JV baseball team wraps up successful season in series against Boca Raton


Julia Landy

Graphic by Julia Landy

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior varsity baseball team finished their season on April 24 in a two-game away series against Boca Raton Community High School. Winning both games 6-1 and 10-2 consecutively, the Eagles finished with a record of 20-1.

The team was led by solid pitching from Jayden Dubanewicz (23) and Brayden McCluskey (5), and a strong defense all around. The offense was led by third baseman Rylan Lujo (27), first baseman Jackson Abram (42), left fielder Matthew Barrett (10), right fielder Dillon Moquin (26) and shortstop Devin Fitz-Gerald (3), allowing the team to have a successful season overall.

As a result of their successful season, many players hope to move onto the varsity team for the 2021-22 season. The team currently has eight sophomores and 13 freshmen, all proving to be capable of filling the shoes of the current dominant varsity team.

“The season overall was great,” catcher/first baseman Ethan Askin (16) said. “We went 20-1, which is a great record. But we could’ve gone undefeated at 21-0. I was annoyed by the loss because we were so close to perfect. It was a fun season though, getting to know these boys.”

Many players had a great season statistically, especially Dubanewicz, Barrett and Fitz-Gerald. These three players have been extremely influential in the way the team played. Dubanewicz, who pitched and came to the plate, had a batting average of .571 and slugging percentage of .857. Pitching wise he was undefeated with eight wins and had earned run average (era) of .152.

Devin Fitz-Gerald, who split some time this season on varsity and JV, had a great season, with a .300 batting average and on-base percentage of .523.

Matthew Barrett, had a great season as well, batting .400 with an on-base percentage of .925. Barrett also had perfect fielding stats at the end of the season.

“I am going to put time in for some summer baseball, work on the little things and improve big time,” Barrett said.

The successful season made a lot of sophomores excited for the next season, especially second baseman Jacob Herzberg.

“This season went really well,” Herzberg said. “I had a lot of fun playing all year, and it made it even better that we had a great record.”