Villa Angela-St. Joseph baseball coach Scott Gray knows he has a young, inexperienced team on his hands, but the level of optimism remains high.
The Vikings are fielding a junior varsity team for the first time in several years and the program is moving in the right direction.
VASJ is led by senior catcher Dan Gail, one of the most talented and underrated players in the area. David Paus is a promising junior pitcher and a solid stick in the lineup. Vince Mauceri is a junior standout and freshman Owen Nunnally will be counted on for production this spring.
“We have a group that can compete with just about any team in our league. We want to develop a foundation and a culture here that can be a base for a solid program,” Gray said.
“Depth will be a big difference this season. It will be hard to replace guys like Simon Texidor and Jeff Grudzinski (graduated). But the guys we have coming in are raw, but talented.”
Three freshman will see varsity time for the Vikings. VASJ will compete in the NCL White Division – St. Thomas Aquinas is the league favorite.
“I don’t like to put expectations or limitations on a young team. We want to win every game, but I want to see us get better and learn and grow every day,” Gray said.
VASJ will start the season in Myrtle Beach.