Coach: Paul Duhaime (15th season)
Last year: 2-16
Strengths: Duhaime highlighted the attitude of his players as a huge strength for his team but also hopes that his team will be able to throw consistent strikes.
Concern: Duhaime noted early offensive struggles as being a possible problem for his squad. However, the squad is being awarded a batting machine by the BSA so they will be able to get their reps in throughout the season.
Outlook: The coach of 15 years tends to focus on the improving character of his players rather than just wins, however, a goal right off the bat for Burke will be to reach .500.
“For us, it would be great because last year we just had two wins and the year before that with just maybe two wins and we did go one year in 2008 with no wins but that’s behind us,” Duhaime said. “We’re ready to go.”
Returning starters: Senior captain Terel Andrews, senior catcher Elvin Perez, sophomore outfielder Humhrey Ajike, senior first baseman Jamari Young, sophomore infielder Brandon Newton, sophomore infielder Brandon Newell.
Coach: Mayron Ramirez (first year)
Last year: 6-11
Strengths: This young Charlestown team should benefit from their familiarity with each other. Ramirez is very high on both the chemistry and work ethic of the squad.
Concern: There are very few juniors and seniors within this group of Townies, which directly affects the depth on their pitching rotation. The Charlestown pitchers are currently very inexperienced.
Outlook: Ramirez will be counting on his returning catcher to lead the way for his infield defense which Charlestown will need with the lack of experience in his pitching and outfield.
“With a young team, we are going to have our lumps but we’re looking to at least surpass the six wins we had last year so we’re looking for around 8 to 10 wins. That’s what we’re shooting for,” Ramirez said.
The coach went on to add that the city tournament is the initial goal for his team but he will also be keeping an eye out for the state tournament.
Returning starters: Sophomore catcher Miguel Arias, junior third baseman Alberto Melo, sophomore second baseman Rodney Soto.
Coach: William (Rusty) Young (third year)
Last year: 7-9
Strengths: Coming off a season where Young had to kick off some his best players due to commitment issues, leadership was something the third year coach noted as a strength for his season. This mainly has to do with senior captain Jose Amaro, who is coming off a broken leg from this past football season.
Concern: With this young Dorchester team getting a new turf field, they will be without their home field for this season so they will have to get used to practicing on another diamond.
Many of Dorchester’s players also haven’t played any baseball past little league so there is a sharp learning curve on the team.
Outlook: Young noted that the goal for Dorchester is always to be one game above .500 so that the squad can qualify for the state tournament.
The team wasn’t able to do it last year after they dropped games due to core players getting kicked off the team. However, with athletes from different sports teams mixed in, Young is exited about his player’s willingness to learn.
“With a young group, they’re willing to learn, they’re excited and they’re committed; they show up and that’s really all you can ask for as a coach,” Young said.
Returning starters: Junior pitcher/infield Morses Moises, freshman pitcher/infield Jose Lorenzo, sophomore centerfielder/pitcher Tarmanand Jodhan, senior captain outfielder Jose Amaro.
Coach: David Walsh (second year)
Last year: 11-7
Strengths: Walsh noted the speed of his young team as definitely being an advantage going in to the season.
Causes: There’s not going to be a lot of big doubles and triples for this Fenway squad. Power will definitely be lacking in their batting lineup.
Outlook: Even though Fenway made the state tournament for the first time in eight years, the team graduated four key players last season making Walsh call this season a rebuilding year.
“I think with the talent we have, it’s going to be a promising team. I think we’re going to have our ups and downs but with the talent we have we might be able to sneak under the radar,” Walsh said.
Returning starters: First baseman Eddie Santos, second baseman Juan Allen, third baseman Curtis Coughlin, catcher Henry Miranda, outfielder Randolph Alvarez, outfielder Jose Ramon, outfielder Julian Gonzales, senior captain catcher Henry Miranea.
Coach: Modesto (Moe) Gomez (first year)
Strengths: With a completely fresh start, it won’t be very hard for coach Modesto Gomez to motivate his players. He described the excitement around the new program as very high and it should remain that way throughout the season.
Concerns: Gomez only has two players returning from last year’s squad so it will take the brand new team a couple games to solidify chemistry.
Outlook: The former English coach said that he needed a challenge and he sure will get one.
It can be expected that it will be a developing year for the brand new program but with the coach of last year’s city champions leading the way, New Mission should be competitive.
“It motivates me more to work harder with the kids so it’s a strength on my behalf and I like that it’s a challenge. I needed this challenge,” Gomez said.
Returning starters: Shortstop Ansel Rivera, outfielder Jomar Ventura.
Coach: Michael O’Brien (second year)
Last year: 7-9
Strengths: O’Brien thinks that his team will excel in the fundamentals of baseball. The players that have played baseball played in South End youth baseball, where they focused on fundamentals.
Concern: Between Snowden and the Quincy Upper School, O’Brien is only expecting about 20 players to come out for the team and he thinks only seven of them will have played baseball before, so depth and experience may be a huge factor throughout the season.
Outlook: O’Brien hopes that his team will be able to compete against the more competitive teams in the state but his goal is mainly to make sure that his players continue to learn the sport of baseball.
“If you’re learning the game and you’re working together and you’re having fun, good things are going to happen,” O’Brien said.
Returning starters: Junior catcher Louis Medina.
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