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SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW: BASEBALL

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Ragland: Raiders ‘much improved’

By Dave Taylor

Trimble County Head Baseball Coach Frank Ragland is hoping to build on the accomplishments of last year’s “building season” after guiding a young Raider team to a 9-20 record. Trimble’s 2011 incarnation of the “boys of spring” features only three seniors but includes a wealth of talent from a group of players who earned valuable experience under fire a year ago.

Last year, Trimble “won several games with a young ball club,” Ragland said last week. “We were inconsistent until late in season. Both our pitching and hitting improved late in season.”   

After graduating only one member of last year’s nine, Ragland hopes the late-season momentum of last spring will be a springboard for a successful 2011 campaign. In 23 years of coaching Raider baseball Ragland has seen a lot of baseball. “Most of it has been pretty good,” he said.

“We expect to be much improved over last season,” Ragland said, with the return of experienced players Jimmy Duncan, Cameron Adamski and Luke Sands—all are seniors—and juniors Dylan Staples and Skiler Alexander. Each of the five is capable of playing multiple positions on the field.

“We’re still a young team but we’re an experienced young team,” Ragland said.

Team strengths this season include “defense and pitching, and team unity,” Ragland said. “I expect our defense and pitching to be solid but we need to improve our offensive production to reach our full potential.”

Sprinkled among the regular season outings will be appearances in the Class A Regional, to be contested here in Bedford on April 7 and 9, the North Central Kentucky Conference Tournament at Owen and Carroll counties on May 12 and 14, and the District Tournament at Oldham County during the week of May 23.

“We expect to make a strong showing in the conference and Class A, as well as the district,” Ragland said.