Taking a look around the Gloucester baseball team’s starting lineup, it’s easy to see why head coach Joe Orlando is confident in his team’s capabilities.
The Fishermen, who are looking for their tenth straight state tournament berth this spring, have talent at every corner of the diamond, but Orlando says his team’s biggest strength has nothing to do with talent.
“It’s senior leadership,” the Fishermen head coach said.
Gloucester has seven senior starters returning from last year’s team and according to Orlando, every one of them has been called upon to lead.
Everywhere you look around Gloucester’s roster there is a captain from another sport. Mike Muniz and Jason Vizena are team captains this spring, and both have leadership experience as captains of the hockey and basketball teams this winter respectively. Add Mark Horgan (football), Santo Parisi (football), Alex Webb (hockey) and Sean Gillon (soccer) to the fold and it’s clear that senior leadership is a huge strength for the Fishermen this season.
“They all bring leadership to the table and they all bring it in different ways,” Orlando said. “That’s what I like about this bunch. They’re experienced and they know what needs to be done.”
On the field, Gloucester will be led by a stellar pitching staff with its entire 2012 rotation returning in 2013. Vizena, an all star on the mound last spring, will re-assume his role at the top of Gloucester’s rotation. The crafty lefty is one of the most reliable pitchers in the entire Northeastern Conference.
Vizena has plenty of help behind him as Lenny Taormina and Gillon both return to the starting rotation this spring and each picked up key wins for Gloucester last spring. Taormina and Gillon, a lefty and righty respectively, also have big game experience pitching in the deep NEC.