Plainfield baseball coach pleased with early season play

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Apr. 29, 2013
Plainfield's Chase Hyland tries to tag out an East Lyme's Hunter Waido at the plate. Photo by Denise Coffey.
Plainfield's Chase Hyland tries to tag out an East Lyme's Hunter Waido at the plate. Photo by Denise Coffey.

A loss to East Lyme on April 25 was disappointing, but it didn't change Plainfield baseball coach Jason Chaviaras' mind about his young team. He's happy with their 7-3 record and with the way the team is playing early in the season.

“Our defense is making plays and that's giving our pitchers confidence to throw strikes,” he said. “They have the confidence that their defense will make plays behind them.”

The Panthers are using a four pitcher rotation. Senior Mike Esposito is doing yeoman's work for the Panthers. His record is 3-2. “He pitches a lot of innings and a lot of tough games for us,” Chaviaras said. When Esposito isn't pitching he covers first base, switching off with Junior Ryan Pambuku.

Pambuku plays multiple positions including pitcher, outfielder, and first base. “He's a real valuable player because he can play wherever we need him,” said Chaviaras. Jordan Federer and Noel Beaver round out the pitching staff. Steve Jankowski and Jason Biesedicki have also been called on to help out with relief.

Most of the Panthers are able to cover positions as needed, said Chaviaras. “You have to have lots of players you can interchange because we're a small school,” he said. “We only have 13 players. Guys have to play multiple positions.”

Plainfield lost senior Morris Csubak to a season ending injury. The outfielder and team leader will be missed, but Chaviaras expects senior Colby Cyrus to take up the leadership slack. The third baseman is one of three seniors anchoring the infield. “He plays a tough position well,” Chaviaras said, “And he's one of our best hitters.”

Catcher Chase Hyland has already thrown out eight runners trying to steal second base and second baseman Harold Cedano is hitting the ball well and playing tough defense. Junior Garret Griffin plugs the hole at short stop and is the leading hitter for Plainfield.

Steve Jankowski covers a lot of ground in center field and has provided crucial offense when called upon. “When we need him to get an RBI, he gets an RBI,” Chaviaras said. “He can bunt, hit and run and he's fast.”

“We've done a lot of good things, but it's early in the season,” Chaviaras said. “I'd like to see the team continue to focus and be ready for every game. It's a long season. You play three games a week and you practice, travel. Sometimes its hard to keep your focus. But the kids are working hard. We have a long ways to go, but I'm very happy with the way they're playing right now.”

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