Clay Panthers 2022 Baseball Preview


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Clay Panthers

Head Coach: Kylon Crabtree
Years Head Coach (current school): 1st
Record (current school): 0-0
Years Head Coach (overall): 4th

Assistant Coaches:
Marc Cottle
Zach Fryman
Barry Crabtree

Record last season: 19-7 overall 12-0 league record
League Affiliation: Southern Ohio Conference (SOC 1)
Last year's playoff results: Lost in the District Semi-Final to Paint Valley 5-1

Top players returning:
Senior-Carson Porginski- 2nd Team All SOC. .349BA 28RBI 25R- starting 2B last season

Senior-Mitchell King- .325BA 21RBI 14R- starting Catcher last season

Sophomore-Evan Balestra- starting 3B last season

Junior-Drew Zuefle-DH and outfield last season

Sophomore-Brandon Malone-Outfield last season

Sophomore-Carson Holschuh-Outfield last season

Top players lost:
Clay Cottle-1st Team All Ohio, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All SOC (Currently signed and playing for Mount Vernon Nazarene University). .475BA 28RBI 42R (11-1 on the Mound).

Shaden Malone-1st Team All Ohio, 1st Team All District, 1st Team All SOC. .536BA 27RBI 51R

Jaden Jesse-2nd Team All District, 1st Team All SOC. .375BA 39RBI 34R

Evan Woods-2nd Team All SOC. .412BA 24RBI 30R

New impact players:
Senior-Hayden Moore will have a big impact in the infield and in our lineup all season.

Freshman-Malachi Loper will step in to a middle infield position and be asked a lot from a freshman.

Final Comments:
We have a winning tradition here at Clay with our baseball program. We expect nothing less than going out and competing for league's championship each and every year. We understand the obstacles and challenges in our way but loo forward to accepting those challenges and competing every night out.

Team strengths include our overall team speed.

Team weaknesses are our overall lack of experience early in the season. A lot of young players will be on the field in key positions. They will have to mature quickly.

@CrabtreeKylon @pnther_baseball @zwfryman