#lohudbaseball preview: Horace Greeley

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#lohudbaseball preview: Horace Greeley

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2016 Horace Greeley Quakers
Coach — Anthony Marino

How many years have you been coaching at your current school? The 2016 season will be my 13th as the head coach.

How did your team fare last season? We finished the year 15-7. We were league champs with a record of 8-2 and we lost a tight Class AA second round sectional battle to Fox Lane by a score of 2-1.

Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Adam Quine was a BIG loss offensively, he is playing at Dickinson College now and he was an All-League performer. Joe Raguso had a great year for us at 2B and was an All-Section HM performer. We also had three more players who are playing in college from last years team who had nice years: Paul Gadaleta, a four-year varsity player (NYU); Chris DiGuglielmo, four years varsity (Manhattanville); and Jack Reiss, who’s pitching at Oberlin College.

Who are your key returning players? We will have a lot of key contributors returning this year led by senior, OF/C/1B, Quinn Carter, who’s back for a fourth varsity season and was All-Section, All-State and also a Journal News Weschester/Putnam and MSG Varsity All-Hudson Valley performer.  Returning for his third varsity season is All-Section C/INF Mack Lauder (Trinity College), as well as another three-year starter and an All-Section HM performer in CF/C Bobby Garbuio (Sacred Heart University).  Another key returner will be senior Satchel Schultz (P/INF/OF), who was named All-League. We also return our top pitcher for wins with senior Justin Schachter (Bowdoin College), who secured five wins for us last year, and senior Liam Walker, who is a consistent strike-thrower. Another key player for us will be senior 2B J. Jbara.

How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Our pitching is very deep in my opinion. We return our No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers, and also nine of our 15 wins. Furthermore, we have many pitchers who can compete right away and are not afraid to battle, whether out of the bullpen or spot starts. We will also have balance for the first time in my career here. I will have four left-handed pitchers who can get the job done, and one who is a legitimate national level recruit in only his sophomore season. Brandon Neeck will be a big addition this year. He is a seasoned soph who has pitched (and hit) on the big stage for the Tri-State Arsenal summer program. I feel very strongly about our pitching.

Your lineup? I’m very pleased with the potential of this lineup and it will be worked on and finalized in the next few weeks.

Your defense? We will have a few guys trying some new positions this year and they have been very receptive towards that sacrifice and doing what it takes to help out the team. I think the defense will be steady and it should be greatly helped by what I feel is a solid pitching staff. Again, we will find out in the upcoming weeks and the week in Florida will be very telling.

How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? I love to play a very aggressive style of baseball and try to force the opposing teams into mistakes with hustle and hard work.

How would you assess your team’s chances this season? I feel very strongly about this year’s team and their chances.

When is your opening game? We will be taking part in the Suffern Opening Day tournament on April 2nd. We will square off against Nyack and then play either Suffern or Stepinac later in the day.

On deck: Bronxville

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