Baseball poised to build on success

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After qualifying for sectional play last year for the first time in several seasons, the boy’s baseball team is looking to return to the postseason again this year.

Second-year head coach Jason Hoagland said the team has the potential to build upon last season’s success.

“Our goal is to make sectionals again. We started building something last year and we’re going to keep building on that,” Hoagland said.

Perennial favorite Fort Ann looks well-equipped to challenge for a league title again this season and Hartford should field a very strong ball club, but Hoagland said his team has the potential to play with both of those teams.

Whitehall played tough against both last year and could have walked away with victories if not for some late miscues. But with an improved defense and several standout players returning from last year, the team is hoping to eliminate those errors.

Brett Christian is the team’s undisputed ace and has emerged as a team leader in his senior season.

“In my opinion Brett is one of the best pitchers in the league. He went to toe-to-toe with some of the best pitchers in the league and kept us in each one of those games,” Hoagland said. “He’s been showing some great leadership. He’s been one of the first ones here and he’s been carrying the equipment after practice. His leadership has been unbelievable.”

The team should be in every game Christian pitches, but the team’s success will ultimately hinge on several younger pitchers.

Juniors Dillon Griffin and Carl Rehm, and freshman Justin Hoagland will look to fill out the back end of the rotation.

Hoagland says all three are capable of performing well but are unproven at the varsity level. “They are going to need step for us.” If they do Whitehall could have a rotation that runs three or four deep, a rarity in the Adirondack League.

Just keeping the ball over the plate could be enough as those pitchers will be backed up by some solid glovework.

“Defensively we look strong at every position. A couple of kids are playing in some different spots this year but it actually makes us better there,” Hoagland said.

He expects to be very solid up the middle with several players alternating time at second base and shortstop and Paxton DeLorme covering a lot of ground in center field.

Offensively the team should be strong at the top of the order. Justin Hoagland and Codie Bascue will be the table setters and will be followed by Josh Hoagland, Carl Rehm and Christian, who has shown an improved bat. After that the lineup is largely unproven.

“We’re going to have to manufacture runs. We have potential to be good and we have tons of speed on the bases,” Hoagland said.

“My expectations are very high. I would be very disappointed if we don’t make sectionals.”

 

Roster

Codie Bascue, Sr. (OF)

Brett Christian, Sr. (P/IF)

Troy Nichols, Sr. (OF)

Ryan Battease, Sr. (OF)

Paxton Delorme, Jr. (OF)

Dillon Griffin, Jr. (IF/P)

Josh Hoagland, Jr. (IF/C)

Colby LaChapelle, Jr. (OF/C)

Jordan Eggleston, Jr. (OF)

Carl Rehm, Jr. (IF/P)

Brandon Steves, So. (IF/P)

Dustin Johnson, So. (OF)

Justin Hoagland, FR. (IF/P)

Julian Barber, FR. (OF)

 

Schedule

Mon., April 2               Warrensburg at Whitehall

 

Wed., April 4               Fort Ann at Whitehall

 

Fri., April 6                  Whitehall at Poultney

 

Mon., April 16          Whitehall at Fort Edward

 

Wed., April 18             Bolton at Whitehall

 

Fri., April 20                Whitehall at Hartford

 

Mon., April 23             Argyle at Whitehall

 

Wed., April 25             Whitehall at Corinth

 

Fri., April 27                Whitehall at Salem

 

Mon., April 30            Whitehall at Fort Ann

 

Wed., May 2                Whitehall at North Warren

 

Fri., May 4                   Fort Edward at Whitehall

 

Mon., May 7                Hartford at Whitehall

 

Wed., May 9                Whitehall at Lake George

 

Thurs., May 10            Whitehall at Argyle

 

Mon., May 14              Salem at Whitehall

 

Wed., May 16              Luzerne at Whitehall

 

* All games start at 4:15 p.m.

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