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|Monterey leads baseball team|
Monterey head coach Eric Richard grew up around Wolf senior Matthew Humphries most of his life, but never got to coach Humphries until this season.
Richard and Humphries are both from Jonesville. Humphries attended Huntington School as a freshman and sophomore, but attended Monterey as a junior when Huntington shut down. He was not eligible to play last year, but become eligible this season.
Did he ever.
Humphries hit .455, collecting 31 hits in 68 at-bats. He also had the lone home run for the Monterey team.
Matthew was a pleasant surprise," Richard said. "I really didn't know how he was going to fit in the mix, but it was hard to keep him out of the lineup. He's always been a good athlete and he did a good job for us behind the plate. Ashton Holland had some shoulder problems and Matthew stepped in and did a real good job. He was our most consistent hitter."
Humphries said it was tough sitting out last season.
"It was tough watching," he said. "And I think it hurt me. I believe I could have had a better year if I could have played last year. I hit the ball much better in ninth grade. I felt I had a good year, but it was tough getting used to everything again. And it was a different kind of environment."
Humphries said he has been friends with most of his teammates at Monterey a long time, but never played sports with them.
"I was always friends with a lot of the guys," he said. "I enjoyed playing there this year. I like playing catcher because it gives you some control and I like being a leader."
As for his impressive average?
"I practice hitting the ball every day," he said. "I'm able to see the all coming off the pitcher's hand well, and that helps me a lot."
Monterey fell to Stanley 4-3 in a Class B first round playoff game in Stanley. The Wolves entered the playoffs as the No. 20 ranked tea, while Stanley is No. 13.
Monterey finished the season at 13-9.
"It's the first winning season we had since I have been here," said Richard, who took over for the late Hank Zizzi in 2008. "I thought we had a good year. I was a little disappointed because I thought we would get over that first round hump. But I'm not totally disappointed. We improved this year. We just couldn't get the timely hit we needed at times. I believe we'll be even more successful over the next three or four years. The pieces are in place."
The pitching staff consists of Monterey junior Hunter Frey, Vidalia senior Lane Strong, Vidalia senior Corey Williams and Monterey sophomore Hayden Cassels.
Frey was 4-3 on the mound with a 5.34 earned run average, facing the Wolves' toughest and larger competition.
Cassels was 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA. He struck out 42 batters and walked 13. Cassels also batted .397 with six doubles.
Strong was 3-3 with a 3.77 earned run average. Williams was 2-5, but posted a 4.22 ERA, leading the team with 42 strikeouts. He also hit .312.
Other members of the Vikings on the team are senior Jamale Davis, senior Devin Barnes, sophomore Josh Foucher, senior Nate Bozeman and junior Roper Craft.
Monterey is also represented by sophomore shortstop Dillon Smth, senior Brett Wright, junior Elliot Britt and junior Jeffrey Spann
Davis hit .405, scoring 34 runs while stealing 24 bases.
Barnes hit .338 with two home runs, scoring 20 runs.
Bozeman batted .423, scoring 33 runs while hitting a home run.
Craft batted .408 with 29 runs, 23 RBIs. Craft also hit two grand slams.
Foucher batted .369, scoring 22 runs.
Smith hit .369, scoring 29 runs.
Wright hit .333 for the Wolves.
Britt batted .366, while Spann hit .327.
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