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|Monterey baseball looking to get on field|
It's been tough enough for parish baseball teams to get on the field.
It's even tougher when your baseball coach is also your boys basketball coach getting ready for the Class B playoffs.
"It's been a challenge," said Monterey baseball coach Eric Richard. "A lot of our practice and getting ready for the season has been playing in the jamborees this past weekend. But a lot of teams are in that same boat with the way the weather has been."
Monterey lost to Bethany Christian last year in the first round of the playoffs.
"We're going to be a lot like last year in that we are going to get better as the season goes along," Richard said. "We've got a number of seniors, but we're still young.
Monterey's pitching staff includes freshman Hunter Fry, junior Tyler Trant, senior Ross Lipsey and junior Nick Blake.
Lipsey led the Wolves with a .396 batting average and had a home run. He also led Monterey with 14 RBIs.
Fry, junior Jacob Evans and senior Jorge Gonzalez will see time behind the plate.
"We've got a lot of competition for every position," Richard said.
Trant and seniors James Davis and Aaron Adair will be at first base.
Freshman Elliot Britt will be at second base. Lipsey and eighth-grader Dylan Smith will hold shortstop, while Blake and eighth-grader Ashton Holland will be at third.
The outfield consists of seniors Andrew Harp and Chance Cooper and freshman Jeffrey Spann.
Monterey has been moved from District 3B to 6B.
"It's going to be like basketball where there is Rapides and everybody else," Richard said. "In baseball, it's Oak Hill and everybody else. We should be competitive in district. We're looking forward to getting the season started."
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