“Certainly he is going to play every game for us somewhere,” he said.
The Wildcats are a sophomore-dominant team. Of the two seniors, only Kevin Musser started last year. Jordan Colone did get some time as a utility player. Griffiths said Musser will pitch, catch and play in the infield this season.
“Kevin is our most reliable senior,” Griffiths said. “He has been a good soldier for us for four years, and has always put the team first above everything. He always wants to help this team and this program, and baseball is his first love among sports.”
Although CV-S has a new coach and lost the bulk of its bullpen, Griffiths said it is still the team to beat in the Tri-Valley League.
“Until someone beats them and takes it away, I think CV-S is always the king of the hill here,” he said. “Sometimes it is just because of the name on the jersey and it doesn’t matter who is in the jersey. They are the team with the titles.”
Last season, the T-V East title went down to the final week of the season, with the Patriots winning a three-way rivalry with Richfield and Milford.
CV-S then won its third cross-over title and fifth in 10 years. The Wildcats and the Indians outlasted CV-S in the Section Four playoffs; with Richfield beating Milford 5-3 in the Class D semifinals before losing to defending section champs Hancock. The Wildcats, who were the No. 2 seed in the section, finished at 12-4.
“Richfield Springs is still very solid,” Griffiths said. “They are a senior-heavy team and they know how to win. I think Schenevus is going to be tough, too.
“I think the way our league is, we are going to have to grind it out and battle every game,” he continued. “I don’t foresee any easy games.”
Milford is at Richfield Springs today. Last week’s baseball and softball games against CV-S that were postponed will be played Tuesday at Milford.
The home opener will be played on Monday against Schenevus.