Siciliano’s son was on Boylston Street at the time of the explosions and was not seriously injured, but he was so close to the second blast that it knocked him off his feet.
Though shaken by the news of the attack, Siciliano said, his players have rebounded well, probably in part because of the time they have spent with each other on the field in the days since Monday.
“I think the kids are really resilient,” he explained. “Outwardly it doesn’t look like it, but they have to be thinking about it.
“I think it’s great for them to be here playing, because, deep down in their heart of hearts, they have to be worrying about something.”
In that sense, as much as players help their communities return to normal after such a tragic event, they are helping themselves by playing.
Though it is too soon to turn the page and the day is still too fresh a memory, a game is a welcome respite for them.
“Baseball has always been a nice getaway if anything ever happens,” Ashland High’s Dassoni said. “It’s always nice to just go and play and kind of forget about everything, and just be out there having fun.”
Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.