Tigers excited to start 2015 baseball season
The Green Forest Tigers baseball team is looking to bounce back from an 8-10 season last year.
Having 19 players on the roster to start the 2015 season will help.
"I haven't had this many guys come out in a long time," Green Forest Coach Tony Coffey said. "Of those 19, six of them are seniors, too."
All six seniors will start for Coffey. Caleb Lucas, Brandon Hogan, Hastin Writer, Dustin McCreary and Jackson Carlton were all a part of last year's team.
"My sixth, Riley Walker, he is walking on as a senior this year, but he played a lot when he was younger," Coffey said. "That's why he will probably be starting at first base for me. My son Dalton played that for four years and became an-all stater, so that will be a tough position for us to fill."
Coffey also has an abundance of pitchers to choose from this year.
"I have three left-handed pitchers and I've got at least three or four right-handers as well," Coffey said. "So I've got six or seven kids that I'm not scared to put out on the mound and throw."
Coffey has one he feels more confident in than the rest.
"My ace will be Hastin Writer," Coffey said. "He is the one I will have to start on the mound on the very first game. He has always wanted to go play ball in college and he has the ability. He is left-handed, his ball is moving a lot and I don't know what it is, but it is hard to hit a left-hander."
While the Tigers have senior leadership, Coffey is putting a lot of confidence in Tyler Swofford this year.
"I am starting a sophomore at catcher this year," Coffey said. "But so far he has done all we have asked of him and I feel good about it."
The Tigers are set to open the season Saturday in the Carroll County Tournament.