Opposite Field: Diamond Dubs Get Reps During Spirited Fall League Play


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Off-Season Progress: Sophomore catcher Mason Ramos — here taking some swings at the plate — is part of a cohort of Warrior baseball players getting helpful playing time during intense fall league play.

Play Ball — in the Fall! The North Atlanta Warriors baseball team is having a fall league to get players ready for the upcoming spring season. The off-season play is an effort to get players back on the field as the majority of last year’s season was canceled due to COVID. Fall league also is a chance for first-year students and other new players to showcase their skills for the upcoming season.

The team plays in the Dunwoody Fall League and is made up of various grade levels. The majority of the team’s players are sophomores and freshmen as they look to gain more experience at the high school level. The team is coached by parents of North Atlanta players, specifically Edward O’Meara, Donn Perno and Richard French. Parental involvement and leadership is needed because Georgia High School Association rules prevent North Atlanta coaches from coaching their players in the off-season. “It is a lot of fun to get back out there and play ball,” said sophomore catcher Mason Ramos. “After my first high school season was shortened due to COVID, this was a great way to get ready for the upcoming spring season.”

The diamond Dubs had a rough start to their fall season as they have lost two of their first three games. Although they didn’t have the start they wanted, senior short stop Mark O’Meara said he knows the Warrior fall squad is coming together. “You could say we’ve had a rough start, but we can see there’s a lot of raw talent and potential on this team, especially from what we’re seeing in the younger guys,” said O’Meara.

The team’s players have also set goals to accomplish during the fall league season to be prepared for the spring season. Senior outfielder Simon Vaughn believes that the team needs to focus on teamwork to start winning more games. “Even though we’ve started out sort of bad, we do know we were building up our sense of team,” said Vaughn. “And the work we’re getting now means we feel like we’re going to be at full strength come spring,” he said.

With the proper work, the Warriors are looking to turn their fall season around and be a powerful team to start the spring season. Clearly, fall is time for baseball, and these Dubs are proving it.