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Will a New Coach Throw Off the Stang-Gangs This Season?

Will a New Coach Throw Off the Stang-Gangs This Season?

By Maya Gorman

The Northside Men’s Baseball team is optimistic for another season. With a new coach, Bill Rosencranz, who runs a baseball academy and has a training facility in Niles, the Stang-Gang will definitely see some changes this season. Coming off last season with a record of 8-15 overall and 5-9 in their conference, the players hope that a new coach and more off-season practice opportunities will improve their record this season. Reflecting on the past season, Dino Konstantinidis, Adv. 908, said, “We won against Lane, so that’s something.” With that victory, the Mustangs have the confidence that they can compete and reign victorious this season.

Dino Konstantinidis throws the first pitch against the formidable Lane Baseball Team.

Dino Konstantinidis throws the first pitch against the formidable Lane Baseball Team.

When asked about his feelings on the upcoming season, Sergio Rodriguez, Adv. 905, said “I think we'll be pretty good. I'm excited to have a fresh season with a new coach. Hopefully, we all work hard.” Aaron Williams, Adv. 906, said, “I am optimistic for the new season since we will be able to practice more in the offseason.”

Sergio Rodriguez nabs a grounder at first to get the first out.]

Sergio Rodriguez nabs a grounder at first to get the first out.]

Will the Mustangs be slowed down by having to adjust to the new coach? When asked, Konstantinidis said, “Even though it will be rough not having our old coach, I think we’ll be fine because normally workouts during the off-season are not as common because a lot of the guys on the team play basketball.” When asked about the cohesion between the new team and the coach, Konstantinidis said “We'll have to get to know him and adjust to his style but I am confident in the ability to transition because we are keeping our assistant from last year [Coach Tony] and our JV coach [Coach Nowak]. This way, we at least have some continuity for this season.”

Aaron Williams is put in to relieve Konstantinidis and throws a perfect strike.]

Aaron Williams is put in to relieve Konstantinidis and throws a perfect strike.]

When asked what the biggest challenge for this season will be, Konstantinidis said, “Overcoming the loss of our seniors who were major contributions last season.”

Konstantinidis throws to first to pick a runner off.

Konstantinidis throws to first to pick a runner off.

With a new coach and great excitement for the upcoming season, the Mustangs are excited to kick it off.


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