2016 North Rockland Red Raiders
Coach — Joe Sottile
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? This will be my fourth year as the varsity head coach at North Rockland.
How did your team fare last season? We were 14-8, losing to Mamaroneck in the Class AA sectional quarterfinals last year.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Dan Wirchansky and Christian Nicolosi, one All-Section and one All-Section honorable mention player. They both will be tough to replace.
Who are your key returning players?
Billy Rotella- 2B
Brian Bohlander- 3B
Eric Sandusky- P
Chris Dodrill- P/1B
Francisco Soriano- SS
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Losing our number one from last year will hurt but we have a lot of arms coming back with varsity experience. Because of this I think pitching will be our strength.
Your lineup? We have guys back who have done well for us but we struggled to score runs at times last year. This will be a question mark.
Your defense? I think we will be improved from last year in terms of defense.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? We definitely have the talent. Obviously, a lot of work goes in with that, so we’ve kind of made a plan this year. We want to go up against the best. That’s our goal. We’re playing Mamaroneck again this year, we’re playing a couple of the Dutchess County schools that are good every year. We’re playing a really tough schedule to prepare us for the postseason. Again, things happen and break certain ways, but I believe that we have the talent to go right up there against them.
When is your opening game? April 2nd at home against Christian Brothers Academy.
On deck: Salesian
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