Cougar coach has positive expectations for season
Rector Cougar baseball Coach Nathan Henderson hopefully looks to the upcoming season with positive expectations, hoping that returning experience will prove a boon to his team this year.
He said, "We have six returning starters. These guys know what it takes to win. Class wise we have seven seniors, very few juniors, lots of sophomores and four freshmen, a good mixture of talent.
"Our number one pitcher will be Derek Carter. He is 11-2 in his pitching career at Rector High School. Other pitchers include sophomores Derrick Parrish and Nathan Wyatt and senior Ryan Carpenter.
"Our defense is pretty solid. Our usual outfield will be junior Aaron Parsley in left field, freshman Jake Holcomb in centerfield and senior Anthony Bullinger and sophomore Jay Beacham in right field.
"Sophomore Bryce Conley will handle first base. Parrish will be the main second baseman. Carter or Wyatt will play shortstop and Carter or Carpenter will be our third baseman. Senior Brandon Blount and Parsley and Parrish will be our catcher.
"We believe we have some good hitters. Carter is a good RBI man. Blount had good power. Wyatt and Parrish are good at putting the ball in play. If these two guys get on base we will score. Parsley is our five-hole hitter. Brian Arnold also could be a good hitter. He is scheduled to have knee surgery next Thursday. We will use him as we can."
Coach Henderson also mentioned some of his substitutes. He said, "Sophomore Matt Hale, senior Bryan Baker and senior Marcus Keller could be a plus for the team."
Regarding the conference race he said, "It's stacked pretty even from top to bottom. There are no cupcakes. BIC will probably be the favorite. I also expect Bay and Walnut Ridge to be tough. I believe we could finish some where close to the top. We just need to show up ready to play."