After making a nice little run in the NYSAIS playoffs last season, Rye Country Day is returning some key players who could push the team over the top this season. With pitching depth and experience, the Wildcats have the potential to go even further if they can avoid injuries and find enough offense.
Here are the responses that coach Ted Lawrence sent to me:
How many years have you been coaching with your school? 17.
How did the team do last season? 14-10; 2nd place in the FAA by one game; lost in semis of the NYSAIS tournament.
Who are your top returning players? Tyler Fernandez, Jr., P/CF (3 wins and 61 K in 44 IP; hit .292 with 18 runs and 15 BB); Andrew Waite, Sr., P (6-2 with a 2.05 era and 81 K in 58 IP); Peter Shu, Jr., 1B (hit .342 with 14 runs scored, played in all 24 games).
Who are the top players that you lost to graduation? Jeff Grasso (playing baseball at Union) and Alex Gendelman (basketball at Vanderbilt).
What is your team’s biggest strength? Pitching.
How do you feel about your pitching entering the season? Biggest strength.
Your lineup? Young, but solid. Two seniors, four juniors and three sophomores.
What is the No. 1 key for your team to accomplish its goals this season? Pitch like we are capable.
Which team(s) is your biggest rival? Hopkins and Brunswick.
When is your opening game? April 2nd.
On deck: Beacon