Despite hopes to improve, baseball team will struggle

Posted on March 20, 2009 by

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Brandon Sebastian- Sports Writer

Following last season’s debacle where they finished with an abysmal 10-17 record, the CHS baseball team looks to improve, and do so without their top pitcher from last season.

“We will definitely miss [Tyler] Huxford,” Nick Cocanower (12) said. “Anytime you lose a pitcher it’s tough, especially in this case because he pitched a lot of innings for us. Another reason we will miss him is because we need all the pitching we can get.”

With the loss of Huxford, CHS will need seniors Kyle Konarski and Tyler Haitsma to pitch well for the Minutemen.

“We will need them to step up and pitch the majority of our games,” Cocanower said. “They have put in a lot of hard work over the winter and will need to be able to pitch well in order for us to be successful.”

Even after a dreadful season last year, the Minutemen have set some lofty goals as a way to get back on with their winning ways.

“We would like to win our conference,” Cocanower said. “We would also like to win sectionals as well.”

Cocanower is also well aware that this will be very difficult, given last year’s poor showing.

“We know that is going to be tough for us to accomplish,” Cocanower said. “We would at least like to finish about five hundred and we feel we have a really good chance of doing that.”

Judging on how the Minutemen have lost many of their key contributors, I think we could be looking at yet another long season for CHS.

With losses to the likes of Ryan McKee, Tony DeMarco and Ben Selner, among others, CHS will have to fill a lot of holes, and I do not see them being able to do that.

Given this, I have the Minutemen finishing 7-20 and near the bottom of the standings in the NLC.

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