By MICKEY ALVARADO
Wednesday, April 11 is the opening season date for Tecumseh’s varsity baseball team with the Indians hosting Onsted for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
“We lost a lot but I think we’re going to have some kids fill in pretty nicely,” said Tecumseh head coach Tom Bullinger. “It might take some time to get going because we’re going to be kind of young in some key positions.”
While pitching is always key to picking up victories, Bullinger pointed out his third year starting catcher, Jared Powell, as one of his anchor players.
“He’s really going to help our pitchers out,” said Bullinger. “We have two fourths of our infield back so that’s definitely going to help.”
Having Brad Vannatter return once again at second base and Max Patterson at third base will help with communication, as several key positions, including shortstop, will be filled by new replacements.
Replacing Kyle Hooper at first base will not be easy but Bullinger said there is a battle going on to fill his shoes.
“He did a great job defensively for us and that’s what we’re looking for, somebody who can be a good defensive target,” said Bullinger.
Fighting for the position are Michael Skelton, Eric Eldred and Phil Carey.
The starting short stop may be Spencer Adams.
“He’s got real nice hands,” said Bullinger. “I think he’d step up and do a good job.”
Bullinger said Nick Coffin also has potential at several positions and will be used as needed.
“He can play outfield, second base, third base, short stop, he’ll bounce around for us,” Bullinger said.
All of the Indians’ outfielders (Casey Hunt, Jacob Britt, George Preston, Eric Eldred) will be new to the starting positions but the coach is confident they can do the job.
The top three pitchers are expected to be Britt, Carey and Nick Cowen.
Last season the Indians won the regional crown but fell in the state quarterfinals.
Tecumseh High School's 2012 varsity baseball team. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.