2 - Paulding County Progress Spring Sports Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ANTWERP VARSITY BASEBALL
MEMBERS OF THE Antwerp 2014 varsity baseball team are, front row from left – Keegan Skiver, Jeffrey Coleman, Ian Blair, Hunter Noel,Justice Clark, Collin Perry; second row – Justin Langham, Derek Smalley, Michael Taylor, Tyler Messman, Kaden Brumett, Joe Buerkle; thirdrow – Chad Jones, Alex Vail, Jules Huault-Dupuy, Trenton Copsey, Matthew Dooley, Matt Reinhart, Jon Hudson; back row – Coach Jim Reinhart,Coach Boston Hormann, Head Coach Zac Feasby, Coach Matt Smalley. (Joe Shouse/
Paulding County Progress
Senior leadership key to successful season
By JOE SHOUSESportswriter
ANTWERP – Antwerp head baseballcoach Zac Feasby enters his second year atthe helm of the Archers with a more confidentattitude. This year the blue and white return ahost of seniors with experience that shouldpush the Archers to a respectable season.“We only lost two seniors from last yearsteam and we return solid pitching depth andexperience,” said Feasby.Finishing 3-13 last campaign, Feasby feelsthe lumps his team took last year will makehis squad a better team this time around.“With 13 returning lettermen includingseven seniors providing leadership I am con-fident we will make great strides this season.We look to be more competitive in league play,” said Feasby. At the pitching position, leading candi-dates returning will be senior Derek Smalley,Tyler Messman and Joe Buerkle. KadenBrumett returns after sitting out last year.“Kaden will be a great addition to our pitching rotation,“ said Feasby.Last year Smalley finished with a 1.8 ERAand 26 strikeouts. Messman recorded anERA of 4.8 with 11 strikeouts with Buerklealso recording 11 strikeouts.At the plate, the Archers will again dependupon Smalley, who hit for a .400 averagewith 12 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. JusticeClark, a sophomore this year, managed a.281 batting average last year as a freshman.Trenton Copsey finished with a .256 averageand teammate Collin Perry hitting at a .250clip.“Our first four or five hitters should besolid this year, but we’re looking for the bot-tom of the lineup to step up more than lastyear,” Feasby said.Other players returning who will be an im- portant part of the Archer program are sen-iors Matt Reinhart, Justin Langham andChad Jones along with juniors Alex Vail,Trenton Copsey, Jon Hudson and sophomoreJeff Coleman.Promising newcomers who will representthe blue and white include sophomore Kee-gan Skiver and freshmen Jules Huault-Dupuy, Michael Taylor, Hunter Noel,Matthew Dooley and Ian Blair. “This team is working hard to get back tothe level the Archers played at back in thelate 1990s to mid 2000s. I’m hopeful andconfident that the upcoming season will bea great start in the right direction,” saidcoach Feasby.Archer fans need to circle Thursday, May8 on their calendar as the Archers will playWayne Trace at Parkview Field in downtownFort Wayne.
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