PAWLING, N.Y. — The Trinity-Pawling boys varsity baseball team is looking to improve from an impressive 11-6 record in 2021. An all-boys boarding school in Dutchess County, the team is led by head coach Cody Doyle and is looking to compete for a championship this season.
Doyle took the role of head coach in the fall of 2021. He played four seasons of college baseball at Sacred Heart University. He used to coach baseball at the University of New Haven and currently coaches summer ball in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The Pride play in the Founders League in the NEPSAC. The team always plays well and always fight to compete for the playoffs. The team will head down to Fort Pierce, Florida, this March for spring training to build their roster and work on skills and team chemistry.
Three players on the team have already committed to colleges. Senior outfielder Nicholas Vega, from the Bronx, will be attending New Jersey Tech in the fall. According to Doyle, Vega is a hard worker, loves baseball and is a great leader to the young players on the team. He was the top hitter for the Pride last season and will play a crucial role for the team.
Senior pitcher from North Haven, Connecticut, Zachary Peters, will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the Pride’s best pitcher, however, he will be out for the season after recovering from arm surgery in the offseason. The loss of Peters is huge for the pitching staff and the team overall.
“Zach Peters would have been our number one pitcher, he was really good for us last year, he is a really talented player,” Doyle said. “We are fortunate enough that we will still have Zach with us. He will be helping out. He is a great leader as well, and he is a smart baseball mind so he can continue to help the guys navigate through the season.”
Sophomore infielder Tyler Acevedo, from Middletown, is one of the high-level players on the team with extremely great talent. Though just a sophomore, he already has a verbal commitment to the University of Mississippi. He will be accompanied by junior catcher/infield Liam Haywood, from Newtown, who was also one of the top hitters for the Pride last season.
Defense will be extremely important for the Pride this season. Junior infielder from Holmes, Peter Link, is one of the bigger players on the team who will help the defense at both first and third base. In the offseason, the Pride lost four of their top pitchers due to graduation. With that and the loss of Peters, the pitching lineup will see fresh faces this season.
The pitchers who will play crucial roles in replacing Peters’ arm are junior right-handed pitcher Jalen Greene from New Milford, Connecticut, and junior left-handed pitcher Eliot Ferch from Brooklyn. Both players had pitched for the team last season and now have important roles in the pitching staff to help be leaders and fill the hole of the loss of Peters.
The teams to beat this season are the 2019 Founders League champions Taft, multiple league winners Loomis Chaffee and Avon Old Farms, Choate Rosemary Hall, and school rivals Kent. According to Doyle, if the team wants to have a chance of the playoffs, they must beat the top schools first.
“Avon Old Farms and Loomis Chaffee have been historically good,” Doyle said. “If we want to get towards the top of the league, those are teams we have to beat. Choate has been very good, Taft has been good, so those are teams that we want to beat just because we feel like those are the teams that are towards the top of the league and if we want to get there, we need to be able to compete and hopefully beat those teams.”
The Pride have high expectations heading into the new season. Doyle hopes to get the most from his core players, along with the new additions to the team’s pitching crew.
“With pitching, we are going to be inexperienced,” he said. “We know that just because of what we lost, but at the same time I think we feel that we have some talented arms, guys that work really hard that are doing all the right things to prepare themselves. It is going to be a challenge there, not having Zach and losing so many good arms from last year, but every year is different, and we are excited for some guys to step into some bigger roles.”
With tough games expected this season, Doyle and the Pride will be prepared for the competition and any challenges that may come their way.
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