Palmer returns as the starting center fielder where he was an All-Loganland selection a year ago. When he’s on the mound starting outfielder Marcus Record will move over to center.
Brad Nies and Luna are in the mix for the other outfield spot, as is junior speedster Angelo Scagnoli.
The Berries have just 14 on the varsity roster but could start as many as nine seniors. The other five are juniors and Turner said some youngsters could be called up from the JV later in the season.
Team speed looks to be a strength as the Berries will be looking to manufacture runs throughout the year.
“We don’t have a lot of base stealers but we have guys you don’t have to pinch run for. They run well and they’re not easy outs. The hit ground balls and are able to take the extra base,” Turner said.
It’s a group that has played a lot of baseball over the years. The goals remain to win North Central Conference and sectional championships while also improving on last year’s 17-10 record.
“We play a tough schedule. We play Penn twice and play Jeff, Harrison and McCutcheon right off the bat. Kokomo is good again this year. We picked up Lebanon and Lebanon has a nice team. We play good teams,” Turner said.
The Berries open their season one week from today when they travel to Twin Lakes. They then compete in the Joe Heath Classic starting with a game at Lafayette Jeff the following Friday.