Baseball Sports

Baseball relies on returning veteran starters to lead team

Photo by Alec Vick '15 -- Jack Sipes '14 pitches Feb 28 game against Gila Ridge

By Brendan Hinkle ’16

Head coach Mr. Tom Succow said he expects not only the varsity baseball team, but the freshman and JV teams as well, to do well this year.

“I hope all three will do good this year. They did good last year,” Mr. Succow said. “I think JV will be really good this year, and I think freshman will hold their own. I think all three levels will be very competitive.”

Last year, the varsity team’s record was 17-10, and they played in the state tournament. The JV team’s record was 15-3, and the freshman team’s record was 11-6.

The varsity team lost a lot of seniors last year, but Mr. Succow said he is not worried.

“I think we have a good group of seniors this year that are good leaders for our team,” Mr. Succow said.

“We had a lot of graduating seniors from last year. I don’t know the exact number but I’m going to say around 10,” said varsity player Nolan Weinstein ’14. “We also have a lot of returning seniors so I’m not too concerned with our team losing most of our lettermen from last year.”

Mr. Succow said that the baseball team has a schedule that is as challenging as any schedule, and that they always play the most difficult schedule.

Weinstein added they look forward to some of the more challenging games this year.

“Our first power point game, we play Sandra Day O’Connor, which will definitely be a powerhouse this year,” Weinstein said. “We play Horizon right before the playoff game, which will be a very decisive game for ranking. We also play Chaparral, Desert Mountain, Hamilton, those will all be challenging games. I think every game is just as important as the last one.”

Brophy also hosted and participated in their own tournament, which was from Feb. 26 through March 1. The tournament is named after a former Brophy baseball player named Adam Donnenfield ’92, who was killed in a car accident during his senior year at Brophy.

The tournament featured 12 teams. Brophy went 3-1 in the tournament.