2016 Lakeland Hornets
Coach — Bill Casey
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Eighth year (second as head coach). Assistant coaches Steve Sterlacci and Mike McCarthy.
How did your team fare last season? Overall 14-8, lost to John Jay-CR in the second round of the Class A playoffs.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Rich Capria, Kevin Petriccione, Mike Morelli, Joe Forenz, Trevor Mason.
Who are your key returning players?
Rick Burroni (Senior P/OF)
Dom Dellicurti (Senior OF)
Trevor McCarthy (Senior SS)
Rich Vetrano (Senior P/3B)
Kyle Peterson (Senior P/)
Matt O’Dair (Senior 3B/1B)
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? I feel confident that our starting pitching will be a strong part of our team. Rick Burroni, Kyle Peterson and Rich Vetrano all have the experience and I expect them to carry most of the workload. But obviously we will need others to step up also.
Your lineup? Nothing set in stone yet.
Your defense? We are working real hard right now and I see us getting better each day.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? As a player, doing whatever it takes to help your team win.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? I have high expectations. We have a good group that seems focused and are working real hard.
When is your opening game? April 2nd at Carmel.
On deck: North Salem
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