New players ready to take their shot for Glacier Peak | Baseball
Last updated 3/16/2018 at Noon
The Glacier Peak baseball team has undergone an extreme makeover.
Seventeen players from last year’s co-Wesco 4A champion graduated. Only four players from last year’s varsity team are back.
Head coach Bob Blair said the Grizzlies still have a lot of talent. He noted that the junior varsity team had a good season.
“I think we’re going to be OK,” he said.
Glacier Peak returns two pitchers in seniors Jaxsen Sweum and Ian Haigh. The two will be in the mix this season.
“We pitch by committee,” he said. “At this point, it’s too early. We have a lot of guys with talent. We’ll keep rolling them out until the cream rises and we’ll go with cream.”
Blair and his coaching staff have six non-league contests to evaluate players before kicking off league play against Jackson at the end of the month.
Senior Riley Parker shifts from second base to shortstop taking over from Ryan Ober, who is now at Oregon State. Parker earned second-team, all-league honors last year.
Senior outfielder Joel Plank is the fourth returner. Blair likes what he’s seen from his team in the field.
“We’ll have a good defense,” he said. “We have good speed in the outfield and solid guys in the infield. We’ll be fine.”
Blair expects a spirited competition for the starting roles and he’ll be paying attention to how players perform at the plate.
“Everything is wide open,” Blair said. “We’ll take the guys who are hitting the best and put them on the field.”
The Glacier Peak coach is hoping for a mixture of speed and power, though he’ll continue to tinker with the order and personnel in order to find the right combinations with the goal of a set lineup by the Jackson series.