Boys baseball looks back at surprising season
By Emily Seeburger, Staff Reporter
The boys’ baseball team expected 2011 to be a year to rebuild—not a year to seize a Central League championship.
The team proved many people wrong when it finished the season with a 15-1 record and an unexpected Central League trophy.
Proving people wrong “feels great,” senior captain and shortstop Shea Rosadino said. “It just shows how hard work and working together as a team can really win a lot of games.”
According to coach John Vogan, the team has a special ability to always “find a way to win.” He said that the boys’ attitude also contributes to their victories.
“They’re confident but not arrogant,” Vogan said. “When things don’t go well, they don’t get excited and nervous and bent-out-of-shape—they’re confident and they keep focused.”
Rosadino said that the team’s drive keeps them going until the end.
“We all just try to play every inning like the score is zero-zero [and] play like it’s [our] last game,” Rosadino said. “It seems like every time we have a close game, our lineup finds a way to get a couple of runs across so we can get the win.”
Next year’s team may need to rebuild once again, as 12 seniors are members of the varsity team. However, Vogan said that the seniors pass on strong values to keep the team inspired.
“[It’s] the atmosphere and the way these seniors carry themselves—they set the tone for the ones [they leave] behind,” Vogan said. “That’s what I’m really blessed and lucky to have. Each senior group lets the group behind them know ‘This is how we do it here.’”
The team made state playoffs, beating Frankford High School 10-3 in the first round on June 6. They next play Methacton on June 9 in the state quarterfinals at Neumann University.
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