Crimson Tide said goodbye to 10 seniors from last year's team but five starters return in 2014
Glencoe baseball coach Tim Stewart has the unenviable task of replacing 10 seniors off last years team, but that doesnt mean the Crimson Tide will lack talent when they take the field this spring.
Back for their final season of high school baseball are seniors Kyle Campbell, Trevor Williams, Joey Haynes and Reed Cuddigan, all contributors a year ago, plus junior Kevin Coronado, another starter from last years team.
We graduated 10 seniors, many of which were starters, Stewart said. I think we rebounded pretty well over the summer. We had some young guys step up, and I feel pretty comfortable with where we are.
Haynes was a second team all-league selection last season as an outfielder, but he will move to the infield this year as a pitcher and third baseman, and he will also likely bat cleanup for the Tide, providing a big bat in the middle of the lineup.
Campbell is a four-year varsity player who has battled injuries during his career. After starting at third base as a freshman, Campbell has moved over to shortstop and is also Glencoes best starting pitcher, but he has also torn the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder three times.
Stewart said the injury doesnt bother Campbell when he pitches or plays in the field, but it has significantly hampered his swing.
Kyle will probably be our No. 1 pitcher barring injury, Stewart said. Hes one of the better athletes weve had come through this program. Well figure the situation out.
Williams is a first baseman and pitcher who is also coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum. He was Glencoes designated hitter last year, and will be asked to bat in the middle of the lineup again this year.
Cuddigan is a three-year varsity player who was Stewarts top option out of the bullpen last year, and he will likely fill that role again. Coronado earned a starting spot last year as a sophomore, and this season he will play shortstop or second base.
Two sophomores who emerged during the summer season are Gabe Garrison, a catcher, and Jacob Vice, an outfielder and relief pitcher. Garrison will be waylayed for part of the season after a non-baseball related shoulder injury, while Vice could see some time in the outfield.
The arm issues are a big deal, Stewart admitted. It definitely gets us all over the place. Were just trying to function and find the best place for everybody to play.
Early in the year especially with a young group its kind of a game-by-game deal. Were just trying to play good baseball day in and day out.