by: Timothy Plansinis
Although the Rebels’ baseball team is one of the most exciting teams that the school had to offer, they have had disappointing results in the previous seasons. Last year, the Rebels did not make it to the playoffs. They also ended the season with a losing record, which was a disappointment to all. The Rebels last section title was 2009 and last WPIAL championship was 1995.
Despite the results of the previous season, the Rebels are looking to turn it around this year and go far in the playoffs. Their biggest addition is new coach, Shawn Trainor. Coach Trainor is a resident of Beechview and has a son who graduated from Seton in 2010, Ty Trainor. This is Coach Trainor’s first year as head varsity baseball coach. The players seem to find him as the perfect addition. He brings great knowledge of the game and is well respected by the players of the team.
Another reason for the predicted turn around season is the returning senior players. They seem very optimistic in the success of this year’s team. Senior 2nd baseman, Matt Jacovino, told us “We are hoping to make it to the playoffs and make a run. We also just hope to be the best we can as individuals and as a team.” The pitching for the team this year also looks very promising. Senior pitcher, Alex Borofski, said “We plan to do big things this year and shock the WPIAL.” The seniors have played together all throughout high school and plan to show everyone what they are capable of. Senior 1st baseman, Jay Moog, told us “We may not seem to be the best team in our section, but with our exciting play we hope to go far in the playoffs.” Along with talented seniors, the team had called upon some underclassmen to help the team. Senior center fielder, Kevin Hart, added “We are very confident in the strength of our seniors and an uprising of our underclassmen.”
With the new coach, strong seniors, and talented underclassmen, the Rebels plan to do great things this year and make a run in the 2012 playoffs. You can see this exciting team in action this year. They have just started their season and would love the support of as many students as possible.