Future looks bright for Bobcats baseball
By Scott Loftis
When Berryville baseball coach David Broseus says the Bobcats are going to be young this season, he’s not kidding.
Berryville will open the season at home Monday against Bergman with nine freshmen on its 24-man roster.
“We’ve got a really strong freshman class,” Broseus said. “There’s no doubt about that. I’ve got nine of them on the roster right now, which is huge for us. I’m really super-excited about bunch in the next couple years. That jump from league ball to varsity baseball is kind of significant. But these guys, so far, from what they’ve shown in practice are definitely competing for playing time.”
Berryville won’t be starting completely from scratch after finishing last season with a 9-9 record, however.
“I’ve got four or five returning starters that I have a lot of confidence in,” Broseus said.
Senior Tyler Payne will be Berryville’s top pitcher.
“He brings a lot of experience back,” Broseus said.
Juniors Jace Walker, Tanner Rosales and Jarrett Stringer are all returning starters as well.
“We’re looking forward to getting those guys back in the groove,” Broseus said.
Seniors Austin Franklin and Scotland Lucas are members of the Berryville basketball team that played Thursday afternoon in the 2A North Regional Tournament.
“As soon as those guys come back, I look forward to getting them in the mix as soon as possible,” Broseus said. “Beyond that, we’re going to be young. We’ve got several freshmen that we expect to make a contribution.”
Among those freshmen are Aspen Linz, Jack Dignan, Dylan Higgins, Brady Smith, D.J. Colbert and Sam Gonzalez.
“You look at those 10 or 12 kids, that’s probably going to be the majority of what we see, at least early on,” Broseus said. “I like to run my schedule to where I can move a lot of guys around and kind of see how they fit together.”