By Tim Chambers
Longevity can be a good thing when your lone baseball feeder system has a great coach and Johnson County Middle School has been blessed with that. Julian Crews begins his 17th season on the diamond as head coach and he has high expectations for this year’s squad.
Six starters return from last year in addition to a very talented seventh grade class and some added eighth graders.
Petie Pavusek returns as the starting catcher and leadoff batter. He’s one of the sparkplugs on the team.
He’ll be joined in the lineup by Ben Howard (P, SS), one of the team’s best hitters.
Bradley Livorsi (P, 1B), Adam Manuel (3b, LF), Preston Smith (RF) and Timothy Grindstaff (CF) will all find a place within the lineup.
A couple of newcomers have come on like gangbusters.
Will Henson (2B, CF) is an on-base machine according to Crews. Stacy Greer (P,1B, SS, 3B) can play multiple positions and do all of them well. He also is one of the team’s best hitters.
Taylor Nichols (LF) will get some work in the outfield. Cody Norris, (3B, 1B, P) will find himself at various positions throughout the lineup, depending on who takes the mound
Isaac Roark (LF, RF) and Mason Bragg (RF, LF, 2B) will round out the varsity squad.
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