Logansport’s baseball team returns a veteran group with championship aspirations this spring.
The Berries have nine seniors on the roster including several starters back.
“That’s one of our strong suits this year is we have a lot of experience back,” Logan coach Jim Turner said.
Four of the seniors return with a good amount of varsity experience on the mound. Right-hander Kyle Jordan started both sectional games for the Berries a year ago — an 8-0 win over Harrison and a tough-luck 3-1 loss to semistate finalist Lafayette Jeff. Jordan posted a 2.24 ERA on the season.
Left-hander Clayton Frye (2.50 ERA) already has three years of varsity experience as one of the Berries’ top hurlers. He’s also a power hitter at the plate and hit .314 a year ago.
Right-handers Dustin Clements and Travis Palmer also saw time on the mound a year ago. Juniors Xavier Luna and Carter Jones are also in the mix.
“We’re six-deep pitching wise with decent arms,” Turner said. “I’m excited about having that many pitchers.
“I feel like we have the kind of pitchers that will be able to keep us in games. They have decent arm strength on the mound and they do have experience and they throw the ball over the plate for the most part.”
Chris Jones returns behind the plate after catching every game for the Berries a year ago. The All-Loganland selection had a .433 on-base percentage.
Jacob Shelton started the second half of the season at third base a year ago and will return there. Clements and Garrett Looker also play third. Jordan and Clements are the shortstops as they were a year ago. Cooper Kinnaman will be the starting second baseman. Sam Crain is also in the mix at second and short. Frye, Clements and Jones are the first basemen.