By Anthony Damon ‘18
In the interest of full disclosure Anthony Damon ’18 is on the baseball team
The Varsity baseball team opened their season on April 11 against Franklin K. Lane. The game started off slow, with Lane scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. After that the Hornets bounced right back, tying the game up and pouring on 10 more runs to beat Lane 11-1. Alex Muchnick ’19 went four innings on the mound, with four strikeouts and zero earned runs. The team looked solid offensively, with a 3-run home run from Daniel Lentini ’18, and a 2-run shot by James Shea ’18. Jake Blozy ’21, and Tylor Martinez ’19 also drove in key runs in the victory.
“We’ve worked hard all offseason to be ready to come out and compete on gameday,” said Lentini. “We just want to go 1-0 everyday, and as long as we continue to work hard we’ll be on track for a successful season.”
Shea said, “This was a great team win, but we can’t get complacent and we need to continue to bring consistent energy every time we step onto the field.”
The Hornets home opener was on April 13 against a Lane team that was looking for revenge. Steven Guercio ’18 started the game, and pitched a solid 4 innings, not allowing a run. Jason Goldblum ’19 came on to close the game out in the fifth, giving the Hornets a 10-0 victory, and a 2-0 start on the season. With a huge crowd for the home opener, the Hornets were able to feed off of the crowd’s energy while on the field.
“It’s always our mission to protect our home field and we were excited to be back in front of our fans for the first time this year,” said Jalen Robinson ’18. “The fans gave us a nice push with all their energy and support, allowing us to get another easy win.”
Muchnick said, “It was great to have so many fans at the game. The atmosphere was electric and we as a team feed off the energy that the fans bring to the games.”
The team’s third game of the season was against Telecomm. Lentini started on the bump and gave up two runs in the first inning. The Hornets stayed calm and came right back to tie the game up in the bottom of the second. With Lentini comfortable on the mound, he went four innings, not giving up any more runs. In the bottom of the third inning the Hornets blew the game wide open, scoring 12 runs, giving them a 14-2 lead. The offense was bolstered by Jared Ramos ’18 and his 3-run triple. Ramos went 4 for 4, coming up just a home run shy of the cycle. The Hornets ended up defeating Telecomm by a final score of 18-4.
“It was a great offensive performance,” said Dan Pero ’19. “We trusted our preparation and came away with a decisive win on our home field. We know we’re capable of performing like this on a daily basis, and we just need to continue working hard if we want to be successful this season.”
The Hornets look to build on their 3-0 start and continue their success throughout the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs. Their next games are April 21 against Fort Hamilton, and April 23 against Madison.
Joshua Williams ’19 contributed to this article.