Warriors will be the team to beat

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:13

WESTFALL - Head varsity baseball coach for the Delaware Valley baseball team, David Peters, voiced his optimistic outlook for the upcoming spring season saying that, “It’s going to be tough, but I think that we will be the team to beat in the league.” Only losing three senior players from last year, the team is relatively young. Junior centerfielder Bill Phillips commented that the team has improved a lot since last season. Phillips also has high expectations for the team this season because they are “better, stronger, and more committed.” Peters agreed and also added that the league as a whole also improved, providing some tough competition. According to Peters, last year’s accomplishments would be tough to surpass, although the potential is certainly there, especially in the up and coming underclassmen. Last baseball season ended with a record of 8-2 for the Warriors who also went on the claim the Lackawanna League title. Pitching and defense are among the team’s stronger assets, Peters affirmed. He would not concede any weak points saying that the Warriors “are strong all around”. The team usually practices four to five days a week in the off-season. These practices include weightlifting, conditioning, and batting practice when possible. They are also involved in some games during the fall. As spring draws nearer, the practices become more intense and take place six days a week. Scranton High School remains the team’s toughest competitor according to Peters who added that “they are a large school that has a lot of talent.” Peters expects that more students and community members come out and support the team. “Over the years the numbers have grown and that people seem to enjoy it more and more.” The boys’ first home game is on March 28. “Come on out and fill the stands,” he said.