Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks….that’s right, baseball season is upon us and Coach Al Butler and his Bryan County Redskin hardballers are ready to feel those pre-game jitters. Coach Butler is hoping to better last year's 13-14 record, but knows it will be a challenge. "The potential is there, it’s just a matter of how hard these guys want to work to get there," said Butler.
With no seniors on this year's team and five of the top six from last year's batting order gone, Butler will be watching to see who is going to step up and provide some offensive power from this year's young squad. Key returning starters this year are centerfielder, Kurt Shuman, whose strong bat will be relied upon heavily to jumpstart the Redskin offense. Justin Covington will see time on the mound, third base, and catcher. Chad Klopp will also take the mound at times and play shortstop and third base as needed. Tyler Moody will help roam the outfield and get some time at second base. Pitching some and also manning first base will be Justin Pruitt. Mr. Utility will be Bryce Mingledorff, who can play many positions. He will be in the pitching rotation along with spending some time behind the plate. The only starting freshmen on the team will be found at second base, as Garrett Riggerman will be part of the double play duo in the infield.
Defensively, last years’ squad averaged over two errors a game, so the goal this year, according to Coach Butler, will be two errors or less per game. "We have to minimize our mistakes this year and make some big plays in order for us to better last years record," said Butler.
The main hurlers for the Redskins this year will be pitchers, Justin Covington, Bryce Mingledorff, and Chad Klopp. The Redskins baseball season got underway on February 25th, as they traveled to Thunderbolt to take on the 3-AAAAA squad from Johnson High School. Notes from that game will be coming soon.