2017 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: East Clinton High School baseball


Compiled by Mark Huber



The East Clinton High School varsity baseball team, from left to right, front row, Zachary Mitchell, Brandon Vaughn, Tyler Ludwick, Brandon Norris, Tristen Burkitt, Bryan Wheeler, Matthew Mitchell; back row, head coach Brian Carey, Cory Porter, Austin Arellano, Cameron Conner, Ethan Cornwell, Gavin Curtis, Justin Smith, Matthew Hall, assistant coach Rodney Rose.

The East Clinton High School varsity baseball team, from left to right, front row, Zachary Mitchell, Brandon Vaughn, Tyler Ludwick, Brandon Norris, Tristen Burkitt, Bryan Wheeler, Matthew Mitchell; back row, head coach Brian Carey, Cory Porter, Austin Arellano, Cameron Conner, Ethan Cornwell, Gavin Curtis, Justin Smith, Matthew Hall, assistant coach Rodney Rose.


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TEAM RECORD IN 2016

4-17 overall, 7th in SCOL

COACH

Brian Carey, first year as head coach, 3 years as assistant coach at Rowan County (Ky.), 1 year assistant coach at Shelby County (Ky.)

COACH’S RECORD

0-0

OTHER COACHES IN PROGRAM

Rodney Rose, DJ Henry, Brad Wheeler

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTERWINNERS

6

NUMBER OF RETURNING STARTERS

4

KEY PLAYERS RETURNING

Cameron Conner (2nd team All-SCOL), Brandon Norris (2nd team All-SCOL), Ethan Cornwell, Justin Smith, Austin Arellano

KEY NEWCOMERS

Zachary Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Matthew Hall, Colton Vadness

KEY PLAYERS LOST

Cole Jenkins, Brent Newman, DJ Luttrell

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

Our ability to play multiple players at many positions. Our defense behind our pitchers is very promising. We have a very young team with a few great seniors to lead them.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

Situational baseball and being consistent as a hitter. Baseball IQ will come the more the boys play the game. Confidence as a hitter is key

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM

As a coaching staff, we have set very high expectations for these boys and where this program needs to be. The boys have bought into it and have shown tremendous improvement since practice started. The senior leaders are pushing the rest of the team to be the best they can be and it is starting to show.

ROSTER

Seniors Cameron Conner, Ethan Cornwell, Cory Porter, Bryan Wheeler, Brandon Vaughn, Tyler Ludwick

Juniors Justin Smith, Gavin Curtis, Brandon Norris

Sophomores Austin Arellano, Zachary Mitchell

Freshmen Matthew Mitchell, Matthew Hall, Colton Vadness

SCHEDULE

March

25-@Madison Plains 11 am, 1 pm; 29-@Hillsboro 5 pm

April

3-Washington Senior @EC 5 pm; 4-@Miami Trace 5 pm; 5-Chillicothe @EC 5 pm; 7-@McClain 5 pm; 8-Leesburg Fairfield @EC 11 am; 10-@Wilmington 5 pm; 12-Clinton-Massie @EC 5 pm; 13-@Greeneview 5 pm; 17-Hillsboro @EC 5 pm; 19-Miami Trace @EC 5 pm; 21-@Washington Senior 5 pm; 22-@Blanchester Noon, 2 pm; 24-@Chillicothe 5 pm; 26-McClain @EC 5 pm; 28-Wilmington @EC

May

1-@Clinton-Massie 5 pm; 2-Cedarville @EC 5 pm; 3-Wilmington @EC 5 pm; 4-Lynchburg-Clay @EC 10 am; 6-@Whiteoak 11 am

The East Clinton High School varsity baseball team, from left to right, front row, Zachary Mitchell, Brandon Vaughn, Tyler Ludwick, Brandon Norris, Tristen Burkitt, Bryan Wheeler, Matthew Mitchell; back row, head coach Brian Carey, Cory Porter, Austin Arellano, Cameron Conner, Ethan Cornwell, Gavin Curtis, Justin Smith, Matthew Hall, assistant coach Rodney Rose.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_BB_ecteam.jpgThe East Clinton High School varsity baseball team, from left to right, front row, Zachary Mitchell, Brandon Vaughn, Tyler Ludwick, Brandon Norris, Tristen Burkitt, Bryan Wheeler, Matthew Mitchell; back row, head coach Brian Carey, Cory Porter, Austin Arellano, Cameron Conner, Ethan Cornwell, Gavin Curtis, Justin Smith, Matthew Hall, assistant coach Rodney Rose. Mark Huber | News Journal

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports