2016 Westlake Wildcats
Coach — John Consorti
How many years have you been coaching at current school? This is my second year at Westlake. First year as head coach. Assistant Mike Trainor.
How did the team fare last year? We were 6-16 last year. We won 9-1 over YMA in a Class B outbracket game. Lost in opening round to Magnus 2-0.
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Mike Poggioreale (All- League) P/3B.
Who are your key returning players? We return a starter at every position. C-Drew Kapica, Sr. 1B- Nico Agosto, Sr. 2B- Nick Sica, Sr. SS- Matt Latino, Sr. 3B- Justin Adams, Sr. LF- Jay Kalle, Sr. CF- Chris Donato, Sr. RF- Mike Hernandez, Sr. LHP/DH- Tom Cosentino Sr.
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Tom Cosentino will be our No. 1. Enzo Nardone (Sr.) and Tommy Iazetta (Fr.) will round out the rotation. Chris Donato (Sr.) and Vince Sica (Jr.) will work in relief. Like any other team, the goal is to minimize walks, field our position and eliminate the big inning.
Your lineup? In our scrimmages, I have noticed a big improvement in our approach and confidence level offensively from last year. We have a good amount of speed and some power in the middle of the line-up.
Your defense? We should be solid on defense. But, that will depend on our pitchers getting the ball in play.
How would you describe your philosophy on how the game should be played? We want to be fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game. Play with discipline and be mentally tough. Respect the game and the opportunity to play.
How do you assess your team’s chances this year? We will take it one game at a time. I believe in this group. I know this season is very important to them.
Who is your opening game? Beat Hastings 3-2 on Friday.
This will be our final #lohudbaseball preview for the 2016 season. Play ball!