BLOOMFIELD, NJ--With a month of the 2020 high school baseball regular season now in the rear-view mirror, the Bloomfield High baseball team continues to wait, and hope, for a season.
With schools possibly returning to session in mid May, the governing body of high school sports in New Jersey, the NJSIAA, continues to keep open the possibility of a six week spring season.
At Bloomfield High, the Bengals continue to prepare, on their own, while coaches do their job in keeping the student-athletes interested and proactive.
"I spoke with (Bloomfield High athletic director) Steve Jenkins last week, and he told me to keep the faith," said Policastro, himself a former Bengal athlete. "I have been very optimistic up to this point. I truly wouldn't care if we had a state tournament, but if we could go back and play 10 to 12 games, I would take it for my seniors, just so they get one last chance to play.
"If we lose this season, it not only would stink for the seniors, but all the underclassmen that would have gotten playing time for us against (Super Essex Conference) American Division competition. That can't be replaced either, and those players would have been better for it next year."
The communication between coaches and players is good, thanks to today's technology.
"We have set up a Google Classroom page, where myself and (assistant coach) Mike Carter Jr are putting daily workouts," said Policastro. "He does a 2-minute video everyday, on a specific skill, and we post videos for position players, specific things that the kids can do on their own to stay ready, in case we get the call that we are going back.
"We continued to do our fundraising, as we have done over the years, and I continue to work on talking to college coaches for some of our seniors, who don't know where they are going."
Bloomfield baseball standout Vin Torrisi has already committed to William Paterson University, starting this fall.
"I think it's a great fit for him," said Policastro who noted that former Bengals Danny Carter and Darmany Rivas are already playing for the Pioneers. "I have been working on helping Hilbert Nina DeLeon get into school. He is a senior, who played JV for us last year. He has an electric arm and tremendous pop and potential with the bat. His fastball tops out at 87 mph and he hits the ball a ton."
Policastro is also working to assist Jason Torres and Christian Parisi get settled on colleges for this fall.
"As coaches we are keeping busy and trying to keep the kids ready," the coach said. "I will keep the faith and be ready for when we get the call either way. If we play, and I hope we do, we will be ready."