Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Don’t use the word “rebuilding.”
Cane Bay baseball coach Shane Todd prefers to say the Cobras are going through a transition as the 2013 high school season dawns.
“We lost a lot of big game experience from our back-to-back region championship teams but we are excited that we have an experienced group of young men ready to step up and lead this team after waiting for their opportunity,” Todd said. “There is stiff competition for a number of positions and they will be pushed everyday to improve in order to keep their spot. The new lineup and the move to a very competitive AAAA region will provide a strong challenge for this team.”
The Cobras have to replace six seniors from last season, including a number of four-year starters, when they went 19-7 and played for a district title.
This year’s team will have quality depth on the mound.
Florence-Darlington Tech signee Austin Timm will anchor the pitching staff as the Cobras’ No. 1 starter. Three lefties fall in behind Timm in senior Taylor Corliss, junior Cody Maw and freshman Tanner Coleman.
The bullpen will be deep too. Right-handed senior Justin Shelton, who has also had some quality starts the last couple of seasons, heads that group. He was 5-1 as a starter in 2012.
Juniors B.J. Thompson, Trey Burdette and Brandon Kuhn are also right-handers.
In the field, Timm (catcher), Shelton (OF), senior Davon Higgins (OF), senior Blaine Peck (OF) and senior Cody Blewer (2B) are returning starters.
Brian Coleman is set to play first base and Thompson is on the other corner. Junior Jacob Page will play shortstop and bat in the leadoff spot.
Seniors Bobby Downey and Mike Morris will likely see time on the corners depending on who is pitching and may also provide help at the DH position.
Junior Christian Dutton (C/2B) and freshman Cameron Rozal (C) provide depth, along with sophomore corner infielders Bryce Singletary and Chris Hitchman.
In addition to the three returning outfielders, Burdette, Maw, and Kuhn will provide depth out there during the season.
“We must capitalize on the other team’s mistakes,” Todd said. “We must use our athleticism to create scoring opportunities, remain consistent on the mound and be fundamentally sound on defense.
“With continued hard work and effort this team has the ability to continue building this program into a consistent winner.”
Which is why Todd doesn’t want to use the word “rebuilding.”