Trigg head coach Jackie Sholar said that loss should be a motivational tool for this year’s ‘Cats.
“We were disappointed to lose that game,” Sholar said. “They’re thinking about that game. They want to make it different this year.”
Trigg is led by an experienced group of seniors – Donald Bush, Will Stagner, Shane Banks, Jordan P’Pool, Josh Green and Tyler Thomas.
Bush and Stagner were co-Most Valuable Players for the ‘Cats in 2008, and Sholar said Banks is probably the toughest competitor on the team. Green saw time in the outfield last season, and P’Pool and Thomas are joining the team as new players for 2009.
“This is my third year, and this group has as many good leaders as any group I’ve coached,” Sholar said. “They’ve got their heads on straight and they’re ready to play. I’ve had them three years, so they know what to expect, but it should be a big difference this year.”
Sholar said Trigg enters the season without a dominant pitcher, but adds the rotation should be solid.
“We’ve got four good high school pitchers,” Sholar said, mentioning Bush, Banks and Stagner as last season’s 1-2-3 punch.
Hunter Smillie, a left-handed junior, had a solid spring and is expected to provide good innings, as are P’Pool, Mitch Rogers and R.J. Sholar.
“I know the top four guys will be there,” Sholar said. “The key will be getting solid innings from the other three.”
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)