FCIAC baseball holds media night
Published 3:50 pm, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
With many fields still covered in snow or too wet to play on, places like BVSA and SONO Fieldhouse in Norwalk have become hubs of local baseball.
Sunday night, it was a different kind of baseball hub as coaches and players gathered at the newly opened Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy in Stamford for the FCIAC baseball media night.
Players and coaches spoke to the media, mingled with each other and ate pizza for a few hours inside the new complex.
While all the teams are optimistic about the upcoming season, some are just waiting to get on their home fields before the regular season begins Saturday.
Trinity Catholic in Stamford is one team that has not been able to get on the field as half of it is in the shade and thus covered with significant amount of snow.
“It is so hard being inside,” Trinity Catholic coach Tracy Nichols said. “It is hard when you have a young team and you are trying to figure out where kids are going to play. You could have a middle infielder and you may not know if he can reach first base until you see him on an actual field. It’s huge not being outside.”
The Crusaders have already moved what was supposed to be their home opener Saturday to Stratford High School.
Trinity has had several practices in the new BVSA facility but until the snow melts and field dries, they are without a diamond.
Across town, Stamford and Westhill have been able to clear their fields and get some time outside.
“Being outside has been a really big advantage for us,” Stamford senior pitcher Brad Papp said. “We got two scrimmages in, which is huge. We have a lot of kids who are new to varsity and they are getting exposure to varsity pitchers and being on the field. It has been really beneficial.”
Schools in the northern part of the county like Ridgefield and Danbury have also not gotten outside and are waiting for the snow to melt.
Staples, one of the league favorites this season, has not been on its baseball field but has been outside on various artificial-turf fields around Westport.
“We have been on a few fields, played on the football field,” Staples coach Jack McFarland said. “We are doing what we can. Everyone is kind of in the same boat around the league, so, we are getting ready.”
McMahon is still waiting for its new artificial-turf field to get installed but has been making due in the gym or wherever it can find space.
“The turf is not laid down yet because they started a little later than anticipated because of fall sports,” McMahon coach John Cross said. “We have been practicing on tennis courts, the parking lot, inside and we got on the turf football field a few times.”
McMahon has not been using BVSA or other indoor facilities because of the cost involved with renting space.
With the season less than a week away, some of these teams may not be on an actual baseball field until opening day.