By: Owen Johannson
The boy’s baseball program has gone through some mishaps and some successes throughout the years including last year’s varsity team going 16-16 and losing to Horizon in the semifinals of the 2019 playoffs, but this year, the boys have winning aspirations.
The NDP baseball program has been preparing all year for the season. Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Mark Rabecs said, “We have spent countless hours in the weight room and on the field trying to get ourselves ready for the season and make us the best baseball players we can be.”
With tryouts and most of the preseason tournaments complete, they are preparing for the power-point and region games. They already took two region wins against North Canyon in the first week of March.
Some of the varsity team’s top returners are senior outfielder Michael Piazza, senior shortstop Griffin Chewning, and junior infielder Maguire Peterson, who had great seasons last year and hope to carry that momentum into this season.
When asked what the expectations were for this season, varsity head coach Brian Fischer said, “The team is good teammates to each other. They enjoy being out there and that the wins and losses are not important and the program does well and the kids are having fun.”
With Fischer and his nearly 25 years of coaching experience and all of his other coaches who have played and/or coached at a high level, they definitely have the tools to make this season worthwhile.
As the season begins, the team’s goals are very simple. Fisher stated that “the goal is to get better every day and obviously make the playoffs but we still have to play good baseball in the season to get to that point.”
Notre Dame’s rivals have changed over the years, but this year, they have their eyes on Desert Mountain, Chaparral, and Horizon as the three major teams to look out for.
Overall, the Saints are heading in the right direction for having a great season with the help of all their skilled players and their experienced coaching staff and are something to watch out for this season.