Staples Baseball Chases Ring

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Mat Jacowleff, Social Media Editor

After falling in the first round of both FCIACs and States last year, Staples baseball is back and ready to take care of some unfinished business. With a group of talented and experienced returning players, the Wreckers hope to be wearing FCIAC rings for the first time since 2011.

“This year we have a deep lineup combined with pitchers who can all deliver when we need them,” captain Ross Poulley ’15 said.

Along with Poulley, this year’s team will be led by co-captain Ian Burns ‘15.

Burns, as the number one starter this year, will look to lead his promising pitching staff, “We have a few returning guys from last year who have been great leaders to the sophomores and juniors,” Burns said. “At the same time, we also have young guys who are ready to learn and step in when needed.”

The team has been in grind mode this winter making last minute leaps for the upcoming season.

“We have been coming in before school at 6:00 A.M. in order to prepare for this season, and the long successful journey we are about to endure into the playoffs,” Nathan Panzer ‘16 said .

As far as goals for this season, “We’re looking to bring the FCIAC trophy back to Staples,” Poulley said. “We haven’t won FCIACs in a few years, but we feel like we have the roster to accomplish that this year.”

With less than a week before first pitch, expectations run high on North Avenue.

“We will be disappointed with anything less than a ring on our fingers at the end of the season,” Poulley said.

As the seemingly never ending winter thaws, the Staples baseball team will open at home against Newtown on April 8th.