Tigers baseball rattling the cage

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Jacob Foster takes a pitch for the Tigers during varsity action this season. Contributed photo

Exeter emerging on the baseball front

There is an emerging baseball force in Barry County that has to be accounted for.

Long dormant, but now coming back to relevance, the Exeter boys baseball team has started to roar again, and other teams are taking note.

The Tigers are off to a 6-3 start to the season and have shown an offensive potency unparalleled by others, scoring 32, 20, 16 and 12 runs in four of their wins.

“It was a privilege to work with our group last season,” said Matt Tripp, second-year Exeter coach. “This year is even more exciting as things continue to move in a positive direction. These young men are working hard, and their efforts are paying off.”

Exeter has built on the momentum of a 9-12 campaign last year.

The team is led by seniors Ethan Caddell, Trevor Nelson, Austin Rayburn and Khoa Tran.

Caddell has inherited the ace pitching role and can play any position.

This season, he is hitting .400 with 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. He has an on-base percentage of .500.

“Ethan is a dominating pitcher with stuff that can easily translate at the next level, and he is only getting better,” Tripp said.

Rayburn is hitting .375 with 5 RBI and 8 runs scored. Tripp said Rayburn provides a big stick in the middle of the lineup.

Nelson has improved on the mound this season for the Tigers and and has worked himself into the heart of the rotation. He batted .438 this fall and is swatting a blistering .522 in the spring with 9 RBI and 8 runs scored. He is 2-0 on the mound with a 0.00 ERA

“Trevor is a natural born leader,” Tripp said. “His game really turned the corner at the dish and on the rubber this last fall. There are big expectations for big things from Trevor this spring.”

Khoa is new to the game of baseball but is catching on quickly. He is batting .182 with in a few appearances this spring.

Juniors Jared Alverson, Jacob Foster, and Parker Fuller are preparing themselves to take the reins of this program next year.

Six freshman round out the squad. Hank Woods, Clayton Rose, Kris Allen, Jamison Nichols, Dylan Shaw, and Dakota Vasey are all excited to work for a place in the lineup, Tripp said.

Exeter looks to take the next step on Thursday, hosting Wheaton.

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