The crack of the bat as it sends a ball rocketing through the infield is sweet music to the ears of baseball players and coaches.


The crack of the bat as it sends a ball rocketing through the infield is sweet music to the ears of baseball players and coaches.
After a long, cold winter, well, not this past winter, players and coaches welcome the chance to get into the sun and start baseball practice.
At Carbondale Area, the Chargers (0-16 a year ago) have another challenging season ahead in a rugged division.
Coach, Dave Borosky returns just a few starters and will look to focus on the Chargers’ ballclub rather than be concerned about the opponents.
“Hopefully, one of our strengths will be playing fundamentally sound baseball,” said Borosky. “We have to make the routine plays.”
During the last few seasons, making the routine plays has been an elusive goal. The Chargers have been in games for a few innings then missed a routine play giving other teams game-deciding big innings.
“When you don’t make a routine play, pitching counts rise dramatically, focus suffers and other things happen that make it difficult to win,” said Borosky.
Seniors, Phil Mosolino (P-IF), Cody Mazza (SS-P) and Mike Quinn (1B) and juniors, Lukas Durkin (C) and Marcello Oliveri (2B) return to the starting line-up.
Mosolino and Mazza will join juniors, Tony Tolerico (1B) and Jordan Congdon (1B) and senior, Joe Cassaro (3B) to form the probable pitching staff.
“One of the keys to any success will be our pitchers getting stronger as the season develops and our team playing solid defensively to support the pitching staff.” offered Borosky.
Seniors, Devon Sopko (1B-OF) and Steve Kunkleman (LF) and juniors, Mike Scotch (IF-OF), Cody Kilhullen (IF-OF) and Mike Ciprian (C-OF) look to crack the line-up.
Sophomores, Greg Nepa (IF-OF), Luke Mushensky (IF-OF) and Chance Rossetti (IF-OF) and freshman, Chris Larson (3B-OF) are also expected to contribute.
“We can’t allow teams to have any small-ball success against us,” stated Borosky. “We must limit teams scoring easy runs against us.”
The Chargers’ divisional play will be challenging with Valley View seen as the favorite according to Borosky. While the Cougars may be the favorite, the division has some solid ballclubs with Old Forge, Lakeland, Riverside, Holy Cross, Dunmore and Mid Valley in the mix.