With a new coach, the Mount View High School baseball team is revved up for the season and has high hopes for plenty of victories.

Even though this is coach Ty Kerr’s first year as a Mustang, he has 15 years of assistant coaching experience at Winslow High School, a perennial Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B power.

This spring, the new coach expects positive things from the ‘Stangs and a vast improvement on last year’s 2-14 record.

His goal: to win a state championship. While that may sound lofty following a two-win season just 12 months ago, Kerr believes the Mustangs should strive to be the best.

“I have always been one to put my feet to the fire and go forward and grab a group of kids, get them motivated, get them excited, then make them believe that they can do anything they want to do as long as they can put their mind to it,” he said.

“Are they going to will all 16 [regular-season] games? Probably not,” he said. “We’ll have double-digit wins, I know that, and we are going to do that basically by working hard and getting everybody to work together.”

The Mustangs include seniors Tim Alton (third base, first base, pitcher), Zach Babin (first base, pitcher), Dylan Keller (outfield, pitcher), Tyler Rednour (pitcher, shortstop, third base) and Tristan Ripley (catcher); juniors Alec Davis (third base, outfield), Markus Lowe (second base), Zach Mehuren (shortstop, pitcher) and Eric Nealley (pitcher, outfield, first base) and sophomores Jake Aitken (second base, third base, shortstop), Jalen Babin (catcher, outfield), Aaron Elkins (third base, shortstop, pitcher), Adam Higgins (outfield, first base, pitcher) and Bobby Porter (outfield, pitcher).

Many of the student-athletes were members of both the school’s stellar soccer and basketball teams this year, as well as a solid football squad. So, most know how to succeed in athletics.

Kerr wants to build his diamond team and give the players the confidence and determination to win. “I have to make them understand they have got to set their sights high,” he said. “I also have to make sure they understand that every day, every way, we get better and better.”

The coach wants to work on the the player’s fundamentals. He wants to go back to the basics and give them a strong base for their game. Part of that, for him, means utilizing his more experienced players as teachers for those who might need improvement.

“It just basically starts in the beginning,” he said. “I think a lot of these kids haven’t had these fundamentals shown to them early on in life and it’s affected some of them and some of them it hasn’t — they are just natural athletes. You have to mix the two and come up with a good team work ethic and have everybody help each other.”

Kerr wants to foster a healthy relationship within the team so the players can give their all and build on each other. So far, it is working.

He said the team’s strength is “the easy-going-ness of all the kids is starting to blend together,” he said. “Even though they are from 11 different communities they are starting to bond a bit better.”

For coach Kerr, the path to victory is simple: “What matters in the end is that we all have good attitudes, we don’t get down on each other, we play hard, we give 150 percent effort and, at the end, I think we will do just fine,” he said.

The Mustangs will open the regular season on Friday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at Waldo County rival Belfast.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.