BRISTOL - With seven games remaining on its schedule, the St. Paul baseball team has set the tone for the rest of the season.
The Falcons are off to an 11-2 start and the 11th win was an impressive 9-2 victory over Seymour, after falling to Sacred Heart the day before, which ended the nine-game win streak St. Paul had been on.
“I was proud of the way they responded and bounced back,” Falcons coach Vic Rinaldi said. “It would have been easy to dwell on [the loss to Sacred Heart]. It was a tough loss, we were up four and they scored five in the last three innings so it was a tough way to lose but that’s baseball.”
Much of the success of this year’s team can be attributed to the youth on St. Paul’s roster.
“We’re all just trying to play together and stay up in the dugout,” Thayer said. “If we listen to what coach says and make the plays everything will turn out as we want.”
At pitcher the Falcons top two starters are both sophomores, Thayer and Ethan Rembish.
“These guys have exceeded expectations on the mound being just sophomores,” Rinaldi said. “Both have given us strong innings out there.”
Thayer has been especially impressive and two of his wins came against St. Joseph (9-3) and Seymour (10-3), two of the better teams on St. Paul’s schedule.
In the lineup Thayer has also been impressive at the plate. Sophomore Josh Cofrancesco and Thayer have been hitting in the top half of the order for the Falcons. In between the two in the lineup is senior Nick Morrell and in the No. 4 spot is the other senior regular for St. Paul, Ryan Greene.
Outside of those top four hitters, junior Sean Crean and sophomore Ryan Parent are being relied on for big seasons.
“We do have a really good lineup even though we’re young,” Rinaldi said. “It’s going to be exciting watching these guys develop the next couple seasons. So far they’re doing a good job.”
With the abundance of younger players, this week for the Falcons provides an opportunity to get in reps both in the field and at the plate.
It is the first four game week this season.
“We’re a pretty young team so playing every day isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Rinaldi said. “It gets you in a rhythm at the plate and in the field. The biggest thing is making sure you have enough arms ready to go and keep their pitch counts under control.”
The Falcons are proving to be a team to watch out for in the postseason and with a total of three seniors on their roster, Joe Persechino being the third, St. Paul could surprise more experienced teams.
“We definitely feel good,” Ryan Greene said. “We’re behind coach and everything he says. We’re just trying to come out and do the same things every day, follow the game plan, play hard for each other and win games. Our goal is to win the NVL and win states. We have the players to do it.”
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