By Chris Parker
Cabool baseball could have a brand new look this yr with a brand new coach in Joseph Spittler and lots of gamers new to the varsity degree after the 2020 season was canceled.
“I feel it (the cancelation of the 2020 season) harm a variety of the youngsters. Most of them didn’t play summer time ball in order that they haven’t performed a recreation in a very long time,” Spittler mentioned. “Clearly it was the worst case state of affairs for final yr’s seniors. It affected me as a coach as a result of that is my first yr and I wasn’t in a position to watch the youngsters play final yr so it’s exhausting to get learn on the place we can be at beginning the season.”
“That is my first yr at Cabool so we are going to all be beginning principally from scratch. I didn’t get to look at any of them final yr as a consequence of COVID, so I’m probably not certain the place many of the children are at,” Spittler mentioned. “I do know they’re excited and wanting to get the chance to play baseball once more. Coach Samoza did an ideal job final yr of beginning to carry pleasure again to this system. His vitality and enthusiasm can be an enormous consider how our children progress all year long.”
Lots of Cabool’s baseball gamers take part in different sports activities the place Spittler has had the possibility to look at their management expertise.
“We could have a number of seniors which have proven they will tackle the management position in different sports activities this yr, so I’m hoping that carries over to baseball,” Spittler mentioned. “Quincy Flanagan can be a type of seniors. He pitches and is keen to play wherever he’s wanted. He does job of staying degree and coping with strain. Trevor Atkins needs to be one other one we are going to look to. He needs to be our primary pitcher and is a really aggressive child. Kaevin Jackson is certainly one of our gamers that continued to play all through the summer time on journey groups and performs catcher so he should step up and be certainly one of our leaders.”
Atkins and Flanagan are the one two gamers that Spittler is aware of for certain can be on the mound. Atkins posted a 2.12 ERA with two saves in 2019 with a .235 batting common and eight stolen bases. Flanagan had a 3.78 ERA with a .382 batting common in the identical season.
Jackson brings probably the most expertise at catcher the place he has began since his freshman yr and earned all-conference honors. He hit .309 in 2019.
“Kaevin has began at catcher since his freshman yr and earned SCA honorable point out as a sophomore,” Spittler mentioned. “He has devoted a variety of time to baseball during the last 4 years, and I search for him to proceed his profession into school.”
Cabool has gamers with expertise on the infield, however the positioning is a piece in progress.
“We’ve got a number of gamers who’ve performed within the infield earlier than, however nobody is locked in to a place but,” Spittler mentioned. “Braxton Davis (junior) has performed since he was a freshman and is among the hardest working children I’ve seen. Trevor Akins (senior) and Quincy Flanagan (senior) will slot in someplace when they aren’t pitching. Among the different gamers who will compete for a spot can be Will Johnson (senior), Eddie Swislowski (junior), Caleb Graven (sophomore).”
4 seniors can be within the combine within the outfield.
“Logan Primanzon (senior) can be our chief within the outfield. He’ll probably be our heart fielder. He’s certainly one of, if not, our quickest gamers. Eli Garner (senior) began within the outfield in 2019, and he can be within the combine as effectively. A number of different gamers will compete for enjoying time on the different spot. Dakota Shwenk (senior) and Payton Byerly (senior) are two of those who I count on to guide that competitors,” Spittler mentioned.
Cabool brings athleticism all around the subject, however might want to work on baseball-specific expertise all through the season.
“I feel so removed from what I’ve seen the most important energy now we have is simply total athleticism. We’ve got a variety of good athletes out who’re fairly good at no matter sport they play. We simply have to get them again within the groove of taking part in baseball,” Spittler mentioned. “I feel there can be room for enchancment in each space. The youngsters haven’t performed baseball in so lengthy I feel a variety of our pre-season can be engaged on fundamentals and coping with the psychological facets of the sport.”
Cabool opens the season on Mar. 19 at Gainesville.
“I count on us to play exhausting and have enjoyable doing it,” Spittler mentioned. “I actually don’t know what to anticipate from this group so far as wins and losses. There’s a variety of expertise, however it’s been awhile since they’ve picked up a baseball so we are going to simply need to work all year long and hopefully be hitting our stride as districts begin.”