Higgins, Jacoby lead talented PHS rotation
Parkland baseball head coach Tony Galucy will have a plethora of good options this season at the most important position in baseball.
His pitching staff will be the strong point to a Trojan team that is coming off Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships. The staff is headlined by seniors Connor Higgins and Rhett Jacoby, and includes four-year starter at shortstop Chris Rabasco, and Evan McAndrew.
"We have some experience coming back on the mound," said Galucy. "[Connor] Higgins and [Rhett] Jacoby have pitched in big games for the past two years. [Chris] Rabasco is also an experienced pitcher with four years of varsity playing time. Evan McAndrew gained some experience last year as well."
Galucy also cited team speed as a strength on his roster. Along with Jacoby and Rabasco, senior third baseman Justin Afflerbach and senior outfielder Justin Strizovsky bring that key aspect to the field.
One of the biggest concerns for Galucy and his players has been something out of their control: the weather.
"With the weather this spring so far, we have not been outside," said Galucy. "So we have so many question marks that need to be answered. We may not know our best lineup until late spring."
Seniors Alec Bartholomew, Harrison Rabenold and Dan Zaccaro bring back some valuable experience. Underclassmen that Galucy hopes to contribute on the field include Isaac Neal, Tyler Bruno, Andrew Roth, Kyle Friebolin, Kyle Novobilski, Harsha Bollu and EJ Brandt, along with sophomores Michael Jenkins and Austin Mueller, and freshman Cullan Wadsworth.
"I expect us to be in the running for league and district titles," added Galucy. "The key to our season will be our attitudes. Our most successful teams had a family atmosphere. Personal goals have to be set aside for the team. So far our coaching staff is very pleased with the attitudes. If this continues, we should contend for a third straight district title."