Cameron Seeking Early Confidence
By JOSH STROPE
CAMERON — Cameron coach Eric James has been doing this a long time — 16 years with the Dragons, 20 overall — so he knows a rebuild when he sees one.
Freshmen will see playing time and guys that played sparingly last season will see their roles increase this spring.
Add in the new sectional pairings and Cameron will have its hands full this season.
James is hoping his young squad can get some early wins to gain confidence and be ready for the heavy-hitters in the later part of the season.
“The kids are being very positive, even those with less experience,” James said. “They are really pushing one another, making each other better every day and as a coach, that is all you can ask for.
“The main thing I believe in is, if you do things the right way, things take care of themselves. Winning is important, but if you work hard and do what you are supposed to do, wins will take care of themselves.”
It will be a family affair in Cameron as the Scott family has three members on the baseball team.
Junior Trey Scott will be the team’s ace pitcher and also play shortstop. His brother, Trin, will line up mostly at second base and will see some time in outfield.
Their cousin, Garrett, is coming in as a freshman and is being looked at for first base, outfield and pitcher.
Andrew Simms played catcher last season but is moving to outfield. He is also the No. 2 pitcher.
Senior Michael Starcher will lead the outfield spots from center.
Aiden Lucey was the backup catcher last season and figures to get most of the work behind the plate. He could also see some first base.
Jonathon Walker was a spot starter and will be looked at for third base and outfield.
Lane Miller is a senior who missed last season. He is penciled in for outfielder and pitcher.
James also likes what he sees in three freshmen in Garrett Scott, Noah Neely (INF/P) and Jessop Broughton (3B/P)
Newcomers Keith Luff, Gavin Stern, Logan Setternstrom, Ethan DiPasquale and Shawn Ball will also look for playing time.
James is assisted by LJ Winland and former John Marshall all-stater Matt Carnahan.
“You try to take the first couple weeks and get a steady lineup going,” James said. “I have an idea of who is going to play the bulk of the innings, but we need to get these kids confidence because there is not a lot of high school experience here.
“I like our pitching staff and Matt Carnahan is doing a great job with them. I am confident they can throw strikes. Do I expect them to mow down eight or nine batters a game? Absolutely not. But if our pitchers step up and can hit some spots, I like our defense behind them.
“We have some games early on that we need to win or be competitive in. Gain some early confidence and hopefully come late April, early May, we are playing our best ball and anything can happen.”
March 21: Hundred (2) 5 p.m.
March 22: Valley 5:30 p.m.
March 23: Bishop Donahue 6 p.m.
March 24: at Paden City 6 p.m.
March 28: Clay-Battelle 6 p.m.
March 29: at West Greene 5 p.m.
March 30: at Magnolia 6 p.m.
April 1: Frontier noon
April 3: at Wheeling Central 6 p.m.
April 4: at Tyler Consolidated 6 p.m.
April: 6: Bridgeport 6 p.m.
April 7: at Bridgeport 6 p.m.
April 10: Paden City 6 p.m.
April 11: at Bishop Donahue 6 p.m.
April 12: Frontier 6 p.m.
April 13: Linsly 5 p.m.
April 17: Tyler Consolidated 5 p.m.
April 18: River 5 p.m.
April 19: at Clay-Battelle 6 p.m.
April 20: River 5 p.m.
April 21: Wheeling Central 5 p.m.
April 24: Shadyside 5 p.m.
April 25: at Valley 6 p.m.
April 26: at Shadyside 6 p.m.
April 27: Magnolia 6 p.m.
April 28: Beallsville 5 p.m.
May 2: West Greene 5 p.m.
May 3: at Beallsville 6 p.m.
May 4: at River 5 p.m.