PLATTSBURGH — Frustration is a good word to describe the Plattsburgh State men’s baseball team’s 2013 season.
The Cardinals failed to make the conference playoffs for only the second time in Kris Doorey’s 11 years as head coach and it was one of those years where everything that could go wrong, pretty much went wrong.
“We weren’t a terrible team,” Doorey said. “We lost 11 games by two runs or less runs, including several games in the conference. Without question, it was a frustrating season for the coaches and players, and it left a bitter taste in our mouths.”
There is optimism, however, on this year’s squad and the Cardinals (14-23, 4-14) are determined to get back to the playoffs.
“We had to change the culture and change our roster,” Doorey said. “We were never able to find a way to win last season and started losing close games right from the start of the season.
“We have to get back to where we believe we can win — whether we’re behind 1-0 or 5-0 in a game. Last year is done with and this is a new season. We have more athleticism on the team this year and we literally need to take one inning at a time, even though that sounds like a cliche.”
The Cardinals, who open their 2014 season in Long Island this weekend with nonconference noon doubleheaders against St. Joseph’s on Saturday and Farmingdale State on Sunday, need to be better on offense.
Plattsburgh did not have a .300 hitter among the regulars a season ago.
“We definitely need to be able to score more runs,” Doorey said. “We have good team speed and we should be able to manufacture runs better than we did last season.
“We still have six starters returning from last season and they have last year under their belt. And we’ve added some players who we feel will help us.”