BYFIELD – Falling just short last year in Triton baseball’s first year with head coach Ryan McCarthy at the helm, the Vikings are hoping for improvement and a berth into the state tournament this season.
“Right now, we have a lot of returning players and we worked pretty hard this winter getting ready for the season,” McCarthy said. “We are looking for an improvement from last year. With the guys we have returning, we are hoping to make a run at the league title and make the state tournament this year. With the experience from last year, making the tournament is our first goal and once that’s accomplished, we will shoot for more.”
The Vikings were 9-11 last season, falling just one game short of postseason ball. McCarthy’s team has four reliable starting pitchers this year who the head coach hopes will lead his team to a longer season in 2014.
“We have four kids who I am comfortable throwing out there on any given day as needed,” McCarthy said. “There’s our senior captain Nick Desrocher and juniors Justin Cashman, Adam Chatterton, and Jack Germinar.”
Along with Desrocher, seniors Bradley Whitman and Billy Mical will be captaining the Vikings.
While Triton’s strength is its pitching and depth, something that McCarthy will keep an eye on will be newcomers filling varsity roles, as well as offensive production. After graduating a three-year starter at catcher last year, the Vikings will look to fill the void with two first-year varsity players.
“We have two kids working hard to get better at catcher,” he said. “Our production offensively is also a concern right now.”
As Triton has looked to improve, the weather has not cooperated. The Vikings have only been able to work outside a couple of times so far this preseason due to wet field conditions, though are getting experience by playing in away scrimmages.
“Unfortunately, my field is on a marsh so it doesn’t dry as quickly as others,” McCarthy said. “We had a scrimmage today and a scrimmage on Sunday, and then we open our season on Tuesday. Hopefully getting outside and playing in two scrimmages will help us prepare.”
Triton will begin its 2014 campaign on the road at Saugus High School at 3:45 p.m.