Josh King Takes Over at Hundred
Josh King has a simple theory heading into his first season as the Hundred baseball coach: “Work hard on the fundamentals, and let the kids have a little fun.”
“I know I’m not going to turn this thing around in one season,” King said. “The boys didn’t win a game last season, and we just want to get that winning feeling back again here at Hundred.”
The Hornets only have two seniors on this year’s squad – first-year infielder and designated-hitter Danny Kolat is one. He is a novice to the game and will need to learn on the fly, as there are only 13 players on this year’s club.
The other senior is Hunter Goff who can play anywhere in the infield. He is a returning letterman.
Three returning juniors on the squad are Billy Mace, Justin Pletcher and Devon Kimble.
Mace will hold down the hot corner and will pitch, while Pletcher will hold down one of the outfield positions and will give King a second catcher when needed. Kimble will man left field once more, and with his experience, should help with all the new faces on board.
There are five sophomores on this year’s team. They will be the key to their success to the future.
Travis McCoy will hold down the catcher’s sport, while Timmy White looks to their future pitching ace. Alex Derby, Andrew Zedell and Austin Stiles will all see plenty of time in the outfield.
Freshman Chase Sturm looks to be the shortstop, while Jacob Allen will see time in the outfield. The final freshman Brandon Rine will be used as a utility player who will see time about anywhere on the field.
“We are young and inexperienced, but the guys are working hard. They really want to be the ones that can turn this team in the right direstion,” said King. “We don’t have a lot of arms yet, but we are going to do the right things at the right time, and we all need to be patient.”
Helping King is veteran assistant Coach Terry Riter. The Hornets opened up at Paden City March 21 against the Wildcats at 5 p.m. and hosted their season-opener March 22 against Cameron, also at 5 p.m.