By Sarah Williams
Varsity baseball began the season with a 0-3 record.
As of March 19, baseball has been busy training to have a winning team.
In the first game of the season on March 11, they lost, 3-0 against Amesbury, in a recent press release coach Robert Garrett said, “The Hornet’s offense was unable to support sophomore Brandon Bartlett’s strong outing on the mound. Bartlett threw 6 and 1/3 innings, giving up just two hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. “
“Offensively, senior Liam Logue was 1-3 with a double, and junior captain Craig Carter and senior Mike Leobelenz each added a single,” Garrett said.
Their second game was a 15-6 loss against Lynnfield High School on March 12. “The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first half inning, but the pitching staff and defense was unable to hold the lead,” Garrett said.
In the game on March 14 they lost against Ipswich with a score of 14-3.
The team faces strong competition. “The bigger schools we play — Cape Ann [league schools], North Reading, Masco — they are always very good, as well as our rivals Georgetown and Rockport.”
“Our rivals like Newburyport and Georgetown are going to be tough opponents. They always have good teams,” senior Liam Logue said.
After the first week of the season, the team chose three captains: junior middle infielder and pitcher Craig Carter, senior pitcher Dominic Ceronne, and senior third base pitcher Kevin Carter.
Kevin Carter explained his role as captain. “It is up to me to lead by example and be approachable by all players on varsity and junior varsity with any issues they have. Sort of like a coach,” he said.
Ceronne added that the captains also get everyone organized like letting people know what time practice is.
Craig Carter has many goals for the team. “A goal would be to show up to every game ready to play and leave nothing on the field at all times,” he said “Baseball is a team sport, but when it is your turn to step up, it is up to you to deliver.”
Ceronne explained his goals. “Just work hard every day, get better at what we do, and try to win games. That’s what we strive for,” he said
“We really need to improve this year with our attitude and never quit mentality,” Kevin Carter said.