The last time Brian Gorski was the head coach of the Lake-Lehman baseball team, the Black Knights won Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 championships in 2007.
Gorski is back in charge this season, but the program is facing a challenging season before the Shavertown resident can have the Black Knights back to chasing titles again.
“We’re going through both a transition and a rebuilding year,” said Gorski, who spent five years as a high school coach then put in time as both a Back Mountain Little League and Back Mountain Junior Legion coach during his time away.
Lake-Lehman moved up a division within the WVC to a higher classification for District 2 and potential Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association play. The Black Knights used to play with the WVC’s smallest schools, but are now in the middle division of the three following realignment. They also jump up from Class AA to AAA, the second-largest of the PIAA’s four classifications in baseball.
The move to a more difficult schedule comes at a time when Lake-Lehman has just three returning starters – Jeff Carter, Pete Borum and Scott Bean.
“Undoubtedly, we need to start hitting the ball,” Gorski said after the Black Knights managed just one hit against Berwick Tuesday to fall to 1-4 in conference play. “We need to have multiple hits in multiple innings and to start coming up with clutch hits. We’re definitely struggling putting runners on base.”
Gorski, who teaches government and history at Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, is emphasizing fundamentals and basics with his baseball team as he always had. During the early struggles, he is seeing positives upon which the Black Knights can build.
“We are playing extraordinarily good defense and our pitching is keeping us in the game, but we are not yet getting run support,” he said.
The three veterans give Lake-Lehman players something to build around. All have had success in the past.
Carter batted .405 last season. Borum hit .335 and had a 1.31 earned run average. Bean struck out 30 in WVC play.