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Gencarelli

Preview: Westerly baseball


Head coach:

Bob Cahoone (13th season).

Assistant coaches:

J.J. Sorensen, Adam Champlin, Frank Abate (volunteer), Nick Benoit (volunteer).

Last year:

After a good but inconsistent regular season, the Bulldogs (17-10, 11-5 Division II-South) went on a strong postseason run which ended in a two-game sweep at the hands of the Narragansett Mariners in the Division II championship series.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Kyle Allen (captain, SS), Anthony Garro (captain ,1B/OF/P), Cam Newell (captain, 1B/P), Kyle Gencarelli (captain, 2B/P) Brenton Rayner (3B/P), Chris Lombardo (RF), Justin Algiere (IF/OF).

Juniors:

Joey Baldini (CF), Jake Garro (P/OF) John Hackett (P/OF), Bryce Lombardo (LF), Brad Pinkhover (C).

New to varsity:

Seniors:

Blake Bartoszek (P).

Juniors:

Nick Schafer (3B).

Sophomores:

Drew Turnbull (C).

Outlook:

Easily the biggest loss for the Bulldogs from the 2013 season was the graduation of All-State catcher Nate Cahoone.

“It’s hard to replace a player like that especially at that position,” Westerly coach Bob Cahoone said. “Even with Nate (Cahoone) last year we really needed another catcher because he was playing with some injuries down the stretch.”

Cahoone said Pinkhover and Turnbull will split time at catcher in 2014.

Other than Cahoone, the Bulldogs are returning most of its best players from the runner-up 2013 squad. Baldini, Anthony Garro, Newell, Gencarelli and Jake Garro all hit over .300.

“Our offense should be fine,” Cahoone said. “Our pitching and defense are a little unknown but if they play they way I think they are capable of it should be the strength of the team.”

Cahoone said he doesn’t have a top-tier starter but said he believes he is three or four deep on the mound.

Gencarelli and the two Garros all pitched over 20 innings in 2013. Gencarelli posted a 2.16 earned run average in 55 innings.

Coach’s take:

“We need to play with more consistency in the regular season. We want to play up to our ability and, if we can, we should be pretty successful.

“They had a great offseason and as long as they don’t put too much pressure on themselves they should be in the mix again this year.”



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