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The unthinkable happened to the Foran High baseball team a year ago — not making the state tournament.

Lion coach Garrett Walker believes his team, coming off a 4-16 campaign. is ready to bounce back.

“We have a pretty experienced team with four pitchers that threw varsity ball,” said Walker, who will be assisted by Bob Riordan and Justin Lawrence.

“Matt Alicki is a senior. His won-loss record didn’t show it, but he had an ERA under two.

“Adam Antonini, Dylan Bartel and T.J. Stuart are all good pitchers.

“We have ten seniors, eight juniors and a couple of sophomores pushing for time. We have good pieces and now we’re putting them in place.”

R.J. Jackson returns to play shortstop, Nick Tuozzola is a top-notch catcher, Rob Lynch is back at second base, Josh Mixie leads the outfield from his spot in left field, and Mike Bevino and Colin Firmender anchor the middle of the Lions’ batting order.

“Because Milford is a baseball town, us and Jonathan Law together, kids trying out come in with a game plan and that’s a big benefit,” Walker said.

“We are competitive at every position, and in high school baseball that is a good problem to have.”

Foran lost its opener to defending Class L champion Notre Dame-West Haven, 9-2, on April 8.

The Lions host Sheehan-Wallingford today at 3:45 at Ken Walker Field and travel to Jonathan Law on Saturday for an 11 a.m. start.

Daniel Hand-Madison comes to town on Monday at 4:15.