by MATT DEVITO Staff Writer
With a 4-0 record, the varsity baseball team is looking to have good season. Among this team is freshman Anthony Tagliaferro, the only freshman on the varsity baseball team.
He plays as reserve catcher, first baseman, and designated hitter. Though not a starter, he plays his part for the team.
“Tags”, which is his nickname, has been playing baseball for around nine years and has a true passion for the sport and is extremely happy to be with the team.
He said, “Glad to be a part of it, love the sport and love being able to help to support the high school in any way possible. My teammates and coaches help me grow as an individual and a player. It’s a privilege to be able to give back to them on the field.”
Tagliefero played in the team’s second win as the designated hitter. He went 2 for 3 with one double and one run scored. He didn’t play the previous game.
His teammates support him 100 percent, including the ones from his Monroe travel team, the Dirtybirds.
The Dirtybirds started out as a summer travel team until 2007 when the 8u, or the eight year old divison, team took third in Regionals finishing 41-4.
Two years later, Tagliefero and the Dirtybirds went to Myrtle Beach for the Cal Ripken World Series at only 10 years old. They placed fourth in the country and truly put Monroe on the map for baseball.
Freshman and former Dirtybirds teammate Kyle Daly said, “I am proud of him for making the varsity team. The whole Dirtybirds team is. We look forward to seeing him start by later this year for varsity.”
Back in August, the Dirtybirds left for Seattle to compete in Babe Ruth Little League World Series. They left Washington state as the third best team in the nation for that age group in Babe Ruth.
In his first game, he he had three at bats with two hits and drive in one run for the team. He helped the Dirtybirds win 4-0 against North Carolina.
He is definitely an upcoming star for Monroe’s varsity team and will play a huge role when he is an upperclassman.