HARVARD – The Bromfield baseball team made a run at a post-season berth last season, but fell short with a 7-11 record. Despite losing three key players to graduation – Alex Horne, Miles Stroh, and Ian Kaferle, third year coach Paul Harasimowicz feels his team has a shot at playing beyond the regular season.
“Our goal is to make the Districts, and I think it is a realistic goal,” said Harasimowicz. “We have quiet but serious kids and this is a good group to coach. The key will be to throw strikes and not give our opponents extra outs. We lost a lot of close games last year and turning those losses around is important. We want to make the basic plays.”
Bromfield will be led by a pair of senior captains, Rob Southworth, pitcher-shortstop-outfielder, and outfielder Phil Lewis.
“Rob is very athletic and is a presence on our team,” said Harasimowicz. “He is our best all-around player, was a league all-star last season, and has looked great this spring. He will be our number one pitcher and features a good fastball and curve. He is competitive and versatile and is a battler.
“Phil is very solid defensively and has a strong arm,” said Harasimowicz. “He has worked on his offense and I am expecting a breakout year from him.”
The Trojans will have talent and experience behind the plate in junior Joseph Galeski, who will be starting for the third season.
“Joe was a league all-star last season and is a defensive weapon for us and a deterrent with his arm,” said Harasimowicz. “He is a line drive hitter with gap power and has looked very good offensively this spring. He gives us experience at a critical position.”
Starting in the infield will be junior Michael Hulit at first base, junior Ryan Chadwick at second base, junior Toby Frost at shortstop, and sophomore Adam Boynton at third base.
“Michael is left-handed all the way and he has really come on defensively,” said Harasimowicz. “He has very soft hands and has been working hard on his hitting.
“Ryan is bigger and stronger this year and has great hand-to-eye coordination,” said Harasimowicz. “He is a good bunter and can hit and run and will probably hit second.
“Toby started at second base last year, and will be our number two pitcher,” said Harasimowicz. “He is a gap hitter who led the team in doubles last year. He is tall, rangy and athletic and has a good fastball, curveball and change-up on the mound.
“Adam is a year older, bigger and stronger this season,” said Harasimowicz. “He is very solid fundamentally, including fielding, throwing and hitting, and just needs to gain some experience at this level.”
The other outfield starters will be sophomore James Jarvis in left field, and junior Cam Holland in center.
“James is quiet and athletic, and is another kid who is bigger and stronger this year,” said Harasimowicz. “He has worked hard and is a solid defensive player with a good arm.
“Cam is very solid defensively and has good range,” said Harasimowicz. “He is enthusiastic and hard working, and offensively has some power and the ability to hit the gaps.”
Sophomore Nick Kimball is a designated hitter-outfielder-second baseman, who is pushing for playing time.
“I am trying to get Nick’s bat into the lineup and he would lead off,” said Harasimowicz. “He has quick and can steal bases, and showed the ability last season to get things started.”
Adding depth off the bench will be sophomore first baseman-catcher Lindsey Burke, freshman utility player Caleb Frost, senior outfielder Justin Miller, and sophomore first baseman Brent Duoba.
“Lindsey has improved and is playing more solid defense this season,” said Harasimowicz. “Caleb has good size and a sweet swing, and can contribute in a variety of roles. Justin didn’t play last season but is working hard. Brent also didn’t play last year, but swings the bat well and could do some pinch-hitting.”
What are the strengths of this year’s team?
“I really like the enthusiasm and work ethic of the kids,” said Harasimowicz. “I like our offensive balance better. I think we are stronger from one to nine, which should make us more consistent offensively.
“My concerns heading into the season are pitching depth and staying healthy. We play in a very competitive league and I don’t think there will be any easy games.”