A new Fun Facts with Fairfield Warde baseball player Zach Broderick.
Having only one loss so far this season, how does your team plan to keep the momentum going? The loss to Trumbull was definitely disappointing. It was our first loss of the season so we had to learn from our mistakes. I believe the team came together and has made the necessary adjustments which helped us put that game behind us and get wins against New Canaan, Stamford, Central, Danbury and, most recently, Darien. This is a young team with limited varsity experience but we have some great leaders and the more time we spend together, I believe the sky’s the limit on what we can achieve.
If you could replay the game against Trumbull, what would your team do differently? Seeing that it was an incredibly close game, would you make any personal changes? I think we just needed to defend the small ball as the two bunts early on hurt us. We just needed to play better bunt defense. Also, our bats needed to wake up earlier, especially against a quality pitcher like (Bryan) Kraus. We need to continue making better in-game adjustments through discussions with teammates and coaches so we have quality at bats the second and third time through the order. I think on the mound I should have thrown more offspeed to the top of the order, while at the plate I need to be more aggressive in hitter counts like 1-0 and 2-0 and not put myself into a deep hole.
What is your favorite Warde baseball tradition? During our pregame infield-outfield warmup we always play “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill, and when I pitch a home game I like to walk to the mound and throw my warmups while Seven Nation Army is playing.
What are you looking to accomplish in your next two years of high school? I would love to bring back an FCIAC or state championship to Warde in the next few years.
What is your favorite pregame energy drink/snack My pregame snack is a protein bar, and my favorite pregame drink is the light blue Gatorade.
How do you like to spend your weekends? Usually, weekends are a combination of baseball, schoolwork and trying to squeeze time to hang out with some of my friends. During baseball season, it is hard to find free time on weekends with practices, workouts, makeup games etc. It’s like having a second job sometimes but it is something I love to do and the choice I made so I have to live with the consequences. As time permits, I also like to help coach and work with the younger kids as part of local Little League and travel programs.
As a pitcher, how do you take a leadership role on your team?
As a pitcher your job is to control the game and keep your defense involved. One of the things I take pride in is keeping a fast tempo on the mound so the defense isn’t just standing around. My goal is minimize walks and get the team back into the dugout to hit. The one other thing that helps me on the mound is that I have a great rapport with our catcher, Roman DiGiacomo. We have been together a number of years as a battery playing travel ball and through our freshman season here at Warde.
How do you find a balance between baseball and schoolwork? It is a challenge to juggle both with games or practices every day. I usually do not get home until 6:30 or 7 pm, which means I am usually doing homework until like 9 or 10 pm, but I still find a way to get it done.
Why do you like being a part of a team sport? What qualities make a good teammate? The fun thing about being part of a team is the camaraderie and friendships that develop because your teammates become like your second family. It’s great hanging out, team dinners, bus rides and sharing experiences with friends who are fighting for one common goal. The qualities that you need to have as a teammate is being positive, great commitment and dedication as well as compassion.
How do your family/friends support you both on and off the field? Both family and friends push me to succeed both on the field and in the classroom. My mom and dad are big supporters in what I do from both sides and try to help out along each step. I have also had some great coaches that have pushed me to become a better player these past few years, especially coming back from a right shoulder surgery prior to the start of my sophomore year.
Who is your favorite artist? Favorite song? I am a huge country fan so my favorite artist is Luke Combs. My favorite song is “This is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line.
If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go? Any amusement park where they have a roller coaster as I love the thrill and excitement, or down south to North Carolina to visit family, or Aruba with family, or travel the country and attend a MLB game at each ballpark.
What is one thing you could not live without? It’s a combination of both baseball and family because both things have helped me throughout life. They both teach me life lessons and help keep me intact throughout each day.
What is your favorite childhood baseball memory? Definitely my 10U Little League season where my dad was our district head coach and we went all the way to the state finals with Fairfield National.
Are you planning on playing in college? If so, how are you approaching the recruitment process? I am hoping to play in college. Currently, I am in the middle of the recruiting process through emailing and talking to D1 schools. I am talking to friends who have been through the process for advice as well as leveraging my coaches and support system to help through this process. I am hopeful that I will commit in the upcoming months.