By Jack Reinhard | Facebook: @JohnJackReinhard
By the end of last season and already in their first few games this season, the Warren County Technical School Knights baseball team has showed many signs of improvement as they forge into this spring’s schedule and are hopeful that with a few wins early on they can enjoy a successful year on the diamond.
Many of the returning players did not waste any time during the off-season as they played ball over the summer and fall. This year’s team brings in a lot of veteran leadership even after two of their top players, Zach Bishop and Bailey Duffel, graduated last season. They currently have six seniors on the roster; those being Michael Perigo, Dan Martinez, Travis Nunnally, Robert Menegus, Julian Walker and Sean Delahunty.
Varsity head coach Jeff Tierney has a lot of familiarity with these players, as he was previously the head coach of the junior varsity team when some of these players were freshmen.
“It’s neat to see them come through from JV to Varsity,” he noted. It’s good to see guys like, Michael Perigo, Robert Menegus and Dan Martinez who have been with us for a while, move into these senior roles and see their careers come to a strong finish here at Warren Tech.”
Martinez has played baseball at Warren Tech since his freshman year. When asked what his final season is going to be like for him, he said, “It’s very emotional. I’ve been here since freshman year, so I’m just putting in 110% every single day, every single practice trying to better myself.”
While some seniors are going all out this year trying to make their final high school season their best, there are others like captain Travis Nunnally who are treating it just like any other season.
“I do not want to put that kind of pressure on myself (or the team),” he noted. “I just want to think of it as any other season.”
As quite a few players will be graduating this year, Warren Tech baseball still has a bright future ahead of it no matter how things shake out in 2017. Sophomores Nick Hufford, Matt Spolarich and Patrick McDonough have shown a lot of promise at the Junior Varsity level and are likely to see some varsity action throughout this season.
Check out some photos from a recent Warren Tech game by clicking here.