Cyclone head baseball Coach Hugh Dennehy believes his 2018 team can achieve something they haven’t done at the college—win a conference championship.
The long, dry spell in conference is one goal Dennehy hopes to achieve while also making Moraine Valley history. This year’s team is much improved over last year’s squad that went 15-28 overall. The sophomore-heavy group is athletic and has worked hard in the off-season, making this a crew to watch.
Players to keep an eye out for this season include last year’s All-Conference first team outfielder Alex Guerra (Lincoln-Way Central) and fellow sophomores Brian Alvarez (Solorio Academy), Kevin Cronin (Sandburg), Liam Dennehy (Mount Carmel), and Matt Richards (Sandburg), the latter three who are team captains. Good work also will come from Gilbert Jaime-Baez (Puerto Rico), Thomas Moran (Chicago Christian) and pitchers Ryan Czajowski (Argo) and Jack Pappas (Mount Carmel).
“I set the goal to win conference, and I think we can. They’re learning to play together and definitely working hard,” Dennehy said. “I have a good group of freshman who will help, and the returning sophomores should do well. As long as we are healthy, we’ll be good.”
Staying healthy and keeping on top of school work are both points of emphasis for Dennehy. As the season ramps up, he wants his guys to stay focused on and off the field, especially with some top teams on the schedule. They’re looking forward to facing defending NJCAA Division II national champs, Kankakee Community College, in mid-April. If the pitching staff maintains good health, the Cyclones will be on their way to great success and potential history this season.