Written by Joe Enea, Manhasset@antonnews.com Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:56
Manhasset’s varsity baseball team appears to be shining within the past couple of years. The team’s recent success lies largely in the hands of a few people. Two captains, two more seniors, and four juniors hold the destiny of the team. Coach Corbo anticipates that this upcoming season has the potential to be one of the best in school history.
Coach Corbo has already named his two captains for the team next year: Matt Basso and Ryan Lennon. Basso has been on the team since his freshmen year, and recently received an All-Conference award. Basso is going to be one of the big hitters for the Indians next year.
Lennon, a player since his sophomore season, was plagued by injuries part of the season. Yet Lennon did receive an All-Conference award as a sophomore. On varsity Lennon has mostly be a pitch-only player but is looking forward to hitting and potentially catching next season.
The other two seniors, Christian Winnitzki and Matthew Stratford, fly under the radar but both are very important to Manhasset’s success. Stratford has been a key component in the bullpen the past few years and is looking to crack the starting rotation. Stratford relieved in most of the games this season and was a portion of the bullpen’s success.
Christian Winnitzki won an All-League award this past season and is hungry for more. Winnitzki will be an important part of Manhasset’s starting rotation.
Each of these four juniors has been on the varsity team for at least one season and has the experience to lead the team now as seniors.
Rounding out the roster are the sophomores rising into junior year. Tim Curtis has been on the team since his freshmen year and developing stronger skills each year. Coming into his second year on varsity, Alex Anderson is a first-year starter and an All-League selection. Another second year player, Peter Cybriwsky, is the only southpaw on staff. Cybriwsky was an important reliever last season. Another impact player is Joe Enea. Enea started both pitching and in the infield.
One player can’t make a baseball team; it’s the players who work together that make it work. These veteran teammates have every chance for a strong year.