Inside the Friar Dugout: Insights into Varsity Baseball and Their Season Start

The Fenwick baseball team had an exciting start to their season with their first game scheduled for March 12th against Reavis High School. However, due to weather-related concerns, the game was postponed to March 15th. The wait was worth it for Fenwick, as they dominated Reavis with a 6-1 victory. The seniors on the team dominated their final first game of their high school careers. Jordan Vazquez stole the show with a two run home run in the 6th inning, while Luis Gonzalez surrendered only one run on two hits over four innings. Vazquez also recorded the last 9 outs, securing the win for Fenwick.

The Friars’ second game was scheduled for March 19th against Marist High School. Unfortunately, it was postponed and moved to March 22nd, giving the team a much-needed rest after their first season victory. However, they couldn’t replicate their success from the first game and lost to Marist High School in extras with a score of 3-2.

Fenwick finally played Hinsdale Central High School. It was a close game, but they ultimately lost 6-5. Despite the loss, the team displayed an impressive effort, especially from senior Jordan Vazquez, and junior Finnley Koch.

On March 24th, the Fenwick baseball team faced Lake Park High School on Friar turf at the Priory. Unfortunately, they suffered another defeat with a score of 7-1. Lake Park dominated throughout the game, but the Fenwick team kept up the energy and fought until the very end.

It’s important to note that Fenwick Varsity Baseball has several senior commits on the team who are playing their hearts out this season. Their dedication to the team and their sport is evident in every game, and their leadership sets a great example for the younger players on the
team. Jordan Vazquez, a Concordia University Wisconsin senior commit, remarks, “As we kick off the season our level of intensity is unmatched. The ability to implement faith and brotherhood into our program allows us to have success.” Reflecting on the past losses he says, “Despite adversity, we have the ability to come together and fight through. Not only are we a team but we are a family. Going further into the season there is no doubt in my mind that we will try to be the best in all aspects in the game of baseball.”

Varsity Coach Kyle Kmiecik along with the other varsity baseball coaches have been pushing varsity all year since before the season officially started. He explained, “We are playing a very competitive schedule this year because we know that our guys want to be challenged. Although our record is not what we would like it to be, we all understand that every successful team will face adversity at some point within their season, but we trust that our guys will work together, support one another, and overcome any challenge that we face because we are a family. Our baseball family is stronger when each of us takes responsibility for our choices, holds each other accountable and does our part for the
greater good of the team.”