The Boys Are Back
by Allison Kelly
Varsity scrimmages for the MHS baseball team start on March 30th at Greater Lawrence. Games officially start on April 11th against Leominster.
The team is coached by Cam Roper, who is in his 2nd year of coaching at Methuen High. “Coach Roper has developed our program into what it is today,” said senior captain Alex Borrelli. “He’s implemented a winning culture here at Methuen High.”
The boys have been preparing for the season with a throwing program held once a week. It started on January 10th and has been held every Monday. When asked how he felt about the program, captain Jason Silverio said, “I like it a lot. I can tell my arm is going to be ready for the season and I notice I’m throwing harder. I regret not doing it last year.”
The 2022 season is already looking a lot different than the 2021 season. Last year, between Covid-19 related challenges and Fall 2 sports, there wasn’t much time to prepare.
This year, “[They] have more time in the offseason to work on things we need to improve on,” said captain Sam Kalivas. “Last year was a lot different. I went from football to baseball within a week. I had no time to get ready for the season.”
The team finished their 2021 regular season with a 7-8 record. The Rangers played in the Opt-In Tourney, and lost to Haverhill in the first round.
“Last season, everyone made the state tournament because of Covid. We have to play every game with intensity and consistency in order to make it this year,” said Silverio.
Captains were announced during the summer. Sam Kalivas, Alex Borrelli, Wesly Martinez, and Jason Silverio were given the leadership position. Kalivas, Borrelli, and Silverio were also captains of the Varsity football team during the fall.
Regarding his captain status, Kalivas said, “I am honored to lead this program. I like how [coach] Roper has made this team become a family.”