Playing a limited schedule due to COVID protocols, the St. Paul's baseball team proved its worth this spring by finishing the season with a mark of 7-3 in Lakes Region League play. For players and coaches alike, there is a common belief rummaging through the Concord, N.H., campus that the foundation has been set for 2022.
"I think we got pretty lucky this year with the amount of games that we played,'' said St. Paul's tri-captain shortstop Nate Vandersea. "We had a couple of games get cancelled because of COVID protocols, but many other schools in our league only got to play a handful of games. I think we were just happy to be out there playing again after the past year was cancelled."
With a number of multi-sport student-athletes on the roster, St. Paul's will be returning a wealth of talent next year. With everything pointing to a return to a complete schedule next year, including a Lakes Region postseason tournament, the goal will never waver. The Pelicans' primary objective is to win the league regular season and postseason championships outright.
"For next season, I think there is only one thing we are focused on, and that is to win a championship.'' said Vandersea, who is drawing interest from the likes of Salve Regina and St. Lawrence. "I believe we have the team to do it, and with a couple of players coming back from injury and distance learning, I think we will be an even better team than this past year.''