COMO – Como-Pickton Eagle baseball opened the 2009 season with a home field advantage against the Whitewright Tigers Monday afternoon, Feb. 12.
“The scrimmage went well, a lot of young players got some playing time because most of our varsity kids were still in basketball. Cameron Bain and Matt Ford had strong pitching outings, and overall the pitching did well. We didn’t hit the ball as well as I would have liked, we were a bit over matched by their number one pitcher, but seemed to settle in with the last two,” said C-P Eagles head baseball coach Dustin Carr. “It was good experience, I moved kids around to give them experience in a couple of different positions and I liked the way they played hard and competed.”
Last year the baseball team was plagued with an unusually wet season causing more difficulties getting their footing in district play.
“This year we have six starters returning from last year’s team, three of which are seniors (centerfielder Spencer Boyd, pitcher/short stop Ryan Carpenter, pitcher/infielder Austin Darby) who have been on the varsity squad throughout high school. So, we have a solid core this year that should be competitive in the district,” said coach Carr. “The team will also be helped by a solid group of freshmen that have looked good thus far in practice.”
“I’m excited for the seniors; they have a good surrounding class that will help them go out on a high note. These guys have worked hard for four years and take a lot of pride in the baseball program and have a chance to set the groundwork for a successful program over the next few years,”coach said. Other upperclassmen that will be preparing to play high school Eagle baseball for their final season are seniors: first baseman Cole Boseman, left fielder Kelyn Bain, and catcher/outfielder Dylan Mowat.
“We were 4-16 last year, but played better each week and were competitive in most of the games, we just didn’t end up on the winning side. I expect us to get over that hump this year and win a few of those close games that come down to the late innings,” added coach Carr.
Others participating on the 2009 team are: Cameron Bain, Tanner Brumley, Zach Carpenter, Matt Ford, Jeff Hendricks, Brodie Ogle, Luis Rasgado, Billy Brena, Merced Ramirez, and Paxton Vail.
The Eagle varsity team will have a road game against Saltillo on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. followed by the Pittsburg tournament on Feb. 26-28. The Eagles will commence district play on Tuesday, March 3 hosting Cooper starting with JV at 4:30 p.m.
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