Salem is anxious to get more time outside after their first scrimmage against Rockport last week. One of the benefits of being contained to inside the Salem High fieldhouse is that the Witches have had plenty of time to work on their hitting, which, Bertone says, is one of their strengths.
“I have high hopes for the offense this season,” noted Bertone. “We also have good speed on the bases.”
Salem has five non-league games on its schedule, including the season opener vs. Triton. The others include two against North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie and two against Somerville.
The Witches will have their work cut out for them in the Northeastern Conference Large division, with teams like Lynn Classical and Peabody among the top performers from last year. Salem does have an advantage, though, when it comes to team chemistry and on-field experience.
“The chemistry of the team has significantly developed over the last couple of years. We are improving every practice and we’re all very eager to get back on the field together,” said Martin.