Orange baseball looks to improve, welcomes new coach

INDIANLAKE-The Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange will focus on improving during this year's baseball season with new head coach Jim Piraino.

After a 1-9 season last year and the loss of senior catcher Jordan Wallace, senior pitcher/outfielder Ben Black and senior short stop/second baseman Zack Mitchell, Piraino hopes to focus on his current talent and their strengths.

"Our strength will definitely be batting," he said. "Pitching will be a struggle just for lack of playing time."

During the preseason, Piraino is working on all-around communication and developing an in-depth knowledge of the game.

"Some players have strong mental capabilities," he said. "While others are natural athletes."

Piraino admits that he will heavily rely on senior pitcher Hank Evatt, senior first baseman Matt Rusch and senior catcher Connor Burgess to guide the team.

Piraino is joined this year by a second head coach, Patrick Gibbs, who returns to coaching for the first time since the 1990s.

"We have a lot of good athletes and all-around players," said Gibbs. "Hopefully we improve on last year and bat 500."

Joining the seniors are juniors, who include left fielder Damon Gagier, third baseman Kevin Boya, right fielder Sam Miller, infielder Arthur Jennings and Taylor Wells.

Sophomores include center fielder Matt Moore, short stop Colin Farrell and outfielder Tom Torrens.

Kyle Douglas, a freshman, rounds out the roster.

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