By Matt Hill
The JCHS Baseball team looks to be on the upswing in 2010 with a good nucleus of returning players, but there’s only been one big problem.

“I feel good about our team, but I hate our seniors have to go through a winter like this,” Head coach Pete Pavusek said. “It’s hard to get on the field and I hate it for our kids, but based on the situation they’ve prepared themselves the best they can and I feel good about our team. I feel good about their character and our boys as athletes.”

The Longhorns have been using the hitting tunnel to get ready for the season.

“It’s not live action, but I remember the day when we didn’t have batting cages, but with the help of Coach (Eric) Crabtree and Coach (Nicholas) Perkins we’re getting things done.”

About the team, Pavusek likes this group a lot.
“I like how they work and how there are as people,” Pavusek said. “They’re good guys to be around. They like to listen and it’s enjoyable being around them.”
Pavusek says there are several strengths to this team.

“Defense is going to be a strength and I think we have five or six pitchers who give us a chance to win every time out. I think our hitting his improved thanks to the work of our coaches. I think we might surprise a lot of people,” Pavusek said.
The only down side right now might be the new Three Rivers Conference with the Greene County teams now gone and former Class AAA power Sullivan East in.

“East has always been a traditional power and they’ll be hard to beat,” Pavusek said. “They have great facilities and lots of advantages. There are no pushovers. I think our conference is one of the best around.”

The Longhorns will start Tyler Fenner at first, Zack Hayworth at second, Cody Greer at short, Mark Jennings and Saywer Ward at third, Danny Herman at catcher and Austin Humphrey and Eric Cullop and Ward in the outfield.
Zack Hayworth, Cody Greer, Mark Jennings, Sammy Hampton and James Reece will be counted on to pitch.

There’s a lot of excitement this season on the hill and they expect to win.

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