The first pitch of the 2012 high school baseball season was thrown this Thursday and three teams to watch in our area are ready to roll.
Salesianum, a state semifinalist a year ago looks to return Frawley Stadium, but third-year head coach Ted Godfrey is concerned mainly with his team improving each day while living up to the tradition of excellence at the school.
“There’s a certain standard that we want to live up to, but we control our game,” Godfrey said. “We just want to get better each time we practice and play.”
While Salesianum expects to be there, the Charter School of Wilmington is new to the world of baseball contention. Last season the Force won 17 games and made the state tournament for the first time in the school’s 12-year history.
Head coach Dan Saggione understands there’s work yet to be done, but prefers a positive approach when guiding his team.
“I always have high hopes,” Saggione said “Last year was big for us, but we’ve still got some work to do. Hopefully we can work our way back to that point.”
St. Mark’s coach Matt Smith meanwhile is hopeful his team will peak at the right time in the season, and returning one starter (all-state 3B Jeff Ziemba) means there will be some growing pains leading to late May.
“The key is you have to have everybody playing well,” Smith said of his strategy heading into the latter part of the season. “Hopefully you can get hot at the right time and make a run at it.”
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