After finishing 3-3 in the fall and returning seven starters back from last year’s team, it’s easy to see why the outlook is positive for the Bunceton Dragons baseball team.
With 10 players suited out for the 2013 season, all of which are returning letterwinners, head coach Yancy Cody said this year’s team is senior heavy with a lot of experience.
“I feel we have been making improvements on our team the past two years,” Cody said.
Cody also feels like teams are pretty well matched up in the CCAA conference this spring. In the CCAA Tournament last fall, Pilot Grove finished first, followed by Prairie Home, Bunceton and Jamestown.
“Pilot Grove is one but after them I feel that all the teams are pretty well matched up and that any game can go any way,” Cody said. “I feel like we will have a solid fielding team, and I think our speed and maturity level will be a strength. However with only 10 players on the team, we don’t have a lot of depth.”
Like many teams this spring, the Dragons have yet to play a game due to inclement weather. But with seven starters back from last year, Cody feels the Dragons will be competitive with Kyle Held, Kyler Tucker, Andrew Pritchett and Ashton Campbell each getting time on the mound this year.
Will Twenter, meanwhile, will get the starting nod at catcher. Cody said Twenter is solid behind the plate and uses the whole field and is quick on the bases.
Senior Jacob Clevenger will play at first after leading the team in batting average and second in slugging percentage. Pritchett will switch between second and pitching. Cody said Pritchett has great speed, solid at the plate and will be the No. 3 pitcher on the mound with great velocity on his fastball.
As for the left side of the infield, Tucker and held will switch off at shortstop. Cody said while Held will be the starting pitcher and lead-off hitter for the Dragons, Tucker returns after leading the team in slugging percentage.
Ashton Campbell also returns at third base for Bunceton. With a good on-base percentage and good clutch hitter, Cody said Campbell also has a lot of movement on the ball when on the mound.
In the outfield, Cody will look to Darrell Davis in center, Will Armstrong in right and Damion Amidon in left. Cody said Davis has great improvement at the plate. “Darrell bats left-handed but he is good at putting the ball in play,” Davis said. “As for Armstrong, he has a good eye at drawing walks but has also shown improvement at the plate. Amidon, meanwhile, puts the ball in play and does a good job moving runners around the bases.”