2016 Rye Country Day Wildcats
Coach — Mike Pollak
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Mike Pollak is entering his third season as head coach.
How did your team fare last season? RCDS Wildcats baseball is coming off an excellent season, where we captured the New York Independent School Championship (NYSAIS) for the first time since 2003. RCDS was 16-5, losing in the semis of FAA and winning the NYSAIS with a 3-2, extra-inning victory over Hackley.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? The Wildcats graduated four excellent players, three of whom are playing college baseball (Liam Dalton, Notre Dame; Luke Cappellano, Bowdoin; Matt Webster, Tufts). Despite these major losses, our outlook is very positive for 2016.
How do you feel about your pitching? Junior ace, captain, and first-team Westchester/Putnam all-star Enzo Stefanoni (P/C/UTIL) returns in his role both on the mound and at the plate. Stefanoni has already surpassed the Wildcats record for wins in a career, compiling over 20 wins in three campaigns, including as an eighth-grade knuckle-baller on varsity. Filling out our pitching staff are a group of talented pitchers that began to make their mark last season. Reed Connor (P/3B), Nick Sharpe (P/2B), Jackson Shapiro (P/LF) and Max Pomroy (P/RF) are all seasoned, multi-position players that will play big roles on the mound, in the field and at the plate.
Your lineup? Senior captain Billy Grossman (1B), Dylan Misisco (CF/C) and Cam Kinder (OF) provide tremendous leadership and make up a big part of what should potent offensive attack this year. Grossman belted two home runs on our recent spring training trip. The junior class is small but strong. In addition to Stefanoni, newcomer Joe Burns (RF/1B), Forbes Crowley (C/LF), Jesse Lefebvre (1B/C/RF), and Jack Bronsky will all leave their mark on this season. Burns joins us from New Rochelle High School and should be a big impact, middle of the order bat.
Your defense? Sophomore Ricky Levy (SS) takes over for Webster both at shortstop and in the leadoff spot. Levy was our starting 3B as a freshman and did an excellent job. He is bigger, stronger, faster and ready to have a breakout season. Other notable sophomores include Cole Price (2B/SS), Michael DiCaprio (LHP/1B) and Troy Kesselmark (C/P/3B). Our roster rounds out with two young ballplayers with big futures ahead of them in the game of baseball. Freshman Owen Coady (LHP/1B) is already polished and poised on the mound. The 6-foot-3 lefty throws hard, commands multiple pitches and competes. Eighth-grader, Aldo Stefanoni (C) follows in his brothers footsteps as the rare middle-schooler getting the call up for varsity. He is a terrific young catcher who should make a difference this year.
When is your opening game? Saturday, April 2nd against Collegiate at RCDS. Game time is noon.
On deck: Pearl River
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