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BVT Baseball Going Extra Mile to Produce a Winner

Scott Felper has had the same experience numerous times as the head coach of the Blackstone Valley Tech baseball team. He'll pull away from the field after practice, glance in the rear view mirror, and see his players grabbing a bucket of baseballs for more batting practice or taking extra ground balls.
"We have a great group of guys and they love to work hard, man, it's pretty cool," Felper said. "I think our guys are excited for the season and since we graduated seven players last year, the whole idea is to create a whole new identity."
If the 2016 identity is anything like last season, BVT should be in fine shape. The Beavers rolled to a 14-0 record in the Colonial Athletic League last year and finished 21-3 overall, falling in the Division 3 Central Mass semifinal. Even with the losses to graduation, Valley Tech returns 11 seniors to this year's roster, including shortstop Joe Corsi, one of the main catalysts behind the team's impressive work ethic.
"He can do it all, he can hit, run, he knows the game, it's fun to watch," Felper said. "He is the heartbeat of our program. He is the guy who takes the younger guys and asks them if they want to take grounders or batting practice after practice."
Catcher Marc Flores, another senior, is also one of the squad's leaders, Felper said. "He does a great job controlling the game, he knows the game and really spends time studying it," Felper said. "He wants to play college baseball and it's good to have a guy like that who wants to learn and get better."
Seniors Matt Marchant, Joe Hanson, and Tyler Brodeur also played significant innings last year and are expected to do the same this year. Felper described Marchant and Hanson as "two of the fastest players in the league" 
"They can run, they hit anywhere in our lineup, and they like to have fun with the game and use their wheels," Felper said. "This is an exciting outfield. They were best friends growing up and they really make the game fun."
Brodeur, a league all-star a season ago, will shoulder much of the load on the mound for the Beavers.
"He's a competitor," Felper said. "He likes to compete out there on the mound and he is in good shape to build on what he did last year. He keeps fighting out there, he never gives up. It's good to have a guy out there on the mound like that."
Senior Nick Laren, who went 3-0 last season, will join fellow seniors Michael Altavilla and Tyler Smith in providing BVT innings. Juniors Ryan Wickett and Hector Petri are also expected to contribute. Felper said junior third baseman Blake Morin will also be a key cog this year, hitting in the middle of the order.
In addition to the firepower returning to the field, Felper said he was pleased with the turnout when tryouts kicked off last week.
"We had close to 70 guys try out this year," the coach said. "It's very competitive and I think our guys are going to be hungry again this year to try to have as much success as we did last year."




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