By Peter Grabowski ’17
Baseball is more than just a sport for varsity catcher Nicolas Cardieri ’17; it is a passion. His skills have earned him a scholarship to the University of Maine to play division I baseball. This is an honor that only a select few get to experience. In fact, only about 10,000 people get to play men’s division I out of the millions who play baseball, according to scholarshipstats.com.
Nicolas had a long thought process before deciding to commit to the University of Maine. He considered multiple factors when making his decision.
“I chose Maine because I really loved everything about the school when I went there and met the coaches,” said Cardieri.
Having good coaches is important to him, so meeting the staff at Maine was one of his priorities.
“Coaching has been a very big part of my development as a player. If I didn’t have the coaching I’ve had throughout my life, then I definitely wouldn’t be the same player and person I am now,” Cardieri said.
He described how the head coach, Mr. Nardone, as well as the rest of the coaching staff have created a great atmosphere to help everyone succeed and achieve their goals.
“It is an honor and a privilege to coach Nick. He is a tremendous ball player and even better individual. Nick has been named a team captain for this year and his leadership is key to us winning our division and potentially a PSAL championship,” said Mr. Nardone.
Deciding on Maine wasn’t completely about baseball; academics were an important factor in his decision.
“Academics were a very big part of my decision because I wanted to choose a school where I would be challenged academically but I wouldn’t be over my head during baseball season,” explained Nicolas.
He consistently earns averages in the mid-to-upper 90s throughout his high school career. His academic excellence and athletic ability make him a model student-athlete.
Nicolas credits a lot of his success to his time in high school. He is proud to be part of a team that has each other’s backs and supports him greatly.
“I’ve known him since we were kids and I’d do anything for him, he’s like a brother to me,” said Gavin Brien ’16. Teammates of Nicolas are proud of what he has achieved. They look up to him as a leader and someone they can go to for advice on bettering themselves, both on and off the field. They also are excited for the extra motivation this brings to succeed overall
as a team this season. “Nick is a great teammate to have, he always gives it his all in whatever he does and I couldn’t be happier for him,” said Matthew Putterman ’17.
Matthew Eng ’17 added, “Nicolas isn’t just a great teammate, but a great friend too. I know that whenever I need something I can always count on him to come through.” Cardieri has many goals for the future, and one of them is to ultimately be in Major League Baseball. Although, he has a goal that he hopes to reach by the end of this year, and that is to win a Public School Athletic League championship.
“My goal for the near future is to win a PSAL championship at Midwood, something I’ve been aspiring to do for three years,” said Nicolas.
He believes that by his senior year the team can win it all, and the whole school will be rooting for them.