The Massachusetts high school baseball season is underway, and our latest guest on The Base Path Podcast helped break down the state championship picture.
Hopkinton High coach Steve Simoes, a recent inductee to the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, led Hopkinton to the D2 state championship game last year. Hopkinton fell to eventual state champion St. Mary’s each of the last two seasons. Simoes put together a difficult schedule for 2022 — including defending D1 champion Xaverian Brothers.
“Division 2 is incredibly loaded,” Simoes said. “St. Mary’s, obviously with (Aiven Cabral) coming back, and Milton, are both outstanding. I would say that they’re probably the favorites in terms of reputation. (Milton coach Brendan Morrissey) runs such an outstanding program. They deserve it. It’s their time. I’m rooting for them because they’ve been on the cusp. They should be rewarded for all they’ve done with that program.
“Plymouth North is a powerhouse. We’re playing Xaverian, Medfield, Lincoln-Sudbury and Franklin. So, we’re going to take our lumps. I like challenging kids. It’s the only way they’ll get better. We do have some kids going on to play college. It’s wide open to an extent without sectionals any longer.”