Depth a concern for Lakeview baseball

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:49 am on Thursday, June 20, 2013

LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview baseball team was under high expectations from their coach, Ryan Vellanti.

The Wildcats finished the season 9-20, which was better than the two wins they had in 2012, but not quite up to what Vellanti had in mind.

“I thought we would do a little better this year,” he said. “We saw improvement from quite a few guys. Overall, I thought we’d finish higher in the league this year.”

Vellanti said there wasn’t one thing that kept the Wildcats from winning more games.

“I don’t know if there was one specific thing,” he said. “We need to get better on the mound and get more depth on the mound. That’s the biggest thing we need to overcome.”

Vellanti mentioned a couple of players who he thought were standouts on the team.

“The two that I think improved the most were Joey Cole, who did a better job playing right field every day, and Brad Hamlin,” he said. “He (Hamlin) kept getting better on the mound and was one of our leading hitters at the end of the year.”

If Lakeview can fix their pitching problems, Vellanti thinks next year could be better than 2013.

“Our top six hitters are all back. We ended up losing four seniors, but for the most part pretty much we have seven of our nine starters back,” he said. “The biggest thing we’;re going to have to overcome is we lose a couple from the mound. So hopefully we can find some pitching from the JV.”

Vellanti also noted there are players who are currently working on their baseball game.

“We have some things going on this summer,” he said. “Some are playing now and some are playing in the fall league in Newaygo. They’re working and I think the biggest thing is getting them on a throwing program this summer and do our normal winter thing.”

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