Baseball - Varsity
Our varsity baseball team is a member of the Eastern Independent League (EIL). EIL member schools include Bancroft School, Beaver Country Day, Berwick Academy, Concord Academy, Landmark School, Lexington Christian, and Pingree School. Non-conference opponents include Providence Country Day, Roxbury Latin, St. George's and Thayer Academy.
Graduates under Coach Gittus have gone on to play baseball at Brandeis University, Elmira College, Bard College, Trinity College, Wheaton College, Salve Regina University, Washington College, Stonehill College, Merrimack College, and Curry College. The Portsmouth Abbey varsity program typically travels to Orlando, Florida for a week of practices and games during spring break.
The Portsmouth Abbey Baseball program believes in providing a challenging and educational experience outside the classroom. Baseball players are expected to strive to reach their very best academically, socially, and athletically. The coaching staff believes in a smart, aggressive brand of baseball that honors the game with strong attention to fundamentals.
Coach Derek Gittus began coaching at Portsmouth Abbey in 1997 when he worked with the boys’ ice hockey program. He took over as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach in 2003 and has also been the Head Coach of JV football since 2008. Coach Gittus was a 4-year letter winner in both baseball and ice hockey at Holy Cross, earning Patriot League All-Academic Team honors for baseball in 1995. Under his leadership as head coach, the Portsmouth Abbey baseball team won SENE Championship titles in 2007 and 2008 before becoming members of the EIL. The Abbey Baseball Team has won back-to-back EIL championships in 2018 and 2019, going 8-0 in the league (12-6 overall) in '18 and 7-1 in the league (13-6-1 overall) in '19. Coach Gittus is the Head of the History Department and lives on campus with his wife Allison and their three children.
Assistant Coaches: Kent Rudasill, Ryan Walker, Darryl DeMarzio & Dan Caplin