The Gilmour Academy Varsity Baseball team started their season off with a few wins. The team is led by Nick Regalbuto (`15), Ethan Pawlak (`15), Will Velotta (`15), Grant Weiss (`15), Nick Marquette (`15),Seamus Meaney (`15), Chris Sommer (`15), James Venzor (`15), James Herten (`15), Kevin Hale (`15) and Michael Jankus (`15).
Many athletes are returning members, which has made the team chemistry strong. Pawlak said, “The team is looking pretty good since many great defensive players are returning.” Last year, the team won districts, and with the returning members, they see another title in their future. Regalbuto said, “Winning districts last year was the best memory from all my years at Gilmour.” Velotta added, “All of the hard work paid off and everyone was ecstatic.”
Play hard because you will have a shot to play for the team and to win a lot of games
This season is special for the seniors because they get to leave their legacy in the baseball program. Pawlak said, “We are the leaders on the team. On the field, we are a tight group and get along really well.” Velotta agreed.“It is fun to be on the team with all the other seniors and the younger guys because we help each other out.” The seniors feel they are close knit and that will help them defend their title.
The team is looking forward to the game against University School. Last year, the team lost in a close game at Progressive Field, so this year, the Lancers are seeking a win. This year’s game was postponed due to the weather but was rescheduled for late April. Another great game to catch is against West Geauga High School. They are viewed as a talented team and will be a good challenge for the Lancers. That game is scheduled for May 6, 2015 at West Geauga.
Give your all at every practice and every game
The seniors agreed that the best advice for the returning players is to work hard. “Take all drills at practice seriously and always be focused,” Regalbuto said.
Velotta said,“Play hard because you will have a shot to play for the team and to win a lot of games.” Pawlak said, “Give your all at every practice and every game. Play every inning.” The team continues to hone their skills in defense of their District Championship.