Zealous baseball fans at Woodland Pond at New Paltz are excited to welcome the New Paltz High School baseball team out to their community for a social meet and greet. The baseball team will visit the senior living community on Monday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. In spirit of the opening of baseball season, the Huguenots baseball team plans to be in full uniform during their visit with the residents and will be passing out programs to all who attend.
“We are expanding the celebration so that it is an all-day affair,” said Sarah Hull, director of resident services at Woodland Pond. “For some residents, baseball is not only America’s favorite pastime, but their favorite pastime as well. We thought it would be really special to commence the season with a meet and greet with a local team. Some of the residents played during their youth and are eager to share stories with the players, and maybe even play some catch. Intergenerational events like this are always so inspiring. We see the residents sharing advice and swapping tales, and we also see the respect that these younger generations show to older adults and the appreciation they feel when engaging with them.”
Woodland Pond will be decorated in festive baseball décor including baseball memorabilia shared from the residents’ private collections and personal glory days, as well as baseball party decorations. The residents and team members will be encouraged to sport the jerseys of their favorite teams that day and televisions throughout the community will showcase different games going on around the country. Refreshments will be available for the team and residents, and will include some peanuts and cracker jacks.
“The players will be sharing their season game schedule including a list of their names and positions,” said Michelle Gramoglia, executive director of Woodland Pond. “We are looking at the schedule to determine which games the residents can attend. We would love to provide transportation for the residents so they can support the team. Events like this are important as it gives teenagers and seniors the opportunity to get together, share experiences and learn from each other. We are honored that the Huguenots players are taking the time to make this event happen for the residents. The anticipation for this event is building and the residents feel April 6th cannot come soon enough.”
About the Huguenots
Taylor Digilio, Seb Pannuto and Stevie Branche lead the team as senior captains of the Huguenots. Diglio has been on the team since his sophomore year. He is regarded as one of the hardest working players, both on the field and in the classroom. On the field he is a smooth fielder with an aggressive swing, and in the classroom he has earned a 96 cumulative GPA throughout his high school career. Digilio hopes to attend UCONN, St. Lawrence or Suny Binghamton and earn a degree pertaining to mathematics. Pannuto has played on the team for two years and is highly regarded for his flexibility on the field and his agility in diving for balls, stealing bases and aggressive at the plate. Branche has been on the team since his sophomore year and has the most experience when it comes to pitching in pressure situations. He has won and closed more big games than any other player. Branche plans to attend RIT, Scranton or Clarkson and pursue a degree in engineering technology.
Players of the New Paltz High School Huguenots varsity baseball team include: #8 Chris Baker, senior; #11 Steve Branche, senior; #3 Taylor Digilio, senior; #20 Mason Hooper, senior; #14 Seb Panutto, senior; #5 Joey Saladino, senior; #34 Tyler Black, junior; #43 Matt Barbieri, junior; #27 Tyler Benenati, junior; #22 Antonio Fazio, junior; #12 Mike Paino, junior; #9 Joe DiMarco, sophomore; #24 Nic Messina, sophomore; #16 Adam Stolfe, sophomore; #13 Chris Massaro, sophomore.