It may be early in the season, but Milford baseball coach Andrew Griffiths is feeling good about his team for this year.
“The majority of the team is intact and we should still be pretty competitive,” said Griffiths, who is entering his seventh year coaching the team. “We hope to go to the Tri-Valley and represent our side.”
Milford won the Tri-Valley East last season defeating Richfield Springs, 16-12, before losing in the crossover championship to Edmeston. The Wildcats finished the season 11-4.
With a roster of 17 for the second year in a row, Griffiths is rich in numbers and is excited to see where everyone will fit in the makeup of the team.
“We are pretty deep in pitching and numbers,” said Griffiths. “We have a lot of versatile kids that can play multiple positions.”
The Wildcats have two returning seniors this year in Stephen Banks and Wyatt Waters. Both will be pitching as well as play in the infield. Waters was a top hitter last season for Milford and Banks has been a strong contributor for the last three years.
The junior class should make other teams in the Tri-Valley nervous for this year and the next.
“We have a large core of juniors that is really the meat of our team,” said Griffiths.
Leading this group are Paul Van Warner and Blake Elliott who where both Tri-Valley All-Stars last season. Van Warner, who did not pitch last season due to injury, will be the Wildcats main shortstop and will be on the mound as well. Elliott is the catcher for the team.
Peyton Griffiths, who was also an All-Star last season and one of the top hitters for Milford, is currently on the disabled list. Griffiths is hopeful that he will be back and ready to go in the beginning of May.