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|Monterey baseball counting on experience|
Monterey High's baseball team has only two seniors on the team. But the Wolves return a lot of experience.
"Being young is not an excuse any more," said Monterey baseball coach Eric Richard. "A lot of our guys have played two or three years. We should be very competitive. We've got as deep a pitching rotation as we have had since I have been here and our lineup is very deep. It's just a matter of being able to get on the field now."
Richard led Monterey to a 7-14 mark and 3-7 in rugged District 6B last season.
The Wolves fell to Simpson 11-3 in the first round of the playoffs.
Monterey lost four games by one run.
The Wolves also started the season without shortstop Dillon Smith, who batted .438 last season as an eighth-grader.
But a dislocated finger and broken hand suffered in basketball forced Smith to miss the first three games.
Frye finished the season hitting .344.
"Dillon has led us in hitting two years," Richard said. "Usually, as well as he does is how well we do offensively."
Hunter Frye returns on the mound as the Wolf ace.
Frye was 5-6 on the mound with a 4.59 earned run average. He also hit .339 and had the Wolves' only home run of the season.
Sophomores Ashton Holland and Hayden Cassell will also see time on the mound, as well as freshmen Cade Passman and Kyle Lipsey.
Holland, who hit .315 last year, will also be catching.
Cassels hit .356 with three doubles, while Holland finished with a .315 batting average.
Junior Elliot Britt will be at second base, while Junior Jeffrey Spann will be in centerfield.
Senior Brett Wright will also be in the outfield, while senior Matthew Humphries and sophomore Trey Book will be utility players.
"I feel like we're going to be very competitive, but the question is if we are going to be focused and disciplined enough to do the small things well," Richard said.
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