Varsity Baseball team warms up over Spring break

While many students spent their spring breaks soaking up the sun, the BSM varsity baseball team (listed as one of the Star Tribune’s ten teams to watch) was hard at work.

Making their annual spring training trip to Fort Meyers, Florida, the team dedicated the week to focusing on baseball. With the exception of Easter Sunday, where the team attended Mass, the boys had two baseball activities per day ranging from two games to one practice and one game.

Though not allowed to keep score, assistant Coach Fred Hennen did say that the team “made steady improvements throughout the week and the coaching staff was very pleased with their progress.”

“We played alright at first but we finished strong,” said senior captain Jack Dwyer. “We had a really big last two games.”

Led by captains Dwyer and senior Brashad Johnson, BSM took on East Coast teams from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. “Everyone found some success down in Florida,” said Hennen. “It was a positive thing for the coaches to see.” Stepping up big for the Red Knights were senior captain Brashad Johnson who hit multiple triples, junior first baseman Charlie Perrine who had six extra base hits, and senior Steve Zierke who locked down centerfield.

“Everybody got a chance to pitch down in Florida too,” said Dwyer. “We even had sophomore John Duda pitch, and he was just down in Florida for a family vacation.”

In the time not spent improving on the diamond, the players, families, and coaching staff spent time at the beach, movies, and arcade. “The team really liked the arcade,” said Hennen. “I think Jimmy Kopp had like 5,000 tickets.” The Red Knights returned home safely Friday and have already begun preparing for their April 8 season opener on the road against St. Louis Park.

Ryan Shaver, staff writer