Graduation losses have hit the Granville Golden Horde boys baseball team hard. Returning only one senior and a total of two players from last year’s playoff team, the other being Andrew Hadeka, returning head coach Dan Poucher said he’s looking for the team to improve game by game.
“We’ve very young team in terms of varsity experience with nine juniors and four sophomores,” Poucher said.
“We’ve got a really rich baseball tradition in Granville and always had players willing to step up and fill roles. This season we have a lot of guys who’ll need to step up – we’re young, but loaded with great attitudes and work ethic,” Poucher said.
With a battle-tested arm in senior Mike Resetar, Poucher said the rest of his hard working crew will be finding their roles on the team.
“Mike brings a lot of experience; he needs to be the team’s anchor. He’s got good command of his stuff and he’s certainly the number one guy for us who’ll be getting the key starts,” Poucher said. In short, Resetar needs to carry the freight for the team during his senior year after taking the mound in crucial starts like the Greenwich rematch.
Players are responding well to early work in practice and Poucher said he’s hoping to get the team as much live action scrimmage as possible before league play starts later this month.
“We must minimize mistakes and put ourselves in a position to be successful offensively,” he said.
“It’s important to get guys in scoring position early and often,” Poucher said because this team doesn’t have the experienced bats of the teams from recent years.
While the team has capable hitters which will allow them to be successful offensively – if — the runners are there to cross the plate. The squad will be looking to play ‘small ball’ and with steals, singles and walks manufacture offense. “We must execute with runners in scoring position,” he said.
“Also it’s very important for us to play good team defense,” Poucher said.
With an eye on an always tough league Poucher said it will still be one game at a time for this team.
“It might be a cliché but there are no off days in the Wasaren League,” he said.
Coming off a deep run in the Class C playoffs, Greenwich is back and expected to be the team to beat, but Schuylerville and Hoosick Falls will also be among the top of the league.
“Every team has a talented roster,” he said.
“We’re taking it one game at a time and we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we’re hoping that time and hard work equals results,” Poucher said.
Mike Resetar Senior p/1b *
Tyler Fitzpatrick junior p/if/of
Devin Buxton junior p/if/of
Troy Granger junior of
Alex Bernard juior if
Luke Hahn junior if/of
Andrew Hadeka junior 1b/of/p *
Kyle Davis junior of
Evan Hoagland freshman if
Travis Gebo sophomore if/of
Colton Zavistaski sophomore c/if/of
Scott Reed junior of/if
Billy Morrow sophomore of
Kyle Hoard junior if/of
Derek Prieur sophomore if/of
*only returning players from last season’s Class B finalists of 2010