Varsity Baseball has High Expectations for Upcoming Season

With a second year head coach and a young team, Varsity baseball looks to improve from last year.


Mark Kodiak Ukena

Michael Mentone pitching in a game against Warren Township High School on April 17, 2015.

After a disappointing loss in the regional game last year, the Sequoit Varsity baseball team is looking to improve from last years record of 14-16, as well as shake off the 13-2 season ending loss to Saint Viator.

This season will be Christopher Malec’s second season as the head Varsity coach. Malec, along with the rest of the team will have to fill in holes from the loss of last years seniors. Some of which were key all-conference players like John Neville and Austin Marsiglio.

Pitcher for the Varsity baseball team, senior Dylan Rathbun thinks that many of the seniors this year will play a big part in the success of the team. Seniors like Thomas Boeh, Alex Unekis, Benjamin Gutke and Michael Mentone will be a big part of the team. Also, former baseball player Brandon Lind who is returning to the team this year after spending his sophomore and junior years on the track team. Rathbun believes that Lind can fill in the hole left by Marsiglio as the season progresses. Empty spots will likely be filled by not only this year’s seniors, but by the upcoming class.

“There’s a lot of new talent,” Rathbun said. “The juniors coming up should be an advantage for our team this year.”

Rathbun believes that first year Varsity players, juniors Patrick Day, Nicholas Sheren and Jacob Johnson, including second year Varsity player John Petty have been working hard in the offseason and will be important to the team this year.

Games against Lakes, Grant and Grayslake North have always been some of the team’s toughest games in the past, and Rathbun does not think that will change this year. He believes that the change of conference this year will be to the team’s advantage. He predicts at least 21 wins for the team this season.

The team’s opening game of the season will held at Antioch against Johnsburg, on March 15.