Arm strength and instant offense. Chad Young is hoping putting a big focus on two important factors can help the WCMS baseball team regain its place among the Central Tennessee Conference elite.
Young and his staff completed the first part of their offseason over the weekend, filling out a 20-player roster for next spring. The next step is getting ready for offseason training.
“The coaching staff has been working hard to revamp our preseason open facilities,” said Young, who will be entering his fifth season at the helm of the Pioneers. “It will basically be minicamps throughout the preseason concentrating on arm strengthening and hitting instruction.
“We have to improve our arms and offense in order to be successful.”
The Pioneers were swept out of the CTC tournament two months ago, falling in back-to-back games after entering the postseason on a five-game winning streak. Young will have the luxury of bringing back a few players who played key roles on last year’s 10-win team.
Brett Cantrell, Easton Denning, Brayan Holguin, Aiden Miller, Baler Melton, Braxton Hopkins and Alex van Vuuren are all back from last year’s team.
They’re joined by new eighth-graders Devan Grayson, Jayron Morris, Camron Perry and Alex Tallent.
“I’m excited about our upcoming season. We have a great group of guys coming back this year and a couple of new eighth-grade faces,” said Young.
The seventh-grade class includes Tyler Adams, Jaython Baker, Keynai Bryan, Jerren Harris, Sam Rivers, Trace Taylor, Aaron Templeton, Conner Williams and Brody Womack. They’ll have every chance to earn early playing time next spring.
“The seventh-grade group really impressed me at tryouts. I can’t wait to see them in action on the field. Everyone has a shot at varsity regardless of age. It is going to be a fun year,” said Young.
Offseason workouts will begin this fall. The Pioneers will take the field in February 2020.