By Meghan Creane
The Dutchmen will start off their season with a bang in Florida at the Russmat Central Florida Invitational, led by their four new captains Phil Kemp ‘13, Dylan Katz-Wicks ‘13, Tyler Heck ‘13 and David Peretti ‘14. As Katz-Wicks says, “Our Florida trip is always a fun time to bond as a team and play in the warm weather.” Not only does the team take advantage of the weather for baseball, but they also love a little beach volleyball action “against the other teams that are staying in the same complex” Katz-Wicks continues. Seth Roberts ‘14 loves “to get away from the gray Schenectady weather and hang out in the sun during down time in Florida over spring break.”
Katz-Wicks is a favorite of Joe Bradlee ‘14 who is infamously known for his “mud slide from the top of fox all the way to the parking lot” says Peretti. Bradlee idolizes the Katz-Wicks for his “great career.” Captain Peretti believes Katz-Wicks “will go down as the best hitter in Union history.”
Peretti is also looking forward to playing with the “Decision King” Kemp, “the work horse” Roberts and “Matty Weights” Barretto.
Sam Caruso ‘14 is “looking forward to playing with Tyler Heck,” who has had a great three years so far playing for the Dutchmen. Another player the whole team is looking forward to taking the field with is freshman outfielder Justin Lloyd, who will be returning after a brief leave of absence from the team. According to Katz-Wicks, “[Lloyd] is a great player and a very respectable person, and I am excited to have him as my teammate.”
As Bradlee says, “The core of our team is all coming back” after only “losing two seniors from last year.” Roberts is expecting “to win the Liberty League Championships…we have put in countless hours of hard work to get better on the field.” As a senior, Katz-Wicks is hoping that his “last season here at Union is the most memorable.”
Along with the rest of the team, Katz-Wicks sees the team’s talent and drive at their peaks, which they will need in order to win the Liberty League.
When talking about the season the team is all work and no play, but off the field Bradlee assures that they are just a group of “ball busters who enjoy having a good time.”