2016 Mount Vernon Knights
Coach — Ernie Richardson
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Five years. Assistant coach is John Cucurullo.
How did your team fare last season? 8-12. Class AA outbracket lost to White Plains.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? We lost a true leader in Terrell Huntley
Who are your key returning players? Seniors- Juan Valencia (RHP, 3B), Victor Flack (RHP, LF), O’Neil Gill (C, OF), Kaseem Miller (OF). Juniors- CJ Spence (LHP, 1B), Wilber Guzman (SS, 2B), Kendry Angeles (C, SS), Ulawrence Coley (CF), Monroe Bama Davis (OF). Sophomore- Adonis Figueroa (SS, 2B, RHP).
How do you feel about your pitching? CJ has been my horse for the past two seasons. Juan Valencia and Victor Flack should be very strong and consistent. Figueroa can give me some innings as he finds his way.
Your lineup? Not sure. We are faster this season. In order for us to use our team speed, we need to get on base.
Your defense? We should play good team defense this season.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? With class and respect for your opponent. I’m big on that. All these young men work hard. Some teams are going to better than others. Respect should be equal.
How would you assess your teams chances? We have to play baseball our way and not let the name on the opponents’ jersey be a factor. If we do that, we will be OK.
When is your opening game? Friday, April 1st at Pelham at 4:30 p.m.
On deck: Rye Country Day
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