Buhagiar, Montroy and Werner first set of athletes to commit to baseball program
By Elaine Gerou
After the announcement of a new baseball program earlier this year, Schoolcraft now officially has the first three players committed and signed to the roster, Matthew Buhagiar, Nicholas Montroy and Christian Werner. All three high school seniors happily signed their letters of intent on Thursday, May 14.
“These were three gentlemen we knew we wanted. They all have great character and will represent Schoolcraft well,” said head coach Rob Fay.
At 6 feet tall 190 pounds, Buhagiar from Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn can pitch up to 80 mph and also plays third base.
“I feel honored to be on Schoolcraft’s first ever team and I’m looking forward to what the future holds,” said Buhagiar.
Werner’s hometown is also Dearborn. He attended University of Detroit Jesuit High School and standing at 6 feet 4 inches and 218 pounds, he pitches and plays first base. During the summer, Werner plays for the Elite Baseball Club.
“I’m excited to be able to lay down the beginning of a program that will have a lot of success,” Werner said.
Montroy attends Garden City High School and plays for the Downriver Raiders during the summer. At 6 feet 1 inch and 150 pounds, he pitches up to 84 mph and plays third and second base.
“I feel fantastic. I’d like to have a successful season to start the program off,” Montroy said.
All three young men are excited to be Ocelots, and the coaches are just as pleased with the beginning formation of their baseball squad. With three pitchers and the corners covered, the team is starting to take shape. Fay says many more recruits are lined up to sign this summer before the school resumes in August.
“It’s a milestone. It’s special because it’ll remain with these players that they are the first ever players to sign to Schoolcraft. That will stay with them for life, and I think it will with us [the coaches] too,” said assistant coach George Kontos.
In addition to recruits signing, there will be two opportunities for interested and eligible players to tryout—one in early June (date not set) and one in the beginning of the Fall semester. Those interested should contact Fay at firstname.lastname@example.org.