New Beginning for Hundred
First-year veteran Hundred Head Baseball Coach Ron Dennis is approaching the season as if everyone is a freshman, and nobody brings up the past.
“I told the boys that we are going to start the season in na positive way to learn the game from day one with all the baseball fundamentals,” said Coach Dennis. “Baseball is a game of fundamentals, physical as well as mental. We will work on them all, day in and day out, and let the wins and losses take care of themselves.”
Dennis isn’t a novice to the game; he has been a coach for 16 years, out for 16 years and now back for 16 years.
“I told the boys not to bring up the past; we want to build a solid baseball program, like the ones we used to have. We will do whatever it takes to get it done,” added Dennis.
Hundred baseball has a past Mason-Dixon title and a sectional championship, something the young Hornets will try to achieve in the near future.
He is starting the season with 15 players and started with brand new home and away uniforms, and warm-ups. Having only been able to practice outside a couple days, and no baseball field to practice, they will do what they can to get ready to play live ball.
With everyone starting out like a freshmen, starting positions are up for anyone that can do the job, and it looks like we will have to find out when the season begins this week.
However, the new beginning it looks like the Hornets will have some speed that can get to a ball, as well as run the bases.
The Hornets will need to rely on Zach Zedell as their only senior leader looks to play out-field and pitch. “We will try to use as many arms as we can with all the pitching rules in how many innings a player can throw,” added Dennis.
The Hornets do have five juniors on the squad, starting with Chase Sturm (OF/P), Charles Rine (INF/OF), Travis McCoy (C/INF) and Jacob Allen (OF).
They will also have four sophomores in, Bryce Bartrug (OF/P), Logan Norris (INF/C/P), Hunter Tustin (INF/P) and marlin Hippensteel (OF).
The Hornets really do have five true freshmen on the club to help solidify the rebuilding of the team in, Robert Hostutler (INF/P), Skylar Goff (Utility), Gauge Boston (OF/P), Brayden Cotrell (INF) and Michael Kolat (OF).
Helping Dennis in rebuilding the team is another veteran in Terry Riter who will help rejuvenate the boys into a fine ball club.
With Hundred not having a ball-field this season, all the Hornets home games will be played at Clay-Battelle. Up first for the Hornets will be Weirton Madonna on Monday, Paden City Tuesday, and Clay-Battelle (5 p.m.) Thursday – all on the road.