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Braves' coach hopes seniors carry them to a district championship

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By Paul Gable

Inside The Base Lines With Van Duncan, Grant County High School Baseball Coach

Q: Who are some of your top returning players, and why?

A: Scott Kelly, a senior, hit close to .400 last season, and he has a lot of pop in his bat and is an excellent first baseman. Josh Cummins, a senior, and Dillon Pelfrey, a sophomore, will make up a good middle infideld. Both are solid fielders and good hitters. Jeremy Martin and Colton Perry will both share time catching. Jonathan Cain is our fifth and final senior and he will be counted on to hold down center field and provide strong pitching this year.

Q: Who are some notable newcomers that could make an impact?

A: Aaron Goe, Jordan Cummins, Roman Harris and Bryan Baker have looked good so far. I have been impressed by Alex Gregg's and Justin Mertz's work ethic. We have some freshmen and middle school students that have some talent, so we are optimistic about our future.

Q: What are some team strengths this season?

A: Defense and team chemistry are our assets. I also feel we have an intelligent team and a team that is not afraid of hard work.

Q: With the loss of Lee Page, what players do you expect to make up your pitching staff?

A: Jonathan Cain, Jordan Cummins and Dillon Pelfrey will all see plenty of time on the mound this season. We will also rely on Dillon Adams, a junior, who had a nice season last year. We don't have anyone hitting 90 on the gun, but We're looking for guys that say, "give me the ball, coach!"