Tonawanda News — Leading the way for the Bulldogs this year will be John Mirabella (RF), Jeff White (P/2B), Zach Glaspy (P), Devon Taggert (P/3B) and shortstop Luke Simmons.
Simmons, according to coach Simon, brings the same pure baseball qualities to the team as former Bulldog standout Sam Cumbo.
“I see the talent out here every day,” Smith said. “And I believe that we can make a real good run at (NFL title) and the fact that we only have four seniors means we have a lot of young talent and we can be good for the next couple of years.”
Tyler Gibson and Conor Hoar also bolster the Bulldogs’ pitching staff.
“Hoar looks very good,” Simon said. “He throws very hard. I’m excited about him.”
Losing the bulk of their 2011 title team to graduation, the 2012 season was a challenge of fighting through injuries and normal growing pains. Simon said this year the focus is on more stability in the infield.
The Bulldogs are looking forward to their April 20 (12:30 p.m.) game against Hutch-Tech that will be played at Coca Cola Field.
As a Coaches vs. Cancer team, the Bulldogs will also be wearing pink caps, shirts, socks and necklaces during Monday games.
“Everyone’s loving that idea and coach Simon has done a great job with it,” Smith said. “He’s getting everybody into it and it’s going to turn out great.”
“The kids have bought into the cause and love the look,” said Simon.