conference title at 13-1 was a surprise to a lot of people,” Campbell said.
“We had great chemistry, pitched well, fielded well and got key hits. You
can’t always count on all those things.”
The Trojans return
two all-conference performers in shortstop Corey Rusboldt and centerfielder
“We’ve got good,
key kids back from last year,” Campbell said. “We have 10 seniors on the
team. A lot of experience is back, including eight kids up from JV.”
be strong up the middle of the diamond with Rusboldt at short, Mike Griffin
at second and Ralph in center. Chance Lawson takes over for Mike Crowley
behind the plate.
“We expect to be
very competitive,” Campbell said. “We have depth at about every position.”
Tyler Sufana mans
left field again with Jeremy Jaeger taking the spot in right field. The
corner infield positions will be manned by Cam O’Brien at third and the
combination of Tyler Quillin and Brandon Roeske at first.
“When you get good
pitching and defend extremely well, you have a chance to be pretty good,”
Campbell said. “Those are things we expect to be able to do.”
On opening night at
Gavit, Matt Kubacki will get the ball on the mound for the Trojans. Roeske
and Quillin should join Kubacki in logging the bulk of the innings.
“Matt Kubacki had a
really good summer and will probably get the ball on the mound opening
night,” Campbell said. “The bulk of the pitching will be handled by Kubacki,
Quillin and Roeske.”
The Trojans also
have plenty of arms to fill in when needed. Rusboldt threw during the
summer, while Dallas Milligan saw a lot of innings in relief last year. Zach
Burris, Mike Jacobucci, O’Brien and Cole Teal all should see time as well.
“Rusboldt threw a
little last summer, but it’s tough being a shortstop and pitcher,” Campbell
said. “It’s a lot on your arm. Cole Teal is back in the fold as well. We’ll
need all of them the first week with six games on the schedule.”
Trojans will face some of the state’s top pitchers throughout the season.
“I think we’ll be
able to put the ball in play team offensively,” Campbell said. “The area has
such unbelievable pitching that it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have
to be able to get timely hits when we have guys in scoring position.”
If all the phases
of the game come together, the difference may be chemistry.
about creating chemistry and I think it just happens,” Campbell said. “This
group was successful last year and has been in basically every sport they’ve