Hawks face a rebuilding task

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Anchoring the Holley varsity baseball squad this season is the trio of Josh Porter, Joey DeFelice and Brandon Weaver.

Having lost eight seniors from last spring’s division title squad, Holley faces a bit of a rebuilding task this season as the Hawks prepare for the Genesee Region League campaign.

The veteran quartet of senior Brandon Weaver (pitcher/outfield) along with juniors Josh Porter (catcher), Joey DeFelcie (pitcher/shortstop) and John Bower (shortstop/pitcher) do give the Hawks a solid veteran group up the middle.

“We lost a lot and our numbers are a little low but we’ve got three guys back with varsity pitching experience and that’s huge,” said Coach Jason Cole. “I feel pretty good about our pitching.”

G-R All-Star pitcher Kyle Bell, who s now playing for Niagara County Community College, heads the large group of players lost to graduation from last spring’s Holley squad which went 13-1 in the league and 16-3 overall.

Holley is scheduled to visit Barker on April 1 and then open G-R competition at home against Attica on April 10.

The Hawks season will be highlighted by a spring break trip to the Cal Ripken Complex in Myrtle Beach where they will play games against Geneseo and Greece Odyssey and also have several scrimmages.

“We’ve been doing that for several years and it’s been a great experience,” said Cole.

Holley’s schedule is as follows:
April 1 – at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
April 10 – Attica, TBA
April 17 – Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 – at Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.
April 23 – at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 – at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 – Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 – Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
May 3 – at Alexander, 1:30 p.m.
May 7 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
May 9 – at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 – Holley Tournament vs. Kendall, 11 a.m.
May 13 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 – Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.