With all of the good things we see in prep school baseball, the one thing we have yet to witness is an end-of-year NEPSAC championship tournament.
While other prep programs including football, soccer, hockey and basketball have NEPSAC-sanctioned championship events, baseball has yet to take a step in that direction. Likewise for other spring sports like boys and girls lacrosse and softball.
With most everything, there are pros and cons to the idea. Some coaches are in favor of having a New England-wide championship tournament, while others prefer to err on the side of caution by stating the logistics in forming such a showcase would be difficult from a time management and scheduling perspective.
"The simple version of it is all of the NEPSAC schools do things differently as far as when they graduate and when they go home,'' said Thayer Academy athletic director and head baseball coach Rick Foresteire. "In the public schools, even if students were out of classes and their tournament was still going on, they would still play. They won't do that with the prep schools. Spring sports, basically pertaining to baseball, softball and lacrosse, are usually done the week before Memorial Day weekend. The very latest all NEPSAC schools could play an end-of-season tournament would have been the third weekend in May."