Tigers getting back to basics
Coach believes team has talent, looking for more wins
It was a long and rough season for the Exeter baseball team last year.
Halfway through the year, the team lost their coach due to a family illness, and the lack of victories, with just one on the season, made for miserable conditions.
This summer, the Exeter school district hired alumnus Colt Higgs to take over the program and bring stability to a team that has had three different coaches in three years.
"Having coached them in the fall, I see a lot of potential in them," Higgs said. "We have the talent to compete in conference. What our team lacks is confidence and mental focus.
"If we stop making excuses and realize that we control our own destiny then we will have success this spring. If we don't, then we will have a dismal season."
Gone from the team due to graduation are Colten Stringer, who earned all-conference accolades last season; Michael Brattin and Tyler Greenlee.
"Colten was our No. 1 pitcher," Higgs said. "He could swing the bat well and was a good all-around fielder and player."
Brattin, was the team's best hitter during the fall season according to Higgs.
Greenlee, anchored the catching duties for the Tigers and was counted on to be a leader, according to the coach.
Seniors Terry Cook and Josh Hood now round out this season's Exeter's "watch" list.
"Terry is a good shortstop, one of the top pitchers on the team and our lead off," Higgs said. "I expect more from his bat this spring."
Hood will be the Tigers' utility man and will see time at nearly every position on the field, according to Higgs.
Exeter opens the season on Friday at home with Bronaugh. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.