2016 Tuckahoe Tigers
Coach — Jerry DeFabbia
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? This is my second year at Tuckahoe HS.
How did your team fare last season? We finished 19-5 last year losing to Southold HS in the Class C state regional final.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? We lost nine seniors to graduation, five starters and over 50 innings on the mound. Nanno Santorelli, Anthony Castracucco, Mike Liscio, Brett Olivero, Andres Rivera, Taz Edmiidz, Mike Conboy, Joe Dedvukaj and Jason Walker.
Who are your key returning players? We are returning four starters; Austin Pope, Chris Corrado, Mike McLaughlin and Rob Kiernan. Also, returning senior Josh Sanz, and juniors James Rockhill and Anthony Mondrone.
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Pope and McLaughlin were our top two starters last season and I expect them to start where they left off. As they go, we go. We are going to need some of our young guys to step up and get outs for us.
Your lineup? Our lineup will be led by our seniors; Corrado, Pope, McLaughlin and Kiernan. We’re going to need to put pressure on our opponents by putting the ball in play, being relentless on the bases and taking advantage of our opportunities.
Your defense? Defensively, we will need to be solid up the middle and limit the other teams to three outs per inning.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? Pitching and solid defense will determine how well we play and how far we go. I have a solid senior class and know they will lead the young guys the Tuckahoe way.
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? Our team goal is to be competing for a sectional title.
When is your opening game? Beat Bronxville 9-3 on Thursday.
On deck: Haldane
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