of beating Poly Prep and making a deep run in the NYSAIS tournament, Webb said.

“Everyone has been working harder to do their job and help the team suceed,” Russo said.