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As Big Blue readies itself for the fall season, it hopes to improve upon its record last season, during which the team took third in the Metropolitan Independent Football League. 

Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Baseball Team

By Dean Koenig '21

Head Coach: Jake Ross

Highlights from last season:
Last year, Pingry finished its first season with Head Coach Jake Ross with a record of 10-9. Despite losing a talented group of seniors to graduation, and losing several upperclassmen during the beginning and middle of the season, other players on the team stepped up to fill the roles. At any given time, the team had between five and seven sophomores on the field. Other seniors––including Graham Matthews '18 in center field, Jeremy Lister '18 in left field, and co-captain Max Scherzer '18 on the mound––led the team to a winning season. Co-captain Nate Hefner '19 returned for his third season as a starting outfielder, boosting the team with his playmaking and consistency at the plate. Big Blue placed second in the Skyland Conference Mountain Division, falling short of first by just one game.

What to watch for this season:

• Returning upperclassmen will look to improve upon the team's record. These players include pitcher Tyler McLaughlin '20, catcher Ryan Smith '20, starting shortstop Matt Lee '20, and second baseman Anthony Rubino '20.

• Nate Hefner '19 will be the lone captain this year, looking to build off of what his team achieved while he was co-captain last year.

• A few main goals this season are to win the Skyland Conference Mountain Division, finish with a winning record again, and advance deeper into the county and state tournaments.

• Pingry has added new teams, including  Lawrenceville and the Hun School, to its list of opponents for the upcoming season. These are difficult games that Coach Ross believes Pingry is capable of winning.

Full-court press:
"What I want to see from the guys on the team and in the program is the mentality that everything they do matters. Every pitch that they take and every swing that they make has purpose." ––Head Coach Jake Ross

Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,