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Weber baseball tries to continue success on diamond
by Greg Oshust
March 26, 2013 02:31 PM | 3183 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>Weber’s Eric Silver swings at a pitch during a game against GISA Region 1AAA rival Dominion Christian Thursday.
Staff / Nathan Self
Weber’s Eric Silver swings at a pitch during a game against GISA Region 1AAA rival Dominion Christian Thursday.
Weber looks to build on its breakthrough season of a year ago, when it won its first region baseball title and advanced to the GISA state playoffs for the second season in a row.

The Rams are picking up where they left off, with a 5-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in GISA Region 1AAA as of last Friday.

Weber coach Patrick Wright is confident about the prospects for a team that returns most of its players from last year’s 1AAA champions.

“Most of the kids are coming back,” Wright said. “We had a young team last year, a lot of sophomores playing varsity baseball for the first time. So, to have those kids come back, that’s a great thing to have. With our nucleus coming back and losing only two seniors, we’re pretty solid, and I’m happy about our outlook on the season.”

Weber lost to Bulloch in two straight games in the first round of the GISA playoffs in 2012, but Wright believes last year’s experiences will set the stage for even bigger success this season.

“We won’t say that we overachieved,” Wright said. “But, once we got to the [state] playoffs, everything was somewhat new to us. I think having that experience of winning and having that experience of going to the playoffs, we’re not happy just to get there now. We have a bigger goal in mind to go a lot farther, so that’s the goal. The kids see the same thing and we have the talent to do it.”

The Rams are especially talented in the outfield, where junior center fielder Matt Joseph, junior right fielder Ben Karlin and freshman left fielder Kyle Rabinowitz lead the way.

“I feel we probably have the best outfield in the state,” Wright said. “We have three kids out there who are three pretty good outfielders. Matt Joseph is a Division I prospect who is my leadoff guy and has a great arm and great speed. Ben Karlin is also a Division I prospect and he has a great arm and can swing the bat well. Kyle Rabinowitz is a freshman and he’s a good player. We’re pretty strong out there.”

Pitching is another strength for Weber, which features left-hander Karlin and junior right-handers Zach Brown and Ryan Leeson.

“I’m pretty happy on the mound,” Wright said. “I have three pretty good, strong arms.”

The Rams are also solid in the middle of the infield with senior shortstop David Feldman and senior second baseman Sam Grosoff.

“I can’t say much more for my two seniors up the middle,” Wright said. “Being solid up the middle is always good for a coach, so I’m happy.”

Wright said he believes that his Rams have all the pieces in place to make an even deeper run in the state playoffs in 2013.

“Like I told the boys, we should be playing for a state championship this year at the end of the day, if they buy in and things work out,” Wright said.

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