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April 5, 2013

BASEBALL SEASON PREVIEW: New Jeff coach Ellis familiar with current Red Devils

Coach a stabilizing force for Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE — REST OF THE AREA TEAMS

CHARLESTOWN


Coach Ricky Romans will rely on senior Tyler Willinger (CF/P) and juniors Daniel Sprinkle (C) and Jordan Hensley-Cole (2B) for leadership this season, as the Pirates try to follow up last year’s 20-10 campaign. Three sophomores are expected to play key roles for Charlestown in pitcher and third baseman Drew Reich and utility players Ryan Jones and Colin Martin.

“We should be very competitive,” Romans said. “We return some key components. We’ve got some work to do, but we should be competitive in the [Mid-Southern] conference and sectional.”

The Pirates are excited that they are playing home games on their new on-campus field this year after competing at Charlestown Little League for the last few seasons.

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

After not fielding a team last year, the Warriors are back in the varsity ranks this season. But Christian Academy might find its return to the varsity level rough as it has lots of freshmen and sophomores. The Warriors’ coach is Zach Prichard.

“This season is all about rebuilding our program and development for the coming years,” said Christian Academy assistant coach Danny Castleman, who mentioned CAI has built a solid middle-school program. “Although we have fielded a high school team this season, we are mostly freshmen and a few sophomores so we are an extremely young team.”

CLARKSVILLE

The Generals (12-16 last year) have some experience with four seniors and one junior. The seniors are catcher Nathaniel Jones, pitcher and infielder Zach Mikel, pitcher and infielder Brandon Hardin and center fielder Alec Hauber. Junior Will Copas (IF/P) also should contribute to the Clarksville cause.

Coach Chris Kane expects production from sophomores Wyatt Kissel (P/IF) and Nick Jones (CF).

“We’ve got some guys who’ve played a lot, but we are inexperienced in some positions,” Kane said.

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