Huntingdon Valley American Legion Gets Season Started Today
The team opens with a road game at For Washington on Sunday.
Huntingdon Valley American Legion looks to improve on a near .500 (10-11) record last season. With the addition of a few players the ceiling looks high. HV has many All-League players returning to an already very experience roster. The coaching staff will also be together for a second year head coach Evan Horn, assistant head coachs Mike Landes and Dennis Murphy.
"Our team looks like it will have a ton of experience" second year Head Coach Evan Horn said, "We have all-leaguers returning (Cal Palmer, Lou Palmer, Jake Madnick, Nick Rittler, Ross Goodman and Chris Ruhl) and the addition of Jake Yannessa, Daniel Johnson and Mario Incollingo who are all 1 year experienced players I think the ceiling is very high."
Pitching is the name of the game and coach Horn seems to believe that his staff might be one of the top ones in the league.
"The way I see it we have a tough pitching staff, we can go 6 deep. When you can have a rotation of Johnson, Yannessa (1st-team All League-Springfield), Goodman (3-time All-League-Lower Moreland, Matt Lawlor (2nd-team All League-Cheltenham), Paul Buckley (Holy Ghost) and Chris Ruhl (Abington) you are throwing a potential Number One pitcher every game. I am looking forward to just figuring out who to pitch against who."
Hitting will also be a strong point for HV this season. The return of 1st-team All League outfielders Nick Rittler, Lewis Palmer(Lower Moreland) Cal Palmer (Lower Moreland) and Matt Hyman (Lower Moreland). Co-Captains Jake Madnick and Chris Ruhl. The emergence of Matt Meyers (1st-team All-League-Cheltenham), Jordan Pocrass (1st Team-Lower Moreland), Rob Hoffman (2nd Team-Lower Moreland) and Rafael Fernandez (Cheltenham).
"The team looks like it will compete this season and that is all that I can ask from my "boys", we have to make the plays and get key 2 out hits and the season should be a successful one". Horn continued "I will have a lot of postions that have two good players so putting in the right player at the right time will be tough but I feel confident with the help of the other Coaches I will get them right"
Chris Ruhl 1B/Pitcher
Cal Palmer OF/2B
Lou Palmer CF
Jake Madnick C
Mario Incollingo 3B/C
Robert Hoffman 2B/OF
Ross Goodman 1B/P
Matt Hyman OF
Matt Lawlor OF/P
Matt Meyers 3B/OF
Jordan Pocrass 3B/2B
Jack Titus C/2B
Nick Rittler OF
Richard Brazukas 1B/2B/3B/OF/P
Jake Yannessa ss/P
Daniel Johnson P/OF
Paul Buckley 3B/P
Rafael Fernandez 2B/SS
Sunday May 27 Away Fort Washington 12:00
Tuesday May 29 Away Horsham 6:00
Friday June 1 Away Southampton 7:00
Sunday June 3 HOME Warminster 5:00
Tuesday June 5 Away Cederbrook 6:00
Thursday June 7 HOME Morelanders 6:00
Sunday June 10 Away Roslyn 3:00 (Doubleheader)
Tuesday June 12 HOME Warminster 6:00
Thursday June 14 HOME Fort Washington 6:00
Friday June 15 HOME Roslyn 6:00
Sunday June 17 HOME Cederbrook 1:00
Tuesday June 19 Away Morelanders 6:00
Sunday June 24 HOME Horsham 1:00 (Doubleheader)
Tuesday June 26 Away Southampton 7:00
Thursday June 28 Away Fort Washington 6:00
Sunday July 1 HOME Cederbrook 1:00
Tuesday July 3 Away Warminster 6:00
Thursday July 5 HOME Southampton 6:00
Sunday July 8 HOME Morelanders 1:00