Veteran players Cody Moyle and Liam Munley will serve as captains for this year's edition of the Wildcat baseball squad. Moyle is a hard-hitting catcher who will bat clean-up, while Munley is a fleet-footed centerfielder who should privide plenty of excitement on the basepaths.
Western Wayne won just four games in Lackawanna League action last season, but the Wildcats showed steady improvement under the tutelage of Jason Kromko.
A homegrown product of the Varden baseball scene, Kromko led the ‘Cats out of the Division II cellar for the first time in three years. Western Wayne will compete in Division III this spring, so Jason hopes even more victories are on the horizon.
“I’m definitely excited about the season,” Coach Kromko told TWI Sports. “The kids are ready to go. We’ve been working hard in the gym and outside, so they’re just champing at the bit to start playing games.”
Western Wayne was slated to open its exhibition slate Tuesday at Carbondale Area. The Chargers captured the Division III crown last spring, but have moved up to Division II for the ‘09 season.
These two teams met twice in ‘08 with Carbondale winning both games (7-5, 6-4). The ‘Cats will be back on the diamond next Monday at West Scranton.
A pair of seniors will lead the Wildcat charge this season. Cody Moyle and Liam Munley have been named co-captains for the 2009 campaign.
Moyle is a veteran catcher who should be a fixture in the middle of the batting order. According to Coach Kromko, Cody could also see time on the mound this year.
“He throws pretty hard, so we’d love to let him pitch,” he said. “But, he has to stay healthy. We need him in the line-up everyday.”
Moyle is projected to be Western Wayne’s clean-up hitter this year. Cody has power to all fields and should be a main RBI source for the ‘Cats.
Munley is a multi-sport standout who also excels on the gridiron. Liam will patrol centerfield this spring and hit in the #9 slot. Coach Kromko hopes he’ll act as a second lead-off man, stealing bases and setting the table for Western Wayne’s big boppers.
“Liam is a very hard-working kid,” he said. “He’s always in the weight room and looking for any way to improve his game. Liam is probably the fastest guy on our team.”