You remember that green stuff, right?
That stuff that used to be in your backyards, in local parks.
Most importantly, on the fields. Oh, right. It’s grass. And, wouldn’t you know, it looks like the snow is finally all gone (knock on wood), and all that green is soon going to be utilized again as, after a long hiatus on Cape Ann, high school sports resume with the start of spring sports next week (The Gloucester Times will be running spring sports previews next week).
The best news for local fans? It looks like this spring might sport the best collective unit of teams, and after a long fall and winter for many Cape Ann programs, that will be a welcome relief.
Let’s start with baseball. Now, it’s hard to argue that the return to the diamond is the ultimate sign of spring. Thank goodness for that.
Further, though, it looks like we’ve got a solid trio of squads on our hands across Cape Ann, and as is nearly always the case in high school baseball, it all starts with the pitching.
Thankfully for local baseball fans, each local team’s got a certified ace on the staff. Between Gloucester’s Jason Vizena, Rockport’s Tucker Meredith and Manchester Essex’s Max Nesbit, all three teams will likely be in a spot to win plenty of games.
Couple that with veteran-laden lineups, and it’d be a surprise if all three teams don’t make a return to the state tournament.
To take it one step further the Fishermen will be returning their entire pitching staff as Lenny Taormina and Sean Gillon also return to the fold. Joe Orlando’s squad also has a wealth of senior leadership with captains Vizena and Mike Muniz along with four other players with experience as a captain from the fall or winter seasons.