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Wildcats begin baseball practices

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    A total of 18 varsity players took to the baseball diamond Friday under cool, overcast conditions in preparation for the upcoming Wildcat baseball season.

    “Our first practice was a good one. We were able to work on all aspects of the game,” said Jerrod Hammack, Sulphur Springs head baseball coach. “We spent the first hour on defense and the last hour on hitting and base running.”
    The players turning out are a mixture of returning players along with some promoted from sub-varsity teams.
    Drills were held in groups of infielders and outfielders. Assistant coaches Trent Ledkins, Josh Riley and Bruce Silman helped divide the team into small groups at practice.
    Hammack did not discuss personnel individually, but did say they were waiting to see how much of a contribution they will get from Blake Doughtie and Larry Pryor.
    Doughtie suffered a knee injury during the football season. Larry Pryor is undergoing treatment for a high ankle sprain.
    Returning starters are Cole Hill, Cabo Sanvig, Jordan Jackson, Jenner Jackson, Kason Matthews and Pryor.
    “Pryor is a returning starter, we hope he is able to play. Doughtie will help us when he is cleared for practice. We are still working on getting the team ready,” Hammack said. “We also will be putting together a pitching rotation. We feel like we a good staff.”
    The team also practiced late Saturday in the indoor facility.
    Hammack added, “I look forward to seeing the junior varsity and freshmen Monday.”




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