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March 20, 2014

Patriots look to rebuild in baseball

With seven candidates for pitching and a lot of depth in the infield, Cherry-Valley Springfield baseball is hoping to be a competitor in the Tri-Valley this season. 

“We have some good pitching, we should be decent in the infield, and we should be hitting pretty well,” said CV-S baseball coach Tim Dubben.

Dubben coached modified baseball at CV-S for eight years before taking over the varsity program from his older brother Ed. After going just 4-11 last year, Dubben is looking at spreading the responsibilities around for pitching and within the infield this season.

Wyatt Crowley, who caught for the Patriots last year, will be one of the top candidates for pitching. Crowley has also been playing at shortstop and third base in the preseason.

Sophomores Ethan Johnson and Kyle Monahan will also spend some time on the mound, as well as first and second base, respectively. 

Monahan is back after not playing last year because of an accident.

Another candidate for pitching will be junior Jake Spencer, who has been splitting time with Crowley at third as well. Spencer is returning from a broken leg during the Tri-Valley soccer championship.

“Every time someone pitches, the infield rotates around a bit for us,” said Dubben of his player’s abilities to play a variety of positions.

Junior Pat Reid and sophomores Zack O’Connor and Jake Kroll round out the group that will see time on the mound for the Patriots.

Dubben said he will be looking to Johnson and junior Jake Fassett to generate production in the batter’s box.

“We’ve got a pretty decent batting order,” said Dubben. “Ethan Johnson was one of our top hitters last year and Jake is going to hit the ball well for us.”

“We are pretty balanced this year,” Dubben continued. “Hopefully we can hit the strike zone and be good.”

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