Matt Petherick is entering his 13th year at the helm for Milton Academy, but none of the 13 have started like this one.
Like every other prep school coach in New England, Petherick is sorting his way through an extended layoff due to the cancellation of the 2020 season at the beginning of the pandemic. The 2021 season comes with a reminder that the pandemic is not yet over. Petherick’s squad is now trying to navigate COVID testing, contact tracing and quarantine periods before it can get the season off the ground.
Petherick recently joined the New England Baseball Journal Podcast to talk about that process.
“We haven’t been able to do much on campus as a team; we will start as a team on April 5,” Petherick said. “They’ve been working hard on their own and in the weight room, outside and in the gym. They’re doing what they can with club teams. Most of them played a full schedule of games over the summer. When I coached Northeast Baseball, we played 40 games.”