The Spartans like their chances.
Coming off a 6-13 season, the New Hartford baseball team is optimistic with the 2018 opener just days away.
"We have a lot of players that were key for us last year that are back," senior Dean Langman said. "We definitely have a good shot this year."
The driving force behind any success the Spartans have will be starting pitching.
"We need our guys to have quality starts," head coach Kevin Green said. "We have two solid pitchers and a few other guys that I know will fit into the mix."
Central New York weather though could complicate things.
"If we get backed up, we're going to need a lot of help from our younger guys to go out and perform," Green said. "I'm very confident they can do that."
Leading the way will be Langman, who's established himself as the ace of the staff.
"It's a big responsibility to go out there every five days and just pitch my best," he said. "I have to go out there with whatever I have that day and try to win with it."
If history is any indication, Langman should be in good hands.
"(Langman) has delivered for us the past two seasons," senior Andrew Circelli said. "Whenever he's on the mound, he brings a different presence to him and I think he really helps run this team."
The journey begins on Monday with a matchup against TVL power VVS at 7pm.
"We're in a good spot," Green said. "We'll go out-by-out, inning-by-inning and hopefully come up with a big hit to come out on top."
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