By: Aaron Cholewa and Aaron Guay
With spring sports right around the corner, many people are wondering how the Wethersfield High School baseball team will do or if they will even get to play. Given the success they’ve had in recent years, many are expecting another successful season, if. Seniors Eamon Coggins and Brendan Zaleski, as well as Head Coach Bagdasarian were able to provide their insight on the year.
Both ball players were in agreement that they just want to play baseball in the spring. “We’ve been robbed of that [varsity baseball experience]. I just want to play baseball, any sort of baseball,” said Zaleski. Coggins was very vocal that he too wanted the senior experience to play any form of baseball.
Coggins made it clear that he wanted to play a normal schedule with no travel restrictions. Brendan was able to provide some hope to Eamon, saying that the CIAC is predicting no geographical restrictions. He also added that this year’s schedule might be identical to last year's unused schedule.
The Zaleski and Coggins duo stated that pitchers and catchers can begin throwing on March 20-22. Then, the official tryouts will begin on March 29. With the season approaching quickly, some could be concerned about the team’s success. Coggins and Zaleski however, were not.
Coggins went in depth on the great pitching staff line up for WHS, which starts with seniors Brendan Zaleski and Matt Fletcher. Coggins also talked about the addition of Noah Terzo to accompany Fletcher and Zaleski on the mound. Coggins then said, “We got the bats to support the pitchers.”
Zaleski added that many players haven’t played a competitive game in months or years. However, despite this he, too was confident in the team’s ability to compete with their opponents
Junior infielder Anthony Pretter and senior pitcher Matt Fletcher weighed in on the situation the Eagles have behind the plate this upcoming season. Fletcher was adamant about the fact that the Eagles lost two catchers last season and that there is going to be a lot of pressure on the primary catcher Aaron Guay to perform well and be a leader to the team.
In an interview with head coach Mark Bagdasarian, he said “ It is tough to say how the virus will impact our season. The Department of Health and CIAC are always worried about student athlete’s safety first.“
Bagdasarian went on to say that he is very hopeful for a full season, but, saying that the virus will affect us in one way or another.
Coach Bagdasarian thinks that with his starting varsity roster the team could make a conference championship as the program has done in years past.
He had this to say on the team’s predicted play, “I’m confident that our roster will be able to continue the tradition of good baseball and tournament berths, everything passed that is always a crap shoot and anything can happen in one game. The best team doesn’t always win, the team that plays the best does.”
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