CROWN POINT - There's a new coach in the dugout for the Crown Point baseball team.
Randy Pertak, a Panther star of yesteryear and now a teacher at the school, is leading the team.
Helping him out will be a veteran roster featuring 10 returning players as Crown Point looks to improve on last season's 7-3 Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference and 7-4 overall record.
The Panthers will rely on pitching and defense this season.
Nathan Tabor, Cody Wayman and Tanner Macey all return to the mound.
Wayman will catch when not hurling. Michael DuShane will don the tools of ignorance when Wayman takes the hill.
Tabor and Wayman will also see time on the infield along with Ross Malone, John Budwick and Gabe Macey.
The outfield will feature veterans Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus, Jon Spaulding and Jeffrey Clarke along with rookies Jimmy Greenough, Vincent Gibbs and Juan Mosquera.
"We should be very competitive this year," Pertak said. "The team returns a solid core of pitchers and catchers. Nathan Tabor, Cody Wayman and Tanner Macey all return to the mound. Michael DuShane and Cody Wayman will split time behind the plate.
"The team also returns some solid defensive players," the coach said. "Ross Malone, John Budwick along with Wayman, Tabor and DuShane will make a solid infield. Gabe Macey, a freshman, will see lots of time in the infield.
"Returning in the outfield are Jon Spaulding, Tony Rodriguez, Will Glebus and Jeffrey Clark," Pertak said. "Tanner Macey will see action in the outfield when not pitching. Joining the outfield are newcomers Jimmy Greenough, Vincent Gibbs and Juan Mosquera."
April 22...at Willsboro
April 28...Schroon Lake
May 7......at Minerva
May 10....at Indian Lake
May 13...at Johnsburg
May 20...MVAC championship