The Return of Middle School Baseball

By Adam Cunningham

Chaminade Middle School baseball is back. For the first time in many years the Chaminade 8th grade has a baseball team.

The roster consists of thirteen 8th grade students. The idea was brought up by Casey Cavlovich’s dad. He made the idea a reality and we had tryouts this past summer. It was the first time in many years that Chaminade Middle School has had a baseball team. To be honest, I could not tell you why it has been so many years since Chaminade Middle School has had a baseball team. The team is coached by Casey’s Dad, my Dad, Andy Pope, and Anthony Pope.

Our coaches—Mr. Cavlovich, Mr. Cunningham, Andy and Anthony Pope—have worked with the coaches at other schools to create a league.  The league is made up of Westminster, John Burroughs, MICDS, Priory, Whitfield, Principia, Webster, and a few others. We play some of our games at Chaminade and we are hosted by other Schools for other games.

Things are going well so far; we have only played nine games due to some weather and our record is sitting at 6-3 on the season with a tournament win. We just recently played in the Moon Shot Rumble at Pond Athletic Association and placed 1st. We have had recent success thanks to our pitchers, including an outstanding one hitter complete game shutout by Will Higgins in our tournament. All the players seem to be having a blast, including Sam Chiburis, who said, “I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer.”

Hopefully the Middle School baseball program will last for many years to come. It is an advantage that we have because it will allow the players to play together for a year or two before even entering high school. Another change with Chaminade baseball is coming this summer with the grand opening a new turf baseball field. It should be an awesome field to have access to for many years to come.

Hopefully the rest of our season goes well and leads us straight into next year on the right foot as freshman. We should also be picking up a few solid ballplayers as incoming freshman which will only help. I think our class has a shot to do something big, and hopefully we do.

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