Plenty of new faces fill the baseball roster this season, including the head coach, but they all have the same outlook—topping the conference.

Coach Hugh Dennehy joined the Cyclone family in fall 2016, but he has a few Moraine Valley ties. He played baseball and football at the college from 1988 to 1990, and in his last season was named Male Athlete of the Year. He continued playing baseball and coaching before coming to Moraine Valley. With him comes a positive attitude and eagerness to turn the tide for Cyclone baseball.

“We should be competitive in conference. I’d like to win conference, and there’s no reason we can’t with the talent we have on this team. We have a good group, and you have to start somewhere. Winning conference is on their minds. Good things are ahead,” Dennehy said.

This year’s crew includes very athletic and quick players. The team benefits from a few returners from last year, but the guys to watch are newcomers: catcher Matt Richards (Sandburg), outfielder Liam Dennehy (Mount Carmel), Robert Peterka (Shepard), who should see time as a DH as well as at first and catcher, and shortstop Alan Sanchez (Richards). Not only are these players sharp on the field, but they are expected to be the top hitters.

With this group, Dennehy wants more aggression on the base path and small ball, forcing the defense to make plays, as well as improved hitting strategy. Finishing in the top three in conference also would be an acceptable finish to the season, and the Cyclones are ready to prove themselves.