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Baseball

Defense, pitching are strengths for Addison Trail

Addison Trail's Christian Grabowski delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Glenbard East at Plunkett Park in Elmhurst. The Blazers have a strong senior core returning this spring.
Addison Trail's Christian Grabowski delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Glenbard East at Plunkett Park in Elmhurst. The Blazers have a strong senior core returning this spring.

ADDISON – Michael Kennedy is new to Addison Trail baseball as the varsity coach, but he has plenty of familiarity with his players.

This is Kennedy’s 10th year at AT and he coached the current senior class as freshmen and sophomores.

That senior class features a number of players with varsity experience. Fresh off a solid season for the Blazers’ basketball team, Joe Kurucar will be AT’s ace on the mound and a key outfielder.

“He returns the most experience on the mound and he hit well last year,” Kennedy said.

Senior Frank Amato also will be a key part of the team’s rotation.

“I think our defense is going to really be our strong suit,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to have to be. And we return about 100 innings on the mound. I think our defense and our experience is really going to help us out.”

Seniors Joe Amato, Nate Mueller and Zack Dowz give the Blazers a solid core of returners. Amato and Mueller man the infield while Dowz is a big bat and solid outfielder.

“We mix them with some very athletic juniors,” Kennedy said. “I think we are set up to have some success.”

Middle infielder and pitcher Mike Rybarczyk, outfielder Eric Gilliam, who Kennedy said is one of the hardest workers he’s ever seen, and Lake Park transfer catcher Eric Grogans are among the juniors that should see time.

Addison Trail Blazers
Coach:
Michael Kennedy
2013 record: 11-25
Top players:
Frank Amato sr. P/OF
Joe Amato sr. IF
Zack Dowz sr. OF
Joe Kurucar sr. P/OF
Nate Mueller sr. IF

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