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Old Fort Baseball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Gary Wilson, first season

2013: 6-13, 4-6 MAL

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Brad Heilman (3B/P), Maison Steyer (OF/P), Rob Root (OF/C). Juniors Jake Wilson (IF/P), Brandon Tittle (IF/P). Sophomore Marc Harris (OF).

Others: Senior Jordan Bryon (C/OF). Junior Jeremiah Miller (OF). Sophomore Kaleb Lance (1B). Freshmen Jacob Hammond (OF/P), Mason Meza (1B/3B), Josh Kaltenbach (OF/C), Noah Henry (OF/2B), Jacob Clark (C/IF).

Outlook: Old Fort loses its ace from last year but brings back a pair of hurlers who logged 42 innings last year.

As the pitching goes, so go the Stockaders said new coach, Wilson.

"With our strong pitching, that's going to carry us," Wilson said.

Jake Wilson and Tittle will be the main cogs in the rotations for Old Fort. Heilman and Steyer will also log some innings for the Stockaders.

But the coach said the fundamentals will be just as important.

"A lot of tight games last year slipped away from us, and that's why we're focusing on fundamentals and baseball situations so we can try to pull some of those out this year," coach Wilson said.

Jake Wilson will play shortstop when he's not pitching and Tittle will be the other half of the double play combination.

At third will be Old Fort's top hitter from last year: Heilman, who hit .370. Rounding out the infield will be some combination of Lance or Meza at first base.

Behind the dish will be Bryon.

The outfield will be Harris in left and Steyer in center with right field still up for grabs.

Also up for grabs is the final Midland Athletic League baseball crown.

"I'm thinking Seneca East is going to be pretty strong. Hopewell-Loudon always has a lot of talent. Calvert was young last year and they could be a decent team," coach Wilson said. "As far as us, we're shooting for the best. We're coming into the season with high goals and we want to have a chance to win the league.

"If we focus on the fundamentals, that can carry us through the season," he said.



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