2016 Valhalla Vikings
Coach — Josh Wolfson
How many years have you been coaching at your current school? This will be my 15th season as head coach and the 11th season for assistant coach Bryan Foley.
How did your team fare last season? We finished 16-7, losing to Albertus Magnus in the Class B semifinals 4-3 in 9 innings.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Sergio Osorio (SS) and Sam Gannon (2B).
Who are your key returning players?
Steven Franzese – – Senior Pitcher
Jason Wolfthal – – Senior Pitcher/Outfielder
Christian Lovecchio – – Senior Catcher
Brett Holtz – – Junior First Base
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? We are excited to bring back a pair of All-Section pitchers in Franzese and Wolfthal and look for them to set the tone every time out. We have a number of other quality pitchers who are competing to be the third starter and the top relievers.
Your lineup? We feel that we have a great mix of power and speed and look to be very aggressive this season. Wolfthal – Holtz – Lovecchio should make up the middle of the order. The offense needs to produce to take the pressure off of our pitchers this year. We won 16 games a year ago and only averaged 4.5 runs a game.
Your defense? After the first week of practice, we are very excited with the progress of our defense. We will be young up the middle, but have experience everywhere else. Three-year starter Christian Lovecchio is back behind the plate to anchor the defense. This will be the seventh straight season that a Lovecchio has been the starting catcher for Valhalla (Joe Lovecchio currently playing for Iona College).
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? Have fun, play hard and play to win the game!
How would you assess your team’s chances this season? Every year our goal is to win a sectional championship. If our offense can improve enough to back up our strong starting pitching, we should be in position to compete for a title at the end of May.
When is your opening game? March 31st at Irvington.
On deck: Croton-Harmon
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