Michael Petit is hoping to still have a chance to grab some grounders and line some shots into the outfield this summer. There is hope that Post 188 may find a way to piece together a summer ball season. Hope is a good thing, and right now it is something that everyone needs.
Petit was supposed to be a standout senior on this year’s Sandwich High School baseball team as the Blue Knights began their first season in the new Cape and Islands League. With so much recent success in the defunct Atlantic Coast League, Petit and the Knights were hoping to earn the first-ever championship in the newly minted league. It would have been a great capper on a strong career for Petit, who draws high praise from his coach, Brian Tomasini.
“Mike’s such a special kid. His hard work and dedication are second to none. He has been such a major part in the success of the Blue Knights,” the coach said. “Mike was primed to have aa big senior year, and his future is very bright. He has left this program and school a better place because of all he has done through his four years at SHS.”
The son of James Petit and Jennifer and John Mullen said his most-prized possession is an autographed Pedro Martinez baseball. He’s earned a statistics award at SHS and was named to the ACL’s second team last year as an all-star. His go-to meal is chicken tenders with a Dr. Pepper and a brownie sundae. “Pirates of the Caribbean” is his favorite movie, “Outer Banks” is his favorite TV show and he loves the music of Eminem.
How did you get involved with baseball? How much do you enjoy it?
I first started baseball back in tee ball when I could first start playing. Ever since the beginning I have loved the sport and never missed a season.
This was supposed to be your senior year at Sandwich. What role did you expect to play on the team, and what were your expectations for the Knights this season?
This season I was supposed to be a senior captain with Kevin Carrera and have a leading role on the team. I thought that the Knights were actually going to have a good year, despite losing 15 seniors last year. The younger players seemed ready to come up and produce for varsity this year.
This would have been the first season of playing in the Cape and Islands League for your team. How much were you looking forward to playing league games against Falmouth, Barnstable and D-Y? Do you see one of those as being a bigger rivalry than the others?
I was looking forward to playing Falmouth, Barnstable, and D-Y the most because they are always tough and exciting games that I will never forget. Even though I’d say these three teams are our rivals, I feel like in the last couple years we really built up a tough rivalry against D-Y because of the showdown championship games, and the playoff game from last year.
You also played on the Post 188 American Legion team. What was that experience like for you? Is there still hope that a season might get played this summer?
Playing on the Post 188 American Legion team last year was a great experience for me. I knew most of the kids on the team, but also met some great new teammates. I believe there is still hope that we will have some sort of Legion season in the summer, and I really hope we do.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would replay our last playoff game against Ashland because, firstly, we went into extra innings and lost at the end. I think that we should have won that game, and we should have been the ones to advance. I just never thought that that would be my last game.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I consider my walk off against D-Y in the playoffs last year to be the highlight of my athletic career.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have ever played with is Ben Smith on Post 188 because he always leaves it all out on the field and pushes you to be a better player.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
My sports-related superstition is to listen to music until we start to warm up.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I have learned how to balance my schoolwork and sports by being a student athlete and this will help me a lot in college since I am playing baseball there.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration has to be my mother and father because they have always been there for me and they work hard each and every day. This has inspired me to work harder not only on the field but in the classroom as well.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would firstly like to thank my parents for always supporting me through the years. I would also like to thank Coach Tomasini for giving me the opportunities to show what I can do on the baseball field. Also I’d like to thank my girlfriend, Sophie Esdale, for always being there for me through the last couple years. Finally I would like to thank all of my previous coaches and teammates for making me into a better player, teammate and person as a whole.
When quarantine life is over, what is the thing you are most looking forward to doing?
When quarantine is over I am most looking forward to being able to play baseball again. It has been close to a year since I’ve last played and I’m dying to get out on the field.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I would say the biggest difference between me now and me as a freshman would be how I interact and socialize with others. Advice I would give my freshman self would be to enjoy every day and do not take it for granted because you never know when I will end.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I think that people would be surprised to learn that I am actually a very social person and really enjoy meeting new people.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would switch places with Bill Gates and I would want to travel as much as I could with all of the money that he has.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My Idea of a perfect day would be a nice day at the beach with my girlfriend and my friends, and then a fire on the beach at night.
What are your post high school plans?
Post high school I am attending Wentworth Institution of Technology in Boston for college as an engineering student. I am also playing baseball on their Division 3 team.