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New Riegel Baseball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Gregg Hughes.

2013: 15-11, 8-2 MAL.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Jake Dryfuse (IF/OF/P); Aaron Reinhart (1B/OF); Fred Clark (IF/P). Juniors Blaine Hughes (SS/P); Aaron Acree (C/OF/P); Jared Coleman (IF/OF). Sophomores Austin Mathias (IF/P); John Zoeller (C).

Others: Senior Floyd Bouillon (2B/OF). Sophomore Tyler Halcomb (3B/2B). Freshmen Alex Theis (P/OF); Michael Kirian (P/1B); Brian Hughes (INF/OF); Shane Halcomb (INF/P); Brandon Arbogast (INF); Lucas Williams (OF).

Outlook: Hughes is a new coach in name only.

He's been an assistant at New Riegel for the past six seasons, and took over a team that was one of the best in the MAL.

Of course, the Blue Jackets have had to endure some losses from a season ago, most notably all-MAL selections Andrew Hohman, Brady Hall, Brandyn Reinhart and Josh Nye.

Hohman, a shortstop, may be the biggest loss, since he hit .430 and swiped 25 bases a year ago.

"Graduation took some very important, key players from our roster, but we have a group of underclassmen that are already one-or-two year letterwinners," Hughes said. "With this base, we have some talented young players that will fit into our program nicely."

The Blue Jackets return three seniors, including Jake Dryfuse, who hit .343 and drove in 18 runs last year. Junior Blaine Hughes, an honorable mention MAL selection, went 5-3 on the mound with a 3.44 earned run average,

"We have a strong base of letterwinners to build upon," Hughes said. "Look for Jake Dryfuse to be our leader this year after missing a major part of last year with an injury."

Offensively, Hughes said the Blue Jackets show potential.

"The underclassmen show great promise," Hughes said. "We will look to put the ball in play and move the runners every inning."



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