What coach Quinn Ewell likes about the upcoming White Pine High baseball season is that “we’ve had enough players turn out to form a varsity and JV team.”
“Something I have wanted to do in my five years as head coach here at White Pine,” he said. “It’s awesome to have that this year. We’re on our way to getting the program back to where it needs to be. I was expecting maybe in 2019 to have the numbers, but lots of boys turned out now. We’re excited for that.”
2017 was not a good one for White Pine baseball, it struggled to a 2-25 record, 1-19 2A Northern.
“We were a very young team last year, pretty much like a JV team going against varsity players. We just did our best to be competitive,” he said.
One senior (2B Tyler Whipple) returns to the 2018 squad, plus five juniors and a number of sophomores.
He said, “We have eight of nine starters returning this season, including Whipple, utility Coy Hecker and center fielder Kegan Hexem.”
Ewell said, “Last year we could be competitive through about the fifth inning, then it would just fall apart. My expectation is that we will be competitive all the way through. Admittedly though, it hard to compete against teams in the 2A North who are in the state tournament every year and consistently have a solid, upperclassmen core. “But with the experience on varsity and the kids in the JV program, we’re getting on track where we are going to be able to compete against these teams that constantly have the JV and freshman programs.”
He feels the Bobcats will be strong at the plate and on the mound. “Two sophomores Caleb Britton and Rulon Craw will carry the load.” The ‘Cats begin the season on the road this Friday and Saturday in a tournament in the Cougar Classic in Laughlin featuring Round Mountain, Wells and Liberty Baptist.
The boys jump right into league play the next week with a double header at Pershing County March 16.