Baseball captains Carter Cirone hope to lead team to tournament

Leading the baseball team under new coaching this season are senior captains Craig Carter and Dominic Cirone.

Cirone and Carter bring experience to the team because they have each played on the team all four years of their high school career. Both have played even longer through town leagues.

“I started playing baseball when I was 4, but I didn’t start playing the organized game until I was 6 and joined Little League,” Carter said.

Cirone, who has been playing the sport since he was 5, said that the town league is important to developing young talent.

“Playing through middle school helped me get to know the sport and work on aspects of my game that needed work,” he said.

On the field, Carter described himself as a utility player, one who can play nearly any position if he is needed.

“I can play different positions depending on the game situation; anywhere from right field, third base, first base, or pitching,” he said.

Cirone stated that he also plays a variety of positions if needed such as catcher, pitcher, second base, and short stop.

“I think it’s important to be versatile, especially with our new coach this year it makes his job easier if he has a lot of options to choose from,” Cirone said.

According to Carter, the team’s goals are to qualify for the state tournament and “ultimately make a run for the title.” Cirone agreed with this goal and also said he wants to “create a reputation for the team that will make younger athletes enthusiastic to play.”

After high school, Carter will attend the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but he has yet to decide whether he will play a sport in college. He has the option to participate in any of the three he played in high school: baseball, basketball, or football.

Cirone plans to try out for the baseball team of whichever school he attends in the fall. Even if he doesn’t make the team, he wants some association with the sport.

Head coach James Weed said his captains will be his largest asset going forward, as they know the team and can help him get to know its strengths and weaknesses.