McCleary knows the Comets would have been a contender for the county title, but he still has high hopes for his young squad that includes one senior, three juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen.
Senior Callie McCleary (OF) is a four-year starter and the coach's daughter.
She will also be a co-captain with junior Amber Lally (2B).
McCleary batted .376 last year and in four seasons on varsity she has pitched, played shortstop and outfield.
Her dad has coached her for several years and he knows senior day could be an emotional one, but for now he's hoping she can help him mold some of the younger talent into a finely-tuned machine.
Although her first scrimmage game was cut short because of rain and snow showers on Saturday, March 19, McCleary was impressed.
"She has a really good curve ball. She struggled with her drop on Saturday, but she has a pretty decent drop," he said. "Right now, it's just being able to throw the ball to a location, hitting her spots. That's what she needs to work on."
Kreis throws right-handed and bats left-handed and she made a big first impression in her first two at bats in the scrimmage against Bishop McNamara when she hit a one-hopper over the fence in left-center and lined another single to left.
"She is going to be a very good ball player. She works hard off the field and she has for a long time," McCleary said.
The other freshmen includes Raynor Reinhardt (1B/OF), Katrina Bucher (C/OF), Kelsey Jones (OF/UT), Brooke Mariner (UT), Caitlin McCormick (OF/2B) and Rachel Phillips (C/UT).