Bobcats counting on senior leaders
Perseverance. That is what Berryville Baseball Coach David Broseus will be preaching to the Bobcats this year.
"Baseball season is a grind," Broseus said. "We just are going to have to play within ourselves to the best of our abilities. Good times and bad times both."
The Bobcats start the year with six seniors, including Tate Ferguson. Broseus said Ferguson will be asked to do a little bit of everything this year.
"He will be our number one pitcher, and with his athletic ability we have the flexibility to move him pretty much anywhere on the field," Broseus said. "He will play infield, catch for us a little bit and pretty much be everywhere."
Broseus feels confident about how well his seniors have been leading the team early on this season.
"The kids this year have been working extremely hard," Broseus said. "We've got a couple of seniors returning who haven't played in a year, Jacob Albert and Kraig Kendrick, but they are stepping up thus far."
Justin King, Zach Gustavus and Austin Howerton are also seniors. A few juniors that Broseus expects to step up include outfielder Kendall Bryant and infielder Seth Hemlinger.
"Those guys both play good defense and offensively, hopefully he (Hemlinger) picks up where he did last year," Broseus said. "I believe he was the teams leading hitter last year."
The Bobcats start the year with 14 freshman and sophomores.
"We are looking for some of our younger guys to step up," Broseus said. "I feel like we have a good sophomore class with guys like Thomas Trowbridge, Robby Broseus, Davis Stone and Cody Hubbard. We also have some freshman in Chay Meyers, Austin Woods and Garret Mitchusson who I think will have an impact on this year's team."
Broseus said the off-season workouts were a success and the Bobcats can't wait to take the field this week.
"We need the work from the past few months to carry over into the games," Broseus said. "If it does, we will have a successful season."