MVRHS baseball starts spring training in Florida

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The 2017 MVRHS baseball team in Florida. —Courtesy Tina Miller

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) baseball program returned Monday from its second annual spring training trip to Vero Beach, Fla. The team played six exhibition games at the historic Dodgertown facility, which was once the spring-training home of the L.A. Dodgers, and where more than 140 baseball Hall of Famers have stayed and played.

The Vineyarders played against Holderness, N.H., Vineland, N.J., Nonnewaug, Conn., Ridgewood, N.J., Madison, Ohio, and Baraboo, Wis. They won two games and lost four.

In addition to the games, the team had on-field practice time, batting cage time, team meetings, group meals, and time for the 15 players and three coaches to bond and prepare for the upcoming season, which starts Monday, April 3, at Norton High School.

The trip gives the baseball program a huge uplift at the start of the season, when typically outside field time is limited by snow, cold, wind, rain, and poor field conditions. Preseason is a short period, with only two weeks to get ready for the first game.

Making the trip were seven MVRHS seniors (captain Mitchell Chaves, captain Elias Fhagen-Smith, Aidan Aliberti, Taber Caron, Jonas Lukowitz, Chris Mayhew, and James Sashin), five juniors (captain Sam Bresnick, Nick Bischoff, Nick Fiore, Theo Gallagher, and Jack Sierputoski) and three sophomores (Owen Bresnick, Mike Habekost, and Jake Howell). Coaches attending were Head Varsity Coach Gary Simmons, Assistant Varsity Coach David Smith, and Head Junior Varsity Coach Ernie Chaves. The baseball program hopes to continue this trip every year; plans are already in the works for the spring of 2018.