By Kevin Maher
Last season, Ramblewood Middle School brought middle school baseball back to Coral Springs, and they haven’t lost since.
Finishing with a record of 11-0, the Ramblewood Raiders look to continue their unbeaten streak, as their current record stands at 12-0 with five games remaining.
Thomas Ruzzano, manager of the Raiders and vice mayor of the City of Margate, believes the team’s character is responsible for their continued success.
“As long as the kids are happy and having fun, they just play great,” Ruzzano said. “It’s a great group of kids, and every time we play, we have fun, and that’s what it’s all about.”
The Raiders’ roster includes AJ Heard, Anthony Adams, Brycen Plante, Brandon Rodriguez, Logan Galaska, Joel Ramirez, Santino Defeo, Tyler Collins, Anthony Gagne, Dominic Richard, David Ginyard, Alexander Stubbs, Javier Lopez, and Dominic Rios. Joe Galaska and Ryan Denardo are the two coaches of the team.
The Raiders consist of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, but Ruzzano has noticed the older kids taking on a leadership role on and off the field, creating a bond that brings the team together.
“The older kids I have on there are experienced, and they’re almost like captains of the team,” Ruzzano said. “I think the younger kids really look up to them, not only on the field but in school and when they hang out together.”
Ruzzano believes the return of baseball shouldn’t stop at Coral Springs, but all South Florida middle schools should look to reintroduce the sport back.
“Bringing the sport to the kids and into the schools, I think it’d be a great situation and something they’re lacking right now,” Ruzzano said.
Ruzzano credits Ramblewood Middle School’s Principal Andrew Kirk, Assistant Principal Matthew Dearen, and Athletic Director Alan Russo for the help with the program as well.
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- Kevin Maher is a University of Florida journalism graduate with an interest in investigative journalism. Kevin is also an associate editor at Triton News and has worked at The Independent Florida Alligator and WUFT News.
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