Matt Corcoran had an eventful spring playing baseball for Marlboro’s varsity team, which came within a game of reaching the state Class B final four.
Corcoran, a junior on a senior-heavy team, did what he could when called upon by the Dukes to help out.
“A couple of innings here and there pitching, a couple of innings in the outfield,” he said. “I kind of helped out in the bullpen.”
After winning a MHAL title, the Dukes shutout their way through the quarters, semis and the final of the Section 9, Class B tournament. Another shutout followed in the regional semis before Center Moriches ended the Dukes’ season in the regional final.
“It was such a great experience, a great group of kids. Probably one of the best teams I have ever played for,” he said. “All of us were family to the end.”
After the Dukes’ season ended, Corcoran, who started playing baseball when he was about eight years old, took a short breath before suiting up for the Newburgh Nuclears’ junior American Legion team.
Practice with the Dukes began in the middle of March for Corcoran.
The American Legion season stretches into August, and Corcoran will have a short break away from the game before school starts again in a little more than two months.
“It gives me something to do everyday,” he said. “I keep working at it, keep getting better.”
Many Dukes are playing for the Nukes’ senior and junior teams, and Corcoran said that gives him a chance to continue playing with his friends this summer.