#lohudbaseball preview: Ossining

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Ossining pitcher Keenan Grimley threw a shutout game during theChristian Federico Memorial Tournamentchampionship game between Ossining and Byram Hills High School on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015.

Ossining pitcher Keenan Grimley threw a shutout game during theChristian Federico Memorial Tournamentchampionship game between Ossining and Byram Hills High School on Sunday, Apr. 26, 2015.

2016 Ossining Pride
Coach — Bill Casey

How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Eighth year as varsity coach. Assistant Coaches: Scott DeIeso and Joe Hazen.

How did your team fare last season? Overall record of 11-9-1, lost 3-1 to North Rockland in first round of Class AA playoffs.

Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? We lost three All-League players in two-time All-Section 1B/P Kevin Haag (Bridgton Academy and now committed to Scranton in 2017); All-Section Honorable Mention OF/P Sean Trenholm (Binghamton) and SS Aron Fried (Quinnipiac). We also graduated OF/P John Conte (Alfred State); OF Vinny DiLeo; OF Thomas Berger and P Ryan Cerny.

Who are your key returning players? All-League 3B/P Keenan Grimley; Sr. SS Christian Naccari; Sr. 2B Luis DeJesus; Sr. OF/C Bobby DiPillo; Sr. IF/OF/P Tim Eidem; Jr. 3B/P Manny Sanchez; Jr. 1B Paul Cozzolino; Sr. 1B/P Timmy Moore; Jr. OF Tyler Hernandez.

How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? We return our co-ace from last season in Grimley and fellow starter Sanchez. We are hopeful that we will have a few arms add some depth with Eidem and newcomers junior Jake Emerick and sophomore Michael Laitman all showing some early potential.

Your lineup? We don’t return a single .300 hitter, so this appears to be our biggest question mark heading into the season. I do believe that we have the ability to be a deep lineup that can battle 1-through-9, but until we prove it, this will be a matter of concern.

Your defense? We feel that our infield defense will be a strength. Grimley is an outstanding defensive third baseman, Naccari has fit right in at SS and Eidem and DeJesus have proven themselves as solid 2B. We will need to prove ourselves at C; 1B and the OF.

How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? We want to get the ball in play with the bats, apply pressure on the base paths, get ahead of hitters and field and throw the ball well. We can only control two things — attitude and effort.

How would you assess your team’s chances this season? I think we have the capabilities to be competitive with anyone. How consistent we are will be the real test. I think we are in a very strong league with favorites Lakeland and Beacon and strong contenders in Hen Hud and Panas.

When is your opening game? March 31st at Sleepy Hollow.

On deck: Tuckahoe

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