Mohawks to field skilled, talented 2003 baseball team

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

PIGGOTT Finishing last year's season with an overall record of 8-12, the Piggott Mohawk baseball team hopes to put more notches in the win column in the 2003 season and with a skilled and talented group of young athletes, head coach Brock Swann believes his boys of spring can do just that.

"We're very young," coach Swann said recently prior to a preseason practice. "But we're talented. Talent and skill-wise this is one of the best teams I've fielded in several years."

Swann said the team lacks playing time and game experience, but motivation and the eagerness to play should overcome that downfall.

"The guys I have this year are very talented and they love the game they want to play they want to win," he said. "This is going to be a very fun team to coach."

With the loss of graduated seniors such as James Fry and John Midkiff, the 2003 version of the PHS team sees only two seniors returning to the roster. Only four players on the team have game experience.

Said Swann, "We only have four uperclassmen who have had any real game experience; Jonathan Bricker, Joe Blascoe, James Cox and Trey Rigdon. We're going to have to rely on their leadership to help the younger players on the team."

Swann said he expects tough district competition from Pocahontas and Highland.

"They are always tough," he said. "Other than those two teams, I think the conference is pretty well evenly matched."

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