Newburgh Free Academy’s varsity baseball team did not make the postseason in 2015, and the Goldbacks return with a new head coach, Scott Seabury, who was an assistant to Matt Iorlano, the former head coach, last year.
“We have a lot of question marks,” said Seabury. “We have a lot of things to sort out.”
The Goldbacks’ home field will be at Delano-Hitch Stadium this spring. Sean Hofving was expected to be the starting catcher, but injuries have delayed that, and could come back in the middle of April.
Pete Matthews, a sophomore, will take over behind the plate, and he’ll manage pitching staff with Jarrod Deaton as the number one starter. Matt Ulrich, a junior, will be the number two starter and play in the outfield.
Dom Colotti and Ryan McGuire, juniors, will play first base, and Jack Anderson, a senior, and Timmy O’Connell, a junior, will play second base. Danny Santiago, a senior, will play shortstop. Justin Allen, a junior, will play third base. Braxton Landers, a sophomore, will pitch and play third base.
And Jon Callanan, Marvin Bordoy and Devin Dias will be the outfielders.
Now Seabury has to help the team try and make the postseason, and he said that will mean plenty of hard work.
“Our motto basically is to get better every day. There are no real expectations right now,” said Seabury. “We are trying to get better and better, and we are working harder and harder. If we can outwork people, that leads to more success.”
By Bond Brungard