MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy coach Ed Lewicki is technically in his first year as the Bulldogs' baseball coach, but he's got a ton of pedigree.
He was a varsity coach in Arlington and had been an assistant for nearly a decade before leaving to follow his son's career at Siena College.
Now that Eddie is out of school, Lewicki (and his son) are back at BBA, along with assistant coach Doug Crosier, they are looking to lead a strong team with a good core of upperclassmen.
"When the opportunity came up, I was lucky enough to get the job," said Lewicki, who was named to the position back in the fall. "The kids have really responded."
The Bulldogs, after an 11-7 year in 2015, have three seniors, including pitcher Jon Iris, along with Scott Mooney and Cody Roberts. Iris is expected to be the No. 1 pitcher for the Bulldogs.
But the junior class is the biggest, with Griff Stalcup coming back to pitch and play shortshop, along with classmates Tyler Kraehling, Will Palmer, James Reilly, Cooper Weir and Christian Caraco.
"James hit leadoff during the scrimmage [against Granville], got a couple of hits," Lewicki said. "He's come ahead by leaps and bounds. He'll probably be at second base. Kraehling will play first base again, while Palmer will be behind the plate.
There are some talented underclassmen as well, with sophomores Sam Cottrell and Jay McCoy each expected to get turns on the mound as points throughout the season. Brothers Billy and Tim Kiernan will play a role as well, along with freshmen Daniel Hathaway and Chandler Pouk.
"Sam and Jay will help us with the pitching depth that we didn't have last year," said Lewicki, who cited Cottrell's two innings at the scrimmage, allowing only a hit and walk. "And both of the freshmen are very talented and they'll compete for spots," Lewicki said. "They might be small in stature, but they can hit the ball like they are bigger."
Lewicki's immediate goal for the Bulldogs is to win the Marble Valley League, but he knows they'll have get through teams like Mount Anthony and Rutland to do it.
"We have a really good team very close in MAU and we play them twice," Lewicki said.
Burr and Burton is scheduled to start the season on Friday at home against Otter Valley, but it's unsure with bad weather in the forecast for the next few days.