By Gregory Sorin
---- — Cooperstown baseball coach Frank Miosek has 260 baseball victories and counting. He’ll likely get another dozen or so this season, as Cooperstown looks strong in early practice.
“We expect to be competitive in the league and qualify for sectionals,” Miosek said of the team’s potential for the season.
Cooperstown suffered from a lack of timely hitting last year, finishing 11-9.
Miosek, who has been coaching for 23 seasons, said he believes that his team will rely on impressive pitching from Ethan Bliss, a Center State Conference All-Star, as well as Sawyer Haney and Park Summers.
The challenge for the team, according to the coach, will be to support the pitchers in the batter’s box. Miosek said last season that he was pleased with Bliss, but frustrated that his team couldn’t score enough to make the pitcher’s strong performances turn into more wins.
Bliss, Haney and Nico Knull will be team captains. With a young team around them, that leadership will be key, Miosek said.
“Hopefully we will avoid injuries since we have a small squad with lots of youths,” said Miosek about one of the biggest issues they could face this season.
Replacing catcher Jared Hotaling will be a big task for Cooperstown this season.
Still, Miosek said he is confident that he will be able to lead the team to sectionals again.
The team will play in Division III of the CSC with Hamilton, Mount Markham, Morrisville-Eaton, Sauquoit Valley, Waterville and Westmoreland.
The first game is April 1 at Sherburne-Earlville. The team does not play a home game until April 15 against Mount Markham.