Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 17, 2013

2013 Golden Circle High School Baseball Preview


Wortham Bulldogs

Gary Beam

Years at school, record: 1, replaces Shane Doege

2012 record: 20-11, 10-2 in 13-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, area finalists

Key returnees: P/CF/3B Kyle Goerner, Jr.; P/C Chris Lee, Jr.; 2B Devin Sessions, P/CF/3B Brandon Campbell

Key losses: P/SS Trace Shirley; 1B Ty Williams; P/OF Cooper Warren

Analysis: The Bulldogs tied for the 13-1A district title last season, beat Avalon in bi-district and losing to Trenton in two close games in area ... the Bulldogs should be a strong defensive team, especially on the infield ... Lee was a first-team All-Golden Circle pick at catcher last season, batting .468 with 29 RBIs, 9 2Bs and 5 3Bs ... Sessions batted .285 ... sophomore pitcher Cole Jendel is a top newcomer.

Hubbard Jaguars

Sam Scribner

Years at school, record: 4, 23-45

2012 record: 12-13, 7-5 in 13-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, area finalists

Key returnees: 3B/P Hudson Alderman, Jr.; OF/P Trey Henderson, Jr.; SS/P Casen Martin, Jr.; 2B/P Logan McClinton, Jr.; OF Josh Freeman, Jr.; P/1B Ty Graves, So.  

Key losses: C Cole Hill; P/OF Chad Caldwell

Analysis: The Jaguars made the playoffs last year, beating Rice in the bi-district round ... Hubbard returns seven starters ... Martin was a first-team all-district pick, batting .431 with 26 runs scored ... Henderson was a first-team all-district outfielder ... Alderman, McClinton and Freeman were all second-team all-district picks ... Freshman utility player Braydyn Gillham and freshman outfielder Kyle Lester are top newcomers.

Frost Polar Bears

Heath Blalock

Years at school, record: 1st year, replaces Eric Blenden

2012 record: 3-9 in 13-1A

Last playoff appearance: 2010, bi-district finalists

Key returnees: P/SS Jacob Stroder, Sr.; P/SS Robert Worley, Sr.; C Lane Harrington, Sr.

Key losses: None

Analysis: Blalock takes over for Blenden, who his coaching football and basketball ... Frost returns all nine starters ... Stroder was the 13-1A Pitcher of the Year, averaging 6 strikeouts per game ... The Bears should have a solid 1-2 punch with Stroder and Worley working to Harrington.

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