Whitesboro baseball is taking it one pitch at a time.
It was that mantra that helped lead the Warriors to their second ever trip to the state final four one season ago.
“There was a lot of experience that was gained last year,” head coach Tom Maggiolino said. “There was a lot of firsts for some players and to go through that playoff run was beneficial for us.”
Whitesboro did lose several key pieces from last year’s team including Zach Wessinger, Matt Parkinson and Pat Galer, but the team is excited about the mix of veterans with the younger players.
“We have good chemistry right now,” Joe Ruggiero said. “We’re staring to gel as a team and it’s all coming together.”
Right in the middle of everything is junior Avery Cook, who spearheaded the Warriors’ run with dominant pitching performances down the stretch.
“There’s not too much pressure on (Avery),” Maggiolino said. “We just want Avery to be Avery, go out and have some fun, do the job on the mound, in the field and put together quality at-bats.”
Cook though still has a bad taste in his mouth, after he took the loss in the Class A semifinals against Vestal.
“That game made me more humble,” he said. “I realized it wasn’t my best game, but that’s baseball.”
If Whitesboro is going to make it back to the Final Four, Cook and the Warriors will have to take their game to a new level.
“(Going to the Final Four) is always the goal,” Maggiolino said. “We’re just at the point now where the mindset is to just be a better team and work on being great teammates.”
Whitesboro is set to open up their season on April 7th against Clinton.