TCHS To Be Competitive Around the Diamond
MIDDLEBOURNE – With a nice nucleus of guys who have been in the program for the past three years, Tyler Consolidated Coach Robby Jones has set the bar high. Jones has the luxury of six seniors and two juniors to build this year’s team around and he feels with their work ethic and coming to practice everyday with the mindset of getting better good things will happen. “My assistant coach Vance Ash and I make the expectations of the program very clear to these guys and they set goals for the team,”said Coach Jones. “This team belongs to this senior class and we will go as far as they take us. We only lost one kid to graduation from last year, Jacob Stackpole, who filled the role of DH for the majority of the season.”
“One of our seniors is a nice transfer from Paden City, Isaac Hall, who will handle some of the pitching while also playing multible spots in the infield,” said Jones. Hall was a starter for the Wildcats last year but transfered to Tyler Consolidated after moving to the Tyler County side of Paden City. Hall will join senior Jordan Baker who was named 2nd tam LKC last season and sophomores Luke Daugherty and Dylan Roberts to make up the starting rotation with juniors Trent Smith and Nate Lantz to provide relief coming out of the bullpen.
According to Jones, they have had some really solid fundamental practices where all the kids have given a full effort and he expects them to get better each time out.”We have some outfielders who are capable of playing gap to gap and getting after the ball in Smith, senior Colby Lash a second team LKC centerfielder and Roberts. Our philosophy is pretty simple, throw strikes, make routine playes, get on base at a high rate, hustle and compete with full efforteach time out.”
Jones said they hope to build on their 11-win season from last year and to attain the goals the seniors have laid out. The Silver Knights have first team All-OVAC Ifirst baseman Senior Austin Thompson back, and sophomore Colby Buchanan an all- state honorable mention catcher as a freshman will return to handle the chores behind the plate. Others looking to secure playing time are senior Ty Pratt and sophomore Kyle Mason both rturning from las season along with new comers freshmen Dylan Seckman, Noah Smith, Jake Rice and Tyler West..
The Silver Knights finished the season last year with an 11-17 record after losing in the sectional finals 11-6 to St. Mary’s.