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MIA baseball seniors honored

QUENTIN ROUX
Q@MISUNTIMES.COM
MIA baseball players exit their dugout at the start of the Senior Night game against St. John Neumann.
  • Flynn said MIA had provided plenty of opportunities for multiple sports during his and the others’ school careers, and that teams had persevered against tough area school opposition

Balloons, blasts of music and proud parents underlined Senior Night recently when six Marco Island Academy baseball seniors walked the symbolic walk from third base to home plate before the game against St. John Neumann.

MIA baseball players who were honored on Senior Night are Brian Flynn, Marcus Seidman, Tyler Wallace, Andrew Delgado, Cole Stretton and Cameron Ragan.

It was a signature moment for the seniors, Cole Stretton, Brian Flynn, Marcus Seidman, Tyler Wallace, Andrew Delgado and Cameron Ragan – who will go their own ways come the end of the school year.

Sort of.

Stretton and Flynn will be roommates at FSU, studying criminal justice and pre-med respectively, while Wallace (business), Delgado (architecture) and Seidman (business) will head for FAU. Ragan plans to open his own mechanical business right off the bat.

“Cole and I have been friends since we were really young,” said Flynn. “We played flag football when we were 3 or 4, and then basketball and baseball … a lot of sports.”

Will Carlisle of MIA tags a runner at 2nd. It was a disputed call, given not out.

He said MIA had provided plenty of opportunities for multiple sports during his and the others’ school careers, and had persevered against tough area school opposition.

“We’re a small school,” he said. “We may not play so well all the time, but it’s been fun doing it.”

Supporters watch the Senior Night game.

Flynn also paid tribute to head coach Chris Liebhart (whom he described as “laid back” but “firm”) and assistant coach Andy Delgado (who started the program).

“Andy has taken care of us,” Flynn said. “He’s taken us to games like basketball and football.”

Departing senior Marcus Seidman winds up a pitch during the game.

Flynn said the baseball program augurs well for the future.

“They’re already talking plans for next year, like batting coaches,” he said.