WAYLAND — If you look down the Wayland-Cohocton baseball roster for this spring, you could swear that you've seen all of these names before. You're correct ... you probably have!
Coach Steve Wager's team was a very young squad one year ago, and now have added another year of valuable experience under their belts. The maroon & gold were competitive as a young team last year, and hope to be moreso here in the spring of 2018. Wager's coaching staff brings a lot of experience to the bench with Skip Small, Terry Brown and Barry Shaver back, along with student assistant Jordan Early.
On the diamond, Skip Small has been working with at least seven different arms who will parade to the hill throughout the season as this year not only the pitch count rule is still intact, but also a new 10 run mercy rule as well.
The roster shapes up this way as the trio of seniors include Andrue Holbrook, J.J. Smith and Trevor Milliman. Juniors include Austin Mark, John Freberg, Ryan Ebert, Connor Englert, Aydan Cotter and Kevin Ebert. There's a quartet of sophomores as well with Ethan Trischler, Jamie Carman, Nik Zastawrny, and Cameron Huber.
Wager noted, "We were young last year, and we'll still be young this year. The good thing is that many of these players have now had a taste of baseball at the varsity level and know what it's all about. They'll be competitive, no question about it. You have to be when you're in Livingston County Division I. Once again there'll be a lot of good teams out there well have to hold our own against.
"Skip Small is working with a lot of different pitchers as we'll have to do our best to keep everybody fresh, knowing that in May we'll probably have a lot of games backed up and will need some quality help out of the bullpen in both starting and relief roles."