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Jared Burcin is a key returning player for the Liberty baseball team this year. Jared Burcin is a key returning player for the Liberty baseball team this year.

Expectations high for LHS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.

The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.

Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.

“Every year is different,” Pitsilos said. “Can this team come together and play good fundamental baseball?”

Liberty returns five senior starters from last year’s team including Jared Burcin (C), Elias Gross (SS), Sam Kraihanzel (3B), Kyle Hlavaty (CF), and Mike Perreault (1B).

Other players that Pitsilos expects to have an impact are Alex Laudenslager (Sr, P/1B), Alex Super (Sr, P), Jake Wagner (Sr, C/DH), Jake Morgan (Sr, 2B/OF), Gabe Albino (Sr, IF/P)

“The depth of pitching and senior leadership will be strengths for us,” Pitsilos said. “We need to improve our hitting and defense from a year ago.”

As far as what to expect from Liberty, it’s really more of the same when it comes to goals for the season.

“Our goals are to win our division, win the EPC and districts by taking one pitch, one at bat, and one play at a time,” said Pitsilos. “If we play together as a team and accept roles, we can contend in the league and district. Pitching depth and experience will help us this year. We have great kids on and off the field.”