Pirates gear up for baseball season

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Coach Mike Rowe said Englewood High School should have a solid baseball team this season and this could be the best Pirates squad since he started coaching in 2007.

“We have eight returning starters plus some new players who should help strengthen our team,” the coach said. “Pitching could be a strength for us as our lettermen include last year’s three starting pitchers, Mario Vega, Tyler Harris and Eric Almanzar, plus our closer Carmine Mancusso.”

The Pirates lost a tough opener March 7 to Denver West, 4-3 but rebounded March 8 to post a 7-1 win over Alameda.

Englewood’s next home game is March 15 against Skyview and on March 18, they are on the road against Denver South.

Pirates home games start at 4:30 p.m. and are played on Harry Wise baseball diamond located north of the high school in the Hosanna Sports Complex.

The coach said defense should be solid and the hitting should be another strength for Englewood.

“It helps a ton that we have an indoor hitting cage now,” Rowe said. “A lot of our varsity players have been hitting in the cage on Tuesday and Thursday since September. That has helped us sharpen our hitting skills and we should be able to do well at the plate this season.”

Returning letterman Mario Vega said he is excited for baseball season to start.

“This is my favorite sport and the only sport I play in high school,” he said. “I feel I bring a bit of speed and good defense to our team.”

He said he worked on his skills during the off-season and comes back as a better player this season.

“I am more mature, I am faster and I am stronger now than I was at this point last season,” Vega said. “I also pitch and I think my best pitch is my slider. I learned to throw a slider in the seventh grand and have been working to hit the spot with the pitch every season since. I also throw a pretty good fastball. I usually have good control and, again, I am able to move the ball around in the strike zone.”

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