2017 Season Preview

The 2017 Triton College Baseball team looks to add on to the accomplishments of last year's Region IV Championship and District runner-up finishes.  The Trojan roster has only 9 players returning from last year’s team. One of the team’s strength should be the overall depth of the pitching staff. Inexperienced with the bulk of the staff being freshman the few returning sophomores need to provide leadership.  Despite the fact the Trojans added 22 new faces to the program,  Coach Torgerson thinks this is a very talented group. 

Triton will have to rely on good team speed, defense, and an offense that will provide a much needed pop that Coach Torgerson has not had in a few years. The Pitching staff has some veteran leadership however the overall depth of the staff will be young, untested and will have to have consistency in order for the Trojans to compete in the tough Region IV schedule. 

                                                                                             

Infield 

Shortstop: The left side of the infield should be anchored by transfer Neil Lambert (Arkansas St.) and be backed up by freshman Alex Holets (Century HS/MN). Both should offer consistent defensive play and some offensive punch.  

Third Base: Will have plenty of competition with returner Ryan Leo (Global Institute NY) and freshmen Dominic Gerace (Oak Park-River Forest HS/IL) and Cody Quier (Mishawaka HS/IN) should offer some offensive production and defense to the position.   

First Base: The right side should have some very good competition with returner.  Zach Taylor (Homewood-Flossmoor HS/IL) and freshman Ricky West (Mequon HS/WI) Sophomore Connor Pauly (Glenbrook South HS/IL) may offer some depth when not in the Trojan pitching rotation.  Sophomore Joe Dahlke will also add some depth to spot when not catching.  Each of the three had good fall workouts and adds different elements to the Trojan offense.   

Second Base: Should have plenty of depth with sophomore Justin Corona (Lakes HS/IL). and Daulton Ryans (Mishawaka HS/IN) Freshman Kevin Corona (Sandburg HS/IL) and Jeremy Borges (Leyden HS/IL) Justin Corona  will add some versatility to the position and have looked sharp in the fall. 

 

Outfield 

Although the group lacks in numbers, one of the Trojan’s strengths this year should be in the outfield, with a speedy core of players that should offer a good offensive punch. Sophomore Zach Abfall (transfer from Wabash Valley) and freshmen Andy Gaytan (Sandburg HS/IL), Keith Kerrigan (Ridgewood HS/IL), Lhakpa Sherpa (Rincon HS/AZ) and Brandon Sanchez (Whitney Young HS/IL) look to compete for spots in the outfield.  Sophomore Connor Pauly looks to help add depth to the position when not pitching.  The assets of these players offer Coach Torgerson depth, flexibility, speed and offense punch to the squad.  

 

Catching 

Triton’s catching duties will have some experience signal callers with returners, Daulton Ryans and Anthony Tejeda (Bishop Verot HS/FL) who look to not only add depth to the position but compete for a starting role.  Freshman Vito Iovino (Ridgewood HS/IL) has looked good in fall workouts and expects to compete for a starting role. A load will be placed on this talented group too manage a very untested pitching staff and provide leadership to an overall young group of pitchers. 

 

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Pitching Staff 

The Trojan Pitching Staff will consist of four sophomores and eleven freshmen, totaling 15 in all, giving Coach Torgerson many options to go to. There is a tremendous need to bolster the pitching staff in order compete in the expanded conference play in the N4C and at the region and district levels. Three returning sophomores, James Whiteman (St. Joseph HS/IN), Connor Pauly (Glenbrook North HS/IL), and Dean Youngblood (Melissa HS/TX) look to offer consistency near the top of the rotation. Freshman Jack Snyder (Marist HS/IL), Alonzo White (Lincoln Way East HS/IL) look to round out 5 of the 6 man rotation.  The Trojan staff is well equipped with pitchers that offer good pitch-ability and arm strength. Sophomore Ryan Leo adds an important swing man position on the staff. Freshman Matt Owens (Sandburg HS/IL), Joe Cundari (Oak Park-River Forest HS/IL) Ryan O'Reilly (Lincoln Way East HS/IL)  and Ben Chaffee (Marist HS/IL) have shown that they can get people out in any role starting or relief.           Eddy Joseph (DePaul College Prep HS/IL) and Jonah Nosek (Kettle Moraine HS/WI) have shown promise in relief roles in the fall and offer some depth from the left side.  One of the keys to season maybe the return of Nelson Munoz (MT. Carmel HS/IL) who red shirted freshman year due to injury and was the 2015 Illinois Pitcher of the Year.  If the staff remains healthy and intact, should be the best Coach Torgerson has had in his 13 year tenure at Triton. 

 

Designated Hitter 

Triton’s designated hitter will vary throughout the season. Pauly, Leo, Sherpa, Sanchez, Ryans and Tejeda will battle to see time here.  Each will add some power and production to help strengthen the Trojan lineup.