#lohudbaseball preview: Salesian

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Salesian defeated Iona 2-1 the CHSAA baseball championship tournament at Manhattanville College in Purchase June 3, 2015.

Salesian defeated Iona 2-1 the CHSAA baseball championship tournament at Manhattanville College in Purchase June 3, 2015.

2016 Salesian Eagles
Coach — Kevin Del Valle

How many years have you been coaching at your current school? Since the fall season of 2010.

How did your team fare last season? 15-3, Bronx/Westchester CHSAA Division winner; 4-2 in the playoffs, lost in the City Championship to Msgr. Farrell.

Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Nick Genarelli (Dominican), Randy Tavares (Three Rivers JUCO), Luis Arias (LIU), Andy Camilo (LIU), Cal Romano (CCNY).

Who are your key returning players? 
Skylar Pichardo, P/INF (Sr.)
Anderson Lora, INF (Sr.)
Sean Quezada, OF (Sr.)

How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? We had a wealth of pitching last year and have a wealth of pitching this year. It was a luxury to have Nicky G. on the bump every third game last year. This year will feature pitchers that have specific roles. LHP’s Jarret Ohler (Sr) and Thomas Hunter (Sr) were able to be a part of last year’s run and have certainly grown from the experience. We’re counting on RHPs Justin Jiminez (Sr) and 10th-grade call-up EJ Rosario to grab the ball and give us efficient innings as well. VJ Singh (Sr) also will contribute along with another five strong arms.

Your lineup? We’ve been working on patience at the plate and situational hitting. After leaving tons of runners in scoring position last year, our guys recognize the importance of contact and OBP. We’ll have a solid lineup, but we won’t get any favors from the great pitchers that we see year-in and year-out in the CHSAA. Anderson Lora 3B (Sr.) has been looking great in the cage and in live BP. He hurt his hand mid-season last year and wasn’t able to contribute much. Watch for an impressive season from him.

Your defense? Solid up the middle. Johnathan Landaverde (Jr., C) will open a lot of eyes this year after we had one of the best catchers around in Andy Camilo (LIU) graduate. This kid is strong and will mature as a leader. Sean Quezada (Jr. CF) will also be a big contributor. He will be a top OF in our league with his glove, bat and arm. Our boys realize the importance of playing smart baseball and how the little things will help or hurt you when trying to win a ball game.

How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? We’ve always tried to keep things simple. We sometimes find ourselves overthinking something and immediately stop ourselves. Many people see first hand that our Salesian Family appreciates hard work, fun and winning. Our dugout is always open to alumni like Steve Macias from the 80’s, guys on my team from the 90’s, and all players that have recently graduated. Not to mention New Rochelle Hall of Famer & Manhattan College 3B (’53) Fr. John Blanco. All those part of our baseball family believe in keeping the game simple and focusing on God, family and baseball. This has helped our program make great strides in making the program strong for years to come.

How would you assess your team’s chances this season? I may be repetitive from last year’s preview or our conversations on and off the field, but I always side with “The Little School with HUGE Heart”! The CHSAA is a first-class league with tons of talent. No game is an easy one. However, my money is always on our Salesian Family!  #nevergoagainsttheshsfam

When is your opening game? Real excited to be traveling on Friday, April 1st to St. Joseph’s by the Sea (Staten Island).

On deck: Nanuet

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