by Laura Streaman
The baseball team started off its season with a 2-0 win in a scrimmage against David Brearley High School on March 15.
WHS quickly took a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly from senior Jake Greenberg in the first inning, who drove in junior Jacob Boyle for a run.
WHS held Brearley to a no-hitter through the first eight innings, led by junior pitchers Brad Demartino, Mike Androconis, Anthony Percante and senior pitcher Quinn Dursee. With a combined total of ten strikeouts, the pitchers proved to control the field.
Said Head Coach Bob Brewster: “They all worked together.... We’ve noticed inside [in practice] that the pitching has gone well.”
In the sixth inning, junior Tyler Bowman drove in junior Chris Arena with a single, making the score 2-0.
Said senior Tri-Captain Kevin Galasso: “Our pitching and defense was solid.... We hope to improve on our contact hitting in the future.”
While the team didn’t get many hits, its fielding set them apart from Brearley.
“The team gets better every year,” said Brewster.
With only five returning seniors, the younger players were expected to perform well.
“We need [the younger players] to help out our team this year, and they showed good potential as far as their pitching and hitting,” said Dursee.
Said Brewster, “Next year [the juniors] will be even better.”
The team plans to focus on seeing the ball outside after weeks of practice indoors, according to Brewster.
WHS made small steps forward, as they went from three hits against Brearley on Friday to twelve hits on Saturday against North Hunterdon, according to Brewster.
Said senior Tri-Captain Liam Devin, “Our weakness was our hitting; we needed to swing more and put the ball into play.”
The first game of the season is away on April 2 against SPF.