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baseball-stockThe Monarchs enter 2017 after coming up a win shy of a district title last season.

Veteran baseball coach Ryan Grabetz has taken over the Cabrini program this season and he expects his new team to be right back in the thick of things this spring.

Peyton Harding will start behind the plate for the fourth consecutive season for Cabrini. Last season, Harding hit .353 with 41 hits on the year and drove in 29 runs. His ability to get on base was also highlighted by the 22 walks he drew in 2016.

Fellow senior Colin Oleary will likely spend much of the season 60 feet and six inches away from Harding as the premier pitcher for the Monarchs.

Siena Heights signee Andrew Werth will hold down the left side of the infield at shortstop in his senior season.

Other returning players that could make a splash this spring include seniors Tommy Maloney, Andrew Scram, Ian Regner, Matt Hecmanczuk will battle for starting time in the infield.

Newcomers include sophomore Nico Maloney (OF/P) and juniors Camden Brzys (INF) and Matt Bzura (OF).

With ten seniors, the Monarchs are one of the more experienced teams in their league.

“We have a senior filled team that is hungry to compete,” Grabetz said. “We play in a tough league, but our goal is to win the league and make a run in the state playoffs.”

Cabrini was scheduled to open its season against Riverview with a doubleheader on March 25.