Baseball Team Unbeaten, Off to 5-0 Start


Joey Bonadonna, Sports Editor, Advanced Journalism

After an almost two-year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Triton baseball is back and off to a 5-0 start in 2021. The unbeaten start is the longest in program history since 2011, when the Tritons started 7-0.

After a loss in the regional final to Ashwaubenon in 2019 and a cancelled 2020 season, the team is looking for redemption in 2021.

“For me, the way sophomore year ended left a bad taste in my mouth,” senior Griffin Klein said. “Being back on the diamond gives me an opportunity for revenge.”

Klein will be playing college baseball at UW-Oshkosh, but he isn’t the only college player on the team. Sophomore Mitchell “Deuce” Musial recently committed to D-I Illinois State and junior Caden Capomaccio has narrowed his college decision down to Minnesota and Notre Dame.

Despite the start, the team knows there’s more work to be done.

“We are happy with the start that we have, but there are little things we have to work on as a team,” Capomaccio said.

Capomaccio has yet to surrender an earned run this season and has only given up two hits, with 21 strikeouts in 11.1 innings to add on.

“We are just getting started and are just growing and molding together at this point,” Klein said. “Having an all-conference level arm on the mound every night is nice as well.”

The elite pitching staff of Klein, Capomaccio and Musial has been a huge help to the Tritons so far this season and could be a key piece come playoff time. Several media outlets have labeled the Tritons as battle-tested and a real potential state title contender come June.

The Tritons think that too. Both Klein and Capomaccio agree that an appearance at state in Appleton is a really attainable goal for this team this year.

The Tritons begin conference play in a double-header against Preble at Joannes Park this Saturday.