Hornets Return Skill and Experience
Hundred Baseball head coach Ron Dennis is excited to have back 10 varsity letterman back to begin his second season at Hundred High School.
Last season, Dennis – a veteran coach – began with basic principles and instilled a winning atmosphere with brand new uniforms and an appetite to learn the game.
A few players, that Dennis was hoping for, didn’t join the team this year, but he wants players who want to learn and want to be there – to represent themselves, their family, and the school.
With the pitching rule in effect for the second straight season, Dennis must use as many kids, to put in that spot, to keep the pitch count low, and he is working hard every day to get kids prepared to compete.
He also wanted the kids to buy into his idea to get the Hornets back on the map in high school baseball. The school has also bought into what Dennis is trying to do, and has increased the games to be played to the max. Dennis and his team are ready to deliver sooner than later.
Hundred has a 14-player roster, featuring three seniors. They are Brandon Rine, pitcher and third base; Travis McCoy, catcher and first base and Jacob Allen, outfield. All three are letterwinners.
Four junior lettermen are back in the fold – Logan Norris, infielder; Hunter Tustin, first base; Marlin Hippensteel, outfield; and Bryce Bartrug, outfield. The quartet will all see mound duty.
Gauge Boston and Bobby Hostutler, both lettermen, head a three-player sophomore class. Boston is an outfielder and pitcher while Hostutler is an infielder and hurler. Classmate Dylan Walton will be utilized as a pitcher, catcher, outfielder and first baseman.
Three freshmen round out the Hundred roster. Chris Rine is an infielder-outfielder; Isaac Price is a catcher and infielder while Christian Fluharty will be utilized as a pitcher, infielder and outfielder.
“This year’s emphasis is on developing our pitching staff and defense. Early on in practice we are looking better than at any point last year,” Dennis said. “It is our expectation to enter every game with a chance to win.”
“One of our goals is to make the OVAC Tournament, and we also want compete competitively in our section.
“We have some kids that will challenge others for playing time,” said Dennis who also has veteran assist coach Terry Riter and Chris Fluharty.
“All I ask the kids to play as hard as they can, learn the game, live the game and play the game. Represent themselves, their family and their school with the best sportsmanship that they can.”
After opening the season playing seven games in eight days, Hundred will visit Paden City April 1, and will hopefully host Clay-Battelle on the new home field April 3, if it’s ready to go. If not, the Hornets will play at Clay-Battelle at 5 p.m.