After falling quick on making the Second Region Championship a 12 months in the past, the Hopkinsville Tigers are hungry and able to get again to competing for a area identify underneath new head trainer David Weber.
Weber, who involves Hoptown after stints at more than one other college techniques, has the items in position to make a run and has a plan in thoughts to lend a hand his group do this.
“Basically, just play the game hard, hustle, be tough and be gritty,” Weber stated. “Lately we’ve been speaking about simply hanging the ball in play extra regularly. If you set the ball in play, stuff occurs. It will not be the prettiest however you’ve were given to position the ball in play to provide your self an opportunity to win video games.
“On the pitching side, we just talk about attacking. Go right after them and keep pounding the zone. If you keep doing that good things will happen.”
The Tigers deliver an skilled team again for 2022, which incorporates 3 senior pitchers in Preston Chaudoin, Jacob Dilday and Tim Cansler, all of which is able to proceed their respective baseball careers collegiately, in addition to sophomore Zach Moss, who’s already dedicated to the University of Kentucky.
All 4 avid gamers can play within the box after they aren’t pitching and Weber stated having 4 guys that may are available a pitch large innings on every occasion he wishes is a luxurious that almost all groups at the highschool degree don’t get.
“We have four solid high school arms,” he stated. “They’re pitching the ball pretty well and we’re excited about that. Three of them are older and one is a sophomore. They’ve played for great summer ball teams, they’ve played for a great high school team so we’re pretty excited about them.”
Chaudoin pitched 53 innings remaining 12 months and completed with a 1.45 ERA. Cansler completed the 12 months with a 2.96 ERA, Dilday had a three.12 ERA and Moss was once the perfect with a 4.30 ERA.
Moss was once the most productive hitter for the Tigers as neatly, hitting .467 with 30 RBI and two house runs to guide the Tigers.
Hitting the ball has been the thorn within the facet of the Tigers for the remaining couple of years.
Hoptown has had the pitching to win video games in maximum video games however from time to time the bats would pass quietly.
Weber stated his group has put numerous paintings in main as much as the season and hopes that arduous paintings continues and can pay off.
“They work hard, that’s one thing I’ll say about this group,” Weber stated. “I see them in there hitting all the time. They hit before, they hit after. If they continue to work hard, the game rewards people that work hard and we’re excited about that.”
With the season looming and a large alternative to compete for a regional identify conceivable, Weber stated he simply needs to look his group give it the whole lot they’ve were given.
“I wouldn’t say expectations, I just want our guys to get after it,” he stated. “Nobody is going to give anything to anybody so I hope that’s what we go out there and do.”
Hoptown will kick off the season in opposition to Marshall County at house.