Batters Up! A 2022 Baseball Season Preview

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Great day at the plate! The team congratulates Jay Slater (‘24) on an over-the-fence homerun.

Anna Ritter, Staff Reporter

The 2022 boys baseball season is here for the Whippets! The whippets went 9-11 last season, unfortunately not making it to the playoffs, but are hopeful for a great year in 2022!

The spring season has barely begun and it’s already full of excitement. Some of the team’s key players, such as Drew Turner (‘24) and Jay Slater (‘24), are already committed to great colleges like the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan. Although West has those two assets, the squad is missing one of its starting pitchers, David Catanese (’22), who is out after getting injured last season and receiving Tommy John surgery in the fall.

Even with this setback, the Whippets started the season strong, winning their first scrimmage against Twin Valley with a score of 17-1. Greyson Kovatch (’23) and Connor Blence (’22) had a great day at the plate with a home run each. Not only did Drew Turner (’24) have many RBIs, but he also started a solid two innings for West on the mound followed by another two for Connor Blence (’22) and Zach Griffin (’24). Optional practices for the team started in January and their early performances show that many of the guys took the opportunity to get some extra training in.

I caught up with senior Josh Morse to get his input on the upcoming season.

Q: What is different about this team as opposed to last year?

A: We have a lot of younger guys who really put in the work in the offseason and it will really pay off this year. We also have 10 seniors this year who are really going to provide outstanding leadership.

Q: What can we expect from the team this year?

A: We can expect our offense to score a lot of runs this year with Greyson, Cooper, and Jay carrying the scoreboard and defensively expect good pitching and big plays from the outfield.

Q: Who do you think will be the toughest to beat in the Ches-Mont division?

A: Henderson, as they have a lot of really good pitchers and a solid offense that brings their A-game every year.

Q: As you prepare to graduate, what would you say to the underclassman as they go through the West baseball program?

A: Hard work goes a long way

The team kicks off its regular season against Coatesville on Monday, March 28th, at home. The big rival game against Downingtown East is on April 22nd.  Senior Night will be on May 11th against Rustin. Don’t forget to come out and support the team!