English, led by senior Nelson Barreiro, is once again on the cusp of a successful season.
After winning the city championship last year, they currently hold second place in the North division of the city league and have shown just how good they can be recently, blowing out Brighton (15-4) and Madison Park (12-0) in their last two games.
It’s exactly the type of momentum the No. 1 pitcher, Barreiro, wanted his team to pick up. However, while opposing teams may focus in on him, he didn’t hesitate to commend English’s newest player, fellow Dominican Republic native Miguel Lorenzo.
“[Lorenzo’s] a beast,” Barreiro said. “He knows how to hit and he’s doing his work in the school so we might have a new future for English high school.”
Lorenzo lived in Boston during his eighth grade year before moving to Atlanta for his first year of high school. After his freshman year, he returned to his native country for his sophomore year before coming back to Boston and playing for English.
The junior has already begun to make a name for himself in the city league. Lorenzo showed his offensive power, hitting a double and triple against Brighton.
“Lorenzo’s a great hitter. This kid is going to be something special,” coach Ricardo Figueroa said after that game.
After already catching Figueroa’s attention in preseason with his great throwing arm and ability to play any position on the diamond, the English coach couldn’t be happier with how the outfielder has performed.
“He’s only been here a couple months but you can see the difference. He’s got the sense, the baseball sense,” Figueroa said. “He’s got the ability too; he’s quick, fast, strong and he can hit the ball. He can go to the next level.”
Coming to a new school, let alone a new country can be hard for many student-athletes. However, with the help of his teammates, Lorenzo said that it’s been an easy transition.
“It’s great, they are all Dominican. I feel like I’m in my country,” he said.
Barreiro has been especially helpful to Lorenzo, after he made the same transition from the Dominican Republic to Boston when he was 16-years-old. He said that he even gave him advice on the competition he would face when he first came to English.
“Here is better because we play a lot of different teams but in [the Dominican Republic] we just [focus] on the same team. We don’t play many different teams,” Barreiro said.
The coach has even noticed how fast Lorenzo got comfortable with the squad.
“He’s not quiet,” Figueroa said. “He made himself present. That’s good for him. He’s a humble kid.”
While helping his fellow Dominicans assimilate into the English team, Barreiro has put up phenomenal individual numbers. The senior is the second best hitter on English, batting .375 while holding the No. 1 pitcher spot on the team.
“I have to improve and move on,” Barreiro said. “I have to try to be in the city championship again so we can do better and that’s all I’m trying to do; be better.”
He’s not the only one with that goal.
“I’m just trying to get better. Getting better all the time, that’s my goal,” Lorenzo said.
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