By George Santilla and Cade Statton ’17
For the 2017 baseball season Coach Kevin Scott has a couple ideas to help the team improve from last season. “ Our team expectations are to compete in the Central League and win a spot in the District 1 Playoffs.” After finishing second to last in the Central League with a record of 1-11 last season Mr. Scott made a couple different moves in the off season. John Grossi, who was the former head coach of O’Hara has been added to the staff.
Anthony Monzo is one of the assistant coaches for Ridley Baseball. “ Coach Monzo has been with me from the beginning and has helped me create the vision for our team’s future. Our goal has always been to create a culture of success and the expectation that Ridley High School baseball will be a winning program. The kind of program that expects to send a team to the District 1 playoffs every year and potentially win the Central League title” said Coach Scott.
“Our Varsity baseball team has improved with a bigger pitching staff and a core of experienced varsity hitting.” Returning from last season is Gregg Kimmel, Jimmy Bramwell, Liam Thompson, James Becker, Ryan Meyer, Nick Pellegrino, Nick Deprinzio, and Andrew Hallett. This year’s captains are Liam Thompson, Nick Deprinzio, Nick Pellegrino, and Gregg Kimmel.
“I’ve improved my attitude and approach. I have a much sounder mind and work ethic towards this season” said Captain Nick Deprinzio.
The players believe that they are going to turn the Ridley baseball reputation around during the 2017 season. “
I expect to make the playoffs this season, nothing less” said Junior John Mastella. The team has been working out during the off season and working out different skills on how to make not just individual players better but the team as a whole better.
“Every person on the team because to have a good year, every single day, every person 1-9 in the lineup has to do their job and each job is just as important as the next,” said Nick Deprinzio.