Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 17, 2013

2013 Golden Circle High School Baseball Preview


Rice Bulldogs

: Pete Harris

Years at school: 4, 18-41

Last playoff appearance: 2012, bi-district finalists

2012 record: 6-15, 3-3 in 14-1A

Key returnees: P/3B Eddie Pena, Sr.; P/LF Junior Pena, Sr.; CF Ragan Henderson, Sr.; P/SS Codie Pair, Sr.; P/2B Nathan Bowling, So.

Key losses: P/3B Ty Cantu

Analysis: The Bulldogs shift into a difficult 2A district that includes Mildred, Teague and Blooming Grove ... Rice has a senior-laden team led by pitchers Eddie and Junior Pena ... Rice returns six starters off a team that lost to Hubbard in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Kerens Bobcats

Jayson Engel

Years at school, record: 12, 74-79-1

2012 record: 15-10, 10-4 in 19-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, bi-district finalists

Key returnees: P/OF Brett Anderson, Jr.; 2B D.J. Camp, Sr.; INF Shelton Sayles, Jr.; OF Zach Duncan, So.; C Dylan Woods, Sr.; P Michael Kline, Sr.; OF Kevin Townsel, Sr.

Key losses: C Colton Ware, 1B Carlos Solis, OF DJ Woods

Analysis: The Bobcats have made consecutive playoff appearances ... Kerens has a lot of experience back, even with the loss of three seniors ... Anderson was an All-Golden Circle pick after batting .558 and posting a 3.04 ERA with 57 strikeouts ... Kamp batted .451 and was the district defensive player of the year ... he’s committed to Vernon Junior College ... Duncan batted .354 and was a second-team all-district pick ... Woods was a first-team all-district pick and batted .333 ... Sayles was a first-team all-district outfielder and batted .297 ... Kline was a second-team pick batting .269 ... Townsel batted .333.

Dawson Bulldogs

Bo Moore

Years at school, record: 1, replaces Allen Somwang

2012 record: 21-8-1; 8-2 in 13-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2011, area finalists

Key returnees: P Trent Underwood, Jr.; C/P/3B Mark Martinez, Sr.; DH Jake Strother, Sr.; P Jared Gray, So.; INF/P Louis Lachney, Sr.  

Key losses: 2B Slade Chasteen; CF Nathan Blair

Analysis: Dawson has plenty of pitching, and new Bulldogs coach Bo Moore will bring an aggressive style to the game, especially on the base paths ... Strother batted .407 last season ... Martinez, an All-Golden Circle selection, had a .330 average with 28 RBIs and 28 runs scored and was 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA ... Underwood is one of the top pitchers in the area with a 6-0 record and 0.97 ERA ... he also batted .413 with 27 runs scored and 21 RBIs last year ... Gray was 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and batted .315 ... Lachney was 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA and had a .324 batting average.

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