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Dealing with a Suspended Season

By Robert Mingolelli
 
Recently, I had the opportunity to have a virtual interview with Groton-Dunstable varsity baseball coach Matt LeBlanc. Commenting on the season being suspended so far, Coach LeBlanc said the following:
     “It’s tough! It has me a bit worried because I don’t have that same connection I do when I see the boys every day. I worry about how they are holding up emotionally more than physically. I am hoping that participating in at-home training and conditioning helps with the emotions of losing so much of our season. I’m trying to stay connected but text messages, tweets, and emails only go so far. It’s hard to be apart from your family. That’s what being a part of a great team feels like - family. We just miss being with each other.
     This year’s varsity team has so much talent and drive. We lost only one starter, Captain Kasey Griffiths. Knowing
you have the opportunity to be highly successful makes it difficult to accept that there may not be a season.
     We have many freshmen, with many promising players which is great for the program moving forward. The team has worked extremely hard to put themselves in the position to perform at a high-level (a championship caliber level) and they just want the opportunity to earn it.
     I appreciate how the MIAA is handling the situation. Right now, we are looking at a May 4 start with a modified schedule and post season with a sectional tournament. With the potential of a shortened season, there will be no stats.”
     This season, the following players return from last year’s league Championship team.
Returning Starters:
Brendan Ferrari - Senior - Pitcher, SS, Outfield.
Joseph O’Malley - Senior -3B, SS
Jared Whitby - Senior - SS, Pitcher.
Jake Figueroa - Junior - Outfield, 3B, Catcher
Will Bordes - Junior - 2B, Pitcher.
Doug Tompkins - Junior - Outfield
Isaac Zhang - Sophomore – Outfield.
Alex Bushnell - Junior - Catcher
Returning Lettermen:
Stephen Dzwonek - Senior - 1st Baseman,
Riley Curran - Junior - Pitcher, Outfield
Nathan Glencross - Junior - Pitcher, 3B
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