2016 Croton-Harmon Tigers
Coach — Eric Rosen
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? This will be my fifth year as the head baseball coach at Croton-Harmon H.S.
How did your team fare last season? 16-6, lost in the Class B quarterfinals to Putnam Valley.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation?
Izaak Cohen – All-Section, League MVP
Who are your key returning players?
Scott Giordano – All-Section HM, P/CF
Mike Matalavage – All-League, P/1B/OF
Chris Colombo – All-League, P/INF
Mike Bello – C
Diego Posso -SS
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? We feel very good about our pitching in 2016 because everyone from last season will be back!
Your lineup? That is probably the biggest question mark entering the season. Cohen carried us much of last year but we worked hard in the offseason to get better. We will be aggressive on the base paths and put the ball in play to put the pressure on the defense.
Your defense? We will return everyone up the middle. Bello will move from the OF to C and we will have some very good competition at the corners of the infield and the outfield. We have done a good job piecing the defense together the past couple seasons. We will do the same this year.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? HARD! I told our guys the first day of practice that if we want to take the next step it starts today. It’s time to put our hard hats on and go to work.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? Our pitching and work ethic will give us a chance everyday. We are fortunate to play in a real nasty league with Valhalla, Briarcliff, Westlake and Pleasantville, where every game is a battle. That type of competition day-in and day-out will make us playoff ready. If we stay healthy and keep our focus, I think we have as good a shot as anyone in Class B.
When is your opening game? April Fool’s Day at Blind Brook.
On deck: North Rockland
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