David M. Barron
Varsity baseball competed in its sixth consecutive Massachusetts Bay Independent League championship title yesterday at Babson, taking home the hardware for the second straight year.
The win extends a very successful season for the squad, which holds a 9-4 record. Monday, the team has its last game against Rivers, an out-of-league match-up.
“It was a great feeling to win a championship my senior year,” Outfielder Matthew Hastings ’18 said. “We all dedicated the game to Safi, so it was that much sweeter. It really capped up a great experience playing baseball at Brimmer, and I hope it gives the younger guys motivation to win again next year.”
Hastings, a six-year starter, along with his brother Michael, have been instrumental in helping the program grow under Head Coach Joe Iuliano.
“Michael had a huge two run double that basically sealed the game for us in the fifth inning,” said Iuliano. “This allowed us to close out the game and win the championship.”
Pitcher Grant Iuliano ’18 also threw a one-hit game.
“It was an amazing experience to win the championship for the fourth time in my career,” Iuliano said. “I was able win a title with both of my brothers. It was also special to have my dad as our coach, and it was really amazing to be able to accomplish so much with my teammates.”
Building off this recent success is going to be of paramount importance, as the group graduates a majority of its starting players.
“It was fun to play with the same players that I have been playing with for last three years and win again,” said Gabe Bryan ’19. “Next year is going to be a struggle with only one returning starter, and graduating eight seniors.”
Yesterday, varsity girls lacrosse and varsity girls tennis also clinched league titles.