Panthers Baseball Enters New Era
March 13, 2015
The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball program enters a new era this spring, with its first new head coach in nine years and just the third head coach ever in the history of the program. Dryden native and former Panthers assistant coach Ryan Stevens returns to his hometown after a highly successful professional managerial career that saw him win league titles and coach of the year honors while coaching in Texas. He takes over at Tompkins Cortland for Pat Carroll, who coached the Panthers to a 97-171 record and one playoff appearance over the past eight years before leaving to become an assistant coach at Division I Siena College.
Stevens, who was an assistant coach for the Panthers from 2006-10, has wasted no time putting his imprint on the program. Despite taking over late in the recruiting cycle, he has brought in a strong freshman class that, along with a key transfer, looks to make the next chapter in Tojmpkins Cortland baseball a strong one. “I’ve been very pleased with the team so far,” said Stevens. “The guys have bought into our program. They hit the weight room hard during the offseason, and attended team study halls to make sure their academics are in line. I’m optimistic and ready for the season to start.”
Stevens says he looks to field a team strong on fundamentals, and that starts with the pitching staff. At the top of the rotation are freshman Jonathan Frost (Alpine H.S./Alpine, Texas) and sophomore Jean Germosen (Yonkers H.S./Yonkers), who sat out last year with an injury. Both possess the raw tools to dominate, providing the foundation for a strong rotation. Freshman Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) and sophomores Josh Ahearn (Downsville H.S./Hancock), Sam Allen (Moravia H.S./Moravia), and Jeremy Fredenburg (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls) figure to get some starts, while Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) and Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) are likely to share time in the closers role.
Freshman Zach Schulte (Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) is on the top of the depth chart at catcher, bringing with him a middle-of-the-lineup bat. Vic Jacobsen (East Anchorage H.S./Anchorage, Alaska), Connor Dunham (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square), and Jacob Pitman (Tully H.S./Tully) provide depth behind Schulte. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip), Rodney Jester (Tri-Valley H.S./Liberty), Malik Fogg (Mount Vernon H.S./Mount Vernon), Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn), Frost, and Wintermute figure to get the most innings in the infield, with Jester and Fogg being the only sophomores in the group.
The outfield features the projected clean-up hitter in Beau Peltier (Angelton H.S./Angelton, Texas), a transfer from Tyler Junior College in Texas who figures to hold down right field. Tyler Thigpen (River Ridge H.S./Woodstock, Ga.), Bryan Joseph (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine), and Zach Cousineau (Auburn H.S./Auburn) are battling for time in center field, with Justin Brenner (Rio Rico H.S./Rio Rico, Ariz.), Dunham, and Christian on track to see time in left.
Nick Marr (Moravia H.S./Moravia), Roki Mendoza Familia (George Westinghouse H.S./Brooklyn), Jared Coffey (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls), and Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) give Stevens options with quality arms on the pitching staff.
The season opens with a spring break trip to Long Island, with seven games in four days starting March 16. The Panthers are scheduled to return to Dryden with several games planned with Ithaca College JV and Utica College JV between March 21 and April 6 before beginning regional play. The Panthers open Region III action on April 7 at home against Onondaga Community College.