Baseball - Boys 1st Team
Baseball - Boys 1st Team
The Brooks baseball program has grown by leaps and bounds since 2004. The number of passionate ball players at the school has doubled during this time, which has allowed the program to become more internally competitive than ever before. This, of course, reflects on the growth and skill development of each player in the baseball program at Brooks.
The 1st baseball team competes each year in the 16-team Independent School League, playing a total of 18 games within the ISL and against quality non-league opponents. The season runs from early March through mid-May, with most games played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The baseball team takes advantage of the school's lengthy March break by traveling to Florida for a week of games and practices. This is an excellent way for the boys to knock some of the rust off and begin to prepare for the season ahead.
The ISL regularly produces some of the most talented high school baseball players in New England. Brooks alumni have gone on to play in college at colleges such as Dartmouth, Wesleyan and Holy Cross.
The current year’s team has a number of players with the ability and aspirations to play college baseball as well. These talented individuals have contributed tremendously to the ability of the team to compete at a high level each and every Wednesday or Saturday.
Competing in such a competitive league makes it necessary for the baseball program to focus on the fundamentals of the game: pitching, defense, base running and opportunistic offense. This helps to produce intelligent ball players who learn to play the game the right way. We focus on practicing the way you play, respecting your teammates as well as the opponent, and most importantly respecting the game.
Matt Antonelli played baseball collegiately at Wake Forest University and was a 1st round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2006. He made his Major League debut in 2008 and played eight seasons for the Padres, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. After his playing career ended, he coached at Wake Forest University and was also the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross. Antonelli now owns and runs Antonelli Baseball, a baseball program and training academy for youth players in the New England area. He has also coached high school baseball at St. John’s Preparatory School and Bishop Fenwick High School. He lives in Middleton, Massachusetts with his wife, Laura, and their children, Matthew and Mia.