INDIAN LAKE - After losing their entire pitching staff and welcoming first year coach John Boya, the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange plans to stay competitive in their division.
With the loss of seniors Alex Smith, Jordan Monthony and Jeff Reynolds to graduation last year, Boya will be rebuilding his pitching staff and acknowledges it is his biggest challenge.
"They were a pivotal part of the success of last year's team," said Boya. "They will be tough to replace."
Last year's team went 8-0 in the league, 15-2 overall and brought home a section VII championship.
Returning seniors Zack Mitchell, Jordan Wallace and ben Black will lead the team, according to Boya. Mitchell is known as the team's all-around player and will pick up the slack from the mound as well as act as lead-off pitcher.
"We will depend a lot on his talent and speed," said Boya.
Jordan will be strong behind the plate and Ben Black will play a varying role helping with pitching and switching between infield and outfield.
"Our strength is certainly that the players who are returning are very versatile," said Boya. "Once they find their positions, we will be successful."
Boya admits it will be a learning process to find their groove from the mound and fit players with positions. Finding such groove will be key in determining their place in the league, he acknowledged.
Junior infielders will include Hank Evatt and Connor burgess, while sophomores Kevin Boya and freshmen Matt Moore, Colin Farrell and Taylor Wells will come off the bench to the infield.
Junior Matt Rusch and freshman Dalton Aldous will play in the outfield.
Boya acknowledged that Johnsburg will be the team to be in the division, but Minerva\Newcomb will also be a difficult test.
"I am not sure where we will stand in the league, but we will do out best to capitalize on out strengths - our hitting and defensive game," he said.