BASEBALL - Bryan Donohue tries to keep Saints' winning tradition alive
New head coach Brian Donohue, who was an all-star baseball player for both Barlow High School and Mt. Hood Community College, looks to continue the winning tradition of the Saints in his first year on the job.
'We're looking good. We've got a lot of really solid players all the way around,' Donohue said. 'Every year we're looked upon as the team to beat in league. We always have a target on our backs.'
The Saints' number one strength lies with their offensive prowess.
Their batting order is stacked with players such as Dylan Jones, the Metro League Player of the Year last year at Aloha High School and Brett Davis, a sophomore from Clackamas High School who has signed to play for the University of Oregon next season.
'Offensively we're outstanding,' Donohue said. 'We do a good job with situational hitting and timely hitting, such as getting runs with two outs. We have a very good hitting lineup.'
The team may need plenty of production, as they are relying on a batch of young pitchers this spring.
'Our pitching has been kind of banged up,' Donohue said. 'But we're getting our pitchers healthy again.'
Jerad Thompson, a sophomore from Eugene, leads the pitching staff and is the 'go-to guy to win a tough ballgame' according to Donohue. Jake Fenwick from Sandy and Chris Hibler from Gresham will get some time on the mound as well.
The Saints are trying to find their stride early this season, going just 4-8 in preseason games.