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Mohawk Baseball

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

2013: 7-19, 1-9 MAL.

Coach: Eric Hoover

Returning letterwinners Seniors Grant Gucker (C); Eric Maskey (P/OF); Devon Fredritz (1B/3B). Sophomores Austin Shock (P/SS); Derrick Sowers (OF).

Others: Seniors Jacob Jeffrey (P/OF); Logan Hartsel (OF); Jacob McMillion (OF); Matt Miller (OF). Junior Chris Creeger (IF). Sophomores Dominic Smith (IF); Luke Gillig (IF). Freshman Austin Harper (IF).

Outlook: Hoover, like most coaches this time of year, was unable to predict much for the upcoming season, mostly because the weather hasn't been good.

But he does know one thing.

This Mohawk team will be more experienced.

"We really struggled [last season] because of lack of experience, and we won't have that as an excuse this year," Hoover said. "I like what I've seen so far, they're working hard. We'll see what happens when we get some live pitching.

Pitching wise, Hoover said the squad will be anchored by Shock.

"Austin was our No. 2 starter last year and we're looking for him to step up," Hoover said.

Shock threw 41 1/3 innings a season ago. He finished 1-5, but had a respectable 4.00 earned run average.

The coach said that Maskey also will see time on the mound, as will Jeffrey.

"Eric will definitely be getting a lot more innings," Hoover said. "A big strong kid who's learned how to let the ball go and control it. Jeffrey, he's a tall, skinny, prototypical pitcher. He has experience playing baseball, you can tell."

Maskey allowed five runs in seven innings in 2013.

The coach said improving the offense will be key.

"Last year we struggled to put hits together, we didn't have enough guys hitting .300 or more. We had a bunch of guys hitting .200 instead," Hoover said. "I hope that experience helps us at the plate."

Gucker is the Warriors' top returning hitter. He batted .329, driving in 18 runs. He also showed patience at the plate, walking 23 times.

Fredritz hit .300 a season ago, hitting six doubles, driving in 22 runs and walking 21 times.



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