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August 8, 2013

Saving his best for last

Triton grad Palaez relishes role as closer for Stoneham Sabers

Triton alum Connor Pelaez knows the joys the baseball diamond can bring working as a closer.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” the Byfield native said about saving a game. “I feel like I did my job.”

The left-hander has been doing his job more and more of late as the closer for the 23-10 Stoneham Sabers in Boston’s Yawkey League.

“I’ve learned so much more about the game as far as being a reliever and as far as being a part of an organization,” said Pelaez. “This whole summer has probably been the best summer of my life, baseball wise. It’s the level of competition.”

Pelaez loves to compete and the Sabers have given him the opportunity to do so against other semi-pro teams from the Greater Boston Area such as the South Boston Saints, the West Roxbury Nationals and the Savin Hill Hornets.

“I’m a competitive person,” said Pelaez. “I was born with that. I love that aspect of the game, it’s kind of second nature to me. I love being on a team and competing. Being on the mound, I love it. (The Yawkey League) is very, very competitive. We have people who just got out of the Division 1 schools. We have people that got let go from the pros and are down here, throwing a little bit.”

A part of the Vikings’ baseball program for four years, the 2011 grad also spent time in Triton’s basketball, track, football and wrestling programs. But he found that being a lefty gave him an advantage on the diamond.

“I always felt I had a better chance in baseball than in football,” admitted the southpaw.

Since leaving Triton, Pelaez has been pitching for Bunker Hill Community College, where he was moved into the bullpen because he could handle those quick bursts of pressure that relieving requires.

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