Prep Baseball: Season opens with battle of heavyweights
Washington County Preps Previews
St. Maria Goretti
The Gaels, under first-year coach Denny Talbert, are going to take a methodical approach to the season.
“We will compete, one pitch, one inning at a time,” Talbert said. “We have to be fundamentally sound, play to our potential, set some goals and work hard to achieve them.”
Goretti’s roster is nearly a duplicate of last year’s 15-14 squad, so the Gaels should be looking foward to the season.
Talbert will hand the baseball to any of four pitchers — Ryan Kinter (5-4, 2.43 ERA), Adam Blenckstone, Kevin Proctor and Tim Davidson. Control issues were a nemesis last season that needs improvement.
Blenckstone hit .413, Proctor hit .405, outfielder Jackson Roth returns and hit .389, Casey Bartholomew (.365) is back behind the dish and Josh Moats (.351) and Jake Moats (.408) all are offensive threats.
Two-time Coach of the Year David Warrenfeltz has pitching holes to fill, having lost 79 percent of innings pitched last year to graduation.
Among this year’s crop, senior Ryan Boward threw 18 1/3 innings, senior Nick Sauble threw 13 1/3, junior Wyatt Scriever threw 1 1/3 and junior Riley Arnone threw 1/3 last year.
“We lost a lot of pitching, this year’s pitchers are unproven at the varsity level,” Warrenfeltz said. “The big three (Zach Lucas, Tyler Byers, the late Brendon Colliflower) ate up the innings, but I feel good about the guys this season.”
The defending 2A champions, 15-9 in 2012, also have players in the field who gained invaluable experience in the Wildcats’ playoff march.
Brandon Allen (.321) will be in right, Brandon Toloso (.246) will be at short, Nick Williams will move to first from third. Arnone (.289) will be in either center or left when he’s not pitching and Sauble will play second or third.