Head coach: Justin Medeiros
2021 league record: 8-5 (Division III-B)
2021 postseason results: Defeated Blackstone Valley Prep in D-III quarterfinals (10-7); lost to Hope in best-of-three D-III semifinals (two games to one).
Returning players: Jase Deanseris, senior P/2B/SS; David Laquale, senior P/C/SS; Robby Spardello, senior 2B/3B; Noah Campanelli, junior P/C/SS; Antonio Cabral, junior OF; Daniel Rose, sophomore 2B/OF; Aiden Cote, sophomore 1B/OF; Anthony Varela, sophomore OF; Pedro Ponceano, sophomore 1B.
Notable newcomers: Myles Robinson, freshman 3B; Luke Ducharme, freshman P/2B; Daniel Delgado, freshman 1B; Brady Scarpetti, freshman 2B/OF; Ziahair Gibau, freshman OF; Edward Guzman, freshman OF.
Outlook: The sting suffered from dropping the deciding game of last year’s Division III semifinals to eventual champion Hope is fueling this year’s group of Patriots. Medeiros welcomes back nine returning starters – three of them named All-Division. … Deanseris, Laquale and Spardello were appointed captains. All three have been starters throughout their high school careers. … There’s a level of intrigue surrounding Campanelli after a strong showing a year ago. He’s one of the headliners of the pitching staff that will also be counting on Deanseris and Laquale. … From the leadoff hitter to the No. 9 batter, the Patriots have no shortage of options when it comes to putting the ball in play. Medeiros lauded his group for their collective speed and feels Davies has enough options to play the long game when warranted.
Head coach’s take: “Having come so close to making the championship last year, and having many of our dedicated athletes returning to the team, I feel victory is within our grasp this season. We will use that heartbreaking defeat as motivation and come back stronger than ever.”