By BRADLEY CROW
The Cobras debuted in a jamboree this past weekend and even though they lost two contests, head coach Hugh Knight sees the bright spots that lie ahead.
“I think we have a really good shot at being a sound ball team,” commented Knight. “We are deeper in pitching than we have been in quite some time and defensively we are capable of being very good. We had no errors and a couple of double plays this past weekend.”
The sound pitching Knight refers to comes in the form of three solid starters for the Cobras who each saw significant time on the mound last season. Senior Caleb Broome and juniors Matt Smith and Gage Wilson give Knight solid front line starters. The bullpen will see action from junior Gib Britt, senior Brandon Allen, sophomore Josh Smith, and sophomore Paxton Cupit.
The infield will be loaded with experience as first baseman Pat Boone returns along with third baseman Kyle Cross. The middle infield will see Broome and Smith at short stop and Cupit at second. Drawing the nod at catcher is Zach Davis for Saturday’s opener. Catcher Hunter Hood figures to play in the mix as well coming off an ankle injury in basketball while Blake Tarver will see time in the infield as well.
Four players will patrol the outfield for Knight. Britt will play centerfield while being flanked by Wilson in right and Allen in left. Junior Tyson Wesley will figure into the mix in the outfield as pitching duties pull outfielders to the mound.
The rest of the roster is composed of Jacob Fischer, Trey Chassion, Alex Smith, Brandon Nettles, Les Parker, Quentin Munn, Jase McCardle, Jacob Tarver, Cullen Greer, and Kaleb Skinner.
The Cobras visit Franklin County Saturday for a classic game before beginning the regular season.