Baseball Preview with Senior Captain Nick DeMarinis

James Kim, Staff Writer

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Standing 6’2” tall at 190 pounds, senior first baseman Nick DeMarinis is quite a sight on the ball field. The 4-year varsity letterman is continuing his baseball career at Oratory this spring following a tremendous 2018 season. Hitting .368 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, and 7 doubles, Demarinis led the team in nearly every batting statistic while also earning 1st team all-conference honors at the end of the season. Proving to be arguably one of the best players in the history of Oratory’s baseball program, Nick will continue to bring impactful contributions to the plate, field, and mound. I spoke to him about his experience as a baseball player and his hopes for the upcoming spring season.

 

Q: How long have you been playing baseball and what is your favorite part about the sport?

A: I have been playing baseball since I was five years old when I started tee ball. My favorite part about the sport is the specifics. I love looking at tendencies, stats, and situations to adjust accordingly.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite part about playing for OP baseball?

A: My favorite part about playing OP baseball over the past few years has been making new friends, from freshman to seniors, who I can contact anytime no matter where they are. The seniors from when I was a freshman were very welcoming to me and I hope that I have done the same to the new players ever since.

 

Q: Following last year’s successful season, what expectations do you have for this spring?

A: I expect nothing less of what we did last year. I want more home runs, higher batting averages, and more runs scored as a team than last year. We need an offensive explosion and I believe with a healthy Will DeMilt, we will accomplish that.

 

Q: Do you have any personal or team goals?

A: My personal goal is to work on my range over at first base. Last year I was a bit limited and anchored to the base, but this year I want to expand a little. Team goals above^.

 

Q: Any final remarks?

A: I hope I leave the team in a better spot next year than we were in at the start of this year and I know that we are going to have a successful 2019.

 

Coming off a 15-10 season, the team has understandably high expectations for the season. Despite the loss of a large group of seniors, the underclassmen have worked undeniably hard this past year with the help of Coach Maybe, private instructors, and travel teams. DeMarinis, along with the rest of OP baseball, will strive for a conference title and an all-time record for the school. With a healthy and determined squad, the team can look forward to yet another fulfilling season…it all starts on Friday – Go Rams!

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