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First-year Huntington head baseball coach Matt Mason finds himself in a rebuilding situation with the Hound baseball team after Huntington graduated 12 players from last year's team.
But it's something the former Trinity Episcopal head baseball coach is accustomed to doing.
"It seems like everywhere I go it's a situation of starting over," Mason said. "We've got a really young group. But I like that. The kids haven't developed any bad habits. And I really like the attitude of these kids."
There are a number of positions open and with only two seniors, Mason will be moving around players early in the season.
"I'm not one who likes to juggle the lineup, so we'll use the early games to try and get everyone in position," he said.
Mason will be relying on senior Jess Dossett as his No. 1 pitcher.
"Jess has a live arm and he is working hard to develop a good change-up," Mason said.
Junior Hunter Knapp will see time on the mound, along with a number of underclassmen.
"Some young guys are going to have to give us some quality innings," Mason said.
Knapp will also see time behind the plate catching, along with sophomore Matthew Humphries and freshman Brandon Warsaw.
Dossett, freshman Joseph Bonnette and sophomore Holden Hill will hold down the middle of the infield, while Warsaw and sophomore Caleb Gillespie will see time at third base and freshman Jarred Hedrick will be at first base.
Warsaw, freshman Jon-Michael Cowan and sophomore Blaine Fletcher will be in the outfield.
"The guys who are not playing in the infield will be moved to the outfield," Mason said.
Mason said the winter weather has hindered practice sessions.
"We've been doing a lot of drills and going over signs and signals," Mason said. "The only good thing about the rain and cold weather is that we are getting the tedious stuff out of the way. But we do need to get outside and work on hitting and groundballs."
Mason said preseason tournaments at ACCS and Amite School Center will give the team needed live action.
"The first weeks of the season will see some good battles for spots," Mason said. "The competition is good for the team. We just need to go out, play well and get some confidence in what we are doing. I think we can battle for the district title, but our main goal is to make the playoffs."
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