Nonnewaug Baseball Cherishes Florida Trip


The Nonnewaug baseball team poses outside Holman Stadium during a spring break trip to the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla. (courtesy of Nonnewaug baseball)

Ben Stewart, Sports Editor

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Baseball fans frequently go to Florida for a good cause. Two Major League Baseball teams, as well as 12 minor league and countless collegiate teams, call the Sunshine State home. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the weather and relax with your friends, and that’s exactly what Nonnewaug did last month. 

During spring break, the Nonnewaug baseball team traveled to Vero Beach, Florida, to compete against other teams from throughout the country and Canada. The Chiefs departed April 7 and returned April 13, but the team learned more than simply baseball from this trip; the players now have stories to tell and memories to cherish forever.

“We had a great time even though conditions weren’t perfect,” said senior Nick Rose. “It rained almost every day, but we still found a way to have a great time. I will definitely remember this trip forever.”

During the trip, Nonnewaug only lost one game. However, the Chiefs had so many highlights, from beating the Saskatchewan junior all-star team, grabbing two wins against teams from New York, and getting a win in historic Holman Stadium.

“My favorite part about the trip was on our final day we played a night game,” said senior Dylan Chung. “At the bottom of the sixth, it started raining. The moment was surreal and we ended up winning the game. It was a moment I will never forget and an unforgettable trip.” 

​​“It was great playing with members both on varsity and JV,” said senior Owen Vinciguerra. “I felt like we really came together as a team during this trip. It’s going to be an important factor moving forward.”

There were undoubtedly many memorable baseball experiences on this trip, but that wasn’t the trip’s main focus. The Chiefs became closer as a group on this trip since they were together for a full week. Many athletes are pleased that they were able to form bonds with teammates and players they had never interacted with previously, especially underclassmen. 

“I will remember all the people being in our room playing card games and late-night practices,” said Chung. “Being in Florida with my lifelong friends and playing our last season of baseball together was what it was all about.”

Overall, the Nonnewaug baseball team had a wonderful time in Florida and made memories they will never forget. Hopefully Nonnewaug with continue this tradition for years to come; it was an experience that the guys would cherish forever.