SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Red Devils will be well armed this season.
Hall coach Tom Keegan said the Red Devils sport one of the deepest pitching staffs he's had in quite some time. The Hall staff will be led by juniors Brett Fanning (2-5, 3.67), Danny Nolasco (5-3, 4.74) and senior Brian Kruse (3-4, 4.82).
Juniors Miguel Villarreal and Matt Boucher will also be looked upon for some mound detail, and Keegan said he can pull up some arms from the F/S to eat up some innings as the year wears on.
Keegan is taking a wait and see approach offensively. Fanning, who led the Red Devils with a .371 average and 28 runs scored as a sophomore, is the only returner who batted over .300 last year.
"We are going to have to find a way to get some runs across," he said. "I'm curious to see the effect the bbcor bats have on the game.
Senior Jon Kosciewicz will handle the catching duties behind the plate. Kruse will play first with Nolasco (.293), Fanning and Villareal playing around the infield with Boucher and senior Gene Lucas splitting between the infield and outfield. Patroling the outfield gardens will also be seniors Jeromy Blom (.268), Kyle Pikula, Rhodes Garland and Alex Himelick.
With all the nice weather, Keegan said the Red Devils have been able to get outside a little more than years past and "get an understanding of who will be where and so forth."
Hall ventures into the Tri-County Conference for the first time. That won't be an easy task from past history.
"We have played teams such as Marquette, PC, Midland and Henry and have, quite frankly, struggled against them in years past," Keegan said.
The Red Devils will also see the likes of former rivals such as Mendota, Princeton, Kewanee and St. Bede which Keegan said "will give us a feel for the regional provided we are sent the same way we have been lately."
Hall was 12-14 in 2011 and went 3-7 in its final go-around in the NCIC.
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