In some ways the 2013 season will be about taking the next step for the Weston High varsity baseball team.
The Trojans, who once again hope to get into the South-West Conference playoffs and the state Class M tournament, hope to build on the success they enjoyed a year ago. They already appear to have some of the components to make that happen.
Most of their starting players are back this season. Those who are new to the varsity team could also help fill a few holes.
“We have some positions open,” said eighth-year head coach Frank Fedeli. “We brought some guys up.”
While practice started two weeks ago the Trojans had limited time on the diamond due to field conditions. The last several days were very productive as the weather improved and they scrimmaged a couple of opponents.
With 41 players coming out for the program Weston will field three teams (varsity, JV and freshman). Fedeli expects a few to do double duty between teams if necessary.
The Trojans will depend on their experienced starters from last season who helped the team finish with a 9-4 SWC record. Such was good for first place in the Patriot Division.
Weston qualified for the SWC playoffs, losing in the first round, but made it all the way to the state Class M semifinals and finished at 16-4 overall.
It lost only three players to graduation, including former captains Jimmy Sanzone and Max Molinsky. Both were outfielders and named to the All-Patriot Division team. Outfielder Austin Delaney has also graduated.
“We need an outfielder or two,” said Fedeli. “We have a bunch of guys out, though.”
Leading Weston this season are senior captains Charlie Ameer and Tyler Hassett. Ameer All-State, All-SWC) led the team in home runs last year and was the team’s main pitcher with a 9-2 record. When he is not on the mound he will play shortstop or third base and will play for St. John’s University next year. Hassett (All-SWC honorable mention) will play third base or first.
They are part of a large senior class that also includes second baseman Justin Resnick. Jared Weisman will be in the outfield.
Classmates August Ratté and Krishna Lal will be part of the pitching rotation. Ben Roth is a possible pitcher and could play in the outfield as well. Ryan Major is a candidate for first base.
Weston will also count on a number of experienced juniors, including catcher Ethan Lee-Tyson (All-State, All-SWC). A .447 hitter, he led the team with 38 hits and 29 runs scored.
Asher Lee-Tyson will pitch (All-Patriot Division) and also play shortstop when not on the mound. Greg Kaeser is a candidate for first base and can also pitch.
Other possible pitchers are Morgan Rosemann and Alex McGrath. For the infield the Trojans have Alex McGrath, Adam Parks and Peter McGlone.
“We want to keep going,” said Fedeli. “We want to get to the SWC and state championships.”
The Trojans start the season today (Thursday) when they visit Wilton at 4:15 p.m.