Knights leaning heavily on youth
Once again, the Stratford baseball team will be counting heavily on youth.
Of the 15 players on the roster, 10 are underclassmen. The Knights have just three seniors as they try to get back in the playoffs after missing the postseason last spring.
“We are still young but we’re excited to see if we can compete this year and improve on last year’s record,” Stratford coach John Chalus said. “We were 8-14 last year, our first losing season in 28 years. We will count on leadership from our three seniors and ask for maturity from our young players.”
Senior right fielder Michael Punteney is the lone three-year starter returning and could be a good bat in the middle of the order.
Other returning starters in the field include junior catcher Jordan Lacavera, junior center fielder Taylor Morrison and freshman JD Davis.
Several arms are returning on the hill, including 2012 wins leader Jamison Mobbs, a sophomore righty. Sophomore Eddie Hiott is back too after starting last season 2-0 before suffering a season-ending injury.
Both players are candidates to play on the corner of the infield or in the outfield also.
Senior closer Chase Fowler returns too and figures to start games on the bump this season. He’s slated to start at third base and could provide pop in the middle of the order.
Senior Angel Guerrero also has some experience on the mound.
Chalus said several other spots in the field are up for grabs. Sophomores Daniel Carter and Chance Smith are fighting for time in the outfield, while freshmen Austin Chesser, Jacob Morrison, Justin Walker and Mikey White are competing for spots on the infield.
The Knights were set to travel to Beaufort Monday and Wednesday of this week and open the home slate on Friday night against Fort Dorchester. They host Ashley Ridge on March 11 and Summerville March 13.