The GCC baseball team’s fall campaign will feature a solid group of returning players as well as a handful of talented newcomers. Pitcher Ed Kohout, (Clarence, NY) who returns from last year’s squad, was a 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-Conference player in 2009. Kohout went 4-0 on the mound with a 3.16 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings, and also finished with a .395 average at the plate. Mike Hackett (Pavilion,NY) also received 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-Conference honors after batting .400 with 25 RBI’s. Zach Leitten (Alexander,NY) was a 1st team All-Conference player last season, where he finished 5-3 on the mound with 45 strikeouts in 44.1 innings worked. Josh Waitson (London, Ontario) has the potential to earn the starting catching duties after hitting .231 in the spring for the Cougars. Coach Skip Sherman also has high expectations for Shayne Herold (LeRoy) who finished 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 47 K’s in 39 innings last season. Mitch Roy (Canada), who hit .341 in spring with 11 RBI’s, and Kevin Daniels (Canada) who sported an impressive .367 batting average in the spring, are also expected to contribute to the Cougar’s fall line-up.
Newcomers to the Cougars roster in 2009-10 are Chad Brisebois (Canada) who will bring power to the lineup; Bryan Pyper (Canada), a middle infielder who will also bring depth to the pitching staff, and Ryan Monk (Curacao), who poses as a threat both at the plate and on the bases. Adding to the depth of the Cougars’ roster is Tyler Koronas (Naples, FL), who will look to make an impact as a freshman after winning the Class 4A State Championship while earning the Honor, Courage and Commitment Award from the U.S. Marines that is given annually to a member of the championship team. Koronas was only thrown out once in three seasons on stolen base attempts. Gregg Rapp (Canada) and Shaun Slemko (Canada) both play for a highly recognized club team in Canada and will give the Cougars depth in the left handed pitching category. Another left handed pitcher, local product Ronald Kleinbach (Batavia), will have the opportunity to come out of the bullpen. Jacob Featherstone (Canada) is a top 50 pick as a Canadian professional prospect, and Jonathan Polonais (Curacao) also has professional potential. Alex Matute will add speed and power to the roster and provide a great arm at the catching position.
With the Cougars returning four of their top five pitchers, while adding four southpaws to the staff, they look to have a better fall conference outing and build on two consecutive seasons of 40+ wins. Coach Sherman hopes to win a regional championship and advance to the national championship series. He believes a strong fall schedule, combined with a solid roster of new and returning players, will lead the team to a conference championship and overall success in the 2009-10 season.
2009 Fall Men's Baseball Preview
Friday, September 4, 2009