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Spring Sports Preview: Baseball

Team looks to improve on last season’s winning record
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Scott Hoskins
Colton Lovelace pitches in the Coyotes’ fall scrimmage.

After finishing last season with a 16-11 record, this year’s Coyote baseball squad looks to capitalize on experience and pitching to try to break Rossview’s and Clarksville’s recent hold on District 13, Region 7.

First-year head coach Clint Magnuson inherits three pitchers who saw significant time last season in Colton Lovelace, Braden Canaan, and Andres Garcia-Ortiz. 

Although this is Magnuson’s first time at the helm, he has been an assistant coach in the program for two years and has seen the growth of the program from a 4-win program a few years ago to last year’s winning slate.

“The strength of the team is our pitching and team speed,” Magnuson said. “We have a lot of guys that can steal bases.” However, he sees hitting and situational awareness as things the team needs to work on. 

Lovelace sees the Coyotes’ defense and the team’s competitiveness as strengths. On top of that, “we have really experienced coaches,” he said. Lovelace was named All-District last year and has set that as his personal goal. He knows what he’d like to improve: “I want to work on my attitude toward failure.”

The team returns seven starters from a year ago, including senior leaders Lovelace and Canaan along with juniors Garcia-Ortiz and outfielder and pitcher Nathan Lucas. Magnuson views two freshmen as being able to make a contribution this year in Leo Muniz (catcher) and Shawn Chumley (outfield). Sophomore Junior Dodwell (1st base and pitcher) also looks to contribute.

The squad had its first scrimmage last Saturday vs. Hillwood, with both varsity and junior varsity winning. The first game of the season will be home against Steward County High School on Tuesday, March 7. 

Head Coach: Clint Magnuson

Assistant Coach: Shannon Loose, Roger West

Classification: Class 4A, District 13, Region 7

District Opponents: Clarksville High School, Northeast High School, Rossview High School, Springfield High School.

 

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