April 1 marks the beginning of the most exciting spring sports week, with the Mets and Yanks both opening the season at home that afternoon.
The games will be especially exciting for Hamptons Collegiate Baseball alums Kevin Heller (Westhampton ’10) and Paul Paez (Southampton ’12), as this will be the first Big League Opening Day since they were taken in the 2012 draft. Heller was chosen by the Red Sox—the Yankees’ Opening Day rival—in the 40th round. The Mets picked left handed pitcher Heller in the 18th round. They’re currently working their way through the farm system, but if preseason predictions hold true, we don’t doubt that both teams could use some talented, young blood ASAP.
In other sports news of the week, the following Monday, April 8, will play host to the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. Is your bracket still safe?
Keep an eye out for information on Opening Day of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, which kicks off on June 14. The 2013 season will be the first for the newly formed league, as Hamptons Collegiate Baseball previously played as a division in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. HCBL is currently inviting members of the community to house a player. Check out HamptonsBaseball.org for more info, including applying to host a player.