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Prep Baseball off to a Strong Start
Posted 04/23/2013 12:59PM

Fairfield Prep Baseball:  "A force to be reckoned with"

By Henry Chisholm, New Haven Register, April 23, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Since 2000, Fairfield Prep has only appeared in the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament twice. The Jesuits have also never won a conference title. However, the past is the past and junior Shawn Blake said this could be a special year for the Jesuits in the SCC. “I think we’re a force to be reckoned with,” he said. “I definitely think we’re up there with the best teams.”

Fairfield Prep (5-2, 1-1 SCC Quinnipiac) will have the chance to prove whether or not it is a contender or a pretender in the SCC, taking on Law Wednesday and defending conference champ Amity Thursday. Even though both games pose major challenges for the Jesuits, senior David Gerics said they will treat these games like any other.

“We have to play well in all of our games, not just this week,” the senior said. “Every team in the SCC is going to compete, every team is going to play their hardest and do everything they can to beat us,” And recently, Amity has consistently done enough to top just about everyone in the SCC.

Meanwhile, Fairfield Prep has begun making strides in the SCC, picking up big wins over Notre Dame-West Haven, West Haven and a Sheehan team that defeated former No. 1 Xavier.

Regardless of the Jesuits’ success, Mauritz said anything can happen in the competitive SCC. “Our league is tough, everybody knows it,” the coach said. “That’s what makes the league great.  And his players agree. “Every team in this league can beat anyone,” Gerics said. That is why Mauritz has stressed that his players work on the little things everyday.

After a recent loss to Cheshire, he talked to his players about vocal leadership, stepping up and not getting complacent. “If we get tougher we can be a very hard team to beat,” Mauritz said. “Sometimes building that toughness takes a little bit of time.”

The Jesuits are still working on that. Last season Fairfield Prep hovered around the .500 mark for the early part of the season before eventually missing the conference playoffs. In 2011 the Jesuits went 6-2 in the Quinnipiac Division and went to the SCC title game before getting shut out 14-0 to Cheshire. Fairfield Prep also has not advanced past the second round of the Class LL tournament since 2007.

In spite of the Jesuits’ previous shortcomings, Blake is confident in this year’s team. And as long as they keep doing the little things, they could have a big Spring. “I think we have a lot more drive than in past seasons,” Blake said. “This year we’re all pulling together and the chemistry on the team is real good.”

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    • FriAug22 Sophomore/Junior Orientation (8:00 - 12:05) 8:00 AM to 12:05 PM
    • MonAug25 First Day of Classes 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    • MonAug25 Mothers Welcome Back Coffee 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMBrissette Gym
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    • WedSep03 SEED Parent - Son Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMBerchmans Cafeteria
    • FriSep05 Mass of the Holy Spirit 12:30 PMAlumni HallSt. Ignatius of Loyola Alumni Service Award will be presented. School will follow an early dismissal schedule. Parents and Alumni are welcome to attend.
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    • FriSep05 SEED Scholar Mixer (7:00 - 10:00) 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMBrissette Gym
    • SatSep06 Fathers' Club BBQ
    • SatSep06 Welcome Back BBQ 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMPrep Quad
    • WedSep10 Staff Appreciation (1 of 4)
    • WedSep10 Staff Appreciation 12:00 AM to 12:00 AMFaculty Lounge
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    • ThuSep11 Varsity Football vs. Stamford (H) 7:00 PM to 9:30 PMFairfield Warde High School
    • FriSep12 Mothers' Rosary 8:45 AM
    • WedSep17 Freshman Parent Reception 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMBrissette Gym
    • ThuSep18 Urban Plunge (Sept. 18 - 20) 1:05 PM to 6:30 PMCatholic Center, Bridgeport, CT
    • FriSep19 Urban Plunge (Sept. 18 - 20) 1:05 PM to 6:30 PMCatholic Center, Bridgeport, CT
    • SatSep20 Varsity Football vs. St. Joseph (A) 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMSt.Joseph High School, Trumbull
    • SatSep20 Urban Plunge (Sept. 18 - 20) 1:05 PM to 6:30 PMCatholic Center, Bridgeport, CT
    • MonSep22 Fall Intramurals Begin 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    • WedSep24 NHS Awards Mass 7:30 PM to 9:00 PMSt. Thomas Church, Fairfield
    • WedSep24 NHS Honors and Awards Mass 7:30 PMSt. Thomas Aquinas Church
    • FriSep26 Varsity Football vs. Norte Dame - West Haven (H) 7:00 PM to 9:30 PMFairfield Warde High School
    • ThuOct02 Urban Plunge (Oct. 2 - 4) 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    • FriOct03 Urban Plunge (Oct. 2 - 4) 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    • FriOct03 Mothers' Mass 9:15 AM to 10:30 AMSt. Joseph Chapel, Xavier

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