After moving to Severna Park in the fourth grade, Michael Carparelli learned that his former league was representing Rhode Island in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
While he may have missed out on that opportunity, he’s making memories this year with the Falcons baseball team.
The senior outfielder has provided a spark for the Severna Park offense this year. Through his first 10 games, he batted .414 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, a .433 on-base percentage and only three strikeouts in 31 plate appearances. He emerged early in the season, driving in eight runs against Mount St. Joseph during a game in March.
When he’s not on the field, he is in the dugout, supporting his teammates and leading by example.
“He just comes to work every day and does everything on and off the field,” said Eric Milton, head coach of Severna Park’s varsity baseball team. “I had a conversation with him today because he was playing the field but didn’t get to hit. I DH’d for him. And he’s like, ‘Whatever you need, coach.’ That’s the kind of kid he is. Just a great teammate and great kid.”
Not only is he selfless, but he exudes confidence and instills that in others.
“I tend to be very vocal on the field when it comes to helping my teammates make plays, as well as uplifting them after mistakes,” Carparelli said. “My brother,, who also played on the team, was also very vocal and always shared his opinions with teammates. I liked that, and sort of adopted it.”
Carparelli also spent four years playing basketball, with the last two as a guard on the varsity team.
“Playing basketball was what I did most of the time outside of school, although I have become more passionate about baseball this year because of the success we are having as a team,” he said.
That passion is not just evident by wins and losses. He wants to cherish the experiences along the way.
“Playing baseball allows me to build great friendships and make memories, which last a lifetime,” Carparelli said. “I also enjoy how it makes me feel mentally. It’s a simple game with a lot of strategy involved, and you really need to stay focused at all times because anything can happen. I’m very grateful to be part of such a winning program, and the teammates I have on this team are very supportive of each other.”
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