Young Patriots look to turn it around
BENNINGTON — In 2018, the Mount Anthony baseball team had a senior-laden group, 11 in all.
For 2019, the Patriots will depend on a younger crew to turn things around.
MAU has only three seniors, but also seven sophomores and freshmen.
"We just have to stay focused and take things one day at a time," said MAU coach Walt Parmenter, who is going into his eighth season. "We have a lot of good young kids who will be in their first year on varsity. I think they can come through it well and they are ready to get going."
There's only four players who return from last year's 5-11 campaign — seniors Cole Bushee, Hogan Elming, Thomas Pietrzak and junior Tanner King.
Bushee and King are the captains for the Patriots.
"Tanner is very vocal as a leader and he knows the game well," Parmenter said. "Cole and Tanner have been good leaders for the younger guys."
The Patriots have a good amount of depth on the mound behind Bushee. Some of them include Caleb Hay, Brodie Krawczyk, Ethan LaBatt, Pietrzak and Anthony Mazzola. Parmenter said that King can pitch here and there as well.
"The biggest thing for us is going to be throwing strikes," Parmenter said. "Last year, we had way too many base runners [against us]."
On offense, Parmenter said the team needs to take advantage of the team speed.
"Jack Ware and Brodie and Thomas are all fast, they can run like the wind," Parmenter said. "We need to get guys on base to take advantage of that speed."
At the plate, Parmenter said Hay and Bushee will be strong, along with Krawczyk.
Behind the plate, Elming will be the starter with Charlie Groton and Luke Trombley filling in as necessary.
MAU has only had one playoff win since the team won the Division I championship in 2011 and to add to that total in 2019, they'll need to get off to a strong start. They open the season on Saturday against Bellows Falls and remain on the road for games against Brattleboro on April 18 and April 22 at Hoosick Falls before finally coming home on April 25.
"It's a good mix and we're eager to get going," Parmenter said. "We have to stay positive and move forward every day."
Roster: Cole Bushee, Hogan Elming, Thomas Pietrzak, Tanner King, Caleb Hay, Charlie Groton, Brodie Krawczyk, Ethan LaBatt, Anthony Mazzola, Luke Trombley, Jack Ware, Quintin McIntire, Austin Grogan, Ian Benner
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