Broncs look to improve upon stellar spring season

By Ryan Lewis -

The Blair Broncs baseball team showed heart last spring, taking the team to a 16-8 record and being competitive in every facet of the game.

While most students were sitting at home or preparing for their upcoming vacation, they played baseball.

The Broncs refused to settle, no longer content in being anything but the best, they chose instead to develop talent to take the team to new heights.

Now, the season has begun and it is time to see what hard work and dedication can do for this team.

The team returns seven out of its nine starters from the spring team and while they will be young, they expect to be very competitive this year.

Starting for the team will be three seniors, one junior, and five sophomores with a host of talented position players off the bench ready to step in and perform exceptionally well if the need arises.

“Defensively we should be solid,” Head Coach B.J. Armstrong said. “Our outfield is experienced and fast with returning starters senior Ivan Smith, and sophomores Payson Ramirez and Kaden Hans. Our reserves in these positions are talented as well and we will look to junior Payton Morris and sophomore Tate Chapman to play their role on the team.”

“The infield returns all four starters from last year,” he said. “Senior Keaton Christian will be anchoring it down at third base and the return of senior Nicco Castillo will add depth at first base and catcher.”

They have a strong rotation in returning senior pitcher Brayden Gray, junior pitchers Saige Knight and Tyler Tutten, and sophomore pitcher Kaden Hans. Filling out the rest of the roster in the pitching position are sophomores Skyler Scott, Baylor Downing, Michael Smith and Brooks Cross.

Everything is set and now more than ever they are ready to take this team and do everything they always knew they could do.

Armstrong is beginning his fourth year as the Broncs’ head baseball coach. He has had some time to figure this team out and plug the players in at the positions he feels would help this team the most. All that is left to do is play.

“If we are able to produce offensively, we should have a successful year,” Armstrong said. “Our guys are more experienced at the plate this year and many of them saw good pitching this summer which has helped them improve. We are really excited about this season.”

By Ryan Lewis

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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