Baseball welcomes Sikorski as new head coach

Baseball welcomes Sikorski as new head coach

Lemont Furnace, PA – The Penn State Fayette Baseball team will be back in action in 2018 to start off a brand new year of Roaring Lions baseball. Under leadership from Head Coach, Mike Sikorski, and Assistant Coach, Matthew Sabatini, the Roaring Lions baseball team looks to take the top spot in the PSUAC in 2018. The team will include 1 senior, 3 sophomores and 8 freshmen.

Head Coach, Mike Sikorski, has a tremendous resume to help lead the Roaring Lions to victory this season. Former Slippery Rock, CCAC and Washington Wild Things player, Sikorski, has been coaching for the past 12 years. He has coached for Elizabeth Forward High School, Ringgold High School, multiple travel teams and was an assistant coach for Penn State Greater Allegheny. He looks to use his experience to help the Roaring Lions defeat their conference opponents and help them reach the 2018 PSUAC Playoffs this year.

The first game of the season for the Roaring Lions will begin on Thursday, March 8th. Penn State Fayette will open up the 2018 season at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Florida where they will play Illinois College.  The PSUAC game will be on March 24th where Penn State Fayette will host Penn State Greater Allegheny.  The first game of the double-header will start at 12:00 PM and the second game will follow directly after at 2:00 PM.

Fayette will travel to Penn State DuBois on Friday, April 6th for a big PSUAC match-up. DuBois will travel to Lemont Furnace to take on Fayette the next day in another double-header. The first game will begin at 2:00 PM and the second game will start at 5:00 PM. Fayette will finish the 2018 season with 3 games against Penn State New Kensington. The first game between these two teams will be on Friday, April 13th in Lemont Furnace, PA. That game is set to begin at 2:00 PM. On Saturday, April 14th, Fayette will travel to New Kensington, PA the first game will start at 2:00 PM and the second game will follow directly after at 4:00 PM.  Fayette will look to play in the last double-header and the last games of the regular season against Penn State Mont Alto. Those games are set to start at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Sikorski added the following statements to cap off the season outlook.

"Since taking over the program this past fall we have seen tremendous improvement and expect big things this upcoming spring.  We put together a solid Fall season where we finished 2-2 and were competitive in every game we played, which I feel really brought new life to the program.  The players now believe that we can compete and win every time we take the field.  We have several returning players this spring and we have added a few key players to the team as well. I strongly believe that with the solid players that are returning and the key pieces that we added that we can expect big things this upcoming season."

Sikorski commented on what to expect from the upcoming 2018 Roaring Lion squad.

"We will rely on several pitchers this spring to carry us through the season. Senior Pitcher Kody Thomas and Sophomore Austin Clark return in 2018 to lead the pitching staff this season. Key newcomers are in Freshman-Leonel Valdez, a transfer from Arizona and WCCC Freshman-transfer Russell RItenour will also provide depth to our pitching staff that also includes Freshman-Mike Ludrosky (Carmichaels), Sophomore-Justin Salom (New York), Freshman-Jordan Eicher (Laurel Highlands), and Freshman-Christian Idrovo (Uniontown). Our outfield will be anchored down by Freshman Centerfielder Jaryn Addis and will also feature Michael Ludrosky, Kody Thomas, Austin Clark, Christian Idrovo, and Luis West. We expect to see key returning infielders presence in Sophomore second baseman Ross Mazer (MD), Justin Salom (NY), SS-Russell Ritenour, 1B-Jordan Eicher, 1B-Kody Thomas, and SS/3B-Austin Clark will also see time in the infield. Matt Morgan will take on the starting catcher role for us this season with Austin Clark sharing some time at the position."

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