HYDE PARK — Even though they were getting slammed by Somerville and even though their schools will be shuttered at the end of the school year, the Hyde Park boys baseball team remained positive and had a ball yesterday afternoon at Ross Field.
While two of the three schools that make up the Hyde Park Educational Complex — the Engineering School and the Social Justice Academy — will close next year due to poor test scores the complex’s third school — Community Academy of Science and Health — doesn’t have a player on the team.
Coach Moe Gomez also says even if the school fields a team next year he won’t return for his ninth year leading the program.
“It’s hard for most of us, we’re just trying to make it a fun season, a season to remember,” senior captain Chris Baez said after the 15-4 loss to Somerville, which won’t count against Hyde Park’s record. “It feels very good to know I played all four years. I’m just trying to finish off this year and trying to be a good role model for the team to have a good season.”
After spotting Somerville (4-2) five runs in the opening inning, Hyde Park managed to get two runs back in their half of the inning.
“It was very encouraging starting up a rally,” said Baez, who drew two walks, scored two runs and collected one hit. “It always helps to build confidence for the whole game.”
But Hyde Park didn’t score again till the fifth inning, when Baez crossed home plate for the second time, and they added their final run the following inning. The home team finished with eight hits.
“We have good communication and good chemistry, just a little more BP would be good for us,” said Baez, who will play for Western Oklahoma State College next year.
Gomez said playing a non-league opponent was a good measuring stick, even if the score was lopsided and even if it was an exclusion game, meaning it only counted toward Somerville’s record because they are in a five-team league and need to play extra games.
“Beating a weak team and getting the W means much, much less that losing to a better team, playing better competition,” Gomez said. “They didn’t give up. That’s my only concern. As long as they play hard and don’t pay attention to the score.”
Hyde Park (3-3 overall, 0-2 in league play) will look for its victory against a city school on Wednesday when they host West Roxbury. Win or lose, Hyde Park is sure to have just as much fun as they had playing Somerville.
“Five of my kids have been together for three years,” Gomez said. “We mesh well. They are potentially together for the last time. It’s about making the most of the season.”