Fellow juniors Max Lang, William Ward and Adam Renwick will also share time on the mound for the Wildcats. Lange will be playing first base and play in the outfield. Renwick will be in the outfield as well.
Ward exemplifies the versatility on the team this year.
“He could play just about anywhere for us,” said Griffiths.
Griffiths spoke highly of his team as a whole and of the newcomers to the squad. He sees them pushing each other and the upperclassmen, making for a very competitive and hardworking pre-season.
“Everyone has been improving,” said Griffiths. “It is early to see where the newcomers will be because we have not been outside a whole lot.
“It’s a tight group,” Griffiths continued. “These kids play together in basketball and soccer for the most part and they all have a good understanding of what it takes to be competitive and to win.”
Along with the optimism Griffiths has for his team, he also is very aware of what the competition will be like this year and is not counting anybody out.
“There are not going to be any easy games and it will be difficult to win in and win out,” said Griffiths. “We are going to have to be focused and bring our a-game every contest.”
Edmeston, the defending Tri-Valley champions, will be the team to beat again this year.
“They have a strong program,” said Griffiths of Edmeston, who defeated Milford 8-1 in last season’s championship game.
Griffiths also mentioned Laurens, Schenevus and CV-S as teams to watch this year.
“Laurens gave us a good game last year,” said Griffiths. “They have been building and getting stronger and they could prove to be a challenge.”
“You can never count out CV-S because they have had a very strong program in the past, and I think that Schenevus is going to be very competitive this year as well,” Griffiths continued.
Griffiths said that no matter who is favored now, the titles will be decided on the field.
“It boils down to how the kids play and the execution on the field,” said Griffiths. “I’m hoping that our experience will help us transition through the year and play through things, and that we can work it out as a team.”