New year, new outlook for Indians
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> The main objective for the Cambridge Central School baseball team in 2016 can be boiled down to one word.
After a tough season last year, when they finished with a 3-13 record, the Indians are looking to improve on their weaknesses and get back to playing good baseball.
"We looked at our statistics from last season and pinpointed the problems we had that resulted in us losing some games, which was mostly our pitching and fielding," said Cambridge coach Jason Waite. "From those stats, we have made it a point to tell our pitchers to focus on throwing strikes and for our fielders to get basic to the fundamentals to clean up the amount of errors we had last season."
Waite said Cambridge committed 46 errors. Combined with 115 walks doled out by the pitchers, it added up.
From shoring up their defense and pitching, the Indians also have been working hard at making contact.
Last season, the Cambridge offense struck out a total of 117 times, so contact is being emphasized this season.
"We had a lot of strikeouts at the plate last year, so we have been focusing on making more contact and putting the ball in play," Waite said. "Anything can happen when you put the ball in play and strikeouts as we saw last year, killed a lot of our chances to score runs."
As they have worked to make improvements on their weaknesses, the Indians come in 2016 season ready to rebound.
Leading the way for the Indians will be their four returning starters from last year, starting with senior Andy Romack.
A four-year starter, Romack brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team.
"Andy is our leader through and through," Waite said. "He is a very talented and smart baseball players, that is going help in all factors of the game on the field and off the field as well."
Romack will be a starter on the Indians pitching staff, while also playing shortstop and third base in the field and will be a key in the offense, batting at the top of the lineup.
The rest of the returning starters for the Indians from last season are Patrick Robertson, Jake McLenithan and Jake Harrington.
Robertson, a sophomore, will be another starter on the Indians pitching staff, while McLenithan is the best defensive player coming back, with his ability to play anywhere on the field.
Harrington returns as the team's top hitter, coming off a season where he hit .323, which was best on the team last year.
Adding to the four returning starters for this season are junior Isaac Robertson, sophomores Nathan Woodworth and Kyle Spiezio and freshman Tommy English.
All four will be big contributors to the teams this season, Waite said. Robertson will pencil in as the team's starting catcher while both Woodworth and Spiezio will make impacts in both pitching and hitting as well.
Another newcomer that will contribute right away is senior Daniel Genevick.
Genevick, who last played baseball back in seventh grade, has shown in practice that he can contribute in a variety of ways on the field from his background of being a key player on the school's basketball team the past few seasons.
"Daniel is a very athletic kid and has displayed in practice he can play multiple positions for us on the field and also contribute to our offense at the plate," Waite said. "He's still getting used to playing baseball again and it will be an adjustment for him once we start playing games, but we think as he gets used to everything that he will be a key part of our team this season."
The Indians feel that they have the team that can make it to sectionals, which is the team's top goal this year.
"Our goal is to make sectionals," Waite said. "The kids are really motivated to achieve that and if we can do better job in the field, on the mound and at the plate, we will give ourselves a good chance of reaching that goal. We just gotta take things one game at a time and see where we're at near the end of the season."
The Indians are scheduled to open up the season on the road against Lake George on Wednesday.
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