Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – Greeting sports fans! Now that the spring baseball season is a couple of weeks deep, we are getting a pretty good picture at who the contenders are.
The Shepherd Hill Rams are making a pretty good statement early in the baseball season. Off to a 5-2 record with a plethora of good starting pitching, they could be a playoff-bound team.
After losing to an undefeated Shrewsbury team, the Rams rattled off a pair of shut out wins over Marlborough and Grafton with Adam Darling and Cam Scotia providing the strong pitching last week. The same goes for hitting, as everyone from Brady Ravenelle to Brad Picard has been hitting the ball well.
The Rams have a real test on Friday against a 6-1 Auburn team that looks like it might very well be the game of the week. What a surprise: Auburn and Shepherd Hill once again.
The Oxford Pirates, who were 3-2 at press time, hit the road for a bunch of games but still look like a team that could rattle off a few wins as well.
With Nick Cardoni and Tyler Barrie throwing well, and plenty of good batting, you can pretty much assume that the Pirates will be around come playoff time.
The team that really needs to find an identity is Bartlett. They have been making way too many mistakes and errors and have too much talent to have a 1-6 record at press time. They need to clean their act--and fast-- unless they want to can kiss this season goodbye.
Matt Petrelli: This week we welcome Shepherd Hill football and track star Matt Petrelli to the 2012-13 View From The Sidelines super team!
Petrelli, who grew up in Charlton as the only child of his parents John and Jane, was the anchor of Shepherd Hill’s outstanding offensive line for the past three years.
Most often when talking to Shepherd Hill coaches after games, his name would come as one of the main reasons someone had a great rushing game or someone ran 40 yards on a sweep. He was a great blocker and will surely be missed by the Rams next season.
Petrelli plans on attending UMass Dartmouth in the fall to play football and study Civil Engineering because he feels “it’s a field that there will be jobs in.”
When asked about some of the highlights of his outstanding career Petrelli said, “The two best games would be have to be the Super Bowl, playing at Gillette, and my junior year upsetting Auburn.”
He especially enjoyed beating Auburn. “We lost to them twice in my sophomore year at their place, we had two really close games. When they came here, we weren’t going to let them push us around. The whole week leading up to the game, the atmosphere was great here, everyone was ready.”
Petrelli said that his great relationships with his teammates and coaches made it easy for him. “Coach Lindstrom and coach Sullivan both definitely helped me out a lot, all the coaches really, they looked out for us.”
He has also been a member of the outdoor track team the last two years and has success throwing both the shot put and the discus.
“I’m going to miss high school, its bittersweet, I’m looking for to college but I am going to leave it all behind,” said Petrelli.
Petrelli joins Lauren Barton, Akeem Belnavis, Donny Freeland, and Taylor Daniels on the 2012-13 super team.
Stay tuned next week for the announcements of the remainder of the 2012-13 super team!
Rene Langevin: If you haven’t heard yet, Bartlett Athletic Director Rene Langevin, who has been working with the school for many years will be retiring at the end of the school year. Langevin has done it all at the school and will certainly be missed.
Webster Summer League Basketball Signups: The Webster summer league basketball league will hold its signups on Friday April 26 from 5-7. All registrations will take place at the Bartlett high school gym in Webster. Please go to the rear entrance to enter the gym.